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Government agrees a series of Growth Deals to help boost local economies

As part of its long-term economic plan to secure Britain's future, the government today is agreeing a series of Growth Deals with businesses and local authorities across England.

Legionella risk assessment and disinfection scheme increases member numbers

Plumbing & Heating Contractors' Alliance (PHCA)'s new national Legionella Risk Assessment and Disinfection scheme is developing an approved membership base, and welcomes its first eight fully approved members.

Latest estimates of the UK's oil and gas reserves and resources published

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has published its annual updated estimates of UK oil and gas reserves today (7 July).

£1 million energy advice programme opens for householders

New government funding has been made available through the Big Energy Saving Network for an extensive programme of energy saving advice.

Wirquin kick-starts plumbers' eNewsletter

Wirquin has launched a new monthly email newsletter for plumbers, featuring product information, company updates and invitations to meet them at industry events.

Vortice celebrates 60th anniversary

2014 sees the 60th anniversary of ventilation systems manufacturer, Vortice Elettrosociali.

Vent-Axia wins at Housebuilder Awards

Vent-Axia's Lo-Carbon Response dMEV solution was named Best Brand New Product of the Year at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2014.

New appointment at REHAU

District heating pipework specialist REHAU has appointed a new applications engineer.

European natural gas prices dropped further in June

Day-ahead natural gas prices in the UK and continental Europe continued to fall in June after reaching multi-year lows in May, according to recent data from Platts - a global energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider.

Greenwood and Zehnder Group UK unify

Domestic ventilation specialist Greenwood has officially merged with Zehnder Group UK, effective from 1 July.

Worcester reacts to Unison energy review proposal

Worcester, Bosch Group has welcomed recent proposals from Unison calling for an energy review of homes.

Gas boiler in dangerous state after illegal work

A gas boiler was left in a dangerous state when it was installed by a plumber falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered.

H&V apprentices will encourage more women into construction, says MP

Two female heating and ventilation apprentices working in male-dominated environments have been praised by MP Julian Huppert as outstanding examples of women in construction.

Young plumbers excel at SkillPLUMB competition

The latest heats of the plumbing skills competition, SkillPLUMB 2014 have found their winners with Jack Sturdy in the Midlands and Benjamin Cooke in the North of England both taking first place in their respective competitions.

Worcester rewards environmental excellence

Worcester, Bosch Group hosted its annual Environmental 2020 Awards last month, recognising those who have made an outstanding commitment to tackling climate change through the use of high-efficiency heating technologies.

New marketing manager for Ideal Bathrooms

Ideal Bathrooms has appointed Julie Barker to the newly created role of marketing manager.

Baxi's tea party raises over £600 for Marie Curie

Staff from across the business came together at Baxi's Warwick office last week to raise funds for Marie Curie with a 'Blooming Great Tea Party'.

JTL promotes apprenticeship opportunities in Wales with major event

JTL recently hosted a major educational event to give careers information and advice on building services' engineering choices in Wales.

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has biggest week yet

In its third week funds issued for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) have reached £16.5m, according to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

New tools for National Grid help reduce supply risks

An assessment by Ofgem shows capacity margins - the surplus of electricity generated compared with demand - are expected to reduce over the next two winters to within broadly similar ranges to those set out in the 2013 report.

Despite recovery senior management still feel the strain of recession

Despite economic recovery, pay levels still haven't returned to pre-recession levels for almost a fifth of senior management in the construction sector.

Britain's energy security strategy now in place

The final element of the government's energy security strategy was confirmed yesterday (30 June). Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey announced the amount of electricity generation capacity the government will procure when it reintroduces a capacity market into the UK this year.

Sales rise for Rural Energy after award win

Rural Energy has seen a major sales rise after winning 'Installer of the Year' in the British Renewable Energy Awards.

e-learning opportunities for CIPHE members

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched an e-learning website for its members. The site includes learning modules, demonstration videos, literature and technical information.

Installers could remove boilers over unpaid bills, says industry figure

The row over installers going unpaid for work done under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme escalated today (30 June), with Futureproof managing director Adam Mitchell saying that boilers could be taken back.

Latest figures show solar power is on the rise

New government figures published on 26 June show solar generation is up by 77% since last year.

Engineering company director fined for illegal gas work

Sylhet Welding UK and its director, Kaysor Ahmed, 42 from Walsall, have been fined after carrying out illegal gas work at restaurants across the midlands and south of England.

Ideal Boilers and Pink Plumbing aim to bring women into plumbing

Ideal Boilers and Pink Plumbing have joined forces to develop a local specialised training academy for women in the plumbing and heating industry.

