Ann Watson, managing director of specialist awarding organisation, EAL (EMTA Awards Limited), has congratulated the winners of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Iain Ballingall has joined Concordia Technologies as director to drive business development.

Ballinghall has over 35 years experience in the cabling and connector industry. Having started his career as a design and development engineer Iain has been actively involved in all aspects of business management from sales and marketing through operations, business development ultimately holding a number of senior corporate positions. Throughout his career he has been involved in building successful businesses that have become market leaders in such diverse markets as military aerospace, the railway industry, telecommunications and datacommunications.

The amount of environmental technology training available is not enough to meet potential demand, and could lead to rogue traders and poorly installed kit, according to a new report by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building services engineering (BSE) sector.

Gambica has launched a simple calculator that estimates the energy savings installing a variable speed drive (VSD) on a relevant application can achieve. Gambica, the national organisation that represents the interests of the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industries in the UK, launched the product on behalf of the members of its variable speed drives group.

A marine energy appraisal service is launched by ABB to help vessels lower their fuel consumption by reducing their energy use and improving the environment by cutting CO2 emissions.

Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) marked its 30th anniversary of business in the UK with the official opening of its new sales and distribution facility near Swindon.

The new sales, warehousing and distribution facilities in South Marston just outside Swindon were officially opened by the mayor of Swindon, Cllr Ray Ballman and Mr Koichi Shiina, snior managing director of GS Yuasa Corporation on 21 July with an open day and luncheon for customers, suppliers and employees.

NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) and the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) have worked together to produce 2021 Vision: The Future of the Electrical Contracting Industry.

A new campaign designed to educate and inspire UK homeowners to adopt solar technology has launched today. The Our Solar Britain initiative has unveiled a new website,, which will provide a range of resources, as well as social media profiles designed to provide accessible advice and respond to questions directly. The campaign is supported by four of the biggest solar brands in the UK: Wagner Solar, Sanyo, ET Solar and SMA Solar Technology.

Recolight chief executive Nigel Harvey will take to the airwaves for the day on 1 September to mark the phase out of 60W incandescent lamps and encourage consumers to recycle their old CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps).

Recolight is marking the latest stage of the government's phase out of traditional incandescent lamps with a radio day reaching out to hundreds of thousands of people across the country to spread the recycling message.