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Ideal Boilers’ ‘quiet revolution’

Ideal Boilers’ flagship Logic+ range has been recognised alongside 70 other global brands with a Quiet Mark award from the Noise Abatement Society – only the second UK boiler manufacturer to receive the honour.

Plumber jailed for unsafe gas work

Gareth Scott Redford has been sentenced to serve 16 months in prison for carrying out unsafe gas work.

Unregistered installer jailed after putting family at risk

A self-employed installer has been imprisoned after installing a new boiler without being Gas Safe-registered.

Kohler Mira gains royal seal of approval

Kohler Mira has been granted the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation for its Mira Flight Safe range of anti-slip shower trays.

Installer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Bradley Rogers, Baxi installer and member of the Baxi Works loyalty scheme, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in June to raise money for Leukaemia Care UK.

30 years of Altecnic

Accompanied by senior directors from Caleffi, Altecnic’s Italian parent company, the entire staff at the Stafford-based business turned out to raise a glass to 30 years of business.

Viessmann Germany beats England 6-1

On 21 April, Huddersfield Town team sheet sponsor Viessmann recreated the classic football rivalry between England and Germany by organising a friendly match between its German and English installers.

Warmworks helps Cumbernauld company grow

A business in Cumbernauld has been able to grow thanks to a scheme that has already helped 5,000 Scottish households to reduce their energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient.

New maintenance service for heat network metering systems is launched

Heatworks Solutions has now launched, a new service provider designed to support contractors and engineers with maintenance of the complete heat network metering function, regardless of the type of meter specified or installed.

Charlie Mullins helps launch Fix Radio

Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, was guest of honour at the launch of Fix Radio – the UK’s first radio station for tradespeople.

Worcester celebrates 25 years of Bosch

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating 25 years as part of the Bosch Group, with a programme of activities planned throughout 2017.

Flame Heating Spares launches app

Flame Heating Spares is to support the region’s installers with the launch of a new app.

Unite calls for action on workplace death delays

Friends and families who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities are having to wait an average of three years and four months to secure justice, according to research by Unite.

BWT F1 Sponsorship puts installers in pole position

The BWT Group has extended its involvement in motor sport by forging a partnership with the Sahara Force India Formula 1 racing team.

Xpelair issues warning as air pollution hits the headlines

With new research revealing some unexpected, grave repercussions of air quality pollution, Xpelair is reminding the industry of the importance of ensuring adequate ventilation.

CIPHE members ‘make the difference’

From 1 to 7 June the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) will be joining organisations all over the country to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2017.

Volkswagen to celebrate ‘Hug a Plumber Day’ at CV Show

With April 25 marking national ‘Hug a Plumber Day’ and the start of the CV Show, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be using its presence at the show to demonstrate its appreciation.

Peter Thom criticises enforcement of Building Regulations

Energy efficiency campaigner and founder of Green Heat Peter Thom is becoming increasingly concerned that Building Regulations are being regularly flouted in the growing market for replacing gas boilers with electric heating appliances.

Boiler service drive backed by the Consumer Council

OFTEC and the Consumer Council Northern Ireland are urging consumers in Northern Ireland to book a professional boiler service.

Bristan kicks off Season Of Sport promotion

Bristan has teamed up with the experts at Plumb Center to offer four VIP tickets to sporting events, up for grabs during each month of the promotion.

Obituary: Geoff Shaw

We are sorry to announce the death of Geoff Shaw on 8 April 2017.

Fix Radio launches for the trade

A new radio station dedicated to tradespeople will be giving out 20,000 bacon butties to builders after it launches later this month.

Do you live in the best city for your trade?

New online tool explores the top 20 best UK cities to work in the trades

Government indicates continued commitment to EU energy efficiency laws

The government has issued positive statements indicating its continued commitment to the existing EU legislation surrounding energy efficient products.

BSRIA hopes for clarity from General Election

BSRIA has responded to the Prime Minister's announcement of an upcoming General Election by saying it hopes the announcement will bring 'much-needed clarity and order'

Construction industry beats post-Brexit expectations

Activity in the construction industry is rising at a faster pace following the EU referendum than initially expected, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Fernox helps to support Candlelighters

Fernox is lending its support to the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, and has donated 12 TF1 Omega Filters and various chemical water treatment products to the Gas Chat Tour, which is providing free central heating system installations in exchange for charitable donations.

