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Holiday promotion takes off for OSMA

OSMA is preparing to launch the 'Take Off With OSMA' campaign, which will roll out more than 10,000 prizes through participating UK merchants from 7 April 2015.

Plumbfix to offer Sunday deliveries

Trade supplier Plumbfix has announced it is extending its next-day delivery service to include Sundays.

Rise in Scottish building apprentices

The number of building apprentices registered in Scotland in 2014 rose by 7% to 1,553.

New plumbing apprenticeship standard launched

A new level 3 Apprenticeship standard for Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians has been launched this month as part of the government's Trailblazer programme.

A new information hub from Pegler Yorkshire

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a website focused on the individual requirements of specifiers and installers, and helping them find solutions for prevailing industry issues.

New consumer protection scheme for district heating

Customers connected to district heating will soon benefit from a new consumer protection scheme.

Ideal Standard supports Water Saving Week

During Water Saving Week (22 to 28 March), Ideal Standard is supporting Waterwise, to remind people of the importance of saving water.

£200 million-worth of housing projects up for grabs

SME contractors from Ealing are being invited to a free event in Southall on 25 March, to find out about upcoming work contracts worth £200 million.

Pegler Yorkshire announces operations review

During a review of its operations, Pegler Yorkshire has announced a proposal to consolidate its UK manufacturing and the possible closure of its Leeds facility.

Businesses can now take solar panels with them and keep tariff if they move

Businesses will be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate, allowing them to continue to reap the benefits of lower energy bills, under new changes to the Feed-in Tariff (FiT).

Landlord carries out illegal gas safety checks

A landlord from Torquay illegally carried out annual gas safety checks at his properties despite not being registered gas engineer, a court has heard. 

2015 Budget 'a disappointment for energy efficiency'

A wage increase for apprenticeships, frozen fuel duties and help for first-time buyers were among the key spending plans outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, in yesterday's Budget.

Travis Perkins transforms its plumbing and heating division

The plumbing and heating division of Travis Perkins Group plc has announced a major programme that is transforming the way its two merchant brands, City Plumbing Supplies (CPS) and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS), serve customers.

Two men fined over illegal gas work

Two men have been fined for organising and carrying out illegal gas work as part of a construction job at a property in Suffolk.

Plumbing apprenticeships #notjustforboys

Employment Minster Esther McVey visited Pimlico Plumbers last week to meet rising female plumbing stars, as part of her #notjustforboys campaign.

Need for more clarity on apprenticeship funding for employers – City & Guilds

To celebrate the launch of The Commission on Apprenticeships, City & Guilds has called on the government to remember the needs of small businesses as it continues to reform the apprenticeship system.

Mandatory carbon monoxide alarms in rented properties is ‘a good first step’ says HHIC

Landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties under new legislation announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Flogas Britain Acquires LNG Supplier ‘Portal Gas Services’

Flogas Britain, UK LPG, LNG and alternative energy supplier, has announced its acquisition of Portal Gas Services from administrators KPMG.

Red Hot Nose Day proves a success

Drayton employees have raised over £1,000 for Comic Relief by fundraising for Red Nose Day 2015, which took place on Friday 13 March.

FPS and OFTEC back government's new Fuel Poverty Strategy

Oil heating industry trade associations have joined forces to support the government's newly unveiled fuel poverty plan for England.

District Council seeks contractors to fulfil contracts

New Forest District Council is inviting small- and medium-sized construction companies to a supplier engagement event in Ringwood on 30 March, to learn more about upcoming small work contracts to the value of £5,000.

Trades call on government to support apprenticeships

UK plumbers, along with other tradespeople, are calling for government support to increase the availability of skilled workers by encouraging apprenticeships, according to new research conducted by Plumbfix's umbrella organisation, Screwfix.

New landlord regulations 'could have gone further'

New regulations requiring landlords to fit smoke and CO alarms in their properties by law should also have included regular electrical inspections, believes NICEIC and ELECSA.

Pipework training standards win seal of approval

New standards which future apprentices in the pipefitting trades will be expected to achieve by the end of their training have gained ministerial approval.

ADEY launches e-commerce spares site

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has launched a new online spares site, where installers can order parts and spares with free next-day delivery.

British Army provides career enhancing qualifications to next generation of plumbers

Plumbing apprentice, John Cameron has been chosen as an ambassador for the British Army’s apprenticeship programme, to help highlight the fact that the Army runs the largest employer apprenticeship scheme in the UK, providing career enhancing qualifications to the next generation of plumbers.

