HLA Services explains how their customers save money with the Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme for energy-saving lighting or Electrical systems

This week we’re sharing our one-to-one with Ron Race, Electrical Manager at HLA Services.

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Ron Race, Electrical Manager, HLA Services Ltd.

What sort of Electrical work does HLA services provide?
We design, install, and provide commission testing, certification and verification of Electrical work for industrial, commercial and retail businesses across the North East and the UK.

All HLA Services electricians are Joint Industry Board graded or Time Served ECS Certified.

Can you describe any recent examples of when you added value to a customer in terms of Electrical services supplied?
For some of our manufacturing sector customers, we have upgraded to more energy efficient lighting. We have reduced their Co2 emissions and made some substantial long term energy savings.

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme (which used to be the Carbon Trust), means that a business can invest in energy-saving lighting or Electrical systems that might otherwise be too expensive.

How it works is that the first year allowances let businesses set 100% of the cost of the assets against taxable profits in a single tax year.

An ECA is claimed through a business’s income or corporation tax return in the same way as any other capital allowance. We can work closely with the customers’ procurement or buying team and their accounts department to provide all the technical product information they require to work out the calculations and cost savings.

Are there any types of legislation should businesses be aware of when it comes to Electrical services?
At HLA we’re members of NICEIC, which is the Approved Contractors Scheme, which is for Electrical contractors undertaking design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Electrical installations to BS 7671 – General Electrical supplies.

Businesses should also be aware of:
BS5266 – Code of practice for emergency lighting.
BS5838 – Code of practice for fire detection and fire alarm systems.
IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) Wiring Regulations.
IET CoP for In-Service inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment including PAT.

If you could use one sentence to describe what it’s like to work at HLA what would it be?
Every day is different and we’re constantly learning, working with small and large businesses on very diverse and unique projects.

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