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SME sector is losing £122 billion in sales

Neglecting marketing is costing small business owners £122 billion in lost sales, according to research by Pitney Bowes, and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Trade Plumbing unveils new corporate branding and website

Trade Plumbing has unveiled new corporate branding and major improvements to its homepage which will remain ongoing for 2013.

Heat pump installations expected to fall after RHI setback

Heat pump manufacturers are predicting a downturn of installations following the announced Renewable Heat Incentive delay.

Plumbers battle through bad weather

As the MET office names March the coldest in over 60 years, Plumbfix reveals that only 10% of plumbers resort to cancelling jobs due to weather conditions.

Norfolk heating engineer fined for illegal gas work

A Norfolk heating engineer has been fined for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a newly built home in Dereham.

Blackburn landlord fined over carbon monoxide poisoning

The landlord of a Blackburn business unit has been found guilty of a health and safety offence after two people suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a dangerous gas heater.

PHEX returns this Spring with a must-see line-up and top prizes!

PHEX returns in 2013 with six free exhibitions, including four one-day events this Spring, bringing key suppliers and the latest products to new venues across the country.

Government schemes help boost new housebuilding figures

The number of affordable homes being registered has soared by nearly 120%, according to new figures released by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Three fined after illegal gas work in Essex

Two unregistered gas fitters and a registered gas engineer have been jointly prosecuted for safety failings.

RHI's severe delay and new action plan

The government this week announced a delay of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until April 2014.

RHI launch not expected until 2014

Described as a key part of the government's approach to cutting carbon and spurring on the uptake of renewable heating, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is now expected to launch in Spring 2014.

Dangerous neglect by landlord leads to court

A private landlord has been fined for a series of safety breaches that left a Sheffield family at serious risk from a dangerous boiler.

CRASH receives increasing number of requests for support

CRASH, the property and construction industry's charity for homeless people, is seeing a marked increase in the number of requests for assistance from homelessness agencies across the UK.

Enforcement action taken at construction sites across Britain

Nearly one in five construction sites visited across Britain have been subject to enforcement action after failing safety checks.

Workwear sales soar as plumbers dress to impress

Sales of workwear from Plumbfix have rocketed throughout the winter. The company saw a massive increase year on year in the company's workwear range as electricians ensured they kept a professional image.

Plumber hospitalised after fall from height

A Coventry housing association has been fined for safety failings after an employee fell almost four metres from his ladder while inspecting a gutter.

Calor Gas fined following explosion that injured two workers

Calor Gas has been fined for safety failings after two workers suffered severe burns when they were caught in a flashover explosion triggered by a gas leak near Bristol.

Pre-qualification issues still plague the construction industry

The length of time it takes to complete pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQ) is the biggest challenge faced by construction companies when tendering for work, according to the latest survey by Constructionline.

Worcester, Bosch Group welcomes Minister of State

Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State at the Department for Energy & Climate Change, recently visited Worcester, Bosch Group to find out more about the latest industry innovations, and to hold a round table discussion with heating installers about the government's Green Deal.

What really goes on in the bathroom

Ideal Standard recently conducted a 'spy in the bathroom' study across Germany, France, Italy and the UK to find out whether bathrooms make the best use of their space.

B&ES president highlights hard work and commitment

This year's North West Regional Training Awards were presented by Sue Sharp, president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), during a dinner held at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, Lancashire.

Why plumbers are heroes on World Water Day

As we celebrate World Water Day today (22nd March, 2013), construction training specialist Able Skills tells us why plumbers are heroes all over the world!

2013 BUDGET: Highlights and quotes

The government has unveiled a raft of measures to boost infrastructure, support the housing market and cut the deficit in its Budget, announced 20 April.

Free sales and marketing tips for SMEs

To help small to medium enterprises come up with new ideas and find cost-effective ways to promote their services, the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has produced a free online sales and marketing plan generator.

APHC launches domestic heating and hot water training course

APHC is launching a domestic heating and hot water design course to begin in April, after receiving increased demand from members and installers.

New report questions the benefits of rural renewables

A new report has questioned the suitability of renewable heating for rural homes.

