May 24th 2013

Electrical Safety Register

Connections Electrical Services have become a full member of the ESC (Electrical Safety Register) The electrical safety register incorporates Elecsa, NICEIC and ECA into one body dedicated to providing the best levels of safety and service regarding electrical contractors and the work they provide. We are very honored to receive this accolade as it identfys and signifys the quality of workmanship and service that Connections Electrical services is based on. For more information please click on the link below.



June 7th 2013

Bridgend Business Forum

Connections Electrical Services are pleased to announce that they have joined Bridgend Business Forum. Administered by Bridgend CBC the Business Forum seeks to promote business growth in Bridgend County Borough through networking, seminars and informal get togethers. For more info, please click on the link below.




June 17th

Paypal

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that as well as providing credit card services for any work undertaken, Connections now provide PayPal services. If you have an email address or a mobile number you can pay us conveniently and securely.




July 12th

Proud to announce that due to our excellent feedback from customers, findatrade.com have asked us to become members of their experts panel. Check out our first "how to guide" at http://www.findatrade.com/advice/how-to-replace-light-switches/






July 25th - Automotive Electrics

Connections are pleased to announce that as well as domestic and commercial electrical services we now offer automotive electric solutions such as fault finding, ECU diagnostics, in car entertainment installation and accessory installation





August 5th - Green Deal Accreditation Started

In line with government policy on renewable and energy efficient installations, Connections are now actively pursuing green deal accreditation. This is an important step for us as it will allow the company to work closely with government and other environmental organisations to provide low cost and effective low energy electrical solutions - Just like the LED spot lights fitted below Each bulb provides the same light as a 50W halogen lamp but runs at only 3W and lasts for upwards of 40000 hours. As things progress we will keep you informed.







August 2013

Connections Electrical Services are pleased to announce that we have added to our memberships with ratedpeople.com, mybuilder.com and findatrade.com and are now subscribed to youfearured.com. Check us out on the website www.youfeatured.com




September 2013

British Gas have been embarking on a very high profile campaign recently aimed at selling their electrical services into customers. Its a well known fact that British Gas and other utility companies provide these services however, they tend to use sub-contracors like us to provide the service for them. A typical job such as a consumer unit change from them will cost you approximately double what you would be charged if you came direct..... Just something to think about



September 2013

Seaside News........ Congratulations to Mat and the team for 15 years in business. A fantastic achievement. Connections have been advertising with the seaside news for the past 2 months and have had some good business from it. We will definitely be using them again





September 2013 - Tradesman4u Registration / JobSorted.com

Connections, following the success of using other online sites have recently joined 2 emerging internet search engines. More and more people are moving away from traditional advertising towards web based advertising and social media. It is the way we as a company will be going as we believe it gives us better access to our customers and therefore can provide a better service. jobsorted.com is an offshoot of screwfix one of our most frequently used suppliers.






September 2013 - Upgrades to testing equipment

Connections have this month invested in brand new FLUKE electrical testers. These testers are considered by many to be top of the range and provide electricians with a number of features to make it easier and safer to diagnose problems and install new circuits. All in all this will provide a faster and more efficient service for our customers






October 2013 - Connections Gains TRUST MARK approved Electrician accolade.

Connections in October have been recognised by Trustmark, the government endorsed standards organisation for tradespeople as an approved electrician. We are extremely pleased that the quality of work and service that we provide has culminated in us being recognised this way






October 2013 - Connections join the BIZCROWD team

Connections are expanding our reach to our customers via the means of social and electronic media. Part of this has seen us establishing a presence on facebook, twitter and other popular sites. The newest and most recent of these is the RBS powered Bizcrowd providing a new and innovative way for us to interact with our customers.







