Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
From plumbing to modelling

A plumber has reached the final stage of Screwfix's national competition to find a real tradesman to star in its latest workwear catalogue.

Chelsea footballer shows interest in plumber's home

Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers, is seeking to sell his mock tudor home in Bromley, Kent, and has had interest from a former Chelsea footballer

Green Deal could have 'little value' to contractors

An industry body has warned that the government's Green Deal could have little value to contractors if few householders take up the loans.

Heating engineer seeks help searching for past employers' insurer

A former heating engineer who claims he contracted the deadly lung disease asbestosis while working for a company based in Paisley, Scotland, is appealing to people to help him trace his previous employer's insurers.

Britain's favourite plumber revealed

Following a fantastic response to City Plumbing Supplies' search for Britain's Favourite Plumber, we can now reveal the 2011 winner and runners up.

Profits on the up for Wolseley

Plumbers buying from Wolseley helped raise the company's third-quarter operating profit by 30%.

Plumbers rule!

Plumbers and heating engineers dominate the shortlist for the 2011 best Which? Local business award.

Light fingers at B&Q

A woman who could not afford a plumber's bill for home repairs went to a DIY store and stole the tools to do the job herself.

UK flying the flag for carbon emissions

The UK has become the first country in the world to announce a legally-binding target for greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020.

Watchdog delivers 'worst news on emissions'

Experts fear record rise in carbon emissions could eventually lead to 'mass migration and conflict'.

Construction bankruptcies take sector to brink of recession

The construction industry has experienced a surge in insolvencies in the first quarter, leading to speculation that government cuts have had a detrimental effect on the sector.

Wolseley selling UK divisions rumour

Reports suggest that Wolseley has put three of its UK divisions, including Build Center, up for sale.

Corgi dispute costs heating firm

A company owner who deliberately resigned his Corgi registration and openly flouted the requirement to register has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £41,000 prosecution costs.

Thieves targeted by Cumbria police

Police have increased patrols in South Lakeland to combat a massive rise in metal theft, after metal, particularly copper, was stolen from roofs, tradesmen's vans and outbuildings.

No action after family CO poisoning

No enforcement action will be taken against heating engineers after a family was poisoned by carbon monoxide in their Pendle home.

Premier league football club wants cash for shower secrets

Valve and shower company Intatec has hit out at a premier league football club that it said has placed "a restriction" on publicising the installation of new anti-scald and water-saving showers.

Swansea Council advertises for apprentice plumbers

Swansea Council's Corporate Building and Property Services Team will soon be advertising for candidates to fill 12 apprenticeship positions, including plumbers.

APHC runs pilot project with Leeds branch of Plumb Center

Plumbers' merchant Plumb Center and the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) have begun a pilot partnership project recommending APHC members to customers of its Leeds branch.

HVCA in MCS deal

HVCA members can have access to a tailor-made microgeneration certification scheme for installers of renewable technologies.

Association calls for F Gas review

The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration European Association is calling for mandatory registration of individual operatives as part of the current review of the F Gas Regulation.

Plumbing insurance firm goes bust

A domestic plumbing insurance company has been put into liquidation, possibly leaving 10,000 customers without cover.

Directory service recommends plumbers to older people

The local Age UK has set up a directory that includes plumbers vetted to work for older people.

Hope for housebuilding market

Housebuilding jumped 15% in the first three months of 2011 compared to a year ago.

Boiler manufacturer hits out at 'misleading warranties'

Glen Dimplex Boilers has warned installers to be aware of 'pie-crust' promises over free extended warranties.

Copper robbers ruining plumbing business

A heating engineer fears copper thieves could put him out of business after his van was targeted for the sixth time in a month.

How the other half plumb

A group of plumbers flew to Berlin for 11 days to experience how firms install a range of renewable technology.

Community service for illegal gas worker

A man has been prosecuted by the HSE for carrying out gas work at an elderly couple's home without being Gas Safe registered.

TV star plays Big Brother to apprentices

Plumbing apprentices were inspired when Big Brother winner and TV handyman Craig Phillips dropped into Swindon College.

Government demands could boost heating business

The government's Energy Bill announcement urging landlords to improve the efficiency of their properties could spark a surge in opportunities for heating engineers.

British Gas acquires PH Jones for £30 million

British Gas has acquired social housing services provider PH Jones for £30 million in cash.

Police warn plumbers to protect copper pipework

Police in Hertfordshire are warning plumbers not to store copper pipes in their vans overnight after a recent spate of thefts.

White Van Roadshow heads north for safety

The Health & Safety Executive has begun a two-week tour of colleges and construction sites in the north west of England to promote safety issues.

Witnesses wanted over attempted merchant raid

Police unsuccessfully chased thieves after they attempted to break into NPS Plumbing Solutions in Orchard Road.

False Corgi registration rumbled

An unregistered gas fitter misled customers into believing he was a legally-registered gas engineer and then carried out work that put lives at risk.

Glasgow Legionnaires' now an outbreak

Health officials are treating the incidence of Legionnaires' disease in the Glasgow and Lanarkshire health board areas as an outbreak.

Crackdown on poorest performing rental properties

It will soon be 'unlawful' to rent out energy inefficient properties under new proposals from Chris Huhne.

Bathroom sales sink as household budgets take a dive

Britons are reluctant to shell out thousands of pounds on a new kitchen as worries over squeezed household budgets and job security bite.

Wales leading the way

Changes in Welsh building legislation are set to bring in more work for plumbers, which could spread to the rest of the UK.

Legionnaires cases investigated in Glasgow

There has been a rise in the number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease in Glasgow.

Solar industry faces "disaster" if feed-in tariffs are cut

Consultation on the government's proposed cuts to feed-in tariff incentives for 50kW solar projects draws to a close today, with industry figures warning the sector faces "disaster" if the coalition adopts its current proposals.

The wrong type of toilet paper

The University of Colorado is suing a contractor for "defective toilet paper" that clogged the drains at 20 buildings at its campus in Boulder.

Footballer turns to plumbing as a second career

Martin Butler, a former striker with over 450 appearances for Walsall, Cambridge, Rotherham and Grimsby has embarked on an alternative career - as a heating engineer.

APHC Training offers grant for plumbing companies

APHC Training is donating £20,000 to support plumbing and heating companies that wish to keep their existing qualified employees up to date on their training.

Building growth slows as more jobs are lost

Britain's construction sector grew more slowly than expected last month, as the number of people employed in construction fell for the tenth consecutive month.

Heating Plumbing Supplies gets management buyout

Merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies has undergone a £12.88 million management buyout.

Asbestos kills plumber

Plumber, Ronald Kirkland, died as a result of his exposure to asbestos, an inquest has ruled at Derby Coroner's Court.

Copper theft fuels plastic pipe sales

The widespread thefts of copper pipework from UK construction sites is driving sales of plastic alternatives, says pipe manufacturer Durapipe UK.

Tenants gutted after new homes flooded

Prospective tenants have been left disappointed after vandals flooded Oxford's first new council property development in 20 years after ripping out copper pipes.

Landlords put tenants at risk

One-in-three tenants could be at risk from faulty gas fittings and appliances because landlords are failing to carry out annual gas safety checks.

RoSPA calls for health and safety changes

Small businesses could benefit from radical changes to accident reporting proposed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.