Forum of Private Business responds to HMRC's announcement on RTI

HMRC has announced an 11th-hour change to its Real Time Information (RTI) system with the scheme just two weeks away from going live.

Energy trade body outraged by new pricing policy for EPCS

A joint letter sent from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Landmark, advising an increase in fees for lodging Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), has caused outrage among the energy assessor community.

Leicestershire businesses make a date with Kier and Lovell

Kier and Lovell are looking to meet construction businesses from Leicestershire at an event hosted by Constructionline on Wednesday 27 March 2013 in Coalville.

Meet 'Udrain Bolt'!

Tradesmen calling at Jewson's Northampton 585 branch have been getting a bit of a surprise lately when they come face to face with 'Udrain Bolt'.

UK boiler market declines further

According to the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council's (HHIC) quarterly statistical analysis, the 12 months rolling were down 0.3%, which shows the market is still struggling despite stronger monthly sales.

Mullins says education is to blame for drop in plumber numbers

Pimlico Plumbers' founder Charlie Mullins believes the drop in skilled tradespeople reported in a new survey is not a recessionary issue, but due to underlying problems in the UK education system.

Asbestos awareness training for Yorkshire building workers

Young workers in the construction industries are being targeted with a series of potentially life-saving courses in South and East Yorkshire to alert them to the dangers of asbestos.

Worcestershire man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A gas fitter has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work which put lives at risk at a home in Worcester.

Principal and student swap jobs for Apprenticeship week

Principal Gary Groom donned his overalls and goggles when he spent the afternoon as a trainee plumber to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

Pimlico Plumbers to set up Apprenticeship Training Academy

Pimlico Plumbers, one of the UK's largest independent plumbing companies, has announced plans to create an Apprenticeship Training Academy.

Energy labelling on the way for home heating controls

The European Association for Building Automation and Controls, has launched a voluntary labelling scheme for residential heating controls and balancing equipment.

CBI calls for another boost for the housing market

The Confederation of British Industry is urging the Chancellor to use the Budget to boost the housing market in order to build confidence among businesses and consumers.

ADEY awards installer with iPad

A lucky heating installer and engineer from Hawkinge, near Folkestone, has won the first of six iPads being given away in a nationwide competition run by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions.

Installers offered 'a world of possibilities' at NIBE roadshow

Marking the launch of its brand new domestic heat pump package, NIBE is hosting a series of free events across the country for both experienced and novice heat pump installers.

Government scheme 'set to improve' newbuild homes

The government has said it will provide £380,000 of funding to improve the energy efficiency of newbuild homes.

HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

A new chief inspector of construction has been appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Intuit offers free real-time PAYE software to help small businesses

It is just under one month before the deadline for real-time PAYE reporting on 6 April, and yet many small businesses are still not prepared for the biggest change to payroll legislation in over 60 years.

Portillo lined up for All Industry Conference

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) recently confirmed that the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo will close the morning session on the first day of the All Industry Conference 2013, which takes place in Portugal in June.

Good plumbing is the key to good health

World Plumbing Day is celebrated on 11 March every year as a means of promoting the important role played by the plumbing industry throughout the world.

Indoor air quality survey launched

Camfil UK, providers of air filtration solutions for maintaining healthy and comfortable indoor environments, has launched a quick two-minute survey on indoor air quality (IAQ) for FM estates managers and building services professionals in the UK.

Hitachi Capital pledges to support the economy's engine with new trade loan fund

The £1.5 billion consumer lending giant Hitachi Capital is to help sole traders in the plumbing industry with a £25 million fund.

George Clarke says every home in Britain needs an MOT

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke today opened Plumb Center's Practical Installer Arena at London's ExCeL - one of Ecobuild 2013's biggest attractions - and called for every home in Britain to have an MOT.

Council in court for ignoring asbestos threat in school

Thurrock Council has been fined after admitting to failures in how it managed asbestos across its schools.

Solar installation company fined after worker falls from height

A Dorset company specialising in the installation of solar panels has been fined for safety failings after a worker fell from a roof in Hampshire.