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Cashflow problems threaten four in 10 SMEs

Four in 10 (38%) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have suffered cashflow problems over the past two years, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance.

'Worrying' number of home buyers don't carry out gas safety checks

Buying a house is the biggest investment anyone makes in their lifetime, yet two in three people don’t carry out a gas safety check before moving in, leaving them at risk from fuel-burning appliances.

MPs demand consumer protection against unsafe CO alarms

A group of 31 MPs from across the political spectrum have called on the government to protect consumers from unsafe carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, which fail to comply with the industry-wide safety standard BS EN 50291.

UK plumbing apprentice scoops fourth place at EuroSkills

Daniel Martins, a plumbing and heating apprentice at Briggs and Forester and trainee at EAS Mechanical, has placed fourth in the plumbing and heating category at Euroskills 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Aberystwyth plumbing apprentice wins gold medal

One of Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training’s (HCT) Level 3 plumbing apprentices has been awarded a prestigious gold medal at the 2016 SkillPLUMB UK final held last week at the NEC in Birmingham.

'Urgent change to heat policy required'

OFTEC is calling for an urgent change to the UK's low carbon heat policy, as data shows oil is still the cheapest domestic heating fuel.

New payment reporting rules 'a boost to small firms'

New measures being set out by government will force large businesses to publish details on their payment practices, in a move that BEIS says will tackle the issue of late payments to small firms.

Sprue Safety Products strengthens its sales team

Sprue Safety Products continues to go from strength to strength with the appointment of five new specification managers, all tasked with enhancing the presence of the trade-only brand Sona.

Going for Gold

Intergas Heating has been awarded the Golden Stilson Award at the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) Supplier Excellence Awards ceremony.

Festive fire warning issued by Gas Safe Register

Christmas is the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to gas safety in the UK according to data from the Gas Safe Register and Fire and Rescue Service.

Misleading advertising complaint upheld

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) has upheld a complaint against misleading energy claims made by Saturn Heating in its recent promotional advertising

Trustmark supports National Consumer Week

Trustmark is supporting National Consumer Week this week, and is urging both consumers and businesses to brush up on their consumer rights and legal obligations.

Colleagues pay tribute to founder of Lakes Bathrooms, Robin Craddock

Robin Craddock, chairman of Lakes Bathrooms, passed away on 24 November, aged 51. He lost his short battle with cancer, but went peacefully, surrounded by his family. 

More investment in skills needed

The government must prioritise skills and innovation if it is to improve productivity and deliver the infrastructure and housing projects highlighted in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Winter switch-on campaign aims to prevent people falling foul of rogue plumbers

A winter switch-on campaign reminding consumers to use a reputable and qualified heating engineer was launched by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) on 25 November.

Boiler scrappage must ‘learn from mistakes’ of Boris Boiler scheme

The industry must ‘learn its lesson’ from the London Boiler Scrappage scheme and simplify initiatives aiming to encourage homeowners to upgrade their inefficient boilers, according to Worcester, Bosch Group.

Merchant urges skeptics to give ‘Retro Boiler’ label a chance

Plumb Center has welcomed the retrospective boiler labelling scheme launched by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) together with the boiler manufacturers to raise awareness of boiler efficiency with consumers.

IDHEE conference looks to a 'Smart Future'

The 2017 Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) Conference will focus on the growth of smart technologies.

Chancellor announces boost to housebuilding support in Autumn Statement

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond announced new housebuilding investments in his first Autumn Statement (23 November), along with new funds for roads and to improve the UK's digital infrastructure.

Worcester, Bosch Group offers Black Friday deal

To celebrate Black Friday, Worcester, Bosch Group is offering installers who have signed up to its Greenstar Rewards loyalty scheme reductions on workwear, power tools, and training courses – all of which they can claim using the points they have collected.

Homeowners encouraged to service their stoves to prevent CO poisoning

Wood burning stove owners are being reminded to have their appliances serviced and chimneys swept to protect themselves from Carbon Monoxide (CO) this CO Awareness Week.

Industry urged to have its say on consultation on on amendments to Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has welcome public consultation on proposals to amend the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of their Energy efficiency in buildings programme.

Major smart tech survey launched

Three industry bodies have launched a survey to gather views on the current and future use of connected technology

Jobs for the Girls campaign gets revamp

NICEIC has updated its Jobs for the Girls campaign material.

Aico updates smoke and CO alarms guide

With changes to the law in England and Scotland relating to the use of smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in privately rented properties, Aico has updated its ‘Landlord’s Guide to Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms’, which installers can pass onto landlords to help ensure safety in their homes.

