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New research shows link between hard tap water and customers' skin conditions

A new study into the effect water has on our skin has found that hard water damages our protective skin barrier, potentially contributing to the development of eczema, and that using a water softener can reduce the risk.

Viessmann named as “Best Buy” boiler brand by Which? magazine

Viessmann has today been named as a Best Buy gas boiler brand by Which?, the UK’s largest consumer organisation.

Worcester cleans up with Greenstar Rewards

As the colder months draw closer and heating systems are turned back on, it’s the time of the year where heating engineers are more frequently called out for essential servicing.

Energy targets can be met with the right policy, says EUA

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has submitted its recommendations for the forthcoming Autumn Budget to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Festool encourages installers to take a lung health check online

September historically sees the highest hospital admission rates for asthma, and Festool is encouraging tradespeople to take a few minutes to check their lung health.

Winner of UK Plumber of the Year 2017 announced

Drew Styles has been crowned the UK Plumber of the Year 2017, in the nationwide competition run by JT, Bristan and Wolseley Plumb Center.

Bristan supports ‘Remember me’ theme for world Alzheimer’s month

Taking place throughout September, this year’s World Alzheimer’s month theme is ‘Remember me’ and Bristan is lending its voice to the campaign.

UK homeowners failing to invest in regular servicing

New research from Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed that homeowners are putting themselves at risk by failing to commit to simple gas safety checks.

Ki Beard and Gary Zumeris join cast iron specialists Hargreaves Foundry

Ki Beard and Gary Zumeris have joined cast iron specialists Hargreaves Foundry Drainage as specification managers, covering London, South and the South West.

Gas Safety Week jingle urges UK homeowners to take Gas Safety seriously

According to research, jingles rattle around our heads for an average of 50 hours a year. That’s 58 minutes a week, lasting around 17 minutes at a time. Imagine if those 58 minutes a week were spent thinking about gas safety?

Nine out of 10 installers carrying the card

New research reveals that more installers than ever are carrying their Gas Safe Register card with them while on a job.

32% of people would not recognise CO poisoning

Dr Ranj Singh is supporting Gas Safety Week to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and its symptoms, as nearly a third of people would not recognise them.

Derbyshire installer rescues resident from CO poisoning

Gas safety isn’t just about this week, as John Allen from John Allen Plumbing and Heating in Derbyshire proved when he helped an elderly resident in a neighbouring property to where he was carrying out a boiler installation.

Success for first Women Installers' Together Conference

Stopcocks hosted the first Women Installers’ Together Conference yesterday in London. It brought together female plumbers and gas engineers from across the UK and Europe to discuss being a female in the industry, learn new skills and network.

John Guest cross-continent apprenticeship programme is a success

A cross-continent engineering apprenticeship programme between John Guest and Arburg has been labelled a ‘roaring success’ by participants following its conclusion.

Birmingham builder fined for unsafe gas work

A builder has been fined after carrying out unsafe gas work at a property in Birmingham’s Hall Green.

Cornwall landlord fined after gas safety concerns

A landlord from Cornwall has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties on St Thomas Road, Launceston.

North West building firm fined after family poisoned by CO

A North West building firm and its Director have been fined after a family of four were hospitalised due to exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) at their home.

Flame Heating opens Cramlington branch

Flame Heating Group is continuing to expand its business with the launch of a new branch in Cramlington.

Policy Connect publishes research setting out future options for heating

A report published by think tank Policy Connect and forum Carbon Connect, in collaboration with a cross-party group of politicians and the energy sector, has set out the next steps for the gas grid.

Mates in Mind initiative launched fully

The Mates in Mind initiative, dedicated to improving the health and mental wellbeing of the construction industry workforce, has now been rolled out in its entirety.

39% of households don’t have a CO alarm, says APHC

To help mark the upcoming Gas Safety Week, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has revealed alarming research figures regarding the awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Gas Safety Trust hosted a panel of CO experts

Diagnosing carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is notoriously difficult, as it produces common, non-specific symptoms such as headaches and nausea and mimics other, more common ailments such as flu and food poisoning. Accidental CO poisoning is considered rare, but it is likely not to be as rare as people think and it is preventable.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning cases in children on the rise says new report

New data has revealed that cases of suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in children are on the rise across the UK.

Ideal Standard appoints Stephen Ewer as Managing Director

Ideal Standard, a manufacturer of residential, commercial and healthcare bathroom solutions, has announced the appointment of Stephen Ewer as Managing Director UK Cluster, which includes the UK, Ireland and operations in Australia.

