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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,
Birmingham
B7 4SN

Tel: 0121 809 1980
Email: sales.birmingham@erfelectrical.co.uk
Opening Times:
7.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday
7.30am to 5pm on Friday



Lucky Sparky Wins his Weight in Chocolate

As you may have seen, we were recently ran a competition to ‘win your weight in chocolate.’ On Tuesday, a lucky winner was selected at random from over 550+ entries, to win his or her weight in the delicious dairy goodness.

Our lucky winner was William Aston, who is a self-employed Electrician from Shrewsbury, trading as WA Electrical.

On finding out he had won, Will said:

‘I am still navigating being new to using social media for my business and didn’t realise that following electrical accounts on Instagram would mean me ending up with so much chocolate! It was a nice surprise.

It’s great of ERF to offer a fun competition and getting the call brightened my day. Andy taking the time to deliver it himself was very much appreciated.

I have received jokes about being sure to turn up on site with chocolate and am hoping that the banter about changing  my name from Will to Willy Wonka doesn’t stick!

Winning has provided some light hearted moments during an uncertain time for small Limited Companies like mine.

I have shared some chocolate with family and other small businesses, as well as making short work of a box of heroes myself!  Regardless of what I decide to do with the rest, a donation will definitely go to the local food bank. ‘

Our very own Managing Director, Andy Laycock, had the special job of delivering the mountain of chocolate to Will and commented:

‘It was a real pleasure to make the call to Will and deliver the good news that he had been chosen as our lucky winner. It was even better to turn up in the ERF truck and reveal the 80kg of chocolate treats that he had won. We hope he enjoys the chocolate and we hear that he plans to keep some for himself but also give some away, which we think is very charitable.’

Will is very kindly choosing to donate some of the chocolate to the local Shrewsbury Food Bank, Barnaba’s Community Projects.

Stay up to date with the latest ERF news, competitions and deals by following us on our social media channels.



Calibration dates 2021

Electrical Meter Calibration days

Let us take the hassle out of getting your electrical meters calibrated.

Just drop the meter(s) off between 8.30am and 12pm on the calibration day and we will sort the rest. You can then collect the meters at the end of the day, or some branches may be able to offer collection/drop offs.

Speak to your local Branch Manager to find out more about this option.

ONLY £25 per meter +VAT

👉Book your place here👈

 

Electrical meter calibration dates at the ERF branches:

Click the branch name to view branch location details.

Blaby Tuesday 7th September 2021
Mansfield (FCC)Wednesday 8th September 2021
Nottingham (For Ilkeston customers also)- Tuesday 14th September 2021
Cannock Tuesday 28th September 2021
Leicester Wednesday 29th September 2021
Birmingham Tuesday 5th October 2021
Wolverhampton Tuesday 12th October 2021
Derby Wednesday 13th October 2021
Newark Wednesday 20th October 2021
Nuneaton Tuesday 2nd November 2021

ERF offer an expert repair and calibration service for all brands of electrical test equipment.
Our partnership engineers understand and appreciate the technology and provide both repair and calibration services.

Meters included:
– Multifunction testers
– Pat testers
– Single instruments
– Checkboxes
– Earth resistance testers
– Multimeter
– Clamp meter
– Thermometer
– RCD & insulation testers
ONLY £25 per meter +VAT

👉Book your place here👈

 

Electrical meter Calibration days 2021


Easter Branch Opening Hours

Please see below the ERF Easter opening hours:

Date: Hours:
Bank holiday Friday 2nd April CLOSED
Saturday 3rd April CLOSED
Sunday 4th April CLOSED
Bank holiday Monday 5th April CLOSED
Tuesday 6th April Open as normal

We hope that you have a lovely Easter weekend and we look forward to welcoming you back in to your local branch on Tuesday 6th.

Happy Easter from ERF



Andy Laycock Moves into Managing Director Role as Part of Planned Company Evolution

We are delighted to announce that ERF’s own former Sales Director, Andy Laycock, has stepped into the role of Managing Director from 4th January 2021. This move sits as part of a planned and managed set of changes, focused on propelling ERF into the next stages of its growth.

Andy has been part of the ERF family for 15 years and has been a crucial part of its success during this time, working closely alongside our now former MD and current CEO, Robin Combellack.

Robin commented:

‘This announcement is part of a planned transition, throughout which, a committed and talented team has been built. Headed by Andy Laycock, they will drive through on our investment and achieve the targets they have set themselves. Andy has played a huge role in ensuring this team is ready to go.

Andy has the company’s interests ingrained in him and has played a major role in writing and embedding our core values into the business. 15 years of working together along with 2 years of planning, mean I have every confidence Andy will expand the business and allow me to work on the group and our strategy as CEO.

As ERF enters this new phase, it is clear that more time is required on strategic rather than operational matters. The industry is changing, as is distribution and we want to be at the forefront of these changes. ‘

Andy continues to play a key role in helping ERF navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, which has presented its own unique challenges.

Andy commented:

‘I am delighted and feel truly privileged to be given the opportunity to lead our business into the next phase of transformation. A new “Post-COVID” era is emerging, and it is one in which we will drive growth and customer service levels forward through digitalisation, whilst at the same time continuing to embrace the importance of personal relationships throughout our entire supply chain.

