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Aico trade day is back! ERF Leicester 27th of October

Aico trade day at ERF Leicester branch!

The Aico training van is back! and they will be setting up at our Leicester branch on Wednesday 27th of October, where they will be inviting contractors to take part in crucial CPD training in fire safety and regulations.




🔥CPD training (Continuous professional development)

🔥Recognised by the NICEIC as evidence towards annual assessments, know as EAS (Electrotechnical assessment specification)

🔥There will be 3 sessions on each day at 90 minutes per slot

🔥Each session has 8 contractors

🔥Once training is completed a certificate of completion will be sent to your local branch for collection.


Leicester branch – 27th October

173 Loughborough Road,

Time slots will be 9am, 11am, and 1pm






Take a look at the previous event days which took place at our Nottingham and Mansfield branches!

Nottingham Sparky Golf Event Fills the Driving Range

Great to see so many familiar and new faces at the Nottingham golf event at Ramsdale Park Golf club on Thursday 23rd September.

The night was jam packed, full of local sparkys, electrical contractors and budding golf enthusiasts and there were plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.

🏌️‍♂️ Trackman driving range and tips from golf pros

⛳ Curry, Indian snacks and plenty of beer!

⛳ Golf competitions to keep it competitive and prizes to be won on the night. Well done to our winners!

The ERF team were also there on the night to make sure that everyone was having a great time and that the balls were hit and beer was drunk.

Keep an eye out for the next ERF event near you.

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BG Consumer Units and RCBO Deal

👉Click for Further information on BG’s products


BG Main Switch Consumer Units Price (ex VAT)
9 Module 7 Way with 100A Switch £19
12 Module 10 Way with 100A Switch £20.50
16 Module 14 Way with 100A Switch £23
Wiring Kit
C/W Live, Neutral & Earth Wires, Busbar & Shroud 1 X SPD 1 X 32A MCB £32
Compact RCBO, Type A, B Curve, ALL Ampages £11
BG Fully Loaded Boards Price (ex VAT)
5 Way Deal
CFUSW07-01 Board + SPD Kit + 5 RCBO’s £106
8 Way Deal
CFUSW10-01 Board + SPD Kit + 6 RCBO’s £118.50
12 Way Deal
CFUSW14-01 Board + SPD Kit + 7 RCBO’s £132

We also have tail kit packs and flexible tails


 Board info:

Main Switch Incomer


All metal unit, manufactured from stainless steel

Bottom hinged visor

White gloss finish

M20 & M32 knockouts on top, bottom and side

Lockable cover also available

Integrated spirit level

Compliant with 18th Edition

Glands also available


The BG boards, RCBOs and SPD kits are available in all ERF branches, at all times.

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Beer, Balls & Curry – Ramsdale Park Golf club

👉Ramsdale Park Golf club – Click to register your interest here!

Are you a sparky working in the Nottingham area? Join us for an evening of fun at the Ramsdale Park Golf club. We are looking forward to spending some time with our customers and getting to know new faces as well. There will be FREE food, beer and golf for those who attend, all in the swanky trackman area of the golf club. If you are a keen golfer, then register your interest in attending the event, using the link above or below.

You can take advantage of a one-on-one session with a golf pro on the night, enjoy some curry and catch up with some electrical manufacturers, who will also be there at Ramsdale Park Golf club on the night.


👉Click to register your interest here!

Kosnic Downlight deal

6W Dimmable Kosnic downlight DEAL with interchangeable bezels

Get your hands on this Kosnic Downlight deal, which is available in all ERF branches!

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Five Resources all Trainee and Apprentice Electricians Should Know About 

It’s the summer holidays and many bright-eyed and bushy-tailed school leavers will be searching for an apprenticeship as they look to kick-start their career in the electrical industry. The demand for trainee schemes and apprenticeships has never been so high, making it quite the challenge for tradespeople to sift through piles of applications and pick out the next best electrician to train.

