Newsletter - Issue 130

New members of the FIA

The FIA council would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members: –

Corporate Members:

CNet Training

RV Telecoms Ltd.Total Network Solutions (Europe) Ltd.


Dates for your diary:

Summer Seminar 2018!

4th & 5th June 2018, Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, NN12 8QH.  Details below.


Tuesday 4th December 2018, The Manor House, High St, Buntingford, SG9 9AB

Updated information on CPR and UK standardization

As you will all no doubt know, there have been recent changes in the standards relating to Telecommunications, Power and Signalling cables used within a building. The FIA has been closely connected and participated actively in their development. The changes are not yet complete in all aspects of our work, but for the latest position, and the useful background to the changes, 2 articles were recently published to provide as much clarity to those who are affected by it. Both articles are available via the homepage, and can be accessed by using the links here and here.

FIA AGM 2017 – Chairman’s report

This year the FIA Council and support staff have managed to maintain a positive financial position and worked hard to halt the fall in membership seen towards the end of last year. Political uncertainties, both nationally and internationally, appear to be restricting activities in our markets – but it is not all ‘doom and gloom’. Council worked hard to revitalise the FIA, launch the new website and promote the FIA AIS and other initiatives. Please lend us you support and ensure that your colleagues and customers appreciate what the FIA can offer in technical support, training guidance and standards bodies representation.
Our 2017 Summer Seminar at Whittlebury Hall was the best yet with 65 delegates and a full room of table top exhibitors. We thank Hubble and all the other companies for their sponsorship and I am pleased to report that John Marson has already secured a commitment for sponsorship from Mills Ltd and from Fluke Networks for 2018.
Membership numbers have risen from the 155 reported at last year’s AGM to around 165 but we still need to work hard to lift this to a sustainable 200 members. We continue to look at new initiatives to raise our profile, in addition to the revamped website, visibility via the vehicle stickers, activity on the Linked-In User Group and our long-established Newsletter.
Mike Gilmore, although not a Council member, continues to support Standard activities on behalf of the FIA, representing your interests on European and International Standards committees and various trade bodies. We owe him a great debt of thanks for all his work.
Another non-Council member, Richard Ednay has also provided standards support for the FIA through his involvement with BSI GEL/86 and GEL/86/3. However, due to ill health, he will be stepping down from this role in 2018 and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for his commitment to this activity over the past few years and wish him well for the future.
Our Communications Director, Jonathan Lewis, was instrumental in the launch of the new FIA website and with support from other Council members has introduced improvements, including the ability to join the FIA via an online portal, book places at the Summer Seminar and other initiatives. He also produces the excellent Newsletter and, with the support of his employer, Huber & Suhner, participates in UK Standards Development.
Alan Bullen has done some excellent work in the dual role of Treasurer and Marketing Director and has driven through some of the other initiatives in the transfer of knowledge and data from the old website to the new. Alan will table his Treasurers Report separately.
As AIS Director, Frank Kler has arranged seminars in the south and north of the country to support continuing professional education of our installers base in areas as diverse as EuroClasses & CPR, fibre in Data Centres, Wiring Regulations and Contract Acceptance to name but a few. Frank and the Council will work in the year ahead to enhance and consolidate how the AIS is managed and how we can help subscribers to the scheme differentiate themselves in a competitive market.
Together our Training Director, Nigel Hedges, and Qualification Director, Simon Comben have tried to forge cooperation between training companies and bring more of them into the Approved Training Provider scheme on a common platform. Consequently, they now have oversight of a small supportive subcommittee of training providers, the FIA Training & Qualifications Committee (TQC), tasked with developing a common syllabus that can hopefully be fully endorsed by the FIA. Simon Comben also continues to maintain his MOD Liaison activities for members wishing to gain MoD N Cage Accreditation and is also now involved in some standards committee activities.
John Colton, Technical Director, has answered members queries as they arise and has also been instrumental in helping support the FIA TQC as its secretary, reporting on its progress and deliberations to the responsible FIA Directors, Nigel and Simon.
Our newest Council member, Keith Rowley of Liquid Telecom, has come on board as our FIA Director of International Operations. With his focus on fibre optic deployment in developing markets such as Africa and the Middle East, Keith is working to bring more international members into the fold and to also promote the FIA AIS and ‘best practice’ through FIA Approved Training Providers and FIA supported qualifications.
Once again, I must reiterate that Council Members are all volunteers with much of their time being given freely and I am pleased to see that we continue to have other volunteers, Like Keith, willing to fill the vacancies on the Council. It is only with their commitment, and the goodwill of their employers, that the FIA can proactively represent our industry. The support that they, Jane Morrison in the Secretariat, and Margaret McFarlane in Accounts, have provided to the FIA and to me as Chairman, has been invaluable, and so on behalf of the Members I would like to thank them for their efforts on our behalf.

