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UK tradespeople most safety conscious in Europe, finds survey

According to the findings of a recent health and safety survey conducted for Bosch, UK tradespeople are the most safety conscious in Europe.

Altecnic welcomes CMA recommendation for heat network regulation

Altecnic fully supports the recommendation from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to introduce regulation of heat networks in Great Britain, and urges rapid progress to implementation.

Baxi opens satellite training centre in Birmingham

Baxi has opened a new satellite centre in partnership with Birmingham Met College, to further expand its training offering.

Heating engineer highly commended in Screwfix national competition

Entrepreneur, inventor, and heating engineer Ben Kuchta, age 27, from Nuneaton, has been highly commended in a competition to find the best tradesperson in the country.

Logic4training launches free renewables guide for installers

Logic4training has launched a free new guide aimed at helping installers future-proof their businesses with renewables work.

Registration now open for PHEX Manchester

PHEX, the UK's leading trade event for plumbers and heating engineers, is returning to Old Trafford stadium in Manchester on 3-4 October.

Sheffield plumber announced as Polymax competition winner

Polypipe has named the grand prize winner of its 'Live Life to the Max' prize giveaway competition.

Worcester Bosch to launch new online training booking platform

Manufacturer Worcester Bosch is set to launch its 'e-Academy', offering installers easier access to book its catalogue of professional development and training courses.

APHC asks industry to get behind Quality Plumber Week 2018

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is raising awareness of its annual Quality Plumbing Week (QPW).

EUA launches Manufacturers of Equipment for Heat Networks Association

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has created a new division for manufacturers of all types of equipment in heat network, district heating or communal heating systems – the Manufacturers of Equipment for Heat Networks Association (MEHNA).

OFTEC registrations hit five-year high

Registrations for OFTEC certification have reached a five-year high, according to OFTEC.

Nearly 90% of van drivers to be charged to drive in London from 2021

According to The Van Insurer, 89% of van drivers could be charged more than £5,000 to drive in London from 2021.

Sadiq Khan launches new £10m boiler scrappage scheme for small businesses

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is launching a new £10m boiler scrappage scheme that will help small businesses save money on their energy bills, as well as helping to improve the capital’s air quality.

Checkatrade announces new features and clarifies new pricing structure

HVP spoke to Richard Harpin, Chief Executive of Homeserve, to find out what changes the company is making and how this will affect Checkatrade members across the UK.

Boiler Plus opt-outs not allowed, confirms BEIS

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has confirmed that there is "no provision" for anyone to opt-out of Boiler Plus standards. 

Gas fitter sentenced to 16 months for unsafe gas work

A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after he carried out unsafe gas work while falsely pretending to be Gas Safe-registered.

Grant UK supports YTIC training centre

Your Training and Inspections Centre (YTIC) has recently welcomed the addition of new Grant oil boilers and displays to its premises in Llanishen, Cardiff.

Baxi launches online booking for training

As part of an ongoing drive to make training more accessible to installers, Baxi has launched an online booking system for all of its courses.

Plumber wins new van in Aqualisa competition

Plumber Paul Phillips has won a new van in a competition held by shower manufacturer Aqualisa.

Van insurance prices are dropping, says Consumer Intelligence

New analysis has revealed that van insurance price rises are going into reverse, with annual premiums dropping 1.7% in a year to an average £1,240, according to Consumer Intelligence.

Albion launches new double check valves

Albion Valves has added a range of WRAS-approved double check valves to its portfolio.

Gas Tag acquires gas safety consultant business

Regulatory technology company Gas Tag has acquired independent gas compliance consultants Morgan Lambert.

Government responds to ECO3 consultation

The government has published its response to the consultation on the Energy Company Obligation (3), 2018 to 2022.

City College Norwich wins £10,000 Graham College Refresh Award

City College Norwich has won a £10,000 upgrade for its plumbing and heating training facilities, courtesy of Graham Plumber’s Merchant’s College Refresh Awards.

Kohler Mira reveals Worcestershire development

Kohler Mira has announced its plans to create a distribution, training and office unit in Worcestershire.

Gas Safe Register urges summer checks for gas appliances

Gas Safe Register is highlighting summer statistics to encourage consumers and installers to check gas appliances “come rain or shine”.

