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Winners of Gas Industry Awards 2017 announced

The 2017 Gas Industry Awards, organised by the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) and IGEM, were presented at a special lunchtime awards ceremony in London's Hilton Park Lane on 9 May.

All smiles at Ally Pally for PHEX+

The fourth year of PHEX+ has come to an end, and the show was a roaring success yet again, with many exhibitors swamped over the two days and visitors taking advantage of the chance to network, explore new products and even win free things throughout the show.

New FETA working group releases guidance document for refrigerants

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has set up a new A2L refrigerants working group, and has released a guidance note entitled ‘An introduction to A2L refrigerants and their use in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump applications’.

The EUA releases its 2017 manifesto

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has launched its manifesto for the general election on 8 June, which includes five key asks of the next UK government.

Apprentice plan gets government approval

The Apprenticeship Assessment Plan for England has now been approved by government, according to The Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Board.

Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme “hugely encouraging”, says Neil Schofield

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group has praised a new incentive designed to encourage homeowners and landlords in Scotland to make energy and money-saving improvements to their properties.

Wales is 'in a good place', says BESA President

The outlook for the building services industry in Wales is extremely promising, according to the president of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Brits need help with voice-controlled Smart Home devices

Over 50% of Brits would consider using voice-controlled connected devices in their home, but most would need professional help to install them, according to research by online electronics retailer, reichelt elektronik.

Nu-Heat invests in future growth

Nu-Heat, a supplier of underfloor heating and renewable systems, has secured investment from new shareholders as part of a management buyout.

Leak fails to deter award-winning plumbers

The team from heating and plumbing firm CentraHeat went above and beyond the call of duty when they responded to an emergency call-out en route to an awards ceremony – dressed in their dinner jackets!

Briggs and Forrester apprentice selected for WorldSkills Team UK

Dan Martins of Briggs and Forrester Group has been selected to represent Team UK in this year’s WorldSkills Finals, held in Abu Dhabi.

Engineering services sector powers ahead

Industry poll shows strong growth across the engineering services sector.

Calls to tackle air pollution from construction sites

Former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment, Matthew Pencharz, believes the UK government must do more to tackle the problem of air pollution from construction sites

Best practice installer retires a winner

On the eve of retiring from his successful business Aqua Gas Heating Services, Peter Beaman has found himself the recipient of a £500 shopping voucher after purchasing a winning Sentinel Boiler Protection Pack from independent merchant Williams and Co. 

ECA and BESA launch engineering services manifesto

Ahead of the general election on 8 June, ECA and BESA are calling on the next government to make sustainable construction a strategic priority.

IDHEE announces new Conference date

The IDHEE has announced the new date of its 2017 Annual Conference, after the original date was moved due to the Prime Minister's call for a general election.

New initiative launched to support mental health in construction

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have launched a new initiative to help support the mental health agenda in the construction industry.

Gas Tag wins Dragons’ Den-style contest at national conference

Gas Tag recently spoke at the fifth annual Association of Gas Safety Managers Conference, and won the Dragon’s Den Innovation Award.

Ideal Boilers’ ‘quiet revolution’

Ideal Boilers’ flagship Logic+ range has been recognised alongside 70 other global brands with a Quiet Mark award from the Noise Abatement Society – only the second UK boiler manufacturer to receive the honour.

Plumber jailed for unsafe gas work

Gareth Scott Redford has been sentenced to serve 16 months in prison for carrying out unsafe gas work.

Unregistered installer jailed after putting family at risk

A self-employed installer has been imprisoned after installing a new boiler without being Gas Safe-registered.

Kohler Mira gains royal seal of approval

Kohler Mira has been granted the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation for its Mira Flight Safe range of anti-slip shower trays.

Installer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Bradley Rogers, Baxi installer and member of the Baxi Works loyalty scheme, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in June to raise money for Leukaemia Care UK.

30 years of Altecnic

Accompanied by senior directors from Caleffi, Altecnic’s Italian parent company, the entire staff at the Stafford-based business turned out to raise a glass to 30 years of business.

Viessmann Germany beats England 6-1

On 21 April, Huddersfield Town team sheet sponsor Viessmann recreated the classic football rivalry between England and Germany by organising a friendly match between its German and English installers.

