Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Committee on Climate Change criticises Clean Growth Strategy

The Clean Growth Strategy sets out the next steps to reduce emissions and tackle climate change, but does not go far enough, according to the Committee on Climate Change.

Gas Safe Register launches awareness campaign

Gas Safe Register has launched a brand awareness campaign to remind people not to ‘cut corners’ when it comes to gas safety.

CIPHE supports Dame Hackitt Review

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) reaffirms its involvement in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, being led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Logic4training launches new guide

Logic4training has launched The Ultimate Guide to Training, to provide skills information to new or experienced engineers.

Contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

Major contractor Carillion has today gone into compulsory liquidation, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Gas Tag completes £20m investment deal

Gas Tag has secured investment from private equity house Waterland, in exchange for a minority stake.

BEIS supports OFTEC on off-grid heating plans

OFTEC has welcomed a positive response from the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry MP, after its concerns over the viability of government plans to decarbonise heating in England.

Plumber’s invention praised by Polypipe

James Mwangi, a plumber with J S Wright, has reportedly solved the problem of failing expansion gaps on first-fix soil vent pipe installations.

Gas App UK to launch boiler finance scheme

Installers will soon be able give their customers the option of independent finance to cover the cost of new boiler installation through Gas App UK, the company has announced.

Suspended sentence for landlord who failed to arrange gas safety check

A Staffordshire-based landlord has been sentenced after failing to provide evidence that a gas safety check had been carried out at one of his tenanted properties.

Tax expert warns of dangers of last minute self assessment tax returns

A leading tax expert today warned taxpayers who need to submit a Self Assessment tax return not to leave it until the last minute due to continuing problems in contacting HMRC.

HETAS encourages installers to report bad practice

HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme) is encouraging its registered installers to report non-compliant work.

Online boiler installation business raises £4.8m in funding

Hometree, a London-based ‘technology-enabled’ boiler installation business, has raised £4.8 million in funding in its first year.

APHC voices concern over Quality Mark proposals

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has voiced its concerns with the direction the proposed Quality Mark is taking under the government's Each Home Counts review.

Schiedel installation 'Down Under'

Schiedel has branched out of its European stronghold and found an unlikely home in an eco-house in the Australian Bush, on the edge of the Wadbilliga National Park in New South Wales.

Firms advised to get help with Apprenticeship Levy

Firms should get expert help to make the apprenticeship levy work for them, says a training specialist.

Pimlico Plumbers launches apprenticeship recruitment drive

Pimlico Plumbers is aiming to increase its cohort of apprentices to 75 during 2018 after recruiting a further 12 young people this month.

GROHE wins four awards at the 2018 German Design Awards

GROHE has received four awards at the 2018 German Design Awards in the categories Building and Elements, Fair and Exhibition and Corporate Identity.

Be prepared for solid fuel appliance energy labelling, warns Specflue

Specflue is warning that the sector should be prepared for the introduction of the Energy Labelling Directive for solid fuel appliances.

Vaillant partners with SBS for new distribution deal

Vaillant has announced that it has entered a new distribution partnership with Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), part of Travis Perkins Plumbing & Heating division, to boost the availability of its renewable technologies.

APHC announces 2018 training programme plus rewards

A division of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), APHC (Training), has 100 training rewards worth £150 each to give away during 2018.

Heating Oil Trade Association launches driver of the year competition

The trade association for the heating oil industry has launched its annual competition to find the finest tanker driver in the UK and Republic of Ireland for the Driver of the Year Awards 2018.

Viega launches pre-wall CPD session

Viega has launched a new RIBA-approved CPD presentation on designing pre-wall bathroom systems.

Construction sector still heavily reliant on paper, survey finds

The construction sector is still one of the most reliant on paper documents, new research has found.

STA Scotland responds to Scottish Energy Strategy

STA Scotland has responded with mixed feelings to the Scottish Energy Strategy published by the Scottish government.

