Electrical contractor fined for misuse of NICEIC logo
An electrical contractor has been fined for fraudulently claiming to be registered with NICEIC.Newport based Lyndon Saunders, who trades under the name of Cain Solar Energy Division, pleaded guilty to eight counts of unauthorised use of a trade logo, including misuse of the NICEIC logo. He was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay a contribution towards prosecution costs somewhere in the region of £1,500 following action taken by Trading Standards.
Saunders used the NICEIC logo on company stationery presented to a customer.
NICEIC’s CEO Emma Clancy said, ‘We take misuse of our logo very seriously and we welcome this latest prosecution.
‘The NICEIC name is associated with quality and we must protect those contractors who are legitimately registered with us and have the quality of their work assessed on a regular basis.
‘We must also send out the message that anyone thinking about misusing our logo will be caught and dealt with appropriately by the courts.’
NICEIC stepped up its fight against firms incorrectly using its logo by setting up a wall of shame. Contractors caught falsely claiming to be members will be named and shamed on the NICEIC website and their details passed to Trading Standards.
Anyone who is suspicious of a contractor falsely claiming to be NICEIC registered should check the NICEIC website at www.niceic.com which contains a full list of all those approved contractors registered with NICEIC.