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IGEM to recognise training for the gas industry

In response to growing concerns about standards in training, The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) has been chosen to assess and uphold the “highest levels of professional competence”.

Harvey Water Softeners wins Queens Award

Harvey Water Softeners has been chosen as a winner of The Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation for 2018.

OFTEC says new ECO3 proposals discriminate against rural households

OFTEC has expressed major concerns that government proposals to exclude oil boilers from the next round of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme would unfairly discriminate against rural households and lead to even higher levels of fuel poverty.

Win with Wirquin's 'spot the lorry' competition

The first in a fleet of Wirquin branded lorries hit the road in April, and to mark the investment the Doncaster-based sanitary equipment manufacturer is running a competition on its Twitter page.

Weymouth care home receives ELCO upgrade

ELCO Heating Solutions has supplied five THISION L EVO 120kw boilers to Westhaven House in Weymouth.

Martyn Bridges urges installers to specify water treatment

Thousands of boiler breakdowns could be prevented each year if more water treatment measures were specified at the point of installation, says Martyn Bridges of Worcester Bosch.

Cash retentions bill garners support from over 100 MPs

More than 100 MPs are now in favour of a bill to implement ring-fencing of retention monies, drafted by Peter Aldous MP in conjunction with BESA and the ECA.

New commercial training centre for Baxi

Baxi Heating, which includes Andrews Water Heaters and Potterton Commercial, is celebrating the launch of its new Commercial Training Academy.

Sales up 24% in record year for Harvey Water Softeners

Harvey Water Softeners has marked its 40th year in business with its best ever set of results, posting sales of £26.5m for 2017 - a 24% rise on the year before.

Altecnic MD steps down after eight years

Altecnic’s Managing Director Alan Sherwin is to leave the company after eight years in the role.

UK underfloor heating market forecast to grow 7% in 2018

AMA Research has released new research which predicts that the underfloor heating (UFH) market will experience a 7% rise this year.

Aqualisa launches £100 smart shower cashback promotion

Aqualisa has launched a £100 cashback initiative for installers or homeowners who purchase an Aqualisa Q smart shower from a participating retailer.

Graham Plumbers' Merchant to update its loyalty scheme

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has made changes to its loyalty scheme, The Plumbers’ Club, making it easier for members to qualify for and redeem rewards.

OFTEC calls for action on gender diversity in the heating sector

With female technicians accounting for less than 1% of OFTEC’s 9,000 plus registration base, the trade association says action must be taken to encourage more women into the profession as a vital step towards combating the industry’s growing skills crisis.

CIPHE publishes response to 'inaccurate' Sunday Times article

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has published a response to a Sunday Times article charting the 'scandal' of frozen condensate pipes.

Polypipe launches new Polymax competition

Polypipe has launched a new campaign to promote the PolyMax range of push-fit plumbing fittings.

New details revealed for WIT conference

Stopcocks has announced further detailed about the Women Installers Together conference ahead of the event's launch on 4 July.

BEIS: "Boiler Plus Plus" under consideration

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has said that it is currently exploring a possible extension of Boiler Plus.

HHIC launches consumer guide for Boiler Plus

Boiler Plus comes into force today (6 April), and the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has released a consumer guide for installers to share with their customers.

Daikin UK launches its first gas condensing boiler

Daikin UK has released a new gas condensing boiler, a first for the manufacturer.

Honeywell reminds installers about change to Housing (Scotland) Act

Honeywell is reminding installers that Scotland is to amend a 30-year-old law in order to increase protection levels in all properties across the country.

Gas engineers most likely to be trusted, according to Gas Safe Register

New research from Gas Safe Register (GSR) reports that over half of people (59%) check qualifications and ID for tradespeople but, for those who don’t, gas engineers are the most trusted tradespeople (18%), ahead of electricians (16%) and plumbers (16%).

Two-thirds of UK sources tradespeople via social media, says survey

As many as two-thirds of homeowners turn to social media first to source service providers, including construction and trade workers, according to a survey by www.MyJobQuote.co.uk.

Polypipe removes sign-up fees for renamed Registered Heating Engineer Network

Polypipe has announced the removal of the annual registration fee for its newly titled Registered Heating Engineer Network (RHEN) in support of small businesses.

Plumber of the Year competition back for 2018

This year’s UK Plumber of the Year competition will launch on 23 April, when the search will begin to find the finest plumbers of 2018.

Housing association fined after exposing employees to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

A community housing association has been fined after it failed to effectively manage its employees' exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a prolonged period of time.

