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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.

Polypipe Ventilation becomes Domus Ventilation

Polypipe Ventilation has been rebranded as Domus Ventilation, alongside a move to new premises in South Wales, as well as new management and customer services team.

Williams & Co celebrates 17th consecutive year of sales growth

The trade-only plumbing and heating specialist has announced that its sales figures rose to £73.2m in the year ending 30/11/17, up 13.6% on the previous year.

Grundfos and Novozymes collaborate for clean water

Grundfos has entered into an “innovation collaboration” with Novozymes, taking place on HelloScience.io, an online universe launched by Novozymes where entrepreneurs, startups and others can connect with industry.

Bassetts splashes out £2 million across branch network

Bassetts has completed a £2 million investment programme and created 12 new jobs across its branch network.

Gas Safe Register releases its Decade Review

Gas Safe Register has published its Decade Review report, which covers opinion on key topics, the current state of the industry and what the future has in store.

Wolseley calls on hospitality sector to ensure regular gas checks

As the hospitality sector fires up for the busy Christmas and New Year period, Wolseley Plumb Center is calling for installers to ensure regular gas checks take place. 

Xylem MD made President of BPMA

Duncan Lewis, Managing Director of Xylem Water Solutions, has been appointed President of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA).

Baxi creates new Aftersales and Marketing Director role

Baxi Heating has appointed Marketing Director Andrew Keating to the combined role of UK Aftersales and Marketing Director.

Ariston is NBG’s Supplier of the Year

Ariston was named Plumbing, Heating & Showrooms Supplier of the Year at the annual National Buying Group (NBG) Conference in November.

Secret Santa with Pimlico Plumbers

Pimlico Plumbers is teaming up with Secret Hampers to encourage Londoners to show their holiday spirit this Christmas.

Edinburgh tops list of UK's unsafe gas appliance hotspots

Gas Safe Register has identified Edinburgh as the city which has the largest proportion of unsafe gas appliances in its homes.

ADE and ACE trade associations to merge

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) are set to merge, creating a unified voice for decentralised energy solutions across the industrial, commercial, public and domestic sectors.

Nuaire launches new air valve with inbuilt carbon filter

Nuaire has today unveiled the IAQ-VALVE, a filtration system that combines a standard supply air valve with a carbon filter.

Ideal Commercial announces free commissioning offer

Ideal Commercial Boilers has announced that all Evomax, Imax Xtra, Imax Xtra EL and Evomod boilers installed after 1 January 2018 will be eligible for its new free commissioning offer.

Ecobuild partners with Considerate Constructors Scheme

Ecobuild has announced a partnership with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) for its 2018 show and beyond.

Research shows average pay increase of 9.4% for plumbers

Hudson Contract has revealed research that shows that self-employed plumbers in England and Wales have seen a year-on-year increase in average weekly earnings of 9.4%.