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Pegler Yorkshire rebrands

Pegler Yorkshire, part of the Aalberts Group, will be bringing together its range of technologies under the brand name of Pegler.

UK Plumber of the Year 2018 announced

Steve Bartin has been crowned the 2018 UK Plumber of the Year.

Company fined £1.25m for carbon monoxide leaks

Willmott Partnership Homes has been fined after exposing members of the public to carbon monoxide fumes.

Andrews Water Heaters launches new cashback promotion

Andrews Water Heaters has launched a new cashback scheme for anyone upgrading a commercial water heater to one of its new greener models.

IGEM updates Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) has published a new edition of the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP).

Van drivers urged to check vehicle weight

Plumbers who qualified to drive after 1996 are being urged to make sure they don’t overload their vehicles and make their driving licence invalid.

Boiler manufacturers pledge to include gas safety messages on packaging

Coinciding with Gas Safety Week, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council has announced that its boiler manufacturer members have pledged to place gas safety messaging on their boiler packaging.

New Gas Safe Register CO video kicks off Gas Safety Week

The Gas Safe Register is highlighting how to stay gas safe and raising awareness about the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide poisoning with the launch of a new video.

APHC and BPEC enter into a partnership agreement

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) have entered into a formal partnership agreement with the aim of developing qualifications, courses, learning materials to raise skills and standards across the industry.

Worcester Bosch launches electrics course for heating engineers

A new training course from Worcester Bosch aims to give installers the knowledge and understanding needed when confronted with electrics when working on boilers.

Vokèra launches new fuel card promotion

Vokèra by Riello is to offer fuel card rewards for Vokèra Affinity members installing and registering boilers from its evolve, Vision, and Compact A ranges from October.

Capita re-selected by HSE to manage Gas Safe Register

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that Capita has been re-selected to manage the Gas Safe Register for the next five years.

Finalists revealed for UK Plumber of the Year 2018

The UK Plumber of the Year 2018 competition has announced the six individuals who have made it through to the final round of the competition.

Checkatrade appoints new Chief Executive

Checkatrade has appointed Mike Fairman as its new Chief Executive to spearhead the next phase of the company’s development.

Pimlico Plumbers to open apprenticeship training centre

Pimlico Plumbers’ founder and Chief Executive, Charlie Mullins, has announced plans to open a dedicated training academy to realise his ambition of employing hundreds of apprentices.

Westco Flow Control renamed COMAP UK

Westco Flow Control has changed its name to COMAP UK.

Baltur launches in the UK

Burner manufacturer and distributor EOGB Energy Products has officially launched Baltur, the Italian-based global brand in heating solutions, into the UK.

Worcester Bosch brings Greenstar Ri up to NOx standards

Worcester Bosch has improved the efficiency of its Greenstar Ri boiler, ahead of the latest ErP Directive update relating to NOx emissions.

Dickies launches search for workwear models

Workwear brand Dickies has launched a search for ‘real’ tradespeople to model its clothing and footwear.

Majority of installers not showing their Gas Safe card

New research from Logic4training, supported the Gas Safe Register, indicates over half (53%) of gas installers are still not showing their Gas Safe card on entering a customer's home, with just 37% producing their Gas Safe card when asked to do so.

Vaillant announces major investment at German HQ

Vaillant Group has announced a major investment in a new innovation centre which expands the business’ global headquarters as part of its concerted focus on the renewables sector.

Third of UK adults can't identify an unsafe gas appliance, Gas Safe Register finds

A third of UK adults (33%) don’t know the signs of an unsafe gas appliance, according to Gas Safe Register’s latest research.

Baxi brings back Vaults promotion

Baxi will be holding its Vaults promotion again for the third year in a row, running through its online loyalty scheme, Baxi Works.

British Gas to pay out £2.65m after overcharging customers

British Gas will pay out £2.65 million after admitting to wrongly charging 94,211 customers its more expensive standard variable tariff rate after they decided to switch to a new supplier, due to a system error.

Viessmann enters UK domestic oil boiler market

Viessmann is formally adding a domestic oil boiler to its UK product range, having operated in the market for many years as a niche player.