Unregistered engineer sentenced in Essex

An engineer has been sentenced in Essex after breaching a prohibition notice for gas work, and for leaving gas appliances in a dangerous state.

Kitchen fitter fined for illegal use of lead solder

South West Water is warning plumbers against using potentially toxic lead solder to connect metal pipes supplying drinking water, or they could run the risk of prosecution.

Heating industry calls for change to Building Regulations around frozen condensate

On 27 March, representatives from across the heating industry met at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) offices to review and discuss the matter of frozen condensate.

Man sentenced in Milton Keynes for unregistered gas work

Mr Cody Stevens, operating as a Director of Master Plumbing Contractors in Milton Keynes, has been sentenced for carrying out unregistered gas work.

GSR's 'Don't Cut Corners' campaign finds success

The Gas Safe Register's campaign to raise awareness among families not to cut corners when it comes to their gas appliances has been a success, according to its Chief Executive Jonathan Samuel.

Twitter founder launches service to help small businesses tackle cash flow

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, has announced the launch of a new Instant Deposit service aimed at helping small businesses manage cash flow.

HSE warns employers against investing in off-the-shelf manual handling training

Off-the-shelf manual handling training should become a thing of the past, according to new advice released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Solar installation company and director fined for height risks

A solar panel installation company and its sole director have been fined for failing to manage and control fall from height risks.

Plumbase launches 24-hour spares service

Plumbase has introduced an exclusive 24-hour spares line, meaning installers can place same-day and next-day orders, even if they happen to be working outside of core trading hours.

Grant UK expands HQ site

Grant UK has carried out an extensive expansion of its HQ in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Martyn Bridges calls for regulatory rethink on frozen condensate

Martyn Bridges is calling on policy-makers to prioritise the mechanical services of both new and existing properties in the UK, following an unprecedented number of callouts relating to frozen drains and pipework earlier in the month.

Survey reveals ignorance around EPC certificate legislation

New research from Just Landlords has exposed nationwide ignorance to a new law that will come into effect on 1 April 2018 for all new lets and relets, and for all existing tenancies on 1 April 2020.

Cash payments could become a thing of the past for plumbers, says the APHC

Many professional plumbing and heating companies accept cash payments for work but, under government proposals announced in the Spring Statement, large cash payments could be made illegal in an attempt to reduce tax evasion.

Geberit training academies receive CIPHE accreditation

Geberit has received accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) for its state of the art training academies in Warwick and Dublin.

26-month suspended sentence for unregistered gas work

An unregistered gas fitter in Coventry has been given a 26-month suspended sentence for carrying out gas work after his Gas Safe Registration had been removed, and he had been prohibited from carrying out further work on gas appliances and fittings.

Worshipful Company of Plumbers bursary success for apprentices

Two young apprentices from Steve Willis Training Centres joined the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, and other dignitaries at the famous Plumbers Apprentice statue, nicknamed 'Bertie', at London Cannon Street station this week.

E.ON and HomeServe launch discounted boiler and central heating care offer

E.ON has launched a new partnership with HomeServe to offer boiler and central heating breakdown cover to its energy customers.

Survey reveals consumers' wishlist for the 'bathroom of the future'

New research has revealed the innovations that consumers would most like to see in the ‘bathroom of the future’, with automatic facial recognition technology topping the list of desirables.

Over 60 trade bodies back Aldous cash retentions bill

In the wake of the Carillion collapse an industry coalition of over 60 construction and maintenance trade bodies now back the ‘Aldous Bill’, which proposes that cash retentions owed to the supply chain should be held in trust.

New report backs OFTEC's calls for RHI reform

OFTEC has reignited its calls for an overhaul of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) following a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) which said the scheme ‘has not achieved value for money’.

Gas Safe Register partners with AGE UK London to raise gas safety awareness among the elderly

Age UK London and Gas Safe Register have announced a new partnership. The organisations will work together to promote vital gas safety information to elderly people.

Plumber wins £5,000 holiday from Graham and Armitage Shanks

The final winner of a competition held between Armitage Shanks and Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is plumber Paul Kennedy, who has won a £5,000 holiday voucher.

NHBC highlights most reported health and safety risks on-site

Ahead of its Health and Safety Awards in May, the National House Building Council (NHBC) is putting the spotlight on some of the leading, and easiest to fix, health and safety risks on building sites.

Lack of gender diversity actively discouraging young women from plumbing careers

New survey findings show that over half of young women aged 18-24 (53%) are put off electrical and plumbing careers because of concerns about a lack of gender diversity in the existing workforce, according to research commissioned by ECA, JTL and JIB.

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