To help budding electricians learn more about the trade and stand out amongst the crowd, we have pulled together a handy guide full of the most insightful and informative resources the industry has to offer!


Electrodoc app

Physical textbooks are now a thing of the past for trainees and apprentices. Now, to find key information about the trade, it’s only a quick tap away. Electrodoc (otherwise known as the portable bible for electricians) is available to download on iOS and android devices. The app is the perfect tool for making complex topics easy to understand, from the Ohm’s law calculator to the voltage divider, this app will give young adults a (valid) excuse for being glued to their phones!

The Electrodoc app caters for all abilities and enables people to learn in a range of different ways; from searching around a problem on the spot to learning about a core topic in more detail, it’s one of the best “toolkits” any aspiring electrician could bring to work – you might even teach the boss a thing or two!


Talk Electrician’s forum

Talk Electrician’s forum (TEF) is an online community bursting with over 30,000 fellow sparkys. The sheer number of working professionals in the forum makes it one of the best places to go for advice, information or help on anything related to the trade. Aside from all the technical stuff, TEF is known for the friendliness of its members, so even if you wanted a chat or a bit of a laugh, there’s always someone available.

There is a list of forums with different threads to read through and get involved in. For example, the ‘Question & Answer Board’ is a popular thread with as many as 129,309 posts on it… so never be too scared to ask a question! There are other forums that touch on industry news and updates, job openings and posts specifically for apprentices, as well as resources to aid learning, and a jokes thread – full of cheesy one-liners. 


Electricians on YouTube

As well as apps and forums, there is a space on YouTube that electricians are proudly filling. The videos are easy to find online and visual in nature, which makes YouTube an ideal platform for learning, especially for the more technical parts of the trade that require a bit of practice. 

GSH Electrical is the perfect place for apprentices to gain a useful (and professional) overview of the electrical world. With an impressive following of 69.6K subscribers, the channel aims to promote best practices in testing and installation. There are practical demonstrations which help to support learning for beginners, as well as offering handy advice from a fully-qualified college tutor. 

N Bundy Electrical is a fun YouTube account to watch, with day-in-the-life (of an electrician) videos that are both entertaining and educational. It’s run by self-employed electrician, Nick Bundy, who takes his followers along for the highs (and lows!) of the job, with videos on dealing with customers that refuse to pay, to reviewing the top electrical tools, and how to move a fuse board. This series is brilliant for those who want a bit of a laugh, whilst learning about the necessary skills that are required to get the job done properly. 

Electrician-come-YouTuber, John Ward is one to watch! With a slightly more formal tone to his channel, JW prides himself on putting electrical theories to the test, and showing off different experiments and demonstrations with his weekly videos.


#sparky TikTok

Electricians aren’t ignoring the TikTok craze at the moment either. The social media platform isn’t only for dance routines and strange trends, but it is now one of the best platforms for learning too. It’s pretty easy for any layperson to create and upload the short clips, and electricians are getting creative too by sharing tips about their trade and networking (and jumping on the odd trend too!). 

#sparky is followed by 390 million people on TikTok, so it’s a hashtag that’s well worth the extra screen time. This hashtag on TikTok makes learning a bit more engaging, with a range of insightful clips to funny moments that have been documented by electricians all over the globe. 

Kimmy The Sparks on TikTok is worthy of a special mention, uploading upbeat, witty videos of her working day. Kimmy’s content is full of electrical tips and tricks, but also breaks down any misconceptions about female electricians.


The Electrical Show Podcast

Podcasts are an up and coming way for people to talk on any given topic. For those who struggle to sit down and focus on information, podcasts are a great way to learn about something new – without having to concentrate too hard on what’s being said.

One podcast to play on the way to work is The Electrical Show. Every Friday lunchtime without fail, Thomas Nagy chats about the latest, most exciting topics in the electrical industry. The podcast is available to listen to on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and each episode is relatively short, lasting around 20 minutes. 