Warmworks helps Cumbernauld company grow

A business in Cumbernauld has been able to grow thanks to a scheme that has already helped 5,000 Scottish households to reduce their energy bills and make their homes more energy efficient.

New maintenance service for heat network metering systems is launched

Heatworks Solutions has now launched, a new service provider designed to support contractors and engineers with maintenance of the complete heat network metering function, regardless of the type of meter specified or installed.

Charlie Mullins helps launch Fix Radio

Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, was guest of honour at the launch of Fix Radio – the UK’s first radio station for tradespeople.

Worcester celebrates 25 years of Bosch

Worcester, Bosch Group is celebrating 25 years as part of the Bosch Group, with a programme of activities planned throughout 2017.

Flame Heating Spares launches app

Flame Heating Spares is to support the region’s installers with the launch of a new app.

Unite calls for action on workplace death delays

Friends and families who have lost loved ones to workplace fatalities are having to wait an average of three years and four months to secure justice, according to research by Unite.

BWT F1 Sponsorship puts installers in pole position

The BWT Group has extended its involvement in motor sport by forging a partnership with the Sahara Force India Formula 1 racing team.

Xpelair issues warning as air pollution hits the headlines

With new research revealing some unexpected, grave repercussions of air quality pollution, Xpelair is reminding the industry of the importance of ensuring adequate ventilation.

CIPHE members ‘make the difference’

From 1 to 7 June the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) will be joining organisations all over the country to celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2017.

Volkswagen to celebrate ‘Hug a Plumber Day’ at CV Show

With April 25 marking national ‘Hug a Plumber Day’ and the start of the CV Show, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be using its presence at the show to demonstrate its appreciation.

Peter Thom criticises enforcement of Building Regulations

Energy efficiency campaigner and founder of Green Heat Peter Thom is becoming increasingly concerned that Building Regulations are being regularly flouted in the growing market for replacing gas boilers with electric heating appliances.

Boiler service drive backed by the Consumer Council

OFTEC and the Consumer Council Northern Ireland are urging consumers in Northern Ireland to book a professional boiler service.

Bristan kicks off Season Of Sport promotion

Bristan has teamed up with the experts at Plumb Center to offer four VIP tickets to sporting events, up for grabs during each month of the promotion.

Obituary: Geoff Shaw

We are sorry to announce the death of Geoff Shaw on 8 April 2017.

Fix Radio launches for the trade

A new radio station dedicated to tradespeople will be giving out 20,000 bacon butties to builders after it launches later this month.

Do you live in the best city for your trade?

New online tool explores the top 20 best UK cities to work in the trades

Government indicates continued commitment to EU energy efficiency laws

The government has issued positive statements indicating its continued commitment to the existing EU legislation surrounding energy efficient products.

BSRIA hopes for clarity from General Election

BSRIA has responded to the Prime Minister's announcement of an upcoming General Election by saying it hopes the announcement will bring 'much-needed clarity and order'

Construction industry beats post-Brexit expectations

Activity in the construction industry is rising at a faster pace following the EU referendum than initially expected, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Fernox helps to support Candlelighters

Fernox is lending its support to the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters, and has donated 12 TF1 Omega Filters and various chemical water treatment products to the Gas Chat Tour, which is providing free central heating system installations in exchange for charitable donations.

Regulation issues 'likely to delay RHI reform'

Although the 2017 reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Regulations were placed before Parliament on 14 March 2017, according to the Heat Pump Association (HPA), drafting issues with the Non-Domestic Regulations mean the reform is unlikely to be implemented until the end of June.

Punctuality is 'most influential' when hiring tradespeople

Punctuality is the single most desirable quality that homeowners look for in a tradesperson, according to new research by Plentific.com

Under fire apprenticeship levy is 'not a numbers game'

This month's launch of the Apprenticeship Levy has coincided with a critical report from the All-Party Parliamentary Education Committee, which dubbed it a "blunt instrument" that would do little to tackle the skills gap without significant changes.

Promote quality to boost efficiency

Woodsure calls for industry to promote the benefits of using quality wood fuel

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