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UK tradespeople are quoting for more work than 12 months ago

Nearly half (44%) of the UK's plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other trades say they are quoting for more work than they were 12 months ago, according to Screwfix's latest survey.

Don't fall foul of the water laws

UK water companies and the WRAS water regulations body are urging plumbers and homeowners alike to make sure they know the 'water laws' before undertaking any plumbing work.

Building sector remains confident following the Brexit result

A new poll reveals the building services sector is confident following the EU referendum result, but that access to the single market is a priority.

Fuel poverty project calls for businesses to donate energy efficiency products

Keeping Kids Cosy, recently launched by the National Energy Foundation, is a project designed to help families with young children who are struggling with fuel poverty.

Scottsman crowned UK Plumber of the Year

Shaun Scott from Oyne, Aberdeenshire has been named the UK Plumber of the Year 2016, after impressing an industry-judging panel in the final interview on 2 September.

Hundreds of households a week turning to renewable heating

The number of UK households approved to join the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has now topped 50,000, official figures from Ofgem reveal.

CIPHE extends ADEY Training Centre accreditation

ADEY has received the latest accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) for its training and conference centre.

APHC to support Gas Safety Week

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week 2016 – the sixth annual campaign coordinated by the Gas Safe Register.

Clarification needed after Brexit result, says BSRIA

A recent BSRIA survey has highlighted a desire for clarification of the exit deal among members, with the anticipation of a short-term downturn until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been implemented.

Aqualisa to increase prices from January 2017

Shower specialist Aqualisa has announced it is to increase its prices by an average of 7.9% from January 2017. Prices on selected product lines will increase by up to 10%.

ECA poll finds 8 in 10 businesses see turnover steady or increase in Q2 2016

Almost 78% of electrical and building services firms say turnover increased or remained steady in the second quarter of 2016, according to new research from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

OFTEC welcomes fall in heating oil theft

OFTEC has welcomed research which reveals that heating oil is no longer one of the top five most commonly stolen items in rural areas of the UK.

Get Sweeping for Chimney Fire Safety Week

Chimney fires in England accounted for over 5,000 incidents dealt with by fire and rescue services between April 2014 and March 2015 last year.

Free seminars for those looking to train in solid fuel and biomass

Back by popular demand, the next HETAS Live! roadshow has been confirmed for Friday 9 September in Cheltenham.

OFTEC urges businesses to protect themselves against liability

OFTEC is urging technicians to make sure they fully understand UK regulations covering contracts made with customers and to put measures in place to protect their business from liability and potential financial loss.

Installers urged to support Chimney Fire Safety Week

As part of Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016, which takes place from 5 to 11 September, Schiedel Chimney Systems is reminding installers of the important role they have to play in keeping their customers safe from chimney fires, a problem that still causes 382 deaths a year on average, despite reducing by 30% in the last decade.

New air quality guide from BSRIA

BSRIA has announced the release of a new topic guide on the subject of indoor air quality (IAQ), which is available to download free from its website.

APHC raises awareness of water efficiency following heatwave

Following the heatwave conditions experienced across parts of the UK this week, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is emphasising the importance of saving water all year round and the vital role quality plumbing and heating installers play in providing members of the public with water efficiency advice.

Gas engineer fined for unsafe installation

A Gas Safe registered engineer from Middlesex has been fined for safety failings after he carried out an unsafe installation.

QRL launches campaign for radiator energy labelling

British manufacturer QRL Radiator Group has launched a campaign for the introduction of an energy labelling system for radiators – similar to the one used for boilers, renewables, hot water cylinders and other household essentials.

Plumb and Parts Center turns over a new tweet

For any installers previously unsure of where to find Plumb and Parts Center on Twitter, it has officially relaunched itself as @plumbcenterUK.

APHC and City & Guilds offer free technical workshops

Throughout October 2016, The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) in collaboration with City & Guilds will be hosting a series of free technical workshops across England and Wales.

Employers 'to get 90% of apprentice funding'

The government has sought to dampen speculation about the future of funding for apprenticeships by publishing new proposals that would see £2.5 billion invested in apprenticeship training by 2020.

Plumbing and heating business named in 'Small Biz 100' for 2016

A Barnet-based plumbing and heating business, whose services include boiler replacement and repair, central heating installations and other plumbing work, is among 100 small businesses to be celebrated by the Small Business Saturday campaign.