Thomas mixes up each episode by inviting different guests in the industry to speak; interacting with comments from his audience and sparking debates. The Electrical Show hands out advice directly for junior electricians, touching on the problems with short courses and tips for packing a toolkit – helping young starters find their feet, episode by episode.

GARO EV smart charging at ERF electrical






GARO offer RCBO’S that are used with EV Charger s as there is a need to protect the charger and the safety of the user.

We are Now Stocking GARO Type A 2 pole RCBO Perfect for EV charging.

GARO products are European made, come with a Comprehensive 5 year warranty and are exceptional value.


👉Find your local ERF branch👈

Or call: 0115 920 3960

Also available for delivery

Aico trade days – 26th & 27th August

Aico trade days at the Nottingham and Mansfield branches!

We are being joined by Aico at our Nottingham and Mansfield branches on the 26th and 27th of August, where they will be inviting contractors to take part in crucial CPD training in fire safety and regulations.




🔥CPD training (Continuous professional development)

🔥Recognised by the NICEIC as evidence towards annual assessments, know as EAS (Electrotechnical assessment specification)

🔥There will be 3 sessions on each day at 90 minutes per slot

🔥Each session has 8 contractors

🔥Once training is completed a certificate of completion will be sent to your local branch for collection.


Nottingham branch – 26th August

Mansfield branch – 27th August


Time slots will be 9am, 11am, and 1pm







Nottingham branch on the 26th of August:

Mansfield branch on the 27th of August:

Congratulations to all those who attended the Aico days at Nottingham and Mansfield branches. You will now receive your certifications from Aico shortly and are now all Aico approved installers.

Euro 2020 promotion – Win a VIP football experience

🏆The Winner of our VIP football club experience!🏆

Congratulations to Aimee Mackenzie of J2 electrical

The directors of J2 electrical, James and Jay accepting the prize on behalf of Aimee

⚽UEFA Euro 2020 – Be a Euro champion

For the duration of the Euro 2020 football tournament we are holding a promotional giveaway, where you can win a VIP UK football club experience for two people at any club of your choice.

All you have to do is spend £50 ex VAT in branch and then submit your details via the QR code on the promotional poster or flyer. You will then be entered into a final draw at the end of tournament.

That isn’t the only thing, however. Each week, there are prizes to be won in each branch!


👉 WIN a VIP UK football club experience for two

👉 WIN a crate of beer and Euro 2020 merch:







👉Come into any branch to be able to have a chance at being a Champion!

📆 Closing date on the 11th July the date of the final

Terms and conditions: 1 entry person per week following a £50 spend. Uk football team of your choice.

We reserve the right to change the details of this promotion at any point



ERF Birmingham Opens its Doors Next Monday

After a few months during lockdown, of being closed, we are very pleased to announce that ERF Electrical Birmingham is opening again, from Monday 19th April.

We took the decision to keep this branch shut until now, as it was our newest branch and we were able to look after our Birmingham customers through all our other branches, which have been open throughout.

This branch at Matrix Point, is a special one due to its spacious and innovative layout. The internal branch area features a glass wall, where customers and staff can see straight into the stores. The stock holding at Birmingham is supported by the ERF West Midlands region with a stock holding of £1m.

Area Manager, Simon Jones said:

‘We are thrilled to be opening the doors to this great branch once again. During the lockdown we have still been getting the kit to our customers, but now we can also be on hand in Birmingham for walk-ins and call and collections. We have stock of all our electrical Essentials products from the catalogue, so no need to worry about whether we have the stock.

If you live in the area and have not been in to see us yet, then pop in and say hello.

We’ve got plenty of parking, stock on the shelves and a friendly team on hand.’


Birmingham branch contact details:

Area Manager: Simon Jones

Unit C3, Mainstream Way,
Matrix Point,
B7 4SN

Tel: 0121 809 1980
Opening Times:
7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday
7.30am to 5pm on Friday