ELECTRIC CENTER NEWS
SPARKS Student Electrical Competition Returns For 2024!
The prestigious SPARKS Learner of the Year is gearing up for another incredible event! Now in its fourteenth year, the competition provides a fantastic platform for apprentice and student electricians to showcase their skills, boost their confidence and win an array of prizes to support them at the very start of their careers. For more information or to enter the competition click on the image above.
FEMALE SKILLS 2024
Building on its successful launch earlier this year, the SPARKS Female Skills Competition is already making preparations for an even more exciting event in 2024! SPARKS, renowned for their ‘Learner of the Year’ competition, is committed to providing competitions with the goal to build confidence and advocate skills development along with getting the very best people into the industry, regardless of gender.
In February and March 2024, SPARKS will expand its search from two to three regions across the country, seeking the very best up-and-coming industry professionals. Level 2 and 3 learners from colleges nationwide will compete in a live practical installation. Each regional winner and runner-up will go on to compete in the grand final, for the chance to win this prestigious award.
Alongside the accolade for both the winning student and college, there are fantastic prizes to be won. Each competitor will receive a certificate for taking part, with prizes generously donated by sponsors including Electric Center.
EC Barnsley Helps Raise Over £10,000 for Paces Sheffield!
Paces Sheffield held their Charity Golf Day on Friday 9th June and Corey Hope, manager at our EC Barnsley branch was proud to sponsor both the programme and a hole to help raise over £10,000 for this worthy cause.
Paces is a leading specialist centre for children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor disorders, with an ever-growing reputation for excellence in Conductive Education, For more information on Paces like how to donate to this good cause or join the #PinkArmy click on the image above.
Electric Center Ealing Now OPEN!
After an extensive rebranding process we are delighted to announce that as of 5th June 2023 Electric Center Ealing is OPEN.
Electric Center Ealing extends the network of Electric Center locations to 119 nationwide, all of them offering thousands of locally stocked products for same day delivery or collection!
Give the team at Ealing a call now and see what they can do for you and your business.
2023 SPARKS Learner of the Year Winner Revealed!
Nathan Pawsey, from Cambridge Regional College, has been announced as SPARKS Learner of the Year 2023. Nathan received the accolade after competing against six other finalists during a two-day practical test on 26th & 27th April, which gave some of the country’s top electrical students a chance to show off their installation skills.
In partnership with our valued Acel suppliers Kewtech Corporation Limited and Brother UK, Electric Center donated an AC05515 Digital Multi-Function Tester and an AC0526 Safe Isolation Kit to Nathan as well as 7 Acel AC01005 Electrician's Labelling Kits which were awarded to Nathan and the 6 regional winners.
Congratulations to all involved in this years competition!
SPARKS LOTY 2023
Once again, Electric Center are the Proud Sponsors of the SPARKS learner of the year competition. The heats are held during January and February across six regions of England and Wales with the final taking place in Coventry on the 26th and 27th April 2023. We wish the best of luck to all those taking part and we look forward to seeing you in the heats!
Electric Center were delighted to assist Artur Petrushenko last week with the donation of a selection of workwear and electrical equipment. Artur - a qualified electrician, and his wife Rina, fled war torn Ukraine for the UK and are currently living with Alan Simm, recently retired Commercial Manager and long time Edmundson Electrical Regional Director. Having left all his tools behind it was great to be able to gift a series of Acel products to Artur to help him get started with work in the UK. Also pictured are Joe Roberts – East Midland Regional Director, and Ryan Spurr - Electric Center Newark Manager. Electric Center would like to thank Makita, Toolstream, CK and Kewtech for their kind assistance with these donations.
SkillELECTRIC UK Champion Announced
23-year old Craig Fairweather has been named 2022 SkillELECTRIC champion following a challenging two-day UK final event at Middlesbrough College. Taking second place and a silver medal was Andrew Horne of Lews Castle College. Third place and a bronze medal was awarded to Tommy Adlam of Bridgwater & Taunton College. A special ‘Highly Commended’ mention went to Lyam Thorpe from the College of West Anglia for an excellent performance alongside the three medal winners. Pictured with the contestants is our Electric Center Stockton Manager Chris Costello.
Visit one of our 118 trade counters to make the most of our Acel offers on Energy Saving Controls, Floodlights, Heating and Tools!!
We are excited to announce that on Thursday the 1st of September we opened the 118th Electric Center to serve Altrincham and the surrounding area. Electric Center Altrincham have a warehouse fully stocked with Acel, and a fantastic team waiting to serve you, so why not call in and see the first hand what the Electric Center can offer you and your business.
Acel Summer Deals!
This summer we have special offers on Workwear, Outdoor Lighting, Weatherproof Switches and sockets, Emergency lighting and much more. Visit our trade counters to find out more!
SkillELECTRIC 2022 UK Finalists Announced
Congratulations to the Top 8 highest scoring competitors from our combined SkillELECTRIC 2022 national qualifying heats: Andrew Horne, Brandon Campbell, Craig Fairweather, Liam Hilton, Lyam Thorpe, Robbie Neave, Robert Rae, Tommy Adlam. All will now compete in theGrand Final taking place in November at Middlesbrough College.
All at Electric Center wish the finalists Goodluck!
WE HAVE A WINNER!!
After a gruelling 10 hour final assessment held over two days, it gives us great pleasure to congratulate Benjamin Fox of Exeter College on winning the Sparks Learner of the Year 2022. It was a closely contested final and the 6 regional finalists could only be split by millimetres, but there could only be one winner.
Benjamin walks away with £1000s of pounds worth of Tools Testers and equipment donated by the Electric Center and other sponsors.
