ECN was launched in 1980 as a mould-breaking publication to cover all aspects of the UK’s electrical contracting industry. It quickly became the definitive business magazine for the electrical contracting industry by drawing together and distilling a unique collection of news stories, opinion and technical information.

The industry

The electrical contracting industry is a vital part of the UK’s economy and covers the installation of fixed electrical wiring and fittings for electrical power, lighting, heating, circuit protection, security systems, communications equipment and much more. Market intelligence estimates that the UK’s electrical contracting industry is worth a staggering £20 billion.*

*Source: AMA Research (2019)


ECN strives to provide relevant, topical, thoughtprovoking, carefully researched editorial and information to its audience enabling them to do their job in a more productive and effective manner.


To be the electrical contracting industry’s most influential and valued publication.

Each and every month, electrical contractors read ECN in order to keep up to date with all that is happening in their industry. Within its unique newspaper format, they are able to read about the latest industry developments, legislation, health and safety issues, business advice, training information, distribution news and promotions.

Each month, ECN has special features that run alongside its regular news sections. Each feature comprises a series of case studies and expert commentaries, along with details of regulation changes and product innovations. There is no charge for including editorial material within these features.

All Things Media Ltd

All Things Media Ltd publishes the leading industry trade journals Electrical Contracting News (ECN) and Essential Install.

ECN was launched back in 1980 as a broadsheet style, news-based publication for electrical contractors and quickly gained a strong foothold in the market and an enviable reputation for featuring high quality news and opinion on a monthly basis.

Essential Install was launched in 2006, and has built up a dedicated and loyal readership. Well respected by industry experts, the monthly publication has been widely viewed as the number one magazine in the industry for over 13 years. The magazine also runs EI Live! – the UK’s only dedicated AV and automation trade show, which takes place annually.

Both magazines have gone from strength to strength, with digital versions, weekly newsletters and smartphone apps providing further opportunities for readers to keep up-to-date with events in these fast moving industries.

ECN is available in print and digitally on desktop, tablet and smartphone. Registration to the magazine is free of charge to subscribers who meet our strict terms of control. Readership is approximately 12,500, made up of both print and digital subscribers

ECN’s audience demographic of electrical contractors, buyers and specifiers ensures it is the perfect medium for brand building, product awareness and, perhaps most importantly, response levels. In essence, ECN is distributed to the following core groups:

  • ECA member companies in England and Wales.
  • NICEIC enrolled electrical contractors.
  • SELECT of Scotland members.

ECN is also distributed to other important groups within the electrical contracting industry, including project management companies, consulting engineers, specifiers, local authorities, health authorities and private utilities providers.

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