Bradford College Group names its Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice plumber Lisa Thomas has been named Apprentice of the Year by the Bradford College Group, one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in Yorkshire.

The best and worst parts of self-employment revealed

Scruffs Workwear teamed up with On The Tools in a recent survey of 1,000 people to discover the best and the worst things about being self-employed.

Worcester’s Apprentice of the Year competition enters third round

Worcester’s Apprentice of the Year competition has entered its third round and apprentices are being invited to showcase their work.

Office worker awarded more than £8,000 in CO compensation

Personal Assistant Margaret Colbridge has won £8,250 in compensation after her employer ignored reports of a poisonous smell in her office.

Best practice guidance for district heating

BPF Pipes Group has released best practice guidance to support the growing trend for district heating systems.

National Grid targets fuel poverty with £150m fund to warm homes

National Grid has announced that over 9,000 homes ranging from island cottages on Orkney to terraced houses in London are set to benefit from the first payments from its new £150 million Warm Homes Fund.

New PlumbStock branch opens in Cambridge

A new PlumbStock store has opened ahead of schedule at the Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch in Cambridge.

Switch to electric vehicles could save £13bn a year, report says

If all of Britain’s vans and HGVs were to switch to electricity, businesses could save over £13bn a year in fuel costs alone, according to a new report published today.

Caravan CO alarms get annual testing

The Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS) has announced that it will now annually test carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in caravans and motorhomes.

#PHEXGives raises £1,200 for The Ben Kinsella Trust

Visitors to PHEX Chelsea last month helped to raise £1,200 for knife crime charity The Ben Kinsella Trust.

BPMA launches online pump search function

As a way of helping pump users to undertake that all-important pump selection, the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) has developed a comprehensive online pump selection search facility, which is available for anyone to use.

More than half of tradespeople struggling to recruit, says Screwfix

Research from Screwfix has revealed that 57% of tradespeople are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff to support them.

Baxi donates boilers to college

Baxi Heating has donated some of its latest boilers and other heating equipment to help train construction students at Coleg Cambria in north east Wales.

Plumbers spend most on Secret Santa gifts, says Wonga

Tradespeople spend the most on Secret Santa presents for their colleagues, according to research from Wonga.

Swale Heating launches new training academy

Swale Heating has invested £100,000 in a new training centre which offers in-house training for staff as well as offering a comprehensive range of courses open to plumbers, installers, electricians and gas engineers from outside the company.

Housing association completes heating upgrade programme

Soha Housing has just completed a comprehensive upgrade programme to improve heating in its least energy-efficient properties.

Fire Angel launches Check the Date campaign

Fire Angel launches Check the Date campaign with the launch of a charity single.

Anne Timpany wins national Natwest Everywoman Award

Anne Timpany, Director at On Tap Plumbers, was named as the winner in the Athena category (businesses 6-9 years old) at the 15th annual NatWest Everywoman Awards.

Health and Safety Executive launches new construction advisory network

A new advisory network, aimed at giving all areas of the construction industry a voice, has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Ariston recruiting installers for Greenland installation challenge

Ariston is looking to recruit three intrepid installers to participate in boiler installation challenge.

Electrification espoused in BEAMA report

BEAMA has released a report promoting market integration at a regional level and a co-ordinated business to business approach for electrification.

Miscategorised workers could be liable for holiday pay, warns APHC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is reminding plumbing and heating businesses to check the legal status of the working relationships that they have with individuals.

QRL brings Barlo brand back to mark 50th anniversary

To celebrate 50 years of manufacturing radiators, QRL Radiator Group has announced it will roll out its historic Barlo brand across its whole product portfolio in Great Britain from January 2018. 

Consultation launched following MP’s CO proposal

A consultation has been launched following an MP’s proposal of a bill to introduce mandatory audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installation.

Starrett back on the road for 2018

Starrett is taking its product demonstration van on another tour of distributors, wholesalers and apprenticeship providers across the UK and throughout Europe.