ED&I Expo – Hotcost is going! Are you?

The UK’s Newest Electrical Design & Install Show

This year Hotcost will be attending the ED&I Expo which is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, on the 6th-7th September 2017.

The Electrical Design and Install Expo (ED&I) provides a unique opportunity for those involved in the electrical industry to come together under one roof. The event will allow visitors to talk directly to manufacturers and distributors about their products and services and will encourage the sharing of ideas across many industry sectors.

The Electrical Design and Install Expo (ED&I) is being backed by leading electrical and building services trade body the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), who will be the headline sponsor for the event. We are also delighted to annouce that we will be a gold member sponosor of the event.

Steve Bratt, CEO of the ECA, says:
“The ECA is very pleased to be working with ATM on the ED&I Expo, which presents a unique opportunity for designers, installers, suppliers and manufacturers from across the industry, as well as showcasing what the industry has to offer to important clients and specifiers. With the ED&I Expo being held at the UK’s leading exhibition venue – the NEC in Birmingham – all the ingredients are in place to deliver a hugely important new industry event next Autumn.”

The event promises to be a fantastic opportunity for all involved with the electrical industry as more than 200 exhibitors, 300 products, 40 training sessions and over 5,000 visitors are expected to attend over the two days.

Hotcost will be at stand 128 and we hope that you can stop by for a chat.

For more information about the ED&I Expo click here and if you haven’t already, register for this fantastic event here.

Secure estimating from Hotcost Limited

Understanding the tender documentation is essential for any project and is a must for any estimator. Some aspects of the requirements may be very familiar but others may be new and sometimes pioneering.

It is therefore vital for estimators to be alert and knowledgeable. An estimator needs to expect the unexpected and they need to be knowledgeable enough to know instinctively how to deal with all requirements of the project.

And that is all of our estimators here at Hotcost. Because we work continuously in the field of estimating, we have daily knowledge and experience of all type and size of project across the UK and beyond.

With up-to-the-minute costs and vast experience taken into consideration when providing a detailed estimate for our clients, it’s no wonder our clients can be secure in the knowledge that their project has been estimated exactly how it should be – profitable and competitive.

Featured Product – Crabtree launches progressive wiring accessories range

Crabtree launches progressive wiring accessories range

Range includes over 300 new products designed for commercial installations

Crabtree, the UK-based wiring accessories company, has launched a new product range called Instinct. The range, specifically designed to improve the installation experience and aesthetics in commercial projects, contains over 300 products with new innovations and benefits within sockets, fuse connection units and data outlets.

Named for its intuitive design and clever new features, the Instinct range includes full-contact cable clamps which improve cable retention and reduce deformation in comparison to typical screw terminals. Moreover, Instinct is the only wiring accessory range to integrate LED indicators into the rocker switch and fuse drawer; this retains plate strength and creates a smooth and slimline aesthetic when both on and off.

“Instinct is the product of two years and thousands of hours of development and engineering – it’s been something of an obsession for us,” said Jim Hutchison, National Sales Manager at Crabtree. “The accessories offer big benefits to specifiers, designers and installers, and we are already seeing a lot of interest from across the commercial building sector.”

Other progressive features include upward-facing inline terminals that make the product easy to install. This innovative connection layout, with all terminal screws facing up towards the installer, improves installation times because there is no need to rotate or twist the accessory – making for a more reliable connection method.

Additionally, the Instinct socket outlets go above and beyond British safety standards. Containing multipin safety shutters, this ensures a socket’s live and neutral pins remain closed unless the earth pin is operated. This succeeds in preventing access to the power supply unless using a BS1363 plug top. Meanwhile, to combat the risk of electrical fault associated with the use of fake or unofficial smartphone chargers that lack necessary insulation, the range has incorporated USB charging outlets into fixed installations. This does not only eradicate the risk of electrical fault but guarantees charger performance.

Instinct was designed with slick technology and a seamless appearance. “The range boasts slimline plates with soft curves, smooth lines and contoured profiles – details that look great and fit naturally into any environment,” continued Hutchison. “We’re extremely proud of the innovations at work within the range, both aesthetically and functionally – it’s a testament to the passion and expertise of our people.”

The range challenges the previously stagnant wiring accessory conventions in commercial installations with its new developments. Crabtree believes this new range will provide specifiers with a much-needed element of choice when it comes to sourcing their wiring accessories.

For more information on the Instinct range click here.

Source: http://www.electricaltrademagazine.co.uk/content/acting-instinct-crabtree-launches-progressive-wiring-accessories-range

Featured Product – Herald: Flexible boiler technology

Our latest blog post features the new range of Herald floor standing commercial boilers from Lochinvar Limited. The Herald range compromises of 8 different models offering outputs from 41 to 228 kW at 50/30°C system design. Each model features a 316l stainless steel heat exchanger that greatly improves resilience to corrosion and is supported by a 10-year warranty.