Paul Bateson – Chairman

Full minutes and accounts can be found here.

Stolen Equipment Register

We have recently reinstated the Stolen Equipment register. We aim to publish the details of stolen equipment in order to assist members in recovering their equipment should the worst happen.

The register can be found here. It can also be found on the homepage.

Details required in order to report stolen equipment include the date stolen, Serial number of all items, full description and most importantly, the crime record number. There are links to allow you to report stolen equipment, and also to report that you have been offered stolen equipment.

Technical Support Guide Access

Members who wish to see or download the “members only” Technical Support Guides can do so by clicking on the link here.

FIA Summer Seminar 2018 – dedicated information page

After this year’s successful FIA Summer Seminar, which scored 95% for the question; “Would you recommend the FIA Summer Seminar to a friend in the industry?” we are have set-up a dedicated page to cover all aspects of the Seminar, including the announcement of speakers, sponsorship opportunities and on-line sign-up – the page can be found here.

For those that missed the 2017 event, presentation slides can be found here.

To enquire further, or speak to the organiser, please contact the secretariat here.

Installer-to-installer partnering

A proposal from Alan Bullen, Managing Director of Lynx Networks plc

As an on-site services provider, how do you remain competitive when a job is 200 miles from home? One way I’ve found is to partner with another FIA Member. I go to the FIA Members Map, look for a member near to the site and start a dialogue. Of course, being an FIA member, or even an Accredited Installer, doesn’t guarantee a good partnership is possible, but it’s the best starting point I know.

I’d like to explore the idea of encouraging FIA installer partnerships. Maybe we could produce a Code of Conduct, a standard “No poaching” / non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and a list of willing participants. In the ideal world, work will flow both ways and everyone will benefit.

Please get in touch if you might like to participate in Installer to Installer Partnering or help to get it started.

Email or telephone Alan on 01908 633810.

FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for November 2017

If your organisation is interested in joining the scheme, contact the AIS Director, Frank Kler here.

  • FES LTD.
  • GCL LTD.

For full details for all of the FIA AIS Accredited Installers, click here


Ministry of Defence – would you like to become a supplier?

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) are British Industry’s largest single customer, spending around £16Bn per year on goods and services. In order to simplify the process of tendering for MoD business, the FIA, in conjunction with the MoD supply chain group, produced a simple one page Application Form which enables a fast-track approval for FIA members, details available here.



FIA Training & Qualification Committee

For some months, the FIA TQC (Training & Qualification Committee), made up from FIA approved training providers, has been working in the background to provide a framework to further the aims of promoting best practice in the training and qualifications for communication cabling, industry-wide.

There are also some key principles which members have already agreed upon;

  • one member one vote;
  • all members are equal within the TQC;
  • members must promote FIA awards above all others and do nothing to undermine FIA awards;
  • members will decide the rules and policing of the TQC such that the TQC should be self-policing within the FIA;
  • members should do nothing to erect barriers to TQC membership as the TQC aims to be open and inclusive;
  • membership is based on being an FIA Approved Training Provider and then committing to the aims and code of conduct of the TQC.

They have made great progress since their inception and will shortly be publishing the Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct.

The TQC wish the scheme to be as inclusive as possible, and as non-commercially-biased as it is possible to be, and to underline this would welcome any training provider for discussion that shares the values underpinning this committee. More news on this important initiative will be available in due course.

For more information, please contact the T&Q Directors, Simon Comben and Nigel Hedges

Newsletter – Issue 130

Included in this newsletter: New Members Dates for your Diary Updated information on CPR FIA AGM 2017 Chairman's Report Stolen Equipment Register Technical Support Guide Access FIA Summer Seminar 2018 Installer-to-installer partnering FIA Accredited Installers – the...

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Newsletter – Issue 129

New Members welcomed, Dates for your Diary, Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme – your feedback sought, FIA 2018 Summer Seminar – details of sponsorships, BS 6701 progress – EuroClass implementation in the UK, FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for November 2017, Ministry of Defence – become a supplier, Stolen Equipment Register

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Newsletter – Issue 128

New Members welcomed, Dates for your Diary, FIA Website – advertising opportunities, FIA 2017 Summer Seminar presentation report & feedback, FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for July 2017, FIA Membership – and infringements, FIA Member Web-site Access & FIA Council e-mail addresses.

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