Carbon monoxide alarms made mandatory in rental sector

Private landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in their properties, under measures announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis on 11 March.

Industry associations celebrate National Apprenticeship Week by showcasing apprentice profiles

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, running from 9 to 13 March, several industry associations are celebrating the positive impact that apprenticeships can have by showcasing a series of real life apprenticeship career profiles.

Government plugs renewables roadshows to increase ‘encouraging’ RHI take-up

With 25,000 accreditations so far for the domestic RHI, government is encouraged that renewables seem to be providing many people with a genuine choice of how they heat their homes.

Pair in court for endangering homeowners’ lives

Two tradesmen have been fined after the lives of homeowners were put at risk when one of them illegally installed a boiler at a home in High Wycombe.

Customers urged to avoid rogue plumbers on World Plumbing day

WaterSafe and Severn Trent Water have once again pledged their support for World Plumbing Day, as a time to reflect on how industry can work together to raise plumbing standards in the UK.

Plumbing apprentices meet Vince Cable MP for National Apprenticeship Week

Apprentices from Mycroft Heating & Plumbing met Dr Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – on Monday (9 March), to mark the official launch of National Apprenticeship Week 2015.

Extra £3 million funding to set up heat networks awarded to local authorities

More people will have their homes and businesses heated by renewable, sustainable or recoverable energy sources thanks to extra £3 million of funding awarded to 55 local authorities across England and Wales on 10 March.

Plumbing businesses could gain additional revenue from apprenticeships

Consumers prefer to do business with businesses employing apprentices, a new report from the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR) has revealed.

New £250,000 renewable energy training voucher scheme launched

Installation companies throughout the UK can benefit from a new renewable energy training voucher scheme offering up to £500 worth of training for each installer at a company, up to £5,000.

NHBC Foundation calls for new campaign to encourage girls into house building

The NHBC Foundation is calling for a new industry-wide campaign to boost the numbers of young women in house building, as new research reveals that just one in ten are interested in building and construction careers.

University isn’t the only route to a successful and lucrative career

In support of National Apprenticeship Week, taking place from 9 to 13 March, Ross Anderson, director of the Industrial and Commercial Energy Association (ICOM), has asserted that university isn’t the only route to a successful and lucrative career.

Partnerships praised at President's dinner

CIPHE president Kevin McCallister highlighted the need for industry organisations to work together at this year's President's Dinner.

PHEX+ returns to Alexandra Palace this spring

After the success of last year's show at Alexandra Palace, PHEX+ will be returning again this year on 20 & 21 May.

Renewable heat technologies 'leave consumers cold'

Consumers are failing to engage with renewable heat technologies, according to a new poll by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC).

Industry responds to suggestion from NICE that tradespeople should help tackle fuel poverty

New guidance published by the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) has highlighted tradespeople as a valuable point of contact with vulnerable people who may have health problems caused or exacerbated by living in a cold home.

WaterSafe to support World Plumbing Day

WaterSafe has pledged its full support for the upcoming World Plumbing Day, calling on industry to use it as a time to reflect on how it can work together to raise plumbing standards in the UK.

National renewable heat training forum to be launched

A national forum that will address best practice and quality assurance of renewable heat training is to be launched by SummitSkills.

BRE introduces quality mark for new homes

Building science centre BRE has introduced a national quality mark for new housing that will transform the way consumers choose the homes they buy and rent.

Bathrooms and kitchens top home improvements

New kitchens and bathrooms top the list of the UK's most popular home improvements, according to a new survey by GoCompare.com home insurance.

New Fuel Poverty Strategy is 'legally binding'

The government has launched a new Fuel Poverty Strategy to identify and target England's energy inefficient homes.

Parliament agrees heating controls should be fitted when replacing a boiler

Nine out of ten MPs believe that to improve the energy efficiency of homes, a full set of heating controls should be fitted when a central heating boiler is replaced, according to recent research.

HHIC makes Energy Labelling simple

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has launched a new web site aimed at simplifying the forthcoming Energy Labelling legislation.

HWA urges government to ‘fix’ Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

‘When something clearly doesn’t work – fix it’ says the Hot Water Association (HWA) following announcement that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will reopen for applications on 16 March.

Third phase of Green Deal Home Improvement Fund provides further £70 million for home energy efficiency

The third phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will open for new applications from 16 March, the Department for Energy & Climate Change has announced.