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Our Industry Partners

  • The British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) is a recognised sign of assurance of independent cable testing and approval. A non-profit making independent body of which the ECA was a founding member, BASEC has for nearly 40 years been a mark of reassurance to those specifying cable.

    BASEC is considered the leader in product certification services for electrical cables, data and signal cables and ancillary products, BASEC has a reputation for quality, clarity and ensuring safety in cables.

    The ECA continues to have involvement with BASEC by retaining a position on the Board and is involved with its Governance.

  • BCIA - The ECA collaborates with the BCIA (and BESA) on the Building Services Summit, an event held every two years which brings together the entire building services engineering sector. This year’s Building Services Summit is being held at the British Library, London on Wednesday 23 November. More information can be found at

  • BEAMA is a leading trade association representing manufacturers of electrical infrastructure products and systems from transmission through distribution to the environmental systems and services in the built environment.

    They work with members to ensure their interests are well represented in the relevant political, regulatory and standardisation issues at UK, EU & international levels.

    BEAMA sits on a number industry committees alongside the ECA and are working on a number of possible initiatives.

  • The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), previously known as the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) and Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) is a leading UK trade organisation for building engineering services contractors that works collectively with the ECA on many levels.

    As well as working closely on key business and industry support areas including Health & Safety and Commercial & Legal, both organisations regularly engage in research and surveys across both  memberships and the industry at large.

  • The Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA) is a test, instruments, research and consultancy organisation, providing specialist services in construction and building services.
    Any profits made by BSRIA are invested in on-going research programmes, producing industry recognised best practice guidance.

    The ECA is a contributing member of BSRIA.  

  • Build UK was created as a result of a merger between the National Specialist Contractors’ Council (NSCC) and UK Contractors Group (UKCG) in 2015. It provides a strong collective voice for the contracting supply chain in construction, by bringing together the industry’s largest main contractors and leading trade associations representing over 11,500 Specialist Contractors.

    The ECA’s Chief Executive, Steve Bratt is an appointed Board Member of BuildUK where he regularly represents the interests of the building engineering services industry and ECA Member businesses.

  • More information coming soon.

  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), of which the ECA is a patron  is an international professional engineering association that represents building services engineers.  It is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and is often consulted by government on matters relating to construction, engineering and sustainability. It is also licensed by the Engineering Council to assess candidates for inclusion on its Register of Professional Engineers.

  • ECIC are a specialist UK insurer providing insurance solutions for contractors and trade associations across the engineering services sector and for other specialist construction professionals. Formerly part of the ECA Group.

  • The Electrical Distributors Association (EDA) was formed in 1998, having been previously known as the Electrical Wholesalers Federation (established in 1914) represent the electrical wholesale distribution industry within the UK.  Their members account for around 80% of the industry and include the biggest names in the industry, as well as regional and local family run operations.

    The ECA has developed a strong relationship with the EDA and many of its members are ECA Commercial Associates. Today, the EDA operate out of the same central London office as the ECA.


  • For over 100 years the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) has recognised that providing individuals in the electrical and energy industries with access to the right support is the catalyst for creating better workplaces and industry communities. ECA is a longstanding supporter of EIC. More information on EIC initiatives can be viewed here.

  • Electrical Safety First (ESF) is the UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents. Their aim is to ensure everyone in the UK can use electricity safely. As a result they campaign on behalf of consumers and electrical trade professionals to improve safety regulation and ensure safety messages are appropriate, up to date and well communicated.

  • EuropeOn (formerly AIE) was founded over 60 years ago by representatives from four countries – including ECA. It now consists of 14 members from across Europe, including from non-EU countries Switzerland and Norway. EuropeOn is one of around 2,000 organisations monitoring and lobbying the European institutions, and develops pan-European responses to issues affecting the electrical contracting sector on behalf of its members.

  • GAMBICA is the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK. The Association's primary objectives are to further the successful development of the industry and to promote the competitiveness and profitability of member companies. As a result, the organisation sits side by side with the ECA on a number of industry forums. GAMBICA is due to relocate its central office to Rotherwick House, London in 2017, where the ECA, BESA and a number of other industry organisations will be located.

  • The IET is the largest multidisciplinary professional engineering institution in the world. The organisation dates back to 1871, and has been known as the IET since 2006, following the merger of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Institution of Incorporated Engineers. In 1921, the Institution was incorporated by Royal Charter. It has some 167,000 members worldwide. The IET works with TESP (of which the ECA is a leading member), on improving UK skills policy, and is perhaps best known in our industry for the IET Wiring Regulations (also known as BS 7671).

  • SELECT, a close working partner with the ECA on many industry projects and initiatives, is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland. Founded in 1900 as The Electrical Contractors' Association of Scotland, SELECT became the first trade association in the world to serve the electrical industry. Today many companies that operate both north and south of the border choose to be members of both the ECA and SELECT.

  • The CBI is arguably the UK’s leading business organisation. They speak on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors, employing nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector workforce. The ECA is a member of the CBI, and collaborates with the business organisation on a range of economic and business issues.

  • Voltimum work closely with the ECA at all levels with their London office located within under the same roof. Drawing on their extensive understanding of the marketplace, Voltimum facilitate the voice of the industry and provide the leading electrical manufacturers with the opportunity to utilise the most efficient and effective global communication platform within the sector to generate awareness of their company and products.

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