Regulation issues 'likely to delay RHI reform'

Although the 2017 reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Regulations were placed before Parliament on 14 March 2017, according to the Heat Pump Association (HPA), drafting issues with the Non-Domestic Regulations mean the reform is unlikely to be implemented until the end of June.

Punctuality is 'most influential' when hiring tradespeople

Punctuality is the single most desirable quality that homeowners look for in a tradesperson, according to new research by Plentific.com

Under fire apprenticeship levy is 'not a numbers game'

This month's launch of the Apprenticeship Levy has coincided with a critical report from the All-Party Parliamentary Education Committee, which dubbed it a "blunt instrument" that would do little to tackle the skills gap without significant changes.

Promote quality to boost efficiency

Woodsure calls for industry to promote the benefits of using quality wood fuel

Pimlico Plumbers embarks on £500,000 headquarters expansion

Pimlico Plumbers has embarked on a £500,000 construction project to increase capacity at its central London headquarters.

'Smart home design' the focus of IDHEE Conference

The IDHEE Conference in June will focus on how the growth of smart home technology can provide great opportunities for heating engineers

Industry must have it's say on government's Industrial Strategy, says APHC

The President of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is asking companies within the plumbing and heating sector to review and provide input into the government's Industrial Strategy Document.

MPs praise new gas safety technology from Gas Tag

Gas Tag’s efforts to use technology to improve gas safety in homes across the UK have been recognised in parliament, as new research reveals the safety of millions of Britons is still at risk.

Kohler Mira raises £92,000 for Cancer Research

Kohler Mira has smashed its fundraising target for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which has resulted in a total of £92,000 handed over to the charity.

Baxi joins Carbon Connect

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has joined Carbon Connect, an independent, cross-party forum that aims to inform and guide the transition to a low carbon future underpinned by sustainable energy.

South Devon engineer sentenced for unregistered gas work

An unregistered plumber from Dawlish has been fined after leaving gas work in a dangerous state.

England v. Germany – but not as you know it

Viessmann installers from England and Germany will compete against each other in a friendly football match at Huddersfield Town Football Club on 21 April.

#GasChatTour rolls into Essex

The 'Gas Chat' nationwide tour continues to successfully raise money for children's charity Candlelighters after completing its third installation of the year.

HHIC launches new division to put installers first

For those engineers active on social media, you will have seen how, over recent weeks and months, the plumbing and heating industry has come together with a common goal - to have their voice heard.

Unite warns that new levy could result in sub-standard apprenticeships

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is warning the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy could be taken off course and lead to a sharp rise in sub-standard apprenticeships.

Competition gives one of Northern Ireland’s nightmare bathrooms a much needed upgrade

Bathroom company Bassetts has launched its Nightmare Bathrooms Competition, giving householders in Northern Ireland the chance to bring their bathroom up to date with a new £10,000 renovation.

The search is on for UK plumber of the year

The search for UK Plumber of the Year 2017 launched on 3 April, recognising the remarkable level of talented tradespeople across the UK, with another huge prize fund for the worthy winner.

Fine for two companies following asbestos investigation in Surrey

Two companies have been fined after unsafe asbestos work was carried out in the kitchen of a property in Leatherhead, Surrey.

National campaign tackles illegal working in construction

The national campaign ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

ECO reforms increase insulation install targets

Reforms to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) were introduced on 1 April that will provide consumers with extra support to make their homes cheaper and easier to heat.

Apprenticeship policies ‘will not fill growing skills gap’

The government's flagship apprenticeships policies have a worrying lack of focus and will not fill widening skills gaps unless they concentrate on sectors and regions where training is most needed, according to a report released on 30 March.

Elmhurst Energy remains optimistic in the wake of Brexit

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, is optimistic about the outcome for the energy assessment industry following Theresa May’s formal triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Plumbase kicks off Innovation Nights

Plumbase has brought back its programme of Innovation Nights, aimed at giving installers a first glimpse of some of the newest products on the plumbing and heating market.