Founded in 1901, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) is the UK’s leading trade association representing the interests of contractors who design, install, inspect, test and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and services.
The ECA has three clear aims:
1.To provide a comprehensive, first-class range of tools and expert support services to our 3,000+ Registered Members. Our members range from local contractors to national building services organisations and collectively have an annual turnover of more than £5 billion, employ over 30,000 operatives and support 8,000 apprentices in craft training.
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2. To work with regulatory bodies, government and opinion formers to build an efficient and sustainable industry, based on high standards of training and practice. Through representation and lobbying, the ECA actively leads on key issues including safety, training, qualification and technological development.
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3. To form strategic relationships with those who specify electrical work to enhance the profile and promote the use of Registered Members of all sizes, improving their profit potential.
In addition, the ECA has a subsidiary company, EC Insurance Company (ECIC). ECIC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. The company is entered on the Financial Services Register (www.fca.org.uk/register/) under reference no. 202123. Registered office: ECA Court, 24-26 South Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1DU. Registered in England No. 1266206.
ECIC provides insurance products which meet the particular needs of contractors and affinity groups across the UK electrical engineering and building services sector.
Electrical training courses
ECA provides a wide range of electrical training courses that are open to both ECA Registered Members and non-members. The courses cover topics such as emergency lighting, renewables, and business development.
ECA Registered Members receive a 10% discount on training course fees.
The ECA has its own Membership Certification Scheme, which provides Registered Members with recognised electrical certificates. Certification helps you to differentiate yourself from other electrical contractors and compete in this competitive and demanding market.
To be accepted in and remain in the Scheme, Registered Members are regularly assessed to ensure that their work is carried out safely and meets the high level of standard expected.
Looking for an electrician?
We have over 3,000 Registered Members who are certified to carry out all types of electrical work. Using an ECA Registered Member gives you peace of mind that all electrical work will be completed to the highest standards. All contractors are thoroughly vetted, highly skilled, and their work is guaranteed.
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The ECA employs over 140 staff across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They are headed by the ECA President, who is appointed by ECA Council made up of key industry representatives, and the Group Chief Executive Officer:
Andy Basham, ECA President 2014-16
Capping a long and varied career with member companies, Arthur Ford and Owen & Palmer Limited, Andy is the 101st President of the ECA.
Starting out as an apprentice electrician at Arthur Ford in 1968, Andy rose through the ranks to become director. In 1973, Arthur Ford purchased a company in Bangor, North Wales, and Andy was transferred to the new group company, Owen & Palmer Limited. In 2004, the owner, Brian Ford, offered Andy the opportunity to buy Owen & Palmer, and since then Andy has been the owner and managing director, while his wife Pauline sits as a director.
Reaching the Presidency follows years of involvement with the ECA as Arthur Ford has been a member of the association since the 1960s. In this time, Andy has served as chairman of the North Wales Training Group, council member and chairman of the North West REC (Regional Executive Committee), chairman of North Wales ECA branch and is a member of the North West Regional JIB.
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Steve Bratt, ECA Group Chief Executive Officer
Steve was appointed ECA Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2010, having joined as Chief Operating Officer in 2007 from Magna Housing Group where he was Group Business Development Director and MD of Charter Ltd and Affordable Homes UK.
Prior to his time with Magna, he was Group Commercial Director with CORGI, where he was recognised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as one of Britain’s top 200 businessmen in 2002 and 2003. Steve is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. He is also Chairman of the Certsure LLP Board of Directors.
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Read our Annual Review
Annual Reviews highlight the various achievements that have taken place within the organisation over the past year.
ECA Annual Review for 2011 Download
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