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Firms encouraged to take on an apprentice

Construction companies are being encouraged to offer school leavers an apprenticeship as GCSE results day approaches.

Ford announces vehicle scrappage scheme

Installers could get £2,000 towards a brand new van as part of Ford's new scrappage scheme.

Installers influence product choice 'in a third of all jobs'

Bathroom fitters influence the type and brand of bathroom products purchased for a third of all new bathroom installations, according to the latest research into bathroom purchase behaviour.

Brits are unable to carry out simple DIY tasks

British adults have revealed that they are not very handy, with many admitting they are incapable of carrying out some of the most common household tasks.

Wolseley helps out tool theft victim

Wolseley’s Plumb Center has donated a replacement toolbox full of essential plumbing products to a young professional after he fell victim to van theft. The merchant has also pledged to continue to help out victims across the UK, as and when these incidents are reported.

A degree or an apprenticeship: the tough choice facing students

New figures show that apprenticeships are more popular than ever, with almost three million created since May 2010 as part of the government's drive to create more opportunities for those who do not wish to pursue a university education.

New gas audit qualifications

Logic Certification has launched two new Level 3 Gas Auditing qualifications.

Join the Jingle campaign!

‘Just one Cornetto’, ‘Go Compare’, ‘Washing machines live longer with Calgon’, ‘If you like a lot of choco-late on your biscuit, join our club’, remember these?

Ilfracombe landlord sentenced after unsafe gaswork

The landlord of a property in Ilfracombe has been given a suspended sentence for risking the lives of his tenants by undertaking dangerous gas work.

Tags for Gas Safety Week

To help raise awareness of Gas Safety Week, Cookerflex will be applying gas safety tags to all the cooker hoses it manufactures from now until the end of September, an estimate 10,000 products.

Have your say on Healthy Homes

BEAMA is calling on the industry to respond to the first consultation document from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes and Buildings.

Social media search over as Pimlico Plumbers picks its new apprentice

Pimlico Plumbers’ has chosen the winner of its social media competition to find its next apprentice, from hundreds of applications living in and around the London area.

Gas Safety Superheroes launches new website

The Gas Safety Superheroes campaign has launched a new website, full of features to offer support back to the tradespeople across the heating and plumbing industry that have offered their support since the campaign’s conception.

Tradespeople to be offered bad tea protection

For the first time ever, tradespeople are to be offered protection against customers who fail to provide them with a hot drink while on a job.

Drop in unemployment numbers is masking a ‘lost generation’, says Charlie Mullins

Charlie Mullins, Founder and CEO of Pimlico Plumbers, has welcomed the latest employment figures, which have shown that unemployment has fallen to 4.4% from 4.5%.

Potterton urges installers to improve energy efficiency knowledge

Potterton Commercial has stressed the importance for HVAC contractors to expand their knowledge of energy efficiency, beyond simply adhering to the minimum legal standards.

Stock up on spare parts for winter, says Gas Appliance Spares

Gas Appliance Spares is urging customers to plan ahead for the upcoming colder months by stocking up on vital gas spare parts.

APHC, Gas Safe and Baxi to tour England and Wales

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has teamed up with Gas Safe Register and Baxi to host a series of free technical workshops across England and Wales during Quality Plumber Week.

Don't ignore the age of a house when replacing the boiler

Installers are being reminded of the impact improvements to the fabric of a building can have on the efficiency of a heating system.

Are you prepared for ErP changes?

New changes to the ErP Regulations come into force next month, removing lower efficiency water heaters from the market

Warehouse giveaway raises money for children’s charity

A Kent heating firm has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s hospice by holding a warehouse giveaway of excess stock. Swale Heating opened up its warehouse to its engineers as part of a yearly clear-out.

Pimlico Plumbers to take self-employment case ruling to Supreme Court

Pimlico Plumbers has been granted permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal, which ruled that one of the company’s former self-employed plumbers was entitled to employment rights.

Firebird and Happy Energy partner up for ECO Scheme

Happy Energy has teamed up with Firebird, to offer its heating engineers access to a multimillion-pound grant-funding scheme, which could allow installers to offer customers Firebird oil boilers completely free of charge.

STA secures tax win for solar and batteries for householders

Solar Trade Association (STA) has secured 5% rate of VAT on battery storage for householders installing a storage system alongside a new solar PV system. The win significantly improves the economics of installing solar and storage and brings the VAT treatment of storage in line with the treatment of household fuels, grid energy supply and other onsite technologies.