PBPlumber joins PHEX

The one and only Peter Booth - aka Twitter's @PBPlumber – will join PHEX Manchester and PHEX Chelsea to set fellow installers a skills challenge!

Non-compliance with late payment legislation

'More must be done' to improve supply chain payments in the Scottish public sector, according to research by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Scotland.

Renewable Heat Incentive changes announced

New changes to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, including caps on tariff payments, have surprised the industry, according to Kensa Heat Pumps

Drive out the cowboys and boost gas safety awareness!

There is just one week to go until the deadline to find a new gas safety jingle for the industry, and Installers First is encouraging installers everywhere to get involved ahead of Gas Safety Week.

CIPHE warns of industry pension woes

With auto-enrolment into the workplace pension now in full swing, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is giving the following advice to make sure employers are aware of their auto-enrolment responsibilities.

Final five revealed for UK Plumber Of The Year

Nationwide search narrowed down to just five after public vote brought in over 4,500 entries

Installers asked to share the love to win up to £500

Installers can win up to £500 worth of Love2Shop gift cards simply by telling JG Speedfit what they love about its range of push-fit valves and tap connectors, and sharing in-situ photographs of these products, or images of themselves buying the second-fix plumbing range.

Brazen Brits forget basic manners towards tradepeople

Brits have built up a renowned reputation of being well-mannered, yet typical British politeness goes out the window when it comes to letting tradespeople into our home.

Panasonic acquires UK air conditioning equipment distributor AMP

Panasonic Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of A.M.P. Air Conditioning Ltd (AMP).

Scottish construction bodies seek member views on future of CITB levy

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF), Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF), the only three Scottish industry bodies officially mandated to do so, are surveying their memberships for views on the future of the Construction Levy administered UK-wide by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

“Tradespeople need to consider lung health of loved ones”

Mavis Nye, from Seasalter, Kent, is fighting to raise awareness of mesothelioma after contracting cancer – thought to be from contact with asbestos on her husband’s work clothes.

Keep smart on meters

NAPIT has responded to recent reports of faulty smart meter installations, which have, in some cases, supposedly led to fires.

Remeha urges government to take a carrot and stick approach to energy efficiency

Following the results of a recent Energy Institute (EI) survey, leading commercial heating solutions manufacturer, Remeha, has echoed the organisation’s call for the Government to strengthen energy efficiency policy. 

Lot 20 explained: What does this mean for electric heating?

The 1st January 2018 heralds the largest upheaval the electric heating industry has experienced in decades, with new energy efficiency regulations coming into play that will likely change the landscape of available products and manufacturers. 

Cashflow crisis in construction, says SEC Group

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – which represents SMEs in the construction engineering sector – has warned that current cashflow problems in construction are unsustainable.

61% of tradespeople waste more than 30 minutes every day looking for tools in their van

According to new research by Filplastic, a storage solutions provider, the majority of tradespeople are wasting more than 30 minutes every day looking for tools in their van.

Unite warns industry not to “throw baby out with the bathwater” over CITB future

Unite is calling on industry to seriously consider before voting to end the existing construction training levy and threatening the future of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

CIPHE and Baxi join forces with law firm to tackle counterfeit parts

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and Baxi have joined forces with law firm Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL) in a campaign to stop counterfeit boiler parts from entering the market.

Vaillant shares vision for the future

Vaillant Group UK is celebrating one year since the arrival of Managing Director Klaus Jesse, and sharing the strategy that he has been working on with the team for the past year – Vision2020.

Graham asks customers to nominate their heroes

To reward members of its team who have demonstrated remarkable customer service, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is asking customers to once again nominate their Graham Customer Hero as part of the Graham Heroes Awards.

Baxi shortlisted in UK Customer Experience Awards 2017

Baxi is celebrating after its Customer Support team were announced as finalists in the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Majority of tradespeople have suffered from work-related injuries, says Toolstation

New research, conducted by Toolstation, reveals that almost three-quarters of the trade have suffered from work related injuries, aches, pains and strains – with 79% of those surveyed believing it has affected their ability to carry out their work.

Housing business commits to installing CO alarms for Gas Safety Week

The Regenda Group, a housing business based in the north west, is doing its part to contribute to Gas Safety Week 2017 with a 10-month programme to fit carbon monoxide (CO) alarms into its 13,000 plus properties.

Pimlico Plumbers continued expansion delivers record £35m sales

Pimlico Plumbers is announcing record sales for its most recent financial year, delivering a turnover of £35 million during 2016-17.

WaterSafe scheme offers plumbing leads

WaterSafe is a free online search facility funded by the water industry to help customers find competent and qualified plumbers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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