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  • Unicrimp News

    Unicrimp Hires New Sales Manager

    Unicrimp, the latest new business to emerge from the successful Scolmore Group of companies, has announced the appointment of Mike Jackson to the position of National Sales Manager. … Read full story

    Scolmore Group Launches Unicrimp

    Unicrimp is the latest new business to emerge from the successful Scolmore Group of companies. Its formation brings to the electrical contracting industry a comprehensive range of cable accessory… Read full story

  • Scolmore News

    New business acquisition for Scolmore Group

    Leading wiring accessories, lighting and security products manufacturer, Scolmore Group, continues to expand and develop the business and is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sangamo, the… Read full story

    Scolmore Group Company, Unicrimp, to debut at ELEX

    Attracting electrical contractors from across the UK, the ELEX shows are the ideal platform to showcase the latest products and technologies that are shaping the future of the electrical industry.… Read full story

    Scolmore Group invests in brand new showroom and studio facility

    The recent expansion and total redesign of the Scolmore Visitor Centre has created a state of the art showroom and conference centre, which is now double the size and provides an ideal backdrop to… Read full story

    Round two beckons in the apprentice of the year competition

    Stage one of the 2018 NICEIC and ELECSA Electrical Apprentice of the Year Competition, sponsored by Scolmore, is now officially closed and we are delighted to announce there has been a staggering 60%… Read full story

    Tony’s Little Helpers Christmas Competition

    The Scolmore Group launched their Christmas campaign on Thursday 24th November. The social media based competition encourages wholesalers and contractors to print off the Tony Cable inspired elves and… Read full story

    Scolmore expands marketing team

    Scolmore Group has announced two new appointments to the marketing team, as the company invests in high calibre candidates to strengthen its market-leading position within the electrical industry. … Read full story

    Scolmore Group Highly Commended Best Manufacturer

    Pictured left to right: Kevin Beech, Scolmore national sales manager, Steph McGovern, BBC Business Presenter, Majella McCabe, Scolmore communications manager … Read full story

    Scolmore Group Company, Unicrimp, voted IBA Best New Supplier

    Scolmore Group’s on-going commitment to deliver a first class service to its customers continues to pay dividends, with two more accolades added to the company’s growing list of industry… Read full story

    NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year 2018

    Industry-leading competition sponsored by Scolmore is now open for entries. … Read full story

    Industry legend joins forces with Scolmore

    With a career spanning an impressive 60 years, electrical industry legend, Tony Cable, has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge during his rise from apprentice at the age of 15, to his most… Read full story

    Partnership Award for Scolmore from Leicester College

    Scolmore Group is delighted to have received recognition for its collaborative work with Leicester College. At the College’s annual ‘Awards to Industry’ event, Scolmore Group was… Read full story


    George Maynard from Leicester has been crowned the winner of the 2017 NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year competition, sponsored by Scolmore Group. … Read full story

    Scolmore joins the sponsor line-up at the Electrical Wholesaler Awards

    The Electrical Wholesaler Awards will take place at Madame Tussauds, London on Thursday 18th May 2017. Organised by Datateam, the publisher of Electrical Wholesaler magazine, the event is designed to… Read full story

    Scolmore achieves ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation

    Scolmore Group is delighted to announce that it has been successful in upgrading its ISO 9001 certification to the new International Quality Standard ISO 9001:2015.  With only 15% of UK companies… Read full story

    Scolmore sponsors the second Electrical Apprentice of the Year competition

    Following the huge success of the inaugural event last year, which attracted more than 400 entrants from across the UK, Scolmore Group is delighted to announce its continued sponsorship of the NICEIC… Read full story

    Free access to calculator feature with new Scolmore App

    The innovative new mobile App from leading wiring accessories and lighting manufacturer, Scolmore Group, is packed full of features and calculators to make life easier for electricians on the job. … Read full story

    International Award for Scolmore Sales Manager

    Scolmore Group’s Sales Manager (Middle East), Tim Piggott, has been presented with the Best Technical Speaker of the Day Award at the Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers (IIEE) 4th… Read full story

    Apprentice of the Year contest reaches final stage

    More than 300 started out but the quest to be crowned NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year is now down to the final eight. … Read full story

