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  1. John Matrix

    Companies that do Industrial work?

    Is there anyone who knows of companies in the Birmingham, Walsall, Cannock, Burton and surrounding areas who do work on Automation and machines? Installing in Factory environments ? Industrial sparkying? I would like to learn it, so I would like to get in with a firm that does this type of...
  2. John Matrix

    Companies being charged for using subbies

    Quick question. Will companies soon be getting charged for using subbies by the hmrc and forced to add them onto PAYE? Read something about this and just curious?
  3. J

    UK Do JIB companies have to pay JIB rates

    Do JIB companies have to pay JIB rates?
  4. Dan

    OFTEC Self-Certification As an electrician, do you feel you have enough independent competition between certification companies when it comes to renewal time?

    As an electrician, do you feel you have enough independent competition between certification companies when it comes to renewal time? (Poll total results are publicly visible - but NOT the actual individual votes - those are private and cannot be accessed via the forum software once the vote is...
  5. sham

    Agency and Umbrella companies, is it worth it.

    I am really in need of work, I have applied to jobs via internet and got a call, telling me that I am ready to start but I need to join an umbrella company. I have heard of these types of companies and most people have bad things to say about them and a few say they are ok. It's seems to be...
  6. D

    Getting payment out of companies for work done

    I do the books for an electrician. He has four or five lads that are subbies. However he struggles getting paid by companies... constantly, but he needs the work. How do you get them to pay on time ?
  7. A

    Trying to break into commercial

    Hi guys I have been running my company for about 2 years now and going steady. We are an NICEIC Approved Contractor. Most of the work has been domestic so far which I don't mind, however I'd like to get more commercial work. Does anyone have any tips on how to get more commercial contracts...
  8. P

    help looking for trainee electrician roles

    hi guys im currently doing my level 3 electrical installations course and have been labouring for the past 2 years , the company i work for have told me that untill i have a level 3 qualification they will not give me any sparky work. from searching jobsites online there seems to be very...
  9. S

    Apprentices Apprenticeship hunting

    Hi I am trying to find an Electrical apprenticeship for my Son. He is currently at college studying an electrical course but needs an apprenticeship to further his studies and career. Are there any electricians or companies on here looking for just such a person around the Bexley borough area...
  10. Dan

    MCS Companies List

    Can you reply with all the MCS companies you know of and I'll update this first thread periodically.
  11. J

    Have you used the underfloor store?

    Hey there all. I'm after some Heatmiser neoair kits and found this website. I've got a page with The Underfloor heating Store open but the above website is slightly cheaper. Anyone used them before?
  12. A

    Substation work

    Hey guys, Just want to ask a quick question, How do you get into substation work and maintenance is there some sort of course. This is considering you already have nvq 3 and gold card. thanks in advance
  13. K

    companies for trainees edinburgh

    Hi my name is kevin im 31 years old and currently looking to change my career and become a electrician,and im just currently doing a pre app electrical course at Edinburgh college so looking for companies in edinburgh and lothians that are good for adult trainees??. Any help would be gratefully...
  14. M

    Questions regarding Rolec Solar of Doncaster

    Go easy with me as this is my first post here. Just had Chris here from Rolec of Doncaster and he gave me the following quote for a PV system. We live in an East/West facing mid terrace house, and he proposed a 16 panel 4kwp system. He said he would 8 panels on the front and 8 on the back. I...
  15. L

    Where's the best area of uk to pick up steady work ??????

  16. F

    JIB Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Ecs and jib issue

    Hi, i am looking to get clarification regarding one of my friends Qualifications. I have been through all the motions of contacting CITY&GUILDS, NIC & JIB but still not got were i need him to be :( We contacted city&guilds and obtained the electrical installation 236 part 1 cert and all his...
  17. D

    Use of technology to learn the trade

    Hi folks, Has anyone seen or used any type of virtual reality technology whilst learning the trade? The reason i am asking is because i am acutely aware of the use of this type of technology for games consoles and pc games. This got me thinking more about the benefits of using this type of...
  18. N

    Installation Claim

    What is the procedure to claim for a poor installation leading to roof leaks? The company no longer exists but was RECC/REAL and NICEIC. Thanks
  19. M

    Change from site work to maintenance

    I currently work for a contracting firm doing site work/new build but am wanting to change direction and try and get into electrical maintenance. Am wondering if any one can point in the right direction of where I need to go to start this with regards to qualifications etc? Any advice really...
  20. B

    MCS and RECC Audits

    Had our first post new MCS Guideline audits from both bodies in Sept. Both went very well. MCS guy was a bit dry and factual. RECC lady was really interesting and very supportive and informative. No major changes to how we operate. Couple of changes to our website. And a few small changes...
  21. C

    PV Liability Insurance

    Hi Guys, Im due to renew my Public Liability insurance next month and wanted to see if i could get a cheaper deal, I remember when trying to get it last time we struggled as not many companies insured PV. We are currently with Zurich, just wondered if you know of any other companies? Thanks Chris
  22. P

    who is doing all the pv work

    hi all, been out of the pv game since last year (just after major cutbacks and jobs stating to disapear etc), does anyone know who is doing most of the pv work that is still happening . such as the energy companies, national companies etc , rent a roof, small companies, and where is this work...
  23. I

    Commercial Heating & lighting a converted school

    Hi, I've been asked to get some advice on a school conversion to B&B and living accommodation. Basically the building dates back to 1906 and consists of a middle corridor, 4 classrooms to the right, canteen, offices, and toilets to the left. The plan is for 7 B&B rooms and 3 bedrooms, lounge...
  24. J

    Buying Leads - what works best?

