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Training to meet new oil boiler regulations

With significant regulatory changes relating to oil-fired burners in the pipeline, Riello is encouraging installers to take advantage of available training opportunities to ensure they keep up-to-speed with the latest requirements.

Pimlico Plumbers sales soar in last quarter of 2016

Pimlico Plumbers has enjoyed a period of strong growth in the final quarter of 2016, which the company's CEO has attributed to its 'Brexit Proofing' programme.

Most builders are reporting material price hikes, warns FMB

Some 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

NI minister resigns over botched RHI

Martin McGuinness has said he will resign as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in protest against the handling of the NI version of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which could end up costing taxpayers £490 million.

Xylem’s Waterdrop programme provides clean water to 3,000 people in Cambodia

Xylem recently took 14 customers and employees from the UK, Germany and France to Cambodia on the inaugural volunteer trip of its Waterdrop initiative.

UK consumers reducing water usage to save money rises by almost a fifth

There was a major increase in use of water efficient appliances in 2016, including taps, showers and washing machines, according to a report commissioned by Ideal Standard and Waterwise.

Worcester crowns #VanOfTheYear winner

Wrexham-based heating engineers, DR Plumbing and Heating, have been crowned the winners of Worcester, Bosch Group’s first ever #VanOfTheYear competition.

Installer spreads Christmas cheer with free installation

NICEIC has praised the efforts of one of its members who fixed the heating of an elderly couple in time for Christmas, free of charge.

APHC voices opinion on Each Home Counts Review

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has expressed concern over the proposed increase in regulation following the publication of the Each Home Counts Review.

Gas Safety Trust calls for grant applications

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is welcoming grant applications for projects investigating the affects of carbon monoxide (CO) in a number of areas, including emissions from solid fuels.

City & Guilds and CCATF join forces to boost apprenticeship foundations for construction industry

City & Guilds and the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) have joined forces to bring a new approach to apprenticeships in the UK construction industry, ensuring that it has the skilled people it needs both now and in the future.

Government 'must act to prevent fuel poor being left in the cold'

OFTEC is calling on government to develop a heating strategy that is 'fair for all' as latest figures show the number of households living in fuel poverty in England and Wales has increased to more than 10%.

Removed chimneys leave residents at risk of CO poisoning

A housing association has been fined after allowing renovations to take place that put residents at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

IDHEE questions the Bonfield review

The Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) has expressed concern over the ‘Each Home Counts’ review, published on 16 December.

Air conditioning maintenance company fined for fall from height

A Leeds based air conditioning maintenance company has been fined after a worker fell three metres through a false ceiling.

Baxi Works scoops business award

Baxi has won an award for digital marketing at the UK Business Awards 2016. The company was recognised for its Baxi Works loyalty scheme.

Children put at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

A building company and its director have been fined for putting a childminder and the children in her care at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Government announces RHI reforms

Government has confirmed changes to biomass tariffs, but spared cuts to solar thermal, in its long-awaited reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Thousands of tenants without heating this winter

One in 10 tenants are without fully working heating this winter, according to a study by Help-Link.co.uk exploring the UK rental market.

‘Tis the season for dedicated engineers

Heating and plumbing engineers are the unsung heroes of the festive season, according to a new survey, barely downing tools to take a break over the traditional Christmas and New Year holiday.

BEAMA proposes practical action in response to minister’s heat policy speech

BEAMA urges government officials to focus on practical actions that can stimulate the take up of low carbon and energy efficiency measures.

Electrical Safety First called on fake charger prosecution

The prosecution of a high street retailer, for selling fake charger kits, used Electrical Safety First’s expertise to make its case.

Baxi charity calendar urges people to have a safe 2017

Baxi has launched a charity calendar for 2017 featuring children’s drawings that send a serious message to grown-ups. The calendar features 12 different pictures, drawn by children of Baxi colleagues. Each one offers a safety tip designed to make sure their parents come home safely.

TrustMark launches feedback system

TrustMark has developed a new enhanced feedback system, designed to help homeowners make a more informed choice when looking to employ a reputable tradesperson.

Drayton’s bid to help the homeless this Christmas

Drayton is launching its annual ‘12 Days of Drayton’ giveaway, with the aim to raise as much money as possible for this year’s chosen charity, Centrepoint.

New recruit for Stelrad specification team

Andrew Strickland is the latest addition to the Stelrad specification team joining as business development manager for the South West.

