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NICEIC contractor nominated for prize

A NICEIC registered contractor has been nominated for a prestigious Enterprise Award. Eleanor Bell (pictured) who runs her own sculpture and lighting design consultancy in Falmouth, Cornwall, has been shortlisted in the south west region of the Lloyds TSB National Enterprise Awards; an awards programme set-up to recognise the achievements of graduates who have started their own business.

Eleanor Bell

“I am thrilled to have made the shortlist,” comments Bell. “The regional heat for the south west covers Herefordshire down to Cornwall and it is a real honour to have been selected against such a lot of competition.”

Eleanor Bell graduated from University College Falmouth in 2007 with a First Class Honours degree in Contemporary Crafts. Strongly influenced by the use of light and its ability to transform spaces, she then embarked on a career as an electrician.

This decision was twofold; firstly, it would give her the technical knowledge to develop her creative practice and secondly, it would provide her with a good income thereby offering the freedom and security that she required.

To complete her knowledge and to be able to offer a one-stop shop from design to installation, she has also gained the Lighting Industry Federation Advanced Lighting Design Certificate.

Her business now encompasses every aspect of lighting design, albeit domestic, commercial, public, interior or exterior. She also makes light sculptures, both to commission and for exhibitions.

Eleanor Bell is an approved contractor with NICEIC and played a key role supporting the regulatory body’s Jobs for the Girls campaign. She was one of several female contractors who visited the House of Commons last year to lobby parliamentarians about the need to promote women in the industry.

“Women need to know that opportunities do exist in the electrical industry and Jobs for the Girls has done a lot to publicise this fact. I am a keen advocate of supporting women in business and I hope the Jobs for the Girls campaign will encourage more women to join the trade.

“I would never have reached this point without my electrical training as it underpins everything I do. I am proud to be a NICEIC approved contractor and I feel that the accolade I have received is largely thanks to the tremendous support I have received throughout,” added Bell.

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