ATAG raises awareness for gas safety week

This Gas Safety Week, ATAG Heating Technology is hoping to raise awareness with a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm giveaway.

Poor air quality affecting most office workers

A new survey has found that indoor air pollution is prevalent in work places across Britain, potentially causing long-term health problems.

Calor to host installer open day

Following the success of last year’s event, Calor is hosting another free installer open day on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October 2016.

Suspended prison sentence for man who pretended to be Gas Safe Registered

A self-employed worker from Edmonton has received two suspended jail terms for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered.

Plumbers jailed after targeting the elderly

Four plumbers in Birmingham have been jailed for fraud after charging a Warwickshire resident over £5,000 to unblock a toilet.

Industry needs 'productivity action plan', says SEC

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group has written to the Prime Minister seeking confirmation that construction is within the remit of the new Economic and Industrial Strategy Cabinet Committee.

Gas App is on a mission - and it's pink

Gas App UK is hoping to raise more than £10,000 for Breast Cancer Now by walking up Ben Nevis carrying Intergas boilers.

APHC launches new online learning centre

In line with its commitment to help plumbing and heating organisations develop successful and profitable businesses, The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched its new Online Learning Centre.

HHIC unveils new contractor working group

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has unveiled its newest working group, made up of large heating contractor companies.

New apprenticeship funding proposals for small employers

New apprenticeship funding proposals announced by the government look like a 'fair settlement for small employers', according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Workers 'six times more likely to die from suicide than falls'

Suicide kills six times as many construction workers as falling from heights, according to mental health volunteers.

Industry associations launch major Brexit survey

A new survey on the impact of the Brexit vote on the building services engineering sector has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT.

BEAMA's Heating Controls Group welcomes three new member companies

Three new member companies - Baxi, Worcester Bosch and Vaillant - have joined the BEAMA Heating Controls group, whose original members comprise Danfoss, Schneider, Honeywell, Myson, Pegler, Secure Controls and Siemens.

Apprentices give evidence to Parliamentary inquiry

Three representatives have given verbal evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry looking into apprenticeships on behalf of the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA).

Suspected gas explosion causes house collapse

A suspected gas explosion has caused a house to collapse in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, this morning, leaving at least 10 people injured.

Rise of fuel poverty must be tackled more effectively, says Elmhurst Energy

Energy performance specialist Elmhurst Energy has expressed its disappointment at the latest government statistics, which show that the number of households in fuel poverty has risen from 2.35 to 2.38 million.

Energy workers union calls for Ofgem to be scrapped

The union for energy workers, GMB, is calling for Ofgem to be abolished and government to take over as regulator accountable to parliament following new proposals from Ofgem.

£5,000 and paid apprentice up for grabs

IRWIN Tools has launched its annual Nominate a Tradesperson competition to find the UK and Ireland’s ‘Ultimate Tradesperson’.

Heating installers gear up for Gas Safety Week

Swale Heating is throwing its weight behind Gas Safety Week by giving away free CO monitors.

Company exposes family to risk of asbestos

A Hertfordshire-based home improvement company has been fined after the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property.

APHC issues Legionella warning following hospice death

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is emphasising the importance of implementing the correct measures for the control of Legionella following the death of a patient from Legionnaire’s disease at a Sydenham-based hospice.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ministerial roles confirmed

Following the creation of the department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the appointment of Rt Hon Greg Clark MP as Secretary of State, the full list of ministerial responsibilities within the department has now been confirmed.

Scottish fuel bank tackles fuel poverty

The Trussell Trust and energy supplier npower is launching the first ever Fuel Bank in Scotland.  

Have you seen the world’s most extraordinary toilet?

Lanes Group is on the lookout for some of the world’s most peculiar toilets - and they want to see your pictures.

Finalists for UK plumber of the year announced

The UK Plumber of the Year 2016 competition, launched by JT, Bristan and Plumb Center, has revealed its shortlisted finalists.

Landmark asbestosis ruling is good news for sufferers

In a landmark asbestosis case, The Court of Appeal ruled today that asbestosis sufferers could be entitled to proportional compensation from as low as 2.3% from negligent employers, based upon the number of years worked. 

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