    Hi All I am looking to get a bit of feedback on others opinions of Lead Generation companies - lets face it there is no end of scams/cowboy companies out there and admittedly I have fallen for a few myself and received no benefit other than a hole in my bank account where my marketing budget...
  25. La Poste

    A nice scam

    I don't know if this is true or whether it is Daily mail sensationalism but: Energy companies have been accused of rigging the electricity market to the tune of £600million and forcing every British household to find an extra £25 each to pay for it. The Government believes some providers are...
  26. S

    mcs approval

    Hi, Could anyone tell me if there is a quick fire way of getting qualifications needed to be msc accrededited in solar PV? Is there a crash course I can take to get electrician qualifications? I have no qualifications in this field, but am fully compatent in electrical installation. I have...
  27. D

    Licensed companies that forward you tenders and small jobs for public sector and LA's

    Got a call this afternoon from one of these. They seem above board - licensed by the EU and part of the government initiative to give small businesses a chance at LA work etc instead of the big boys getting it and then subbing it out with a price hike. Sounds good so far I suppose. They want...
  28. P

    Elusive Training

    UPS TRAINING I have recently completed my electrical apprenticeship, All distinctions and loving the job but I want to move into the UPS field.. Has anybody recently moved into this field or know of a progression route that doesn't involve £4000 and another 3 years of day release college for...
  29. N

    MCS registered companies, tipping point?

    I have been keeping an eye on the number of new and total companies registered for PV, the last fortnight seems to show that more companies decided not to re-register as those that registered for the first time, its only small numbers which equates to just six extra companies added to the total...
  30. H

    Quizzed scheme assessor

    I had my annual assessment last month and confronted the local assessor regarding a short course non qualified, non competent chancer that is doing the rounds in my area. This bloke carries the same badge as me on his van. Customers can't differentiate between me and him because of this. I...
  31. S

    SolarSun4Life - Avoid

    I had an installation done by SolarSun4Life UK (Solar installation, Solar panel installers - N England) in February this year & I am posting this to record my negative feedback & warn others to avoid this company. I am doing this as they still have not completed the contract (I am waiting for...
  32. J

    Chart showing 0-4kWp PV installs vs number of MCS PV Installers

    Thought I'd post this up here to show that there are obviously many companies that still believe in the UK solar market. The growth of new PV installers isn't as fast as the end of last year but it's still growing at a fair old rate.
  33. SolarCity

    CRC energy efficiency scheme

    Has anyone had any experience of this scheme and considered how it affects the PV industry? My understanding is that companies will have to pay £12 for every tonne of CO2 that they use. It seems to me that this is not a fat lot at all and largely insignificant if you were factor it in to...
  34. S

    Gig Green Book

    We had a call from these guys yesterday. Apparently they have 'several' enquiries in our area every month and need a local installer to pass them on to. They want a donation of about £200 for the first year as they are non-profit company. Anyone used them and had any work from them?
  35. E

    End of Solar

    Solar end A little note to all the electricians in here who, over the past few weeks , are calling for a U-turn in the government's proposed changes in the FIT. Did you think this industry was sustainable with the 43.3p FIT? It has been clear for some time now it has not been and was going...
  36. P

    Anyone used telephone blocking serviecs?

    Just registered with the TPS because I am sick :cuss: of getting annoying calls at home from automated machines. between 6-10 a day and some days more. just wondered if anyone had any feedback on tps or any other good companies offering a similar service. hopefully time to :chillpill: now :)
  37. L

    JIB Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) End of the JIB ?????

    Anyone else heard this rumour that some of the big names ie T Clarke, Balfour Beatty etc etc are pulling out of the JIB thus creating their own wage structure metal muncher, tester whatever your so called discipline. I heard at least 7 of the biggest companies are going to pull away form JIB
  38. A

    mcs accreditation

    I recently did a c&g pv course and have the chance to do a couple of installations. Can anyone advise on what gaining mcs accreditation involves and who is it best to go with?
  39. P

    JIB Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) JIB or not JIB? That is the question.

    Dear All, I am a recently qualified electrician working in the South West (for my sins) and I am becoming disillusioned with my present employer as I am not being pushed or challenged much. With the current economic situation, I wonder if it would be wise to start looking for another job? If I...
  40. T

    Questions for MCS

    What questions would you like to ask Gideon Richards - the Chairman of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Steering Group?
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