The future is bright for ElecLocal

Tough new rules introduced to increase electrical safety have meant that the demand for qualified electricians is surging. Local Services' Emma King reports

ElecLocal is now recognised as offering domestic and commercial customers fully qualified electricians at sensible prices. ElecLocal is enabling new ElecLocal franchisees to build a substantial client base and profitable businesses.

Almost all of us at some time or another have experienced how difficult it is to find qualified, reliable tradesmen. Of the 42 million electrical jobs carried out last year only one third were carried out by qualified electricians. This has led to an increased number of electrical related injuries - around 6700 fires a year are reported as having an electrical source which includes faulty or inadequate wiring. The increased number of injuries and deaths, linked with faulty electrics, led the Government to introduce the Part P regulations in January 2005. Since then finding a fully qualified electrician has become even harder.

The shortage of qualified electricians has inevitably meant that there is a high demand and good business prospects for fully qualified ElecLocal electricians.

Domestic Clients

Increased public awareness about electrical safety combined with ElecLocal's growing brand awareness has meant that ElecLocal electricians are well received in their designated territories. Peter Morgan the ElecLocal electrician in Bedfordshire started trading in February 2006. Peter started his local advertising and within the first week he received many requests for his services; the domestic work ranges from small 1 - 2 hour jobs through to full re-wires. Grant Harvey ElecLocal's first franchisee has now built up an impressive client list which boasts a number of A-list celebrities.

Commercial Clients

ElecLocal's unique service has been recognised by commercial clients. Despite the fact that full national coverage is not expected until 2007 ElecLocal has become first call for a number of national businesses. As ElecLocal's coverage of the UK increases PlumbLocal's existing national accounts are choosing ElecLocal as their preferred electrical service company.

The Opportunity

The ElecLocal franchise is a commercial opportunity enabling successful applicants to qualify as electricians and once experienced move on to build profitable, multi-vehicle businesses. Local Services has a unique business management system to assist and support franchisees in the running of their business.

ElecLocal operates a strict selection process which has meant that the ElecLocal electricians are of a high standard both intellectually and practically. All have had impressive past careers and have re-trained in order to dedicate their time to building their own businesses. By utilising the industry leading City & Guilds training as well as ongoing marketing, business and technical support ElecLocal franchisees are building businesses with very bright futures.