We would also like to congratulate the Runner up Thomas Adam and the other regional finalists Paige Morris, Jack Matthews, Luke Halsall-Hart and Ted Stamp, we look forward to seeing you all in our branches soon.
Electric Center Partners with skillELECTRIC
It gives us great pleasure to announce that we are supporting the 2022 skillELECTRIC competition. Across all national heats and the UK final, we will be supplying a range of Acel containment and cables for the competitors to work with during challenging practical tasks to install a complicated set of circuits with various components and equipment. Here at Electric Center we appreciate that the young men and women taking part in competitions such as these are the future of our industry and we’re delighted to lend any assistance we can to aid their development.
Women In Construction & Engineering Awards 2021
A massive congratulations goes to our very own Megan Longden of Electric Center Brighton who, earlier this year, was announced as the '2021 Winner for Best Woman in Business Development' in the European Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards!!
The WICE Awards were created in 2015 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding women forging their own path in our industry, and to highlight role models for other women considering the Construction and Engineering sectors for potential careers. Our congratulations must also go to the other finalists Katie Murphy, Monika Slowikowska, Phillippa Spencer, all are a credit to their profession.
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Sparks Learner of the year Gold Sponsor
Electric Center are delighted to announce that, once again, we are a Gold Sponsor for the Sparks Learner of the Year competition.
This yearly competition routes out the best electrical apprentices across the UK through a series of regional heats. The regional winners will compete in the Grand Final in Coventry over 2 days in April.
We cannot wait to see what the next generation of Electricians are capable of!
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New Scottish Fire Legislation
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The sale of Halogen light bulbs is banned from September, are you LED ready???
Halogen bulbs are hugely inefficient — especially when compared to their LED counterparts. The average halogen bulb will use around £11 worth of electricity each year, while an LED light bulb will typically only have an annual running cost of £2. The UK government have banned the sale of halogen lamps from September 2021 and fluorescent lamps will follow in 2023. If you still have working halogen bulbs in some of your home's light fittings, you don't have to remove them until they burn out. Once they're no longer fit for the job, you can simply switch them out with an LED alternative that's guaranteed to be more energy-efficient and will last longer. However, if you would like to start saving money / the environment sooner, you might decide to swap your halogen bulbs for LEDs before they stop working on their own.
We have a full range of high quality Acel LED Lamps suited for all applications.
Check with your local branch for more details.
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The Sparks 'Learner of the Year 2021' goes to....
Tom, who is from City of Wolverhampton College, won the competition beating five other finalists in a live, 5-hour practical installation that showcased his skills and technical abilities in a Covid-safe environment. As winner of the competition, Tom receives thousands of pounds worth of prizes donated by sponsors including The Electric Center. Congratulations Tom on the well deserved award!
Product of the Month!
Make the most of the long evenings with June's Product of the month! Available whilst stocks last from your nearest Electric Center.
NEW ACEL CATALOGUE LAUNCHED
Electric Center has launched the company’s latest Acel electrical products catalogue, providing an easy reference guide to all Acel products in the range.
Available to search directly from the Electric Center website, as a printed ‘hard copy’ catalogue and also as a ‘flipbook’ online catalogue, the catalogue is a valuable resource for specifiers, contractors and procurement professionals to find what they need from the Acel range of contractor proven, value for money products.
The new catalogue is Issue #19 and with 500 pages it lists over 5,000 quality assured Acel products with trade prices, making it an ideal catalogue for contractors to use with their customers when selecting products.
Printed catalogues are available for safe collection from Electric Center trade counters throughout the UK or they can be requested from the website for direct delivery to your premises.
Marketing Manager for Electric Center, Jeremy Harris commented: “Our latest catalogue is designed to help our customers select the right Acel product for their needs with clear pictures and accurate product information.”
A DOZEN DISTINCTIONS FOR MEGAN!
Megan Longden, Profit Centre Manager at EC Brighton has been recognised by the EDA for her amazing commitment to the Association’s product knowledge workbook programme and collected an outstanding achievement award at the recent annual EDA Training Awards which were held virtually on 5th March 2021.
Megan who joined the company in May 2018 not only completed all 12 product knowledge workbooks in the programme in a little over two years but, in addition, managed to get a distinction grade in every one of them! Megan now joins an elite group of learners in the ‘distinction dozen’ club.
Congratulations Megan on your fantastic achievement and for setting the standard for other aspiring product knowledge learners.
CONTINUED SPONSORSHIP OF SPARKS MAGAZINE'S NATIONAL COMPETITION
Electric Center are thrilled to be sponsoring the SPARKS Magazine Learner of the Year Competiton for what will be the 3rd consecutive year.
Good luck to all the competitors taking part!
NEW 2020/2021 CATALOGUE LAUNCHED
Now available from all Electric Center branches and online, the new Acel catalogue is packed full of electrical products for you to choose from.
SPARKS APPRENTICE COMPETITION GAINS NEW SPONSOR
We're delighted to announce that Electric Center was one of the main sponsors of the recently completed SPARKS 2019 UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition.
NEW 450 PAGE CATALOGUE LAUNCHED
Now available from all Electric Center branches, the new Acel catalogue is packed full of electrical products for you to choose from.
FIRST FIX ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS SUPPLIED TO HELP TRANSFORM HOME
Local tradespeople descended on a house in North Shields in August to help the BBC’s DIY SOS team for the popular ‘Big Build’ TV show which sees them transform the homes of families in need.
ELECTRIC CENTER MANAGERS JOIN WITH COLLEAGUES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE EIC
Eight fit and hardy souls are readying themselves to tackle 13 of Dartmoor's wildest and most rugged Tors in a 2-Day Challenge.