Capita yesterday announced that from 1st April next year Gas Safe Register„¢ will be the new name for the gas installer registration scheme in Great Britain and will replace the CORGI gas register.'The Gas Safety Register' brand was unveiled for the first time to members of the industry at an event held by Capita in London.
The brand will be run by Capita for the duration of its contract, though ownership will remain with the Health and Safety Executive on behalf of gas installers.The new gas register will launch to the public before the CORGI register ends on 31st March 2009. Capita is committed to achieving 40% unprompted brand recognition for Gas Safe Register by October 2009.Pete Eldridge, Managing Director of Gas Safe Register„¢ commented: "Gas Safe Register must quickly replace CORGI in the minds of gas consumers. Its a big mountain to climb, but were confident the new brand takes us half way there. The name is simple, meaningful and it speaks for itself.
We hope this iconic brand will be a true legacy to gas safety and registered gas engineers for years to come."
Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive, said: "We welcome the development of this new brand which will focus exclusively on improving consumer gas safety and believe it will be a cost effective scheme for installers.
We urge the industry and other stakeholders to do all they can to support its promotion to consumers as the "˜hallmark of gas safety."As well as launching the brand, Capita released fresh details about the new gas register:Lower fees; registration with Gas Safe Register„¢ by post £175 +VAT or online for £153 +VAT. It will be open for registration renewal from 19th January 2009 for CORGI Installers. Free vehicle stickers will be included in the first issue of "˜Registered Gas Engineer the registers new technical magazine. Gas Safe Register„¢ will provide a service allowing registered engineers to report gas work that is notifiable under the Building Regulations. Registration with a probationary period for newly qualified engineers and those returning to gas work after an extended break. They will need to notify all gas work and satisfactorily complete inspections during this time. Further information is available online www.GasSafeRegister.co.ukand by telephone for registered engineers on 0800 408 5577 from 15th December.