Award win for Pegler Yorkshire employee

An employee from plumbing and heating manufacturer, Pegler Yorkshire, has won an award for his commitment to the Young Enterprise Scheme - an enterprise and education charity offering extracurricular business programmes to young people across the UK.

Aberdeen firm fined after hotel gas blast

An Aberdeen based catering supply company has been fined after three people were seriously injured in a gas explosion in a hotel kitchen in Auchenblae.

St Ives death caused by faulty boiler

A woman died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at her home, a coroner said. The body of Gillian Adams, 60 was found in St Ives, Cornwall, by a builder and neighbour on 12 February, 2013.

Kier wins £13 million Sheffield contracts

Kier Services has been awarded more than £13 million in new contracts to provide new heating systems and carry out adaptation works to homes across Sheffield.

TrustMark supports plumbers & heating engineers on new consumer contracts

Scheme operators for TrustMark are supporting plumbers and heating engineers comply with signifcant changes that now apply to home improvement and repair contracts, after the introduction of Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013. The new regulations introduce major changes in the law relating to consumer protection. They now apply to consumer contracts made on-premises (through retail stores), made at a distance (including online sales) and off-premises (in-home sales).

Workplaces invest to accommodate aging workforce

Slingsby - a workplace equipment supplier - has seen an increasing demand in recent years for health & safety products that specifically appeal to an ageing workforce.

NHBC's new home registrations continue to rise

According to the latest statistics from warranty and insurance prodvider NHBC, the number of new homes registered across the country remains up corresponding to 2013 statistics.

Competition launched for children to mark Gas Safety Week

Gas Safe Register is launching a drawing and story writing competition for children to mark Gas Safety Week (15 - 21 September). The 'My Gas Safe Hero' competition is open to children aged between four and 12 who have a relative or family friend as a registered engineer.

Scottish construction sector urged to pledge to tackle worker ill health

Constructing Better Health (CBH) Scotland is calling for those involved in the Scottish construction industry to pledge to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of the industry's workforce. Construction workers' ill health costs the Scottish economy £66 million a year, according to CBH Scotland.

OFTEC announces success of home heating biofuel trial

OFTEC have announced today (26 June) the successful completion of a four-year trial of a new environmentally friendly home heating biofuel in Killinchy, Northern Ireland.

Industry stars celebrated at OFTEC's new-look Awards for Excellence

Installers and manufacturers in the oil heating industry have been recognised for their achievements at the OFTEC 2014 Awards for Excellence.

Supercar competition winners announced

Winners of the 'Supercar for the Weekend' promotion run jointly by Plumb Center and Stelrad Radiators have been announced.

"No charge" pledge from JTL training services as others add fees

The board of JTL has decided that over this financial year, no charge will be made to its policy of maintaining a free management service for employers taking on apprentices through the organisation. The news comes at a time when other providers will introduce a management charge of up to £630 per annum for 16-18 year olds, and £2,250 for those aged 19 or older.

Rise in rogue tradesmen affects consumer confidence

A boom in home renovations being carried out this year has caused an increase in problems with rogue traders, as consumers fail to check if tradesmen have proper credentials.

Joint industry report calls for better electrical safety in private rented homes

NAPIT Trade Association has given its full support to a report launched by Electrical Safety First, Shelter and British Gas. The joint industry report, entitled 'Home Improvement: Tackling Poor Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector', calls for the government to legislate for five yearly inspections of electrical installations and appliances supplied with private rented properties.

New coalition calls for home energy efficiency to be a national infrastructure priority

A new coalition of 20 organisations from the construction, housing and environment sectors is urging that energy efficiency in UK homes must become a "national infrastructure priority", with government committing to a target of retrofitting one million homes a year by 2020.

SNIPEF elects new president

The Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF) has appointed Alwyn Webster as president for 2014-2015.

Construction sector growth fuels need for installers

Trade Skills 4 U reports that the construction industry is continuing to see a return to growth, which will have an impact on electricians who will see an greater demand for their skills.

Installers going unpaid for thousands of ECO jobs, says Futureproof

According to a national network of installers, installers are unpaid for thousands of boilers fitted under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme.

HHIC optimistic that domestic RHI numbers will increase

Following the release of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) figures, director of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), Roger Webb, said: "I'm optimistic that numbers will increase once we start moving towards the autumn and the heating season.

HHIC backs NICE consultation into the effects of living in a cold home

The director at the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), Roger Webb, has said that living in a cold home can significantly inrease the risk of illness and death during the winter months.

New study emphasises the need for more action on home heating controls

A study published by the eu.bac shows that home heating controls should play a more prominent role in the European Commission's strategy for energy efficiency.