Norfolk landlord charged for gas safety failings

A landlord has been sentenced for failing to maintain gas appliances at a rental property and repeatedly failing to provide tenants with a Landlords' Gas Safety Certificate.

Installer donates competition prize to Heroes of Heat

An installer has donated an OSO Hotwater cylinder he won in a competition to the Heroes of Heat campaign.

Worcester Bosch launches augmented reality app for installers

Worcester Bosch has launched a new app for the heating sector which will allow installers to promote Worcester boilers to their customers via augmented reality (AR).

All new buildings in London to be ‘net-zero carbon’ by 2030

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has committed to significantly cutting greenhouse emissions from the capital by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

Aqualisa launches £100 voucher offer

Aqualisa is giving away £100 worth of retail vouchers with every qualifying purchase from the Aqualisa Q range through select merchants.

Worcester announces its apprentice of the year

Worcester has crowned Callum Megarry, apprentice at West London based WPJ Heating, as its 2018 Apprentice of the Year.

BEAMA launches ventilation white paper

BEAMA has published its first ventilation white paper entitled Better Ventilation, Better Homes, Better Health, with a raft of measures aimed at solving the issues facing the industry and helping to deliver better indoor air quality in UK homes.

Shortlist for UK Plumber of the Year revealed

The UK Plumber of the Year 2018 competition has announced its 18 finalist shortlist.

Plymouth landlord handed suspended sentence for dangerous gas appliances

A landlord from Plymouth has been sentenced after gas appliances at his rental property in Plymouth were found to be ‘Immediately Dangerous’.

UK tradespeople most safety conscious in Europe, finds survey

According to the findings of a recent health and safety survey conducted for Bosch, UK tradespeople are the most safety conscious in Europe.

Altecnic welcomes CMA recommendation for heat network regulation

Altecnic fully supports the recommendation from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to introduce regulation of heat networks in Great Britain, and urges rapid progress to implementation.

Baxi opens satellite training centre in Birmingham

Baxi has opened a new satellite centre in partnership with Birmingham Met College, to further expand its training offering.

Heating engineer highly commended in Screwfix national competition

Entrepreneur, inventor, and heating engineer Ben Kuchta, age 27, from Nuneaton, has been highly commended in a competition to find the best tradesperson in the country.

Logic4training launches free renewables guide for installers

Logic4training has launched a free new guide aimed at helping installers future-proof their businesses with renewables work.

Sheffield plumber announced as Polymax competition winner

Polypipe has named the grand prize winner of its 'Live Life to the Max' prize giveaway competition.

Worcester Bosch to launch new online training booking platform

Manufacturer Worcester Bosch is set to launch its 'e-Academy', offering installers easier access to book its catalogue of professional development and training courses.

APHC asks industry to get behind Quality Plumber Week 2018

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is raising awareness of its annual Quality Plumbing Week (QPW).

EUA launches Manufacturers of Equipment for Heat Networks Association

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has created a new division for manufacturers of all types of equipment in heat network, district heating or communal heating systems – the Manufacturers of Equipment for Heat Networks Association (MEHNA).

OFTEC registrations hit five-year high

Registrations for OFTEC certification have reached a five-year high, according to OFTEC.

Nearly 90% of van drivers to be charged to drive in London from 2021

According to The Van Insurer, 89% of van drivers could be charged more than £5,000 to drive in London from 2021.

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Sadiq Khan launches new £10m boiler scrappage scheme for small businesses

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is launching a new £10m boiler scrappage scheme that will help small businesses save money on their energy bills, as well as helping to improve the capital’s air quality.

Checkatrade announces new features and clarifies new pricing structure

HVP spoke to Richard Harpin, Chief Executive of Homeserve, to find out what changes the company is making and how this will affect Checkatrade members across the UK.

Boiler Plus opt-outs not allowed, confirms BEIS

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has confirmed that there is "no provision" for anyone to opt-out of Boiler Plus standards. 

Gas fitter sentenced to 16 months for unsafe gas work

A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after he carried out unsafe gas work while falsely pretending to be Gas Safe-registered.

Grant UK supports YTIC training centre

Your Training and Inspections Centre (YTIC) has recently welcomed the addition of new Grant oil boilers and displays to its premises in Llanishen, Cardiff.