Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Government confirms apprenticeship funding boost

The government has confirmed new reforms to its apprenticeship funding system, including £60 million to be spent helping young people from deprived backgrounds, as part of its drive to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.

Plumber wins £15,000 holiday of a lifetime through JG Speedfit competition

The winner of JG Speedfit's 'ain't no Pipe Dream' competition has been announced as Daniel Wilkes, a plumber from Yorkshire, who has won holiday vouchers worth £15,000.

SummitSkills announces its closure

Following a board meeting on 20 October, SummitSkills has announced it will cease operations on 31 March, 2017.

Bosch searches for trade tool testers

Bosch is looking for professional tradespeople to take part in its #builtwithBosch campaign.

Awareness campaign highlights damage caused by hard water

A national hard water awareness campaign has been launched in Kent, the county with some of the hardest tap water in the UK, by Harvey Water Softeners.

Carbon Connect launches low carbon research project

Carbon Connect, a division of Policy Connect, is launching Future Gas Series, a research project to investigate the opportunities offered by low carbon gas to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the policy developments that are required to enable its deployment.

Biomass technical standard launched by HWA and HETAS

The Hot Water Association (HWA) published a new technical standard in conjunction with HETAS on 24 October, outlining the steps required to correctly connect a solid fuel appliance with a hot water storage system.

Worcester training centres get CIPHE approval

Worcester, Bosch Group’s training facilities have been awarded Approved Training Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Four out of five UK homeowners do not check VAT credentials, according to Plentific

Plentific.com’s latest consumer insight has found that 4 out of 5 of UK homeowners do not ask to see evidence of VAT credentials when hiring a tradesperson.

Accessible bathrooms add value to society, report reveals

A report focusing on the operation of the Disabled Facilities Grant highlights the value that bathroom adaptations can bring to customers.

HVP seeks installers' views on the state of the industry

HVP is hosting an installer round table at PHEX Chelsea this November and is inviting readers to take part and have their say on the industry.

Stopcocks Women Plumbers to take on male members

Stopcocks Women Plumbers is calling on men and women to join its new franchise scheme, to be launched in January 2017.

Landlord given suspended prison sentence over gas failings

A Durham landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties.

New report a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency”

A report suggesting hydrogen could be a sustainable alternative to natural gas, issued by the Committee on Climate Change, has been welcomed by boiler manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch.

Travis Perkins reports positive growth in Q3 alongside plans to close 30 branches

Travis Perkins has released its trading update for Q3 2016, showing total sales growth of 3.4% across the business, despite significant losses in the plumbing and heating side of the group.

Importance of TMVs highlighted this National Burn Awareness day

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) is urging installers to be diligent in fitting thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) as it recognises National Burn Awareness day on 19 October

Quality Plumber Week 'most successful ever'

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is thanking members of the industry for participating in its third ever Quality Plumber Week (QPW), which was the most successful in the event's history at promoting the important competent plumbing and heating installers play in our communities.

Funding announced for district heating schemes

Households across the UK could have their heating bills reduced, thanks to a new funding scheme announced by the government on 17 October.

Stepping up your qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is looking for plumbers and heating engineers who wish to further their qualifications to Chartered Engineer (CEng) level.

Cast your vote for Plumber of the Year

Graham Plumbers' Merchant is joining the search for the Plumber of the Year by sponsoring the category at this year's On The Tools Awards. The merchant joins Saint-Gobain brands Jewson and British Gypsum in supporting the awards.

Bristol plumber wins new truck, courtesy of Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant named Andrew Crookes from Bristol as the winner of the merchant’s Give a Truck prize draw. He was the lucky name chosen from the thousands of entries to receive the brand new Nissan Navara.

LPG firm welcomes government apprentice levy to future-proof industry workforce

Off-grid fuel supplier AvantiGas has spoken out in support of the government’s proposed apprenticeship levy as it seeks to fill the skills gap in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry.

Vokèra installs heating to help family in need

As part of a complete refurbishment, Vokèra worked with the Ecotechnicians Co-operative, which promotes quality heating projects and organises free installations for good causes, to install a new boiler and control solution for a family in need.

The Geberit Awards are back for 2016

The Geberit Awards 2016 is in its third year, and installers from throughout the bathroom, plumbing and heating industries will battle it out to be crowned the best in the business.

APHC questions vocational qualification plans

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC)has expressed doubts about the feasibility of plans for the development of vocational qualifications, following a speech made by Phil Beach CBE, in collaboration with Ofqual, last week.

Carbon monoxide testing pilot study commences

Public Health England's (PHE) carbon monoxide (CO) pilot study, which aims to develop a protocol for coroners to test for CO at post mortem, is set to commence. The study is being funded by the Gas Safety Trust (GST).

More tradespeople live in south east of England

The South East is home to more tradespeople than any other region in the UK, according to new research.

One in three UK homeowners regret DIY, according to survey

Home services marketplace Plentific.com’s latest survey has found that over a third of UK homeowners have regretted the results of a DIY project and wish that they had called in a professional to handle it.

BFCMA releases commercial flue guide

Designed to provide a clearer understanding of how chimneys and flues should be selected and installed in commercial applications, the new Commercial Flue Guide from the British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association (BFCMA) represents an invaluable resource for installers, suppliers, manufacturers and end users.

Illegal gas fitter fined after his brother alerts homeowners to 'at risk' installation

An illegal gas fitter has received community service after installing a gas boiler and leaving homeowners at risk because he did not commission it.

tado° launches Professional range at PHEX

Today at PHEX, tado° announced its new dedicated product range for installers – tado° Professional. tado° Professional is a portfolio of smart heating products, including the Smart Thermostat and Smart Radiator Thermostats, that enables installers to provide remote boiler maintenance to strengthen their customer relationships and improve services. tado° alerts installers when something is wrong with their customer’s boiler.

CIPHE champions water efficiency

Did you know that 748 million people - or one in 10 of the world's population – do not have access to clean water and have to make do with what water they can, including dirty or contaminated streams, rivers or ponds?

Scottish government takes vital leap forward on payment

The Scottish government's announcement that Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) are to be used as the preferred method for improving payment conditions and speeding up cashflow on all public sector construction projects valued over £4 million has been hailed as a major step towards greater financial stability for the industry.

Wolseley UK to axe up to 800 staff as it 'tranforms' plumbing and heating business

Wolseley UK has announced a major transformation programme for its plumbing and heating business, which the company said is likely to result in 80 branch closures and up to 800 redundancies.

Key installers predict bright future for renewable heating

A live poll conducted among renewable heating installers found that nearly 80% predict future sector growth in the heat pump market, with running cost savings highlighted as the biggest driver. 

APHC promotes advantages of trade associations

Following a new survey by the Federation of Small Businesses, which reveals that small firms are more pessimistic than positive about the future for the first time in four years, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is reminding industry members of the many business advantages to be had from belonging to a trade organisation.

Celebrating Quality Plumber Week

Now in its third year, Quality Plumber Week is once again celebrating the UK’s dedicated and hard-working plumbing and heating engineers.

Review of gas safety invites engineers to have their say

Gas Safe Register is launching an in-depth report into the past, present and future for gas safety to be published next summer.

Steve Willis Training celebrates 10 years of business

Steve Willis Training has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Portchester Training Centre in Hampshire with a Worcester boiler cake.

Buoyancy for bathroom market in 2016

A new report on the UK bathroom market from MTW Research indicates that sales have remained resilient for most bathroom products in 2016, with consumer spending remaining strong, despite a ‘Brexit blip’ during the summer months.

Love your radiator, urges the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors

Love Your Radiator is the new campaign launched by the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC). The campaign asks consumers to take a radiator selfie and share their picture on Twitter using the #LoveYourRadiator.

Worcester tops Which? boiler survey for seventh year running

For the seventh consecutive year, Worcester, Bosch Group, has come out top in the Which? boiler report having achieved Which? Best Buy status across every boiler it makes.

Resources 'must be refocused to target fuel poverty'

A government Advisory Committee on fuel poverty says policies and resources must be refocussed to meet England's fuel poverty goals.

ErP Directive heats up boiler industry

One year on from the introduction of the EU Energy related Products (ErP) Directive, the heating industry has made significant progress in meeting its goals, according to distributor F&P Wholesale

Research shows homeowners aren’t checking installer credentials

A new survey by Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed worrying statistics around the habits of homeowners and their heating systems.

Installers predict bright future for renewable heating

A live poll conducted among installers by Daikin UK has revealed that nearly 80% of installers predict future growth in the sector, with running cost savings highlighted as the biggest driver of the market.

Gas and heating engineers are Britain’s most trusted tradespeople, a survey has revealed

More than one in five UK homeowners opted for gas and heating engineers as the nation’s most trustworthy tradespeople in the 2016 poll, released by HomeServe during Gas Safe Register’s Gas Safety Week.

Baxi highlights danger of CO poisoning for Gas Safety Week

As recently released figures demonstrate a 10% rise in suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings, UK boiler manufacturer Baxi is championing the importance of Gas Safety Week which is taking place until 25 September.

BEAMA calls for sustained UK commitment to aligned EU energy policy

BEAMA has warned the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee that a divergence of framework policies between the EU and the UK can have serious implications affecting investor confidence, energy bills, carbon emissions and a single market approach to placing products on the EU market.

Fire-risk boiler highlights need for gas safety

In support of Gas Safety Week, which takes place from 19 to 25 September, Ravenheat is urging members of the public to become more aware of gas safety in their homes.