The Herald range of boilers are capable of working at high operating pressures of up to 11 bar, making them one of very few boilers in the UK which are suitable for installation in high-rise buildings.

In addition to its high efficiency, the Herald range also has low NOx emissions with all models qualifying for the maximum 3 credits on projects which are subject to BREEAM assessment.

All models in the range meet the requirements of the European energy-related products (ErP) directive, which came into force last year and encourages replacement of traditional boilers with high-efficiency condensing boilers.

A key feature of the Herald range is its integral SMART system controls, which include

  • multi-coloured graphic display
  • modulating pump control
  • cascade management for up to 8 boilers
  • fault signal output to BMS with open protocol
  • indirect hot water pasteurisation programme


  • 8 models, suitable for either Natural Gas or LPG
  • Cascade control for up to 8 Boilers
  • Fully modulating pre-mix burner
  • Outputs ranging from 41.2 to 228.4kW, based upon 50°C/30°C system design
  • Stainless steel heat exchanger
  • Weather compensation


  • Matched primary circulation pump
  • Low-velocity headers
  • Hydraulic plate separators
  • Condensate neutralisation kit
  • Pressurisation units
  • External temperature sensor for weather compensation control
  • Range of flue options


  • Indirect Water Heaters / Calorifiers
  • Packaged plate heat exchangers
  • Direct gas-fired water weaters

For more information about the Herald range from Lochinvar Limited click here or download the Product Literature Fact Sheet here.


Steps for accurate estimating

You have the tender documents and now you have to produce an estimate. So, another tedious and time-consuming task lies ahead. You go through the drawings, you analyse the bill of quantities, and you scrutinise the specifications. Then before you start work on the project, you check that all-important date. The deadline date. Now you know the full extent of the task ahead of you.

Of course if you’re an estimator all this will be familiar to you. You will approach the task one step at a time ensuring all your figures are as accurate as they can possibly be. If your company is a pre-approved contractor then inevitably the final decision will simply come down to cost. With this in mind, you might want to double check all the figures, which is yet another time-consuming exercise.

With so much time and effort going into producing an estimate, it’s only natural you will want to ensure you have covered every step of the process, methodically and mathematically. That’s what we do at Hotcost. We follow a step by step plan, which ensures nothing is left to chance. We look at every aspect of the tender documents, and we ensure that we always cost every element accurately.

We know all about timescales and we know how important accuracy is, so we work to ensure we combine both of these vital factors. We’re doing this every day, so we really do have our finger on the pulse when it comes to getting it right. Why not call us now and find out how we can help you get it right?

And the contract has been awarded to…

There’s nothing quite like the feel of success when you learn that your company has secured a major contract worth hundreds of thousands or even many millions of pounds. All the time and effort that has been put into preparing the bid has finally come to fruition and the subsequent celebrations are well deserved.

That’s how many of our clients feel when they realise they have beaten off all the competition and come out on top… with help from Hotcost.

Successful companies will grow and become more successful simply because they produce highly successful tenders. It’s just so important to get it right, and we should know. We’re helping companies win bids all the time.

Our costing service could make the difference between winning and losing. It could be that fine line between success and failure. Highly successful tenders depend on many factors but to be absolutely sure you’re right on the money when it comes to costings, our fast, accurate and reliable service won’t let you down.

Our expertise and experience is key to your success

Here’s how we can help you unlock new opportunities…

We all know that winning tenders for new work is about getting the numbers right. But getting everything right is not always as straight-forward as we would like it to be. If your company has a portfolio of quality projects, then the numbers might not seem so important, until you realise that your well written bid has been rejected.

Success is a question of balance. Quality will get you so far but there are many other factors, which can make the difference between success and failure. Timescales, resources and a reliable supply chain are just some. So while you consider how you can highlight all the reasons why your company should win the bid, why not let us look after the numbers.

At Hotcost we prepare bids for companies just like yours. We’re doing it every day, and because we are consistently working on costings, we have virtually all the information at our fingertips. This allows us to cost any project effectively and efficiently, giving you more time to concentrate on other areas of the bid.

Our expertise and experience in producing accurate costs within tight timeframes is what makes us a key team player in the industry. Our bespoke costing service could simply tip the balance in your favour, and the opportunity for success could be just a quick phone call away.

The new Hotcost Limited website has launched

We are delighted to introduce our brand new Hotcost Limited website.

We’ve added some great new features including our new blog, our Youtube channel, the new and improved project uploader & our new RSS feed.

We are ecstatic with the results and we think you will be too.