Unite welcomes excellent long-term plumbing pay deal

Following lengthy negotiations with employer representatives from the plumbing industry, Unite, a UK construction union, has secured a three-year pay deal for plumbers employed under the Joint Industry Board (JIB) plumbing national agreement.

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The commissioning of an independent review of Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

UK construction industry growth slows to its lowest in six years

Growth prospects for the construction industry in 2018 have been downgraded as the UK prepares to leave the EU, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

APHC’s Quality Plumber Week

Quality Plumber Week will run from 2 to 8 October to celebrate the skilled work plumbing and heating engineers carry out everyday.

Lunch 'n' Learn with DMS

On the 16 August, DMS Metering Solutions are hosting a Lunch ‘N’ Learn four hour session where its team will be explaining the Sontex Superstatic range of Heat Meters, including the latest software overviews on AMR, Data Collection, M-BUS, Radio, Wireless Radio and Billing.

Conference to celebrate women installers

The first ever Women Installers' Together Conference will take place on 13 September, 2017, in order to celebrate the achievements and skills of the UK's female plumbing and heating installers.

Grant UK supports Bath Rugby for a third season

Grant UK is a Business Partner of Bath Rugby for the 2017/18 season and will supporting the boys in Blue, Black and White for the third year running.

Irwin Tools says thanks to tradespeople

Irwin Tools, a manufacturer in hand tools and power tools accessories, is celebrating the UK and Ireland’s trade professionals with the return of its National Trade Appreciation Day.

HomeServe celebrates £68,000 charity fundraising efforts

From Sky dives and car washes to half marathons and bake sales, HomeServe People have been working hard during the past year to raise more than £30,000 for local charitable organisations.

DIY SOS needs you!

DIY SOS is calling for trades and volunteers to help them with their latest transformation in Swansea as part of BBC Children in Need.

APHC calls for industry to champion quality plumbers

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is calling for the industry to pull together to champion the diverse skills of plumbing and heating engineers and celebrate the important role they play in keeping people healthy and safe.

Is Vogue from Ideal the industry's best kept secret?

According to installers across the UK, the Vogue range of boilers from Ideal is one of the industry's best kept secrets thanks to its ease of installation and premium parts and components.

Honeywell Home Safety urges installers to spread the word on CO safety

New research by Gas Safe Register suggests that homeowners are more concerned about food poisoning than they are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when it comes to barbecuing. Here, Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on the research.

UK Plumber of the Year 2017 shortlist has been revealed

The 15 plumbers listed below impressed the official judging partner of the competition, Watersafe, with their entries and now they need your votes!

Landlord prosecuted over gas safety failure

Pembrokeshire County Council has warned landlords that they must meet their gas safety regulation obligations after a landlord was fined £15,290 for failing to obtain a Landlord Gas Safety Record.

Xylem moves heat exchanger production to Axminster

Xylem has moved the manufacture of its Lowara brazed and gasketed plate heat exchangers to its in-house production facility in Axminster, Devon.

Viessmann becomes global partner of Huddersfield Town

Viessmann has extended and increased its sponsorship of Huddersfield Town Football Club for the 2017/18 season.

On Tap Plumbers wins new London contracts

Commercial plumbing firm On Tap Plumbers has successfully tendered for two major London projects - the Canary Wharf Group's Wood Wharf Development and leading accountancy firm Deloitte's expansion of its London HQ in New Street Square.

Boilercare’s paperless business with the help of BigChange technology

New technology is helping Cheshire based Boilercare 24/7 to smash its million pound revenue target by the end of 2017. 

OFTEC registrations hit four-year high

OFTEC has marked the 15th anniversary of its industry recognised Competent Person Scheme with the news that registration numbers have hit their highest level since 2013.

Material prices are soaring, says FMB

A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins with almost a quarter having had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Gas Safety Trust to fund CO poisoning study

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced that it is to provide funds to Newcastle University for a study into possible new ways to detect carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which could be used when CO exposure is suspected at lower levels.

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The commissioning of an independent review of Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Young homeowners turn to social media for home improvements

Over half of young homeowners turn to YouTube videos or other social media channels when it comes to carrying out home improvements or repairs, according to new research from Plentific.com.

Rise in plumbing courses fails to address the skills gap

The industry is being flooded by trainees with basic plumbing qualifications rather than the higher skills needed to address the skills gap, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Worcester appoints new controls and connectivity team

Worcester, Bosch Group has strengthened its support for the emerging connected appliances market by appointing a dedicated Controls & Connectivity team within its award-winning Technical Support department.