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SELECT unveils nominees for 2018 awards

Innovative and competitive electrical companies from across Scotland have been revealed to be in the running for coveted prizes in the Scottish electrotechnical industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony. Entries for the awards came from electrical businesses from all parts of Scotland who operate both within their local communities and in the wider country, offering first-class … Continued

SELECT welcomes new Chair of Local Authority Building Standards Scotland

SELECT has welcomed the appointment of James Whiteford as Chair of Local Authority Building Standards Scotland (LABSS), the organisation representing building standards verifiers in Scotland. Mr Whiteford, who is the Lead Building Standards Surveyor (West) for Scottish Borders Council, took the reins from Dave Aitken, Team Leader Building Standards Dundee City Council, at the organisation’s … Continued

SELECT members face double whammy of late payments and rising costs

SELECT members across Scotland are being hit by a double whammy of rising costs and late payment, accordins to an influential new business survey which tracks quarterly activity and trends. The survey  included input from members of SELECT, the Electrical Contractors Association, the Building Engineering Services Association and the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ … Continued

More youngsters seize chance of electrical apprenticeships as sector shows optimism

More than 700 hopeful and enthusiastic youngsters have signed up for one of the most challenging learning programmes in today’s competitive employment environment. The Scottish Joint Industry Training Board (SJIB) Apprenticeship and Adult Training Programme is managed by the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT) and brings major benefits to electrical employers across Scotland. Bringing … Continued

SEC Group Calls for Government Action on Public Accounts Committee Report

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published its report on the procurement of strategic suppliers by government.  The report follows an inquiry carried out by the Committee in the wake of the Carillion collapse. The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – which includes representation from SELECT and which represents the largest sector by … Continued

BBC Highlights Poor Practice in Construction Industry

A recent BBC Radio 4 documentary on payment practices in the construction industry highlighted the abuses which apply in the construction industry on a day-to-day basis. The programme was not a typical subject for the File on 4 series, but turned out to be just as hard-hitting as many of its award-winning episodes. As well … Continued

SELECT produces invaluable 18th Edition Guide

SELECT’s Technical Standards Adviser, Bob Cairney has prepared an on-line guide to highlight changes in the new wiring regulations, published today, which are likely to impact on SELECT members. You can access the guide by clicking here. A printed version will be published in the next issue of CABLEtalk. In the meantime, members can order … Continued

SELECT calls for more stringent controls on electrical safety in privately rented accommodation

SELECT recently responded to a Scottish Government consultation paper on Landlord Registration. The consultation was undertaken by the Scottish Government’s Landlord Registration Team. SELECT has called for more stringent controls over the vital electrical inspection and testing performed by private landlords prior to registration. Darrell Matthews, Managing Director of SELECT, said: “Private landlord registration has … Continued