November 2013 - Credit / Debit Cards

Connections are pleased to announce that we have now teamed up with Payleven to enable us to offer customers the facility to pay for work via credit or debit card.
We hope that this will make our customer service even better



December 2013 - Merry Christmas

To all out customers past, present and future, a very peaceful and Holy Christmas and a prosperous new year
- Dave and the Connections Team


January 2014 - Fundraising for Cancer Research UK
Many of you may know that I got some pretty bad news before Christmas. Two very close family members (My aunt and uncle) My Uncle has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma (a fairly rare type of lung cancer) and whilst he has been in remission it is an aggressive cancer and has returned. My Aunt was diagnosed with skin cancer 2 years ago which after treatment was given the all clear. Unfor...tunately before Christmas they found a secondary tumour on her brain and others throughout her body. The Bolton family is fairly small and therefore close knit. It is more than frustrating that there isn't a thing anyone can do at present. As many of you also know I am not the fittest guy in the world and could definitely do with getting fit.
What I have decided to do therefore is go from the couch and hopefully complete the Cardiff Half Marathon in 10 months time (whilst doing a few 10k races in between). I want to do this in aid of Cancer Research UK and have set up a just giving site so that people can sponsor me. The first 10K race I will be competing in will be the Pensford 10K race in Somerset on April 27th. Id also like to thank Matt Warren for agreeing to train and race with me Please, if you can spare a few pounds I would be most grateful for your support. You can Donate by clicking the logo on the front home page



March 2014 - Government to come down hard on "incompetetent electricians" - BBC News Website

Electrician

Tougher rules are needed to ensure electricians have enough training to work on people's homes without putting them in danger, MPs have warned.

Rules in England state that people deemed "competent" by industry bodies can sign off work as safe and legal.

But the Communities and Local Government Committee said some had only a few weeks' training and called enforcement of rules "at best patchy".

The government said it would consider the findings "carefully".

In 2005, the Labour government brought most electrical work in the home under the system of building regulations, designed to ensure safety standards.

'Five-week wonder'

It was decided that only those deemed "competent persons" by a range of government-approved competent persons schemes should be able to hand customers certificates to show work was of good quality and legal.

The committee said safety overall had risen since 2005, but it raised concerns about the standards in place, saying some of those judged to be a "competent person" were signing off more than 3,400 competency notifications a year.

Somebody whose only electrical qualification is that they have attended a five-week training course simply should not be re-wiring houses”

Clive Betts MP

This led to questions over how much scrutiny of the work was going on.

In some cases, the MPs were told, people stood "as much chance of getting a competent person as asking a bloke down the pub to do the job".

The committee received evidence that some workers had done no more than take a "two-hour open book exam" before carrying out domestic electrical work, while others had taken internet-advertised "five-week wonder" courses.

Added to this, only 14% of the population were even aware of the system, fewer than a third of the number who knew about a similar scheme for gas fitters.

The committee recommended that, within five years, no-one should be allowed to carry out the electrical work covered by building regulations without an NVQ Level III or equivalent qualification and "a significant period of supervised on-the-job training".

A limit should be set on the number of cases each "competent person" could be responsible for approving, it added.

Resources call

Committee chairman Labour MP Clive Betts said: "Somebody whose only electrical qualification is that they have attended a five-week training course simply should not be re-wiring houses. Yet this is what we were told is happening.

"The person in the home wants to know that the person arriving on the doorstep is a qualified electrician.

"The current system does not guarantee this. Rather, it can brand the incompetent as competent."

Mr Betts called for councils to be given the resources to enforce the regulations.

Communities minister Stephen Williams said: "I'm pleased that the committee recognises the improvements since the building regulations covering electrical safety were introduced but there is always more work to be done to strike the right balance and we will consider the report's recommendations carefully, especially as part of our review of the impact of changes we've made to reduce unnecessary red tape in this area."


July 2014 - Elecsa and NICEIC Launch the RCP Scheme (Registered Competent Person)

In an attempt to remove the confusion faced by members of the general public over a persons suitability and competence to perform domestic electrical work to part P Standards ECA and NICEIC have launched RCP (The overarching Part P Registered Persons Scheme) - Connections are already part of the register and welcome the new scheme


August 2014 - Connections pass with flying colours.



Connections Electrical Services recently underwent the first of a yearly rigourous inspection programme by Elecsa our Governing Body. The inspection focused on customer satisfaction, quality of systems and most inportantly quality and safety of work undertaken. We are pleased to announce that we passed with flying colours being rated grade A by Elecsa with zero non-conformances. You can be sure that when you choose Connections - you are choosing the best 


Oct 2014 - Survey Monkey

In an attempt to make sure we are providing the highest levels of customer service and quality we have set up an online survey using survey monkey for you to tell us what we are good at but more importantly what we are bad at - The survey can be found here

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9JNBLH7