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Member Spotlight Series: Advanced Electrical, Blenheim

NZ Trade Group members run more professional, profitable and sustainable businesses. We’re proud of our members, and how they are making their mark on the electrical trade.

In this Spotlight Series, we caught up with Steve and Nicole Banks of Rarangi-based Advanced Electrical. Advanced recently won the Master Electrician of the Year award for the Marlborough / Nelson / Wellington / Palmerston North region so we asked the team what makes the business so successful - and what’s coming up next.

How long has Advanced Electrical been in business and what’s your connection with the Trade Group?

We’ve been in business since 2007, and joined NZ Trade Group at the start of the year. We attended the Annual Conference a few months ago up at Waitangi, and it was great to meet and network with other member businesses and their families.

What’s the best thing about being part of NZ Trade Group?

We’ve been part of NZTG for a few months now, and already we’re seeing the value - particularly with the quoting software. Our quotes look more professional when they’re presented to new and existing clients, and it’s really handy to have our terms of trade built in.

The quoting software saves us time and effort which is key for a busy business when you need all hands on deck or in our case, all hands on the tools.

What’s the next big project for Advanced Electrical?

There’s a really big automated home project coming up for us, and that’s partly what led us to win the Master Electrician regional award.

It’s a residential project for a large home with stunning architectural design. We’re fitting out the home to be fully automated with the latest, top of the range energy management technology in place. Once our work is done, the home will basically run itself which is cutting edge – and pretty cool!

We’ve been busy for months perfecting the plans for the home and we’re now getting to the work itself so it’s a very exciting time for the business and for our client too.

We’re hoping to feature the automated home in an upcoming Spotlight Series once it’s completed, so keep an eye out in the next few months. If you’d like your electrical business featured in the series, or have a cool project that other members could learn from, please contact Karen King at