Inspiring wiring

Wessex Electricals seminar at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. Jess Lutwyche, MD of Wessex Fire & Security, Stuart Fisher, MD of Wessex Electricals, guest speaker Tim Bollard, NICEIC, and Andy Benton, MD of Wessex Building Services.

Almost 100 delegates attended an important seminar organised by Wessex Electricals during Electrical Fire Safety Month.

The event at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium heard from Tim Bollard of NICIEC and ELECSA, the market leading certification body for electricians.

Wessex Electrical seminar at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. Speaker Tim Bollard, NICEIC.

He spoke about the new wiring regulations, which come into effect from January 1 2019 and are an important subject in the industry.

With Christmas and winter approaching the number of fires is likely to increase and the seminar heard that these changes are designed to enhance safety.

Stuart Fisher, managing director of the long-standing Dorset business that is based in Shaftesbury and is part of the family-owned Wessex Group, opened proceedings.

Wessex Electricals seminar at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. MD Stuart Fisher.

He welcomed delegates from a number of businesses, local authorities and health services.

Stuart said afterwards: “Though we are based in Shaftesbury where we were founded more than 50 years ago we work right across the south.

“Bournemouth’s Vitality stadium was a great venue and geographically convenient for our delegates of whom we had a great number, which reflects the general interest in the subject.

“While the wiring regulations is perhaps of little interest to most people it is hugely important in keeping them safe.

“The seminar was designed to alert interested parties to the changes and explain what they mean in practical terms.

“It is one of those subjects that effects everyone although most are not aware of it.

“Safety in our industry is obviously of the utmost importance and it was reassuring to see so many professionals attend the seminar.

“While these regulations are of course important to Wessex Electricals, our group’s other companies will also be affected by them.

“Being part of a group of companies really helps when new regulations and laws are introduced because we are able to share knowledge and good practice.”

Wessex Electricals is part of the Wessex Group, which consists of a number of companies that operate in fire and security, electrical, HVAC and plumbing, renewable energy and property maintenance areas.

Wessex Electrical seminar at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. Speaker Tim Bollard, NICEIC.

Notes to editors: Wessex Group is a collection of companies based in Shaftesbury, Dorset, but working across the south. It began in 1963 when Tony Morgan set up his own electrics firm. The group now consists of numerous companies that install and/or maintains electrics, heating, air conditioning, plumbing, renewable energy, and fire and security systems. Wessex Group employs more than 400 staff and in 2013 celebrated its half century by supplying local charities and good causes with “50 things for 50 years”. Tony’s sons Simon and Alistair now head the firm.


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