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BUPA fined £3m after legionella death in nursing home

BUPA Care Homes has been fined £3 million following the death of a resident at an Essex nursing home, after he contracted Legionnaires’ disease.

75% of consumers trust central heating engineers, according to Which?

Just behind electricians, plumbers and central heating engineers are some of the most trusted trades in the UK, according to new research from Which? Trusted Traders.

EOGB hits out at oil's exclusion from ECO funding

Burner manufacturer EOGB Energy Products is urging government to acknowledge ongoing innovation in the oil heating sector, following proposals to exclude oil from the next round of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

A1 launches magnet campaign to expose poor quality flues

A1 Flue Systems is launching a new campaign to expose poor-quality grades of stainless steel that are being used in the manufacture of flue systems.

Ideal Boilers launches recruitment drive for service engineers

Ideal Boilers has announced its intention to employ more than 40 additional service engineers across the UK.

Last chance to register for PHEX+ Alexandra Palace

Plumbers and gas engineers are urged to register for PHEX+ Alexandra Palace before it's too late.

Plumber wins workers' rights Supreme Court case

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of plumber Gary Smith in an ongoing legal battle with Pimlico Plumbers.

New Baxi Works summer points promotion

Baxi is offering members of its Works loyalty scheme the chance to earn more points with its summer Power Points promotion.

APHC seeks clarification from government over Boiler Plus opt-out

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is seeking a government response to consumers having the ability to opt-out of the recently introduced changes to Part L of the Building Regulations, otherwise known as Boiler Plus.

Graham announces shortlist for £10,000 Refresh Scheme prize

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has announced its shortlist for the Graham College Refresh Scheme.

Spirotech extends Spirocross cashback offer

Due to high levels of demand, Spirotech has extended its cashback offer on its SpiroCross range for an additional three-month period.

New RHI changes get backing from REHAU

Polymer specialist REHAU has welcomed proposed changes to the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) regulations, which will see higher, guaranteed tariffs for domestic and commercial projects opting to use renewable heat solutions.

Aqualisa releases training videos for installers

Aqualisa has launched a series of training videos covering the most common queries for some of its most popular products.

JTL Chief Executive condemns “abuse” of Apprenticeship Levy

Jon Graham, Chief Executive of JTL, has criticised an “outrageous abuse of the training levy system” by universities.

Worcester Bosch welcomes EPBD revision

The addition of mandatory individual room temperature controls to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is a welcome validation of best practice for the plumbing and heating industry, according to manufacturer Worcester Bosch.

J S Wright apprentice wins top award

An apprentice with mechanical and electrical services specialist J S Wright has celebrated completing his training with a top industry award.

Logic4training launches ‘ultimate’ guide to flue gas analysers

Logic4training has launched a guide to flue gas analysers (FGAs), available to download for free from its website.

Pimlico Plumbers £100,000 investment arms engineers with iPads

Pimlico Plumbers has armed its team of engineers with a new tool to boost productivity and streamline its operations.

Installer wins trip to Florida with Ideal Boilers' Premier Club

Installer John Wilson has earnt a trip to Miami, Florida through Ideal Boilers' Premier Club loyalty scheme.

Tickets running out for Women Installers Together conference

The organisers of the Women Installers Together (WIT) conference are urging female installers to register now before places run out. 

Gas Safety Trust publishes report on the advancement of CO poisoning detection

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has published a report which considers current research into new biomarkers for detecting carbon monoxide (CO), and how we can go further to make detection easier and more certain.

ADEY launches new installer loyalty scheme

Chemical water treatment manufacturer ADEY is offering an exclusive installers club to provide a mobile-friendly method of registering products and earning points-based benefits.

Sun cream just as important as PPE, says Arco

Employers should treat protective sun cream like any other form of PPE, says safety firm Arco, as research revealed that only half of outdoor workers apply UV protective products.

Associations agree with Public Accounts Committee that RHI is a failure

Industry associations have responded to a recently published report, where the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) concluded that “the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has failed to meet objectives or provide value for money”.

CIPHE AGM date announced

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has announced that it will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 11am on Friday 29 June, at United Insurance Brokers Ltd, 69 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN.

Industry responds to government Clean Air Strategy

The government's draft Clean Air Strategy has provoked a mixed response from industry.