#RelyOnWorcester this Christmas

Worcester, Bosch Group has launched an online advent calendar to give installers the chance to win daily prizes, as part of its very own 12 days of Christmas.

Plumb, Parts and Drain Center extends Christmas opening hours

To ease the stress of emergency Christmas callouts, Plumb Parts and Drain Center is extending its opening hours even further this year.

AA launches The Big Boiler Handbook

The AA has launched The Big Boiler Handbook, a free guide to help householders understand their heating systems.

Polypipe’s Professional Development Centre features new ventilation training facilties

Polypipe’s newest Professional Development Centre, offering training across a range of Polypipe products, has been extended to include domestic ventilation.

Report highlights role of heat pumps in future UK heat policy

Heat pumps can play a leading role in the future of UK heat among a range of other low carbon measures according to a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) – ‘Next steps for UK heat policy’.

Installers welcomed to have their say on the future of heat in domestic buildings

The consultation on the future of heat in domestic buildings was launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today.

Cashflow problems threaten four in 10 SMEs

Four in 10 (38%) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have suffered cashflow problems over the past two years, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance.

'Worrying' number of home buyers don't carry out gas safety checks

Buying a house is the biggest investment anyone makes in their lifetime, yet two in three people don’t carry out a gas safety check before moving in, leaving them at risk from fuel-burning appliances.

MPs demand consumer protection against unsafe CO alarms

A group of 31 MPs from across the political spectrum have called on the government to protect consumers from unsafe carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, which fail to comply with the industry-wide safety standard BS EN 50291.

UK plumbing apprentice scoops fourth place at EuroSkills

Daniel Martins, a plumbing and heating apprentice at Briggs and Forester and trainee at EAS Mechanical, has placed fourth in the plumbing and heating category at Euroskills 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Aberystwyth plumbing apprentice wins gold medal

One of Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training’s (HCT) Level 3 plumbing apprentices has been awarded a prestigious gold medal at the 2016 SkillPLUMB UK final held last week at the NEC in Birmingham.

'Urgent change to heat policy required'

OFTEC is calling for an urgent change to the UK's low carbon heat policy, as data shows oil is still the cheapest domestic heating fuel.

New payment reporting rules 'a boost to small firms'

New measures being set out by government will force large businesses to publish details on their payment practices, in a move that BEIS says will tackle the issue of late payments to small firms.

Sprue Safety Products strengthens its sales team

Sprue Safety Products continues to go from strength to strength with the appointment of five new specification managers, all tasked with enhancing the presence of the trade-only brand Sona.

Going for Gold

Intergas Heating has been awarded the Golden Stilson Award at the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) Supplier Excellence Awards ceremony.

Festive fire warning issued by Gas Safe Register

Christmas is the most dangerous time of the year when it comes to gas safety in the UK according to data from the Gas Safe Register and Fire and Rescue Service.

Misleading advertising complaint upheld

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) has upheld a complaint against misleading energy claims made by Saturn Heating in its recent promotional advertising

Trustmark supports National Consumer Week

Trustmark is supporting National Consumer Week this week, and is urging both consumers and businesses to brush up on their consumer rights and legal obligations.

Colleagues pay tribute to founder of Lakes Bathrooms, Robin Craddock

Robin Craddock, chairman of Lakes Bathrooms, passed away on 24 November, aged 51. He lost his short battle with cancer, but went peacefully, surrounded by his family. 

More investment in skills needed

The government must prioritise skills and innovation if it is to improve productivity and deliver the infrastructure and housing projects highlighted in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Winter switch-on campaign aims to prevent people falling foul of rogue plumbers

A winter switch-on campaign reminding consumers to use a reputable and qualified heating engineer was launched by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) on 25 November.

Boiler scrappage must ‘learn from mistakes’ of Boris Boiler scheme

The industry must ‘learn its lesson’ from the London Boiler Scrappage scheme and simplify initiatives aiming to encourage homeowners to upgrade their inefficient boilers, according to Worcester, Bosch Group.

Merchant urges skeptics to give ‘Retro Boiler’ label a chance

Plumb Center has welcomed the retrospective boiler labelling scheme launched by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) together with the boiler manufacturers to raise awareness of boiler efficiency with consumers.

IDHEE conference looks to a 'Smart Future'

The 2017 Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) Conference will focus on the growth of smart technologies.

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