About the ECA

The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) was founded over 100 years ago and is the UK's largest and leading trade association representing electrical, electronic installation engineering and building services companies.

The ECA is recognised by Government, commerce and industry as the authoritative voice of the sector and the ECA is amongst the nation’s best resourced representative associations. The ECA works closely with Government and key national bodies to improve industry standards and procedures. Its comprehensive, progressive and innovative services are highly respected and renowned throughout industry.

Supporting the Industry

ECA members range from local employers with only a few operatives to national multi-service companies with several branches employing thousands.

  • ECA members' aggregate turnover is £4 billion
  • ECA members’ employ more than 30,000 operatives and support 8,000 apprentices in their craft training
  • ECA membership base encompasses installers, manufactures, distributors and end users
  • ECA is dedicated to best practice and efficient, effective and safe working procedures
  • ECA members are kept fully in touch with every new area of electrical and electronic technology
  • ECA membership is underlined by a number of customer assurances such as the ECA Code of Fair Trading, the ECA Warranty and the ECA Bond

The ECA has a robust history and reputation established over decades of professionalism, focused on sustaining and developing one of today’s most prolific, state of the art industries in the UK.

Ensuring High Standards & Installation Safety

The ECA ensures that member companies maintain the highest possible standards of:

  • Workmanship
  • Compliance and client relationships

ECA registered members must adhere to BS7671:1992 Requirements for Electrical Installations (The Institution of Electrical Engineers [IEE] wiring regulations) and all other standards regulations and codes of practice relevant to the installation. There is also a requirement that their work be regularly assessed and that they employ operatives that are properly qualified for the work being undertaken. These requirements ensure that the highest possible standards of quality and safety are maintained on terms equitable to both client and installer alike.

As a member company, Combined Electricals Limited have agreed to comply with principles to ensure the equitable contract completion terms, set out in the ECA Code of Fair Trading, registered with the Office of Fair Trading.

Safeguarding the Customer

The ECA Warranty, the ECA Bond and the ECA Code of Fair Trading provide assurance that all installation work is completed thoroughly and satisfactorily according to Relevant Standards. These three important elements cover work compliance, work completion and good customer relations.

ECA Warranty

If work fails to comply with the relevant standards, the ECA Warranty ensures that it shall be rectified to comply with such standards subject to a maximum limit of £100,000. Subject to the terms and conditions of the scheme the Warranty provides the claimant, at no cost, with an assurance that if any work carried out by an ECA member fails to comply with the Relevant Standards, it shall be rectified at no further expense. The ECA Warranty is valid for a period of six years from completion of the contract.

ECA Bond

The ECA Bond, subject to the terms and conditions of the scheme, provides the claimant with an assurance that if a member’s employment is determined for a specified reason, such as the insolvency of the member, the additional cost of completion will be met. This is subject to a maximum limited of £100,000 or 10% of the contract value shown on the member company’s certificate. The benefits of the Bond are available to clients on all contracts completed on ‘approved forms’.

ECA Code of Fair Trading

The ECA Code of Fair Trading is in addition to the customer’s legal and statutory rights. It encourages good communication and gives guidance on matters such as standards of workmanship and materials, design, costs, guarantees, payment terms and settlement disputes.

To enhance our Health and Safety standards we have entered into a partnership with Key Ostas who assist us in maintaining a pro-active culture to Health and Safety and its duties. All of our employees are fully updated with their duties and all hold a current CSCS card as their safety is paramount as is that of the people around them.

All our works are undertaken to the latest wiring regulations (currently 17th Edition Amendment No3)