Baxi supports launch of HHIC retrofit labelling scheme

Baxi has welcomed the HHIC’s decision to launch a retrospective boiler-labelling scheme. The scheme aims to increase consumer awareness about boiler efficiencies and performance, and to highlight to consumers that upgrading old, inefficient boilers will reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

Chancellor called to commit to the non-domestic RHI ahead of Autumn Statement

The Chancellor is being urged to make a long-term commitment to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) ahead of the Autumn Statement.

Mira wins regional customer service award

Mira Showers has had its reputation for superb customer service bolstered recently with its in-house team winning Call Centre of the Year (Small) at the annual South West Contact Centre Awards.

Report addresses scrapping of environmental policy without consulting industry

The Treasury is being urged to "green-check" all its decisions after a major investigation into its approach found it put short term priorities over long term sustainability – potentially increasing costs to the economy in the future, and harming investor confidence.

Worcester launches search for installer ‘Van of the year’

Worcester, Bosch Group is asking installers to take to social media to help the manufacturer crown the UK’s best van.

‘Retro Boiler’ label launched at PHEX Chelsea endorsed by government minister

A ‘Retro Boiler’ label scheme was launched by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) today at the Plumbing & Heating Exhibition (PHEX) in Chelsea.

New homes 'slash fuel bills by half'

A new home built to the latest building regulations can cost half as much to heat as a Victorian house of the same size, according to a new report by the NHBC Foundation.

Waxman Heating is supporting CO Awareness Week 2016

Waxman Heating is showing its support for Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016 by providing its customers with free carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The campaign, taking place from 21 – 27 November, is coordinated by the charity CO Awareness and is now in its 11th year.

Devi launches installer reward programme

Devi, part of Danfoss Electric Heating Systems, has launched the Devi Elite benefit programme. The new reward scheme is designed to help installers of Devi intelligent floor heating systems to expand their skills and business potential.

Triton shows support for AMDEA register my appliance initiative

Triton is supporting the launch of an initiative aimed at improving safety in millions of households nationwide.

BESA ready to plug certification gap

New routes to professional certification will be made available to building services companies next year, following the revision of F Gas handling legislation.

PlumbStock opens Bury St Edmunds branch

PlumbStock has announced a new trade counter in Bury St Edmunds, the latest of 16 new branches opened by the company throughout 2015 and 2016.

WaterSafe teams up with Met Office for Get Ready for Winter campaign

WaterSafe, the register for approved plumbing businesses, is supporting the government’s Get Ready for Winter campaign, hosted by the Met Office.

Plumbers’ merchants market forecast to increase by 4% in 2016

The plumbers’ merchant market was worth an estimated £4 billion in 2015, having recovered strongly in recent years. Demand has increased since 2013, leading to greater demand for plumbing materials, bathroom and shower products, and the plumbers’ merchants market is forecast to grow by around 4% in 2016, according to a report by AMA Research.

Impatience puts homeowners at risk of sub-standard work, says APHC

The immediacy of consumer expectations and rise of an “I want it now” culture is putting householders at risk of dangerous and sub-standard work, according to new research from the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC).

HSE consults on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR).

Domestic gas boiler sales fall, according to HHIC data

Figures published by the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) show that sales of domestic gas boilers in September 2016 fell by 4.3%, in comparison with September 2015; with year-to-date figures showing a fall of 0.7% compared with 2015.

New tool launched to help employers find apprenticeship training

A new tool, designed to help employers find apprenticeship training, has been launched by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Builder given suspended prison sentence and community service following unsafe gas work

A builder has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service for putting a homeowner at risk following renovations to their house in Cardiff.

War of the thermostat

Drayton is highlighting the ‘war of the thermostat’ between men and women, as research from Money Supermarket shows that almost a third of UK adults admit to arguing with partners and housemates over temperature tampering.

Gender pay gap at 16.3% for construction sector

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening has welcomed figures showing the gender pay gap is now the lowest on record.

2.7 million renters at risk from dangerous gas appliances, says Gas Safe Register

Unsafe gas appliances have been found in a fifth of privately rented accommodation, leading Gas Safe Register to believe that more than 2.7 million people could be living in dangerous housing.

Organisations band together to sign solar thermal letter

21 organisations have backed a letter to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, urging her to retain solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Plumb and Parts branches get smarter with nationwide tour

Plumb and Parts Center’s network of more than 500 branches are set to become smart controls hubs over the coming months and, to kick-start the initiative, Honeywell and Nest are touring the country to offer hands-on training in every branch.

UCATT to join Unite to form one union for the construction industry

Construction workers will have one powerful union voice on their side fighting for them from 1 January 2017, as members of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) voted by 85.5% on 2 November to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite.