Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Industry must turn 'challenges into opportunities'

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) must help its members tackle the challenges that lie ahead for the market, according to newly elected president Jim Marner.

UK's van drivers' contribution to economy is growing, according to report

A total of £120 billion was contributed to the UK economy by van-dependent businesses in 2014, up 16% on 2010 figures, according to a new Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) report.

Zero carbon policies for new homes scrapped, causing concern over energy efficiency future

Government will not proceed with the Zero Carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, or the proposed 2016 increase in on-site energy efficiency standards for new homes, Chancellor George Osborne announced on 9 July.

Provisional findings from energy market investigation suggest customers could save £160 by switching provider

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has today published its provisional findings after a comprehensive year-long investigation into the energy market.

Crucial safety information more accessible following launch of Gas Safe Register scheme, says UKLPG

Installers’ access to safety and risk compliance has been improved with the launch of Gas Safe Register’s Access to Standards scheme, says the chief executive of UK Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (UKLPG).

Greater apprenticeship investment required to meet future needs, WaterSafe says

A change in the attitude towards apprenticeships is necessary for the plumbing sector to meet anticipated demand, online plumber search provider WaterSafe has said.

2015 Budget: A mixed response from industry

The construction industry has given a mixed response to today's Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

2015 Budget: At A Glance

The first Conservative-only Budget since 1996 was delivered today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Suffolk builder fined over illegal gas work carried out in Hertfordshire

Illegal and dangerous gas work at a home in Ringshall, Hertfordshire has led to a Suffolk builder being fined.

Amendments to RHI regulations bring scheme in line with ErP

Government has announced the laying of the new regulations for both the domestic and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Schemes.

Issues facing self-employed workers to be subject of independent review

An independent review of self-employment in the UK is to be led by Julie Deane OBE, with the aim of discovering the challenges and opportunities facing those who wish to work for themselves.

Open letter urges Chancellor to commit to 5% reduced VAT rate on renewables

An open letter was today sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging the government to affirm their support of current VAT rules that permit a reduced rate of VAT on energy saving products.

Nearly half of UK van drivers costing businesses with overloaded vehicles, study says

Over 1.2 million vans on UK roads are carrying loads in excess of national weight regulations, new research suggests.

Encourage flatpack homes and self-builds to beat UK housing crisis, report says

Modular off-site building of prefabricated homes could be the key to solving the UK’s broken housing market, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

EUA calls on the Chancellor to commit to the RHI in the forthcoming summer budget

As the summer budget approaches the Energy & Utilities Alliance is calling on the Chancellor to commit to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Customers prefer 'word of mouth' to searching online

Customers prefer to source a tradesperson through word of mouth recommendations rather than by responding to online advertising, according to research by WaterSafe.

Triple success at SkillPLUMB heats

Plumbing skills have been on display around the country at the English regional SkillPLUMB heats.

Trade association celebrates 90-year anniversary

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, as it continues to represent the interests of members across England and Wales.

Financial support offered to encourage Scottish energy efficiency takeup

The option of an interest-free loan has been made available to homeowners through the Scottish government's Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) scheme. 

Pimlico Plumbers records 32 consecutive months of turnover growth

Pimlico Plumbers has posted a 25% year-on-year rise in turnover with sales of £25million for its 2014 to 2015 financial year.

Renewables market supports proposals for 'solar revolution'

Renewables specialist Rexel UK has welcomed proposals from the new energy secretary, Amber Rudd, to implement a ‘solar revolution’ across the country.

Investment in training is essential to maintain RHI momentum

The plumbing and heating industry is being called to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support.  

New president appointed by CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has elected Terry Stephenson as national president and Paul Williams as vice president in a ceremony held at its annual general meeting in Chester.

New home registrations remain 'encouraging'

New home registrations for 2015 remain at a higher level than last year with strong growth reported in May, according to figures released by NHBC.

Gas fitter fined for knowingly working without registration

A qualified gas fitter has been fined for deliberate breaches of Gas Safety regulations despite having worked in the gas industry for many years.

Gas Access Campaign to meet with government

The leaders of the Gas Access Campaign, who want a change in the law to improve gas safety, have been invited to discuss the campaign proposals with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and other government stakeholders, at a meeting in Westminster in July.

New Home Improvement Guarantee Scheme 'offers installers peace of mind'

The Home Improvement Guarantee (HIG) scheme is seeking to expand its network of approved tradespeople to meet rising demand.

DIY aversion revealed in construction worker study

Almost half the UK's construction workers refuse to perform DIY jobs in their own home, according to a study conducted by a business insurance website.

Best Tradeswoman Award recognises outstanding female achievement

The Best Tradeswoman category in this year’s Best Business Woman Awards 2015 has begun its search for women delivering outstanding service in a UK trade industry job.

FMB calls on consumers to avoid basing trust in builders on internet reviews

Consumers would be safer using independently vetted builders over those found on customer review sites, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Heating company wins first Which? Trusted Trader award

South London Heating, a gas heating services provider based in Penge, has won Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2015, at the annual Which? Awards ceremony that took place on 17 June.

Scottish builders in apprentice funding call as survey shows rise in employer confidence

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new record peak of +35, up six points on the first quarter of 2015, according to the Scottish Construction Monitor (SCM) survey.

APHC appoint John Jones to the position of president

The new president of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has stated his aim to improve trade arrangements for the industry’s small businesses.

NAPIT calls for government renewable commitment

The renewables industry requires immediate backing, NAPIT says, as it encourages the government to maintain its Feed in Tariff (FiT) support.

Teenage apprentice completes OFTEC qualification

A 17-year-old apprentice is among the youngest women working in the oil heating industry to undertake her OFTEC qualifications.

Study finds link between serious health problems and indoor air pollution

New research suggests indoor air pollution is potentially responsible for the loss of over 200,000 healthy life years in the UK annually, leading to calls for improved ventilation.

Scotland energy policy showing rest of UK the way, says FMB

The Scottish government has shamed the UK government by prioritising energy efficiency of existing buildings, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Oil tank safety checks urged following fire in Dunmurry

Annual oil tank installation fire safety checks have been recommended after an explosion left three families homeless and caused extensive damage to houses in Dunmurry, Belfast.

Financial Secretary sees introduction of digital accounts as end of small business tax returns

Plans to simplify the way businesses pay tax have been outlined by Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke.

Safety warning issued over Grundfos CONLIFT pump

Grundfos has issued a safety warning about an earlier model of its CONLIFT pumps produced on or before week 47 in 2007. Pumps from that period may pose a dangerous fire risk under certain circumstances.

Apprenticeship reforms could signal “age of the apprentice”, says FMB chief

Government apprenticeship reforms could herald an “age of the apprentice”, according to the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) chief executive, who believes they should be valued as highly as university degrees.

Heating company picks up FSB Business Award

C&J Heating has been crowned Stevenage Business of the Year at the 2015 Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Hertfordshire Business Awards.

Most of those planning to make energy efficiency changes to their homes will not consider government subsidies

Just 21% of people planning to make energy efficient changes to their homes over the next 12 months are considering taking advantage of government subsidies, according to research from Pay4Later, UK provider of point of sale credit. 

VAT rate on renewables under threat

Homeowners considering renewable heating installations are being urged to act now following an EU ruling that found a reduced 5% UK VAT rate on renewable energy heating installations illegal.

Dudley tradesman prosecuted for illegal work

A company director from Dudley has been sentenced for carrying out illegal gas work on a property in Kingswinford putting the lives of the owners at risk.

Hospital trust fined for legionella control failures

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £50,000 for failing to control legionella.

Open letter calls Prime Minister to map out plan for low-carbon future

Boiler manufacturer, Baxi, has joined forces with numerous other influential British businesses to call on the government to take rapid action in tackling climate change and building a low-carbon Britain.

Plumbing student wins national vocational education award

Josh Ellis has been named the winner of the VQ Learner of the Year Award 2015 for England, in recognition of his outstanding achievement following a vocational qualification in Plumbing at Exeter College.

Halifax firm fined over explosion at primary school

An explosion in the boiler room of a primary school has led to the prosecution for safety failings of a gas servicing firm in Halifax.

Plumbing named as 'most valued profession'

Plumbers have been named as the profession people would most value in their neighbours, according to a new survey by education charity The Edge Foundation.