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Providing regular updates and opinion pieces from ECA experts and other industry bodies. If you are interested in writing for the blog, or have a comment on something you have read, email mike.giles@eca.co.uk

 

10 Minutes With... Tessa Ogle

10 Minutes With... Tessa Ogle

13th July 2017

In this new regular ECA Today feature, we will be talking to a leading or inspirational figure about their views on some of the key issues facing our sector. In this first interview, the ECA finds out more about Electrical Industries Charity Managing Director and mountaineering enthusiast Tessa Ogle

How to enter Power Players in three easy steps

How to enter Power Players in three easy steps

4th July 2017

As the deadline for Power Players entries approaches, Mike Giles provides a three-step guide to getting any last minute applications in.

Driving professionalism across the industry

Driving professionalism across the industry

27th June 2017

Steve Brawley, chief executive of the Joint Industry Board, looks at the plans underway to enhance professionalism and standards across the industry…

The way ahead

The way ahead

15th June 2017

New ECA President Mike Smith, the 103rd president of the ECA, is Estimating and Sector Director at SES Engineering Services. Here he outlines the agenda for the year ahead

Filling the void

Filling the void

8th June 2017

David Kitchener, managing director at All Things Media, explains how he spotted a gap in the electrical industry’s event calendar, and tells us why the ED&I Expo is primed to fill it

A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

1st June 2017

Regulations around electrical safety in rented homes have, until recently, been something of a Cinderella story.  Phil Buckle, chief executive of leading safety charity Electrical Safety First, gives an update on how the charity has led the charge for change - and why there are still differences across the UK

The search for 2017's Power Players continues!

The search for 2017's Power Players continues!

24th May 2017

With our search for the first Power Players underway, Steve Bratt has the details

The duty of care to subcontractors

The duty of care to subcontractors

22nd May 2017

Ian Hollingworth, Head of Claims at ECIC highlights the responsibilities that contractors have to their sub-contractors and employees

5 reasons why you should attend Smart Tech Live 2017

5 reasons why you should attend Smart Tech Live 2017

18th May 2017

Following the success of last year’s inaugural seminar, Smart Tech Live 2017 is returning with two events in London and York. Eddie Embleton, Managing Director of Voltimum UK and Ireland tells us why it will be a well worth a day off the tools.

CSR is moving up the business agenda

CSR is moving up the business agenda

27th April 2017

ECA's Director of Business Paul Reeve highlights the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the opportunities it presents

The EIC's Apprenticeship Support Programme

The EIC's Apprenticeship Support Programme

11th April 2017

The Electrical Industries Charity's Tessa Ogle on their support network for young talent in the electrical industry.

New electrical industry charity initiative

New electrical industry charity initiative

28th March 2017

With the hugely successful Mount Kilimanjaro challenge behind us, Tessa Ogle of the EIC, gives a first look at this year's challenge and the story behind it...

Product Know how: How to avoid non-compliant pitfalls

Product Know how: How to avoid non-compliant pitfalls

22nd March 2017

BEAMA's Simon Harpin advises on how to ensure that you are using compliant products

Wiring Regulations 18th Edition: What we know so far...

Wiring Regulations 18th Edition: What we know so far...

16th March 2017

ECA’s Head of Specialist Groups, Steve Martin, has the low down

Why comply with health and safety regulations?

Why comply with health and safety regulations?

14th March 2017

ECA CEO Steve Bratt states some compelling business drivers behind health and safety compliance

Launch of the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship

Launch of the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship

9th March 2017

Chairman of the Fire and Security Association (FSA), Pat Allen, gives an update on the development of the industry's apprenticeship

Leading industry event starting to take shape

Leading industry event starting to take shape

6th March 2017

Farhaan Mirza, ECA Head of Marketing has the latest on the greatly anticipated ED&I Expo

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro

1st March 2017

Ever wondered what it would be like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Mike Smith can answer that.. 

Review of the Building Services Summit

Review of the Building Services Summit

28th February 2017

The ECA’s Acting Head of Technical Steve Martin reviews the Building Services Summit, held in London in November 2016.

How do we create a more diverse workforce?

How do we create a more diverse workforce?

16th February 2017

Alex Meikle explains how a lack of diversity is threatening the electrotechnical industry

Into 2017: Smarter buildings, infrastructure and energy

Into 2017: Smarter buildings, infrastructure and energy

9th February 2017

Generating renewable electricity is no longer the question in search of an answer. Paul Reeve talks energy distrubtion, storage and use 

We're off!

We're off!

3rd February 2017

A few final words of thanks before the big climb

New payment reporting rules set to improve transparency

New payment reporting rules set to improve transparency

24th January 2017

SEC Group CEO and Barrister, Professor Rudi Klein, considers recent legislation that is likely to have an impact in 2017 on payment periods in the UK

Survey finds buildings at risk from cyber attack

Survey finds buildings at risk from cyber attack

19th January 2017

Steve Martin discusses recent 'Connected Technology Survey for Clients' results 

The final test run

The final test run

17th January 2017

As the date of the Kilimanjaro climb draws closer, Mike and his climbing partner Andy have managed to fit in a final practice climb...

New Year message from the ECA

New Year message from the ECA

5th January 2017

Steve Bratt, ECA CEO

Another month, another mountain...

Another month, another mountain...

3rd January 2017

Mike trials a new gadget in preparation for the big climb

Mike Smith, ECA Senior Vice President

Time to look beyond Brexit

Time to look beyond Brexit

16th December 2016

ECA President David Kieft looks back over 2016 and forward to 2017

David Kieft, ECA President

Powering future infrastructure

Powering future infrastructure

8th December 2016

ECA CEO Steve Bratt looks at the future of energy infrastructure

More from the mountains

More from the mountains

30th November 2016

Conditions take a turn for the worse during the third 'Mountain a month' challenge

Mike Smith, ECA Senior Vice President

Mount Kilimanjaro training continues

Mount Kilimanjaro training continues

3rd November 2016

Mike has set himself the challenge of climing a mountain a month in the run up to his Mt Kilimanjaro fundraiser climb in February 2017.

Mike Smith, ECA Senior Vice President

Electrical contractors see opportunities in Brexit

Electrical contractors see opportunities in Brexit

20th October 2016

ECA CEO, Steve Bratt discusses the results of our recent Brexit Survey 

Climbing Africa's Largest Mountain for Charity

Climbing Africa's Largest Mountain for Charity

19th October 2016

Mike Smith, ECA Senior Vice President