Early in 2021, we will launch our online business to business trading platform. As the world has accelerated its move to digital sales and customer interaction, electrical wholesaling will be no exception and ERF will be at the forefront of the independent wholesaling market moving online.

Ease of trading has been the focus throughout the complete development process, and we are very excited by how ERF Online will enhance our customer service offer.

I encourage and welcome all to make contact with us and discuss your own service requirements. I want our customers to keep returning to us because of how great trading with ERF feels.’

To coincide with Andy’s move into the role of MD, ERF is going through a planned process of digitisation. This was part of the strategy long before we even knew of COVID-19 however, the pandemic has highlighted to our business that there is a critical need for digitisation, more so than ever before.

We have been investing in digitising our business since 2018, in systems such as our new ERP system, which allows us to be cloud based and operate from any location. We are also now able to utilise the new technologies available to us with a CRM package just about to launch, which will focus on helping us to manage the relationships even better, that we have with our customers.

Shortly after, we are very excited about the launch of our B2B ecommerce website which will allow our customers the opportunity to trade with us 24/7 online.

Robin commented:

‘Digitisation is going to be key to offering our customers the service that is now expected. Same day deliveries, placing orders online, online visible stock holdings and pricing for every customer. It sounds simple, but this has required significant investment and ERF have made this commitment throughout 2019 and 2020. We have invested in this technology despite the difficult recent trading conditions, as our commitment to the future is unfaltering.

I look forward to heading the group and supporting Andy and his team in the growth of ERF Electrical Wholesalers Ltd.’

 

 



ERF Christmas Opening Hours 2020

 

 Thank you for your business and support in 2020.
We wish you a safe Christmas and New Year and we will be here to support you in 2021.


Electrical Meter Calibration Day at ERF Blaby Sparks Great Turnout

ERF Blaby Assists Large Numbers of Local Electrical Contractors to get Their Meters Calibrated

Last week, on Wednesday 9th September, the ERF team at Blaby calibrated over 40 customers meters.

The calibrations were conducted by a calibration partner, who are experts in electrical testing calibration. Meters were either collected or dropped off between 8am and 12.30pm and were all calibrated on the same day.

We know that it may have been difficult during lock down and this period of uncertainty to get your meters tested, and that is why we are even more committed to ensuring we are able to provide this service to you.

Missed the calibrations at Blaby? No problem. We have a large number of calibration dates throughout the rest of the year. Check out the dates and book yourself a place here: ERF Calibration dates.

 

ERF Blaby Service Manager Jack Skelton commented:

“ERF Blaby’s calibration day yesterday 09.09.2020 was supported overwhelmingly. 42 testers were calibrated for our loyal customers as well as food, drink and a lot of laughs. As a whole, the day reiterated the unmatched support from the local area our ERF branch receives, which we are hugely grateful for”.

 

Social Distancing and PPE

During these times we are committed to continuing to provide services like these in the safest way possible. We have FREE masks for customers to wear whilst in branch, hand sanitiser, gloves and lots of signs to help let our customers know how to keep themselves safe. Social distancing is practised at all times by both staff and the ERF team and we are confident that we continue to operate in a covid secure way.

Should you have any concerns, or need you meters collecting, please speak to you local ERF team.



Extended Opening Hours for all ERF Branches

From 1st September 2020, all ERF branches will have extended opening hours.

The new opening hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 7.30am – 5.30pm

Friday: 7.30am – 5pm

This decision was made so that we can better look after our customers, from the branches and ERF Support Centre.

All 12 ERF branches will have the same opening hours.

Hope to see you soon!

The ERF Team

 

 



ERF Mansfield (FCC) opens it’s doors again!

Another open branch for you.

The branches that we now have open are:

Andover 01264357374
Blaby 01162788000
Cannock 01543570500
Derby 01332344114
Leicester 01162628421
Mansfield (FCC) 01623 631200
Newark 01636610800
Nottingham 01159203961
Nuneaton 02476346953
Wolverhampton 01902871853

Safe Working Practices. Safe for you. Safe for us.
Check out how we are keeping us all safe with our COVID-19 safe working practices. Safe collections in branch and safe deliveries.

Need PPE?
We have a range of PPE available. View PPE available here and speak to your local branch to order.



ERF Blaby, Derby and Nuneaton opening this week!

We are pleased to let you know that the ERF Blaby, Derby and Nuneaton branches are reopening this week.

Derby opened on Tuesday, Blaby on Wednesday and Nuneaton will open tomorrow (Thursday 4th June.)

We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the branches are safe for your return and have implemented a number of safe working practices. Find out more here.

There is also a range of PPE available to ERF customers. Find out more here and call your local branch to order.

The branches which are now open, are:

Andover 01264357374
Blaby 01162788000
Cannock 01543570500
Derby 01332344114
Leicester 01162628421
Newark 01636610800
Nottingham 01159203961
Nuneaton 02476346953 (opens tomorrow!)
Wolverhampton 01902871853

We hope to see you soon,

The ERF Team

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