Public Liability Insurance

Instalec now holds £30M Public Liability Insurance for working air-side at London Luton Airport. This allows up to three engineers and powered access equipment to be used in highly sensitive areas of work. We are currently carrying out new lighting projects at the airport and hope to complete other contracts in the near future.

Travel Luton Business Grant Scheme

Instalec have just received a grant of £3000 from the Luton Borough Council – Travel Luton Workplace Scheme for the installation of a shower unit for staff members that cycle to work. Keen cyclist Peter Green our Contracts Manager cycles several days a week from his home in Letchworth and Director – Jamie Swan is in training for the next London/Brighton run. They have found the facility very useful. Director Paul Jones has now removed the stabilisers from his bike and can be spotted early morning pushing his machine up the hills and slight inclines around Luton gasping for breath.

Golf Day Looms

The Instalec charity golf day on behalf of Road Victims Trust is fast approaching. The event will be at Mentmore Golf Course Nr Leighton Buzzard on 15th May and entries should be received by the end of April. Don’t hesitate to contact Paul Jones if you require any further information.

Xmas Safety Measures

Electrical Safety at Christmas From Electricity Safety Council

Colourful fairy lights – both indoor and outdoor – are a popular part of our Christmas decorations. But are you putting your home and your loved ones at risk when you deck the halls with twinkling lights?

Follow our simple advice to enjoy a safe and happy Christmas.

Christmas Lights – Top Tips

To help prevent the most common electrical problems with Christmas lights, we recommend the following simple precautions and checks.


read and follow the manufacturers’ instructions
check your Christmas lights are not damaged or broken before use and look out for loose wires
use only replacement bulbs of the same type and rating as those originally supplied with the lights
ensure all outdoor lights are conneted via a 30mA RCD protected socket
replace failed lamps immediately to prevent overheating
ensure plugs and transformers are plugged in indoors, even if the lighting is suitable for outdoor use
switch your lights off and unplug them before you go to bed or go out
keep lights away from flammable decorations and materials that can burn easily

use lights outdoors unless they are specially designed for such use
connect different lighting sets together
connect lights to the supply whilst still in the packaging
remove or insert lamps while the chain is connected to the supply
overload sockets – try to avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors
allow children or pets to play with Christmas lights
attempt to repair faulty lights – replace them
use lights that are damaged or faulty

And just as a warning please watch this frightening video clip.

Environmental Grants Available

You could be one of 10 Bedfordshire businesses to benefit from advice and a grant towards environmental improvements – offer ends 18 December
Bedfordshire businesses are urged to take advantage of an offer of a Rev Active visit designed to identify where energy usage and costs can be saved (worth £1000) and potentially benefit from a 28% grant towards carbon saving improvements.
This package, on offer from SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Economic Partnership), is only available to 10 Bedfordshire businesses, who must register before 18 December. The first 10 qualifying Bedfordshire companies to register for Rev Active will be awarded two days of consultancy in the New Year and will then be encouraged by SEMLEP to apply for Grants4Growth grant.This offer is only open to Bedfordshire Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), which are those companies with fewer than 250 employees, a turnover less than £41 million and not more than 25% owned by larger groups.
Contact us if you require further information or advice on energy saving matters.

Electrical Industry Awards 20013 – Apprentice of the Year – Jack Howes

“This years coveted award goes to Jack Howes of Instalec Electrical Engineers.” How lovely to hear those words at the ceremony for this years Electrical Industry Awards last night and what an honour it is for the directors and staff to share in our tribute to Jack. He has been bestowed a great honour, for which he truly deserves and spoke of with high praise by the NICEIC Apprenticeship Academy and Bedford college Staff alike. A little nervous, Jack collected his award in the presence of 400 people that attended the industry event to great applause and imagine that he will treasure that moment for many years to come. However, there was no stopping his progress as he was back at the coal face at 7am this morning ready to star another busy day. Jack has a bright future and we are very proud and pleased to have him as part of our team.



Jack Howes – Apprentice of the Year – Short Listed.

Jack Howes our senior apprentice has been short listed for the Electrical Times Apprentice of the Year. He has been selected from a long list of candidates and is guaranteed an award with three other trainees from around the country. The award ceremony takes place on the 24th October at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington and we wish Jack the very best luck. Of course we already know he is the champion and just await conformation from the judging panel.
Since joining the company he has been an exceptional trainee with all the qualities of a model employee and he has a bright future ahead of him in the industry.

Golf Day News

Our golf day on Thursday 16th May was a resounding success once again raising a further £2446 for Road Victims Trust. Our thanks go to all of the teams that entered and for your continued support of this excellent charity. To find out more go to the following link :-

Please note that we have already booked a date for next years Golf Day to be held a Mentmore Golf & Country Club on 15th May 2014 and hope to have up to 25 team participating and raising more for good causes.

Project Manager

We are very pleased to welcome Peter Green today as he begins employment with us in his new roll as Project Manager. After a long search for the right candidate we are confident that he will not only compliment our team but bring a great deal of expertise from his previous employment positions that will enhance our service to customers and increase efficiencies all round.

Firelec Controls Ltd.

Today we launch our new fire alarm and access control division to complement our current services. With Richard Randall at the helm, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience, we are certain that he will steer us in a further successful venture. We are now able to offer a complete installation, maintenance and service of all types of conventional and addressable systems including Chubb, Advanced, Morley, Kentec, C-Tec and Control Equipment.

For all your Fire Safety, Security and Safety needs visit Firelec!