Hackitt Review recommendations don't go far enough, says CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has voiced its concern that some of the recommendations published in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety last week have not gone far enough to protect public safety and health, or raise competency levels within the construction industry.

Team UK selected for EuroSkills 2018

Top apprentices from across the UK have been selected to represent the country at the EuroSkills final in Budapest in September.

Pimlico Plumbers reports 22% sales growth for Q1 2018

Pimlico Plumbers reported a sales growth of 22% in the first quarter of 2018, putting the company on target for £40 million turnover in its current financial year.

BEAMA launches online water softener resource

BEAMA has launched a new Water Softener Resource Centre on its website, which will be the central primary source of product information, guidance and benefits for both consumers and installers.

UKLPG appoints new Chief Executive

Effective from 1 July 2018, Peter Westwood will succeed Rob Shuttleworth as Chief Executive of UKLPG, the trade association for the LPG industry.

UK tradespeople doing unpaid work every day, says CORGI HomePlan

British tradespeople are missing out on an estimated £2.7m in potential earnings by taking on extra tasks for free, according to research conducted by CORGI HomePlan.

Late payments causing mental health epidemic, says BESA

Construction supply chains are now in the grip of a mental health epidemic directly linked to late payment and bullying tactics, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Gas Industry Awards 2018 winners revealed

The winners of the 2018 Gas Industry Awards have been announced. The event is organised by the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) and Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM).

EUA appoints first female President

Elaine Lancaster of Groupe Atlantic UK Division has taken over as the new President of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).

HyNet hydrogen project could create 5,000 jobs, says new report

At least 5,000 jobs could be created from a £0.9 billion project to create a new ‘green’ source of gas to power local industry and heat homes in North West England, according to gas distribution network Cadent.

Screwfix launches Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2018

Screwfix has launched its Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2018 competition, inviting plumbers from across Britain to be recognised for the great work that they do.

Theresa May opens FE college biomass training facility

Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May officially opened The Energy Centre at Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead.

Vaillant announces extended guarantees

Vaillant has unveiled a range of improved guarantees across its domestic boiler range, from 1 July 2018.

Tool theft hotspots revealed

Insurance provider Simply Business analysed over 3,000 tool theft claims and discovered that the average tool theft claim has gone up by over 15% from 2016 to 2017 – with 5% of claims over £5,000, and some claims as high as £11,000.

Graham sponsors Women Installers Together Conference

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has announced its sponsorship of the 2018 Women Installers Together Conference, run by Stopcocks Women Plumbers.

Entries about to close for Jewson’s Building Better Communities fund

For the fourth time, Jewson is giving tradespeople the chance to win a share of its £250,000 Building Better Communities prize fund to support a community project or deserving colleague.

New Aico 3000 series fire and CO alarms

Aico has launched the new 3000 Series of fire and CO alarms. This series detects both fire and CO and includes, for the very first time, a Multi-Sensor Heat & CO Alarm, providing whole property coverage from one Series.

ELCO Burners launches new low NOx model

To mark its entry into the UK domestic oil market, ELCO Burners has launched the new EKL series – a range of low NOx monoblock burners with outputs from 12kW to 100kW.

BEAMA proposes amendments to ECO

BEAMA has submitted a response to the ECO3 consultation document and impact assessment, promoting “a vision of a balanced scheme that takes into account a wide range of measures that can alleviate fuel poverty and reduce emissions”.

Grant UK expands spares operation

Manufacturer Grant UK has expanded its spares operation across England, Scotland and Wales.

Taunton Deane wins AGSM award for installing Gas Tag

Taunton Deane Borough Council has won the Social Housing Compliance Initiative award at the AGSM Gas Safety Awards 2018.

APHC calls for lead solder boycott

Following the recent prosecution of a kitchen fitter on seven counts of the illegal use of lead solder on a domestic drinking supply, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is calling for the plumbing and heating industry to completely boycott lead solder.

Over 25% of renters unaware of property's Gas Safety Certificate

Over a quarter of renters (28%) don't have or don't know if their home has a Gas Safety Certificate, new research has revealed.

FPS urging homeowners to respond to Heat in Buildings consultation

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is urging the 1.2 million homeowners in the UK who use heating oil, to take part in the government's consultation on the future of heat in homes.