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PHCA calls for HSE to move on gas enforcement review findings

PHCA, the overarching body for plumbing and heating businesses throughout the United Kingdom, has written an open letter to the HSE calling for it to take action on the findings outlined in its 2010 Enforcement Review document.

More staff needed to meet demand this winter

Pimlico Plumbers is creating up to 50 new positions for experienced plumbers and Gas Safe-registered heating engineers to meet the expected demand for its services during the winter period.

Stay one step ahead of the clocks going back

With the clocks set to 'fall back' on 28 October, it not only means we lose an hour's sleep, it also usually means increased call outs for installers.

Wise Up to Water Treatment campaign benefits installers

A campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of water treatment to installers across the UK is running throughout Plumb Center and Parts Center branches this October.

Sub-contractors urged to campaign for fairer treatment

StreetwiseSubbie is calling for government to agree a Fair Treatment Charter after a survey found that the nation's specialist sub-contractors are underpaid, undervalued and almost never paid on time.

Green Deal failure to win over public could be a 'kick in the teeth' for retrofit industry, says VELUX

VELUX is concerned that if the Green Deal fails to win the confidence of consumers it could be a 'kick in the teeth' for the wider energy efficiency retrofit market.

New scheme will benefit businesses and make young people more employable

A SummitSkills project which has secured funding from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' (UKCES) aims to help businesses make the most of talented young learners.

Landlord fined for failing to carry out gas safety checks

A London-based landlord has appeared in court after he failed to arrange for annual gas safety checks to be carried out at three flats in Morecambe.

Fraudulent plumber behind bars

A fraudulent plumber has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for falsely claiming to be qualified to carry out gas work at a string of properties in Wiltshire.

Installers urged to respond to key RHI consultation

Industry has welcomed the launch of three new consultations on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), giving businesses, householders and associations the opportunity to help shape the development of the scheme.

Labour plans to boost construction and increase affordable housing

Labour plans to build 100,000 affordable homes, creating thousands of jobs in the construction industry, with the proceeds from the auction of the new 4G mobile phone spectrum.

Polypipe expands Silavent range

Polypipe Ventilation has expanded its Silavent Green Line range with the addition of new energy-efficient Axial fans.

Danger of rogue traders cashing in on Green Deal home repairs

As the Green Deal scheme is launched this month, a group of 20 consumer advice bodies, charities, trade associations and building industry organisations is urging the government to tackle the risk of rogue traders cashing in on the government scheme.

Ploughcroft Building Services enters administration, blaming its downfall on solar FiT reductions

Ploughcroft Building Services Ltd has entered administration and been sold to a new company, with the loss of the entire workforce.

Tradesmen encouraged to use ladder exchange scheme

The Ladder Association is emphasising the need for regular ladder inspections after Birmingham City Council released details of a builders' merchant that was prosecuted for multiple work at height issues.

National Grid Gas fined for causing gas leak

National Grid Gas was fined by Dudley Magistrates' Court after causing a gas leak into a Halesowen home.

Energy firm to introduce price increase

Energy firm SSE, which trades as Scottish Hydro, Swalec and Southern Electric, will increase its domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of 9% from 15 October.

Almost one in seven companies heading for rocky ground

Plimsoll's latest study into the heating contractors industry shows that many companies are risking their long-term sustainability in order to increase sales.

Slow uptake of NewBuy Guarantee scheme

New figures show that by 30 June just 250 homes had been bought using the government's NewBuy Guarantee scheme.

Government offers further funding for SME's

Up to £10 billion of new and additional business lending to help small and medium sized businesse was announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable this week.

Youth construction project praised by Prime Minister

The Prime Minister has praised a Streatham Youth Centre project that engaged disadvantaged young people in refurbishing their building, after it was presented with a Big Society Award.

Students seek university alternatives to avoid debt

Leeds College of Building has seen a 25% increase in numbers signing up to its Higher Education courses compared to last year as students seek an alternative to university and its tuition fees.

