Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Think tank thinking green for social housing

The independent think tank New Local Government Network (NLGN) has launched a report into the government's Green Deal programme.

Boiler manufacturer acquired by European company

MHS Boilers has been acquired by Elco Heating Solutions, part of the Ariston Thermo Group.

Capita shares drop

Capita's shares have dropped by over 5%, the biggest fall in the leading index, according to reports.

New free aid to generate business

An online marketplace has been launched which the creator says will "revolutionise the service sector" by helping heating and plumbing installers and other professional tradespeople generate new business leads free of charge.

Breast Cancer Awareness makes boiler blush

Worcester, Bosch Group supported Breast Cancer Awareness month in October by auctioning a pink boiler through eBay.

Squad UK members for WorldSkills competition announced

Three young plumbers have been chosen to join Squad UK to train for the WorldSkills London 2011 competition next October.

Scottish boiler scrappage scheme

OFTEC is urging Scottish landlords to take advantage of the recently-launched Scottish Landlord Boiler Scrappage Scheme.

Rok administration: Further redundancies announced

Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers today confirmed a further 1,800 redundancies at Rok plc and Rok Building Limited after attempts to sell parts of the business failed.

Asbestos widow backs HSE training initiative

Jean Doyle warns young apprentices they are "not immortal" after her husband dies from asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

Energy supplier price war

British Gas has increased its tariff while EDF Energy puts the freeze on for its customers this winter.

Support network launched for renewable technology installers

A support network has been set up to help SME installers of renewable energies in Wales.

Ariston bares all for charity

Ariston turned up the heat recently when staff members posed for the company's 2011 calendar - in the buff.

Rok administration: PwC makes redundancy confirmation

Following yesterday's news of Rok plc and Rok Building Limited going into administration, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has confirmed 268 redundancies.

Air conditioning industry must 'work together to educate on legislation'

Daikin UK's senior product specialist Simon Keel is urging the industry to "demonstrate a duty of care and spread the word".

Rok enters administration

Social housing maintenance company Rok has gone into administration just months after rival firm Connaught collapsed.

The model plumber

A plumber has been crowned the sexiest man in Britain after entering a modelling competition for a joke.

Plumber's apprentice statue marks "a worthy career"

A statue of a plumber's apprentice is to be erected in Cannon Street station, London, in 2011, pending donations to the Plumber's Apprentice fund.

Gas pipe implicated in Salford explosion

An explosion that took place in Greater Manchester days ago may have been related to a gas pipe being connected and disconnected three times in as many days.

Several injured in suspected gas explosion

Several people have been injured following a suspected gas explosion in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Solar side up in Cornwall

Following the approval of a 6,000 solar panel farm on a site in Cornwall, landowners are coming round to the idea that the next big thing in renewable energy is going to be large-scale photovoltaic (PV) panel installations.

Changing names

Shower and tapware company Deva has announced that it will change its name to Methven UK in December.

Simplification of Building Regulations welcomed

Senior industry figures have welcomed the decision to simplify Building Regulations into a single statutory instrument.

Professionalism is "falling short" in the construction industry

Most of the UK construction industry have no knowledge of the Eurocodes that have replaced British Standards, according to McBains Cooper.

Calling all lively liveries!

A competition has been launched offering the plumbing company with the best livery a cash prize and iPad.

Plumb Center manager stole cash for mortgage

A Wolseley branch manager has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the company to pay his mortgage.

Apprenticeships "will get the jobs market moving again"

The government has announced new benefits for apprentices and companies offering apprenticeships in the UK.

HETAS gets tough

HETAS is wagging its finger at the heating industry in an effort to clamp down on "bad installation practice".

College awarded TQS accreditation offers discount on courses

Central Sussex College has been recognised as a specialist provider of construction, technology, and building services training by the Training Quality Standard (TQS).

Renewed faith for Renewable Heat Incentive

The heating industry is breathing a sigh of relief following confirmation of the Renewable Heat Incentive in Chancellor George Osborne's Comprehensive Spending Review announcement.

Survey reveals comfort comes first for homeowners

A survey on heating and energy efficiency by LG Air Conditioning shows people would rather turn up the thermostat than find 'greener' ways to keep warm.

UK must refurbish one house per minute

Transformation of the fabric efficiency of buildings across Europe is necessary to radically reduce energy use and carbon emissions, the Build with CaRe conference will hear today.

Government 'could face legal challenge' if feed-in tariffs are cut

Friends of the Earth has warned the government could face legal challenges if it cuts feed-in tariffs in tomorrow's Comprehensive Spending Review.

Merchant fraud couple fail to have jail terms reduced

A couple who carried out Northern Ireland's biggest tax fraud while running a builders' merchant business have failed to have their jail terms reduced.

Budget cuts 'could cost 47,000 Scottish construction jobs'

Projected cuts to Scotland's capital investment budget could cut 47,000 jobs from the Scottish construction industry, warns the Scottish Building Federation.

Wolseley may be selling its Bathstore retail chain

Speculation is rising that Wolseley may be looking to sell its Bathstore retail chain.

Plumber prosecuted for illegal gas work

A self-employed plumber has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal work on a gas boiler that was "so bad, it put his customers' lives at risk".

New solar-glazing wins funding

British company Oxford Photovoltaics has won £100,000 in development funding from The Technology Strategy Board.

FiT is 'distorting the solar market'

The Feed-in Tariff is distorting the market for solar technology and needs redressing, according to Worcester, Bosch Group's head of sustainable development.

Holiday bonus for new businesses

National Insurance Contributions (NICs) has launched a holiday scheme to encourage new businesses in key UK regions.

Manufacturer has nerves of steel

A steel pipework manufacturer has been fined for failing to purchase compulsory insurance for its employees, leaving them potentially vulnerable in the event of an accident suffered at work.

Gas Safety Trust releases CO report

The Gas Safety Trust has released details of 'hot spots' for CO incidents.

Higher education review 'will drive people into the skilled trades'

Charlie Mullins from Pimlico Plumbers believes Lord Browne's higher education review could help to address the shortage of skilled tradespeople.

SummitSkills investment programme 'will help 130 businesses'

SummitSkills has announced a Joint Investment Programme to help deliver environmental technology training.

BPEC achieve awarding body status

Training and certification service provider BPEC has been recognised as an awarding body by OFQUAL.

PTS wishes customers a Merry Christmas

Plumbing Trade Supplies' The Big One promotion welcomes another Christmas.

New training facility is 'Swale'

Swale Heating has opened a new training centre in Kent.

A group effort for Cancer Research UK

Bristan Group has raised £20,000 for Cancer Research UK after a series of company fundraising events.

The 'F' word

Polypipe Ventilation and BPEC have launched a training course for the revisions to Part F regulations.

Council fined for failure to disclose vital information

A Warwickshire council has been fined for sending an employee on a job without informing him that asbestos was present.

Company tempts customers with sweet treat

British Gas has announced it will join the Nectar loyalty scheme at the beginning of 2011.