Homeserve CEO responds to Checkatrade takeover concerns

Homeserve’s founder and Chief Executive has responded to concerns about conflicting interests between Checkatrade and Homeserve.

Grant UK launches online flue configurator tool

A new tool from Grant UK has been released to help installers ascertain the correct flue options for specific boiler models.

Hampshire-based company fined for dangerous gas installations

A Hampshire-based utilities company has been fined more than £450,000 plus costs for dangerous gas installations at The Royal Veterinary College.

Triton launches shower product safety campaign

Shower manufacturer Triton has launched a campaign to highlight the dangers of installing incompatible, poor quality, and non-compliant products.

Plumbase MD to chair BMF Plumbing & Heating Forum

Mark Bradley, Managing Director of Plumbase, will take over as Chair of the Builders Merchants Federation’s Plumbing & Heating Forum from its next meeting in November.

Business fined for illegal gas cylinder filling

Flogas Britain has won a major victory in the battle to stop the highly dangerous practice of illegally filling gas cylinders.

CIPHE appoints first ever female National President

Tracey Richardson has been elected as the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s (CIPHE) first female National President, while EurIng Christopher Northey CEng FCGI FCIPHE RP was voted in as Vice President.

New APHC President focuses on reforming apprenticeships

In his inaugural speech as the President of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), Graham Beevers focused primarily on reforming apprenticeships and an employer-led approach.

Stelrad launches new fuel voucher promotion

Stelrad has launched a new promotion offering fuel vouchers to installers who purchase applicable radiator products. 

Online plumbing product sales set to rise by over 40% by 2022

Online sales of plumbing products in the UK are set to increase by 43% by 2022, according to new research from AMA Research.

SNIPEF confirms new President

SNIPEF has announced that the incoming President for 2018/19 is Gordon Matheson of Matheson Plumbing in Falkirk.

CCC heat pump ambition for off-grid homes is flawed, says Worcester Bosch

The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) ambition to use heat pumps as a way of lowering the heating emissions of homes off mains gas is flawed, according to manufacturer Worcester Bosch.

Aqualisa launches waterproof speaker giveaway with shower purchases

Aqualisa is offering a free COBY IXP7 water-resistant Bluetooth speaker with all qualifying purchases from the Aqualisa Quartz smart and Visage smart shower ranges.

Merseyside plumbing firm wins franchisee award

Neil and Reg Illingworth, Directors of Machmade in Merseyside, specialists in the plumbing, heating and drainage markets, have won the Customer Focus Franchisee Award at the British Franchise Association's HSBC Franchise Awards 2018.

Government responds to British Gas Boiler Plus 'opt-out'

The Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has provided a response to allegations that British Gas customers could opt-out of having Boiler Plus compliant measures installed.

Kier sells heating specialist Wheldons

Kier Group has announced that it has completed the disposal of loss-making plumbing and heating business Wheldon Contracts and Services.

Last chance to register for Women Installers Together conference

There are just a few tickets left for the Women Installers Together conference taking place on Wednesday 4 July, event organisers have announced.

Drayton launches installer training roadshow and Wiser Approved program

Drayton has launched a summer training roadshow, with exclusive website leads and sales tools.

Go with CO campaign returns for a third year

Project SHOUT’s summer carbon monoxide (CO) awareness campaign, ‘Go with CO’ is back for a third year, working with gas professionals to raise awareness of the potential dangers of CO when travelling on holiday.

J S Wright apprentice wins top national award

An apprentice with mechanical and electrical building services specialist J S Wright has clinched a top award for being one of the best in Britain.

Rinnai dates new training courses

Manufacturer Rinnai has announced a series of contractor/installer-based training courses for the coming months.

Plumber of the Year competition deadline extended

UK Plumber of the Year 2018 has extended its deadline by a week. The competition was due to close on 29 June but, due to high numbers of applicants, the deadline to submit entries is now 6 July.

36% of parents unsure of what an apprenticeship is, according to survey

Despite two-thirds of parents being the strongest influence on their child’s career choice, over a third don’t fully understand apprenticeships, according to research from ABM UK, a facilities management solutions provider.

Win €6,000 with Saniflo's macerator prize draw

The Saniflo macerator is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and to celebrate the company is launching a prize draw which can be entered by installers each time they purchase one of a range of domestic macerators until 31 September.