    Refreshed website for Unicrimp

    Leading cable accessory products supplier, Unicrimp – part of the Scolmore Group of companies - has re-designed its website at to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience… Read full story

    New National Sales Manager for Unicrimp

    Unicrimp, the latest new business to emerge from the successful Scolmore Group of companies, has announced the appointment of Mike Jackson to the position of National Sales Manager. Unicrimp brings to… Read full story

    The DIY SOS Big Build

    14-year-old Jack Morris was born with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy called central core myopothy, and in his short life he has had 19 operations to try to correct the symptoms of this disorder,… Read full story


George Maynard from Leicester has been crowned the winner of the 2017 NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year competition, sponsored by Scolmore Group.

The 25-year-old was one of eight competitors to reach the Grand Final, which Scolmore was very proud to host at its headquarters on Tuesday, June 6th.

George said: “I was shocked when they called my name out. I thought all the lads in the final produced some great work and they were all top guys. I think getting to the final was a great achievement to be honest. It’s a lovely way to round off all the hard work I have put in over the last three years.”

The finalists were put through a gruelling day of challenges comprising nine separate tasks designed to assess their abilities across a range of disciplines including testing, fault finding, conduit bending, tray manufacturing and safe isolation. This year’s final challenge also included a Virtual Reality test followed by an interview with Certsure’s Technical Standards Director Alan Wells.

As well as hosting the grand finale of the competition at the company’s head office premises, Scolmore also organised the BBQ and awards ceremony at the nearby Belfry Hotel and provided a range of prizes for those apprentices who made it through to the final.  

The winner, George, was presented with a holiday voucher worth £2,000, runner-up Michael Costello, 25 from Edinburgh received a holiday voucher worth £750, while third-placed Billy Stapleton, 20, from Essex received a £250 holiday voucher. All eight finalists were given an engraved glass trophy, an iPad and a kit bag containing an array of Scolmore’s electrical accessories.

Every college that entered 20 students or more for the competition received a Scolmore College Pack containing a variety of Scolmore products, while the college of the overall winner, Leicester College, will receive £1000 worth of Scolmore products.

Handing over the prizes was Alan Wells, Technical and Standards Director at Certsure, Scolmore Managing Director, Gary Mordue and star of TV’s DIY SOS, Billy Byrne.

Alan said: “The standard of candidates has been very high this year and George is a very fitting winner.  His level of skill and overall enthusiasm shone through and we wish him, and all of the other finalists the very best in their future careers.”

More than 400 young men and women entered this year’s competition which recognises the talents of the brightest electrical students in the UK. This year’s contest witnessed more entries from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and demonstrates the growing appeal of the competition.

Marie Parry, Scolmore Group’s marketing director said: “Scolmore is committed to helping develop the talent of the future and we were once again hugely impressed with the calibre and standard of all eight finalists.  As a business, we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of giving something back to the industry.  It’s an exciting sector, with an abundance of opportunities for the future.  Two of the directors here at Scolmore started out as apprentice electricians and have carved out successful careers on the back of the vital experience and training that the apprentice programme provided.  We wish all the finalists every success as they continue on their journey.”

The journey to the Electrical Apprentice of the Year finals day involved a number of stages.  The first stage of the contest was an online exam comprising a variety of questions relating to electrical installations.  The top 20% performing students from this stage then progressed to stage two - a practical one and a half exam paper, which was held at six locations across the UK.  The eight students with the highest marks then battled it out in the Grand Final.

Darren Staniforth, Technical Development Manager with NICEIC and ELECSA, was involved in the judging process. He commented: “We really wanted to test their ability to carry out a range of tasks that we feel all good, skilled apprentices should be able to do – along with some tests that they might not have been so comfortable with.

“It was tough choosing a winner but I am confident all of them will go on to have a successful career in the industry.”

George is currently studying at Leicester College.  In the short-term he plans on taking his pals away to Barcelona with the voucher from his victory. But longer-term he has bigger plans.

He added: “I am keen to learn as much as I can and just see where it takes me. There are lots of opportunities out there and I want to experience as many aspects of the trade as possible.”

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