HETAS launches new technical handbook

HETAS has launched a new technical handbook for anyone working on dry stove installations.

Plumb Center boosts boiler scrappage scheme

Plumb Center has pledged a further £50 discount towards the replacement of a Worcester Bosch boiler under the Scottish government's expanded boiler scrappage scheme.

Green Deal questions still need answering

With the Green Deal just one week away, the industry is still waiting for answers on how the assessment procedure will work.

Unite rejects B&ES pay deal

Unite has called for B&ES to increase its pay offer after workers voted nine to one to reject the deal.

Toshiba launches training initiative

Toshiba Air Conditioning, a division of Toshiba Carrier UK, has launched a major initiative to improve skill levels and raise installation standards.

£12 million boost to kickstart Green Deal

Seven cities across England have received a share of £12 million to help them kickstart the Green Deal in their regions.

Students spread gas safety message

Students in Yorkshire have launched a new safety initiative to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning among young people.

Fernox kicks off Fantasy Football League

Fernox has geared up for the 2012/13 Premiership Football Season with the second year of its Fantasy Football League, available exclusively to its Installer Club membership.

Health and safety charge set at £124/hr

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has set hourly rates of £124 per hour for employers found to be in breach of health and safety.

Raise consumer awareness of efficient technologies

More must be done to raise public awareness of the advantages of efficient technologies, according to a new report by the Green Alliance.

Government reveals plans for the domestic RHI

The government has published three consultation documents which outline its plans for both the domestic and commercial Renewable Heat Incentive schemes.

Heating controls key to building extensions

Following the recent news that the government has relaxed the building rules, allowing homeowners to extend their properties by 26ft without the need for planning permission, Honeywell is reminding installers not to forget heating controls.

UK construction activity shrunk by 10% in a year

Activity in the UK construction sector was down 10.1% in the year to July, according to research carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

NIA to host Green Deal/ECO briefing events

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is hosting two special Green Deal/Energy Company Obligation (ECO) briefing events for its members

Illegal gas fitter puts lives at risk

A Rochdale man has been prosecuted for putting lives at risk by illegally carrying out gas work at three homes in the borough.

Government must endorse quality tradesmen

Government must send consumers to reputable tradesmen if they wish to take advantage of relaxed planning rules, says TrustMark.

NICEIC offers Green Deal certification

NICEIC can now offer certification to any business wishing to become a Green Deal Advisor.

School refurbishment will boost contractors

£2.4 billion school refurbishment programme will be a significant boost for contractors, believes Schneider Electric.

Dimplex tackles the heating 'hype'

Dimplex has described claims currently being made about some electric appliances in the market as confusing and "unachievable".

Suspended jail term for Kent firm director who put householders at asbestos risk

The director of a Bromley firm who showed reckless disregard for safety has received a suspended jail sentence after removing asbestos without a licence and falsifying an air test certificate.

Engineers encouraged to spread the word this Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week aims to raise awareness of gas safety among the public, and the Gas Safe Register is calling on registered engineers to communicate the importance of taking care of gas appliances.

Free Green Deal support for SMEs in London

Energy Saving Trust is offering free information and support to prepare SMEs in London for the upcoming Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Heat pump training for social housing installers

DECC is hosting a series of heat pump training roadshows to help social housing providers get to grips with new standards.

Building Regulations 'must not be cut'

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has called for Building Regulations not to be 'diminished' following a government report into Part P that was released earlier this summer.

Heat pumps 'to be allowed in commercial RHI'

Government minister Greg Barker has indicated he plans to change the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive to include air-to-water heat pumps.

More homeowners eligible for Warm Front

Revisions to the government's Warm Front scheme will see more households eligible for help from 12 September.

Action needed on fuel poverty

Key decision makers from the energy and charity sectors will come together in Manchester from 10 to 12 September to discuss assistance to over 5 million UK households living in fuel poverty.

Construction sites put under safety spotlight

An intensive inspection initiative, aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health when working at height, will target construction sites across the North East and other parts of the UK.