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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

Pimlico Plumbers embarks on £500,000 headquarters expansion

Pimlico Plumbers has embarked on a £500,000 construction project to increase capacity at its central London headquarters.

'Smart home design' the focus of IDHEE Conference

The IDHEE Conference in June will focus on how the growth of smart home technology can provide great opportunities for heating engineers

Industry must have it's say on government's Industrial Strategy, says APHC

The President of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is asking companies within the plumbing and heating sector to review and provide input into the government's Industrial Strategy Document.

MPs praise new gas safety technology from Gas Tag

Gas Tag’s efforts to use technology to improve gas safety in homes across the UK have been recognised in parliament, as new research reveals the safety of millions of Britons is still at risk.

Kohler Mira raises £92,000 for Cancer Research

Kohler Mira has smashed its fundraising target for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which has resulted in a total of £92,000 handed over to the charity.

Baxi joins Carbon Connect

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has joined Carbon Connect, an independent, cross-party forum that aims to inform and guide the transition to a low carbon future underpinned by sustainable energy.

South Devon engineer sentenced for unregistered gas work

An unregistered plumber from Dawlish has been fined after leaving gas work in a dangerous state.

England v. Germany – but not as you know it

Viessmann installers from England and Germany will compete against each other in a friendly football match at Huddersfield Town Football Club on 21 April.

#GasChatTour rolls into Essex

The 'Gas Chat' nationwide tour continues to successfully raise money for children's charity Candlelighters after completing its third installation of the year.

HHIC launches new division to put installers first

For those engineers active on social media, you will have seen how, over recent weeks and months, the plumbing and heating industry has come together with a common goal - to have their voice heard.

Unite warns that new levy could result in sub-standard apprenticeships

Unite, the UK’s largest union, is warning the introduction of the new apprenticeship levy could be taken off course and lead to a sharp rise in sub-standard apprenticeships.

Competition gives one of Northern Ireland’s nightmare bathrooms a much needed upgrade

Bathroom company Bassetts has launched its Nightmare Bathrooms Competition, giving householders in Northern Ireland the chance to bring their bathroom up to date with a new £10,000 renovation.

The search is on for UK plumber of the year

The search for UK Plumber of the Year 2017 launched on 3 April, recognising the remarkable level of talented tradespeople across the UK, with another huge prize fund for the worthy winner.

Fine for two companies following asbestos investigation in Surrey

Two companies have been fined after unsafe asbestos work was carried out in the kitchen of a property in Leatherhead, Surrey.

National campaign tackles illegal working in construction

The national campaign ‘Spotlight on…illegal workers’ has been launched by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

ECO reforms increase insulation install targets

Reforms to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) were introduced on 1 April that will provide consumers with extra support to make their homes cheaper and easier to heat.

Apprenticeship policies ‘will not fill growing skills gap’

The government's flagship apprenticeships policies have a worrying lack of focus and will not fill widening skills gaps unless they concentrate on sectors and regions where training is most needed, according to a report released on 30 March.

Elmhurst Energy remains optimistic in the wake of Brexit

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, is optimistic about the outcome for the energy assessment industry following Theresa May’s formal triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Plumbase kicks off Innovation Nights

Plumbase has brought back its programme of Innovation Nights, aimed at giving installers a first glimpse of some of the newest products on the plumbing and heating market.

Government urged to devise climate action plan

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) and The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) have joined other leading organisations in writing to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon. Greg Clark MP.

Installers warned over non-approved flue systems

Installers have been urged to take extra caution over their choice of boiler components and accessories, amid a growing number of controls and flue systems being sold on the internet as compatible with certain manufacturers’ boiler models.

SMEs focus on employee benefits, according to study

Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are focusing on the potential of employee benefits to help boost productivity and improve company performance, according to new research from MetLife’s UK Employee Benefit Trends Study 2017.

Potholes 'are killing productive businesses'

Pimlico Plumbers' Charlie Mullins has backed the Asphalt Industry Alliance survey, highlighting that road damage takes the company's vehicles off the road every week.

Building better communities competition returns for 2017

Jewson has announced the return of Building Better Communities for 2017, the competition where deserving causes and tradespeople that make a difference in their local areas can win a share of a £250,000 total prize fund.

Suspended prison sentence for Plymouth man who falsified gas records

An unregistered gas fitter was fined and given a suspended prison sentence on 20 March, for illegally carrying out gas safety work at a rented house in Plymouth.

APHC reminds industry of the importance of keeping certificates

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is reminding plumbing and heating engineers about the value of retaining their plumbing and heating qualification certificates.

Drayton asks installers for their support to raise money for Red Nose Day

Heating controls expert Drayton is supporting Comic Relief by fundraising for Red Nose Day 2017 with its quirky ‘Brainspotting’ campaign.

JTL announces national plumbing apprentice winner

JTL held its annual awards ceremony at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London’s Savoy Place on 15 March.

Heat emitters are the missing link in improving the energy performance, says QRL

Installing efficient heat emitters – be they radiators, convectors or surface heating and cooling – is essential to improve the efficiency of Europe’s old building stock.

UK Plumber of the Year competition returns for third year

For the third year running, JT, Plumb Center and Bristan have joined forces to launch the 2017 UK Plumber of the Year competition, following the success of the first two instalments.

Bristan supports ‘Why Wastewater?’ theme for world water day

Bristan is urging installers to talk to customers about the vital importance of saving water this World Water Day.

CIPHE holds annual President's Dinner

Education and career development was the theme of this year's Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering's (CIPHE) 'Dinner with the President'.

UK Heating Group acquired by IRSAP Group

UK Heating Group, an independent UK distributor of designer radiators to the plumbing and heating merchant market, has been acquired by IRSAP Group

Student plumber wins Plumb Center bath full of tools

A budding plumber on the search for an apprenticeship has been crowned the champion of Plumb Center's recent #FillANabis competition.

Baxi to open two new training centres

Baxi is opening two new training facilities in 2017.

Rented properties less protected from carbon monoxide than private homes

The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) has reviewed the recently released government figures contained within the 2015-2016 English Housing Survey, and is pleased that they shed more light on the risks of accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents potentially going unnoticed, but also calls for more progress to be made.

No need to bring gas into electric heating debate, says Dimplex

Upgrading incorrectly specified appliances is the key to reducing fuel poverty in electrically heated homes, not connecting properties to the gas grid, says Dimplex, in response to a report by the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Almost five million households at risk from illegal gas fitters, says Gas Safe Register

New research from Gas Safe Register (GSR) has revealed that almost five million people across the UK are putting themselves at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers.

CIPHE launches Safe Water Guide

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has announced the launch of its latest publication, the Safe Water Guide: Scald Prevention and Legionella.

Claim costs increase van insurance

Rising claim costs are increasing van insurance premiums, with average prices rising 14.1% in the past year to an average of £1,344, according to analysis from Consumer Intelligence.

Government makes U-turn on National Insurance Contributions

The government has announced a reversal of plans to increase National Insurance Contributions (NIC) from the self-employed by 2% over the next two years.

Pimlico Plumbers to launch new research into careers advice for apprentices

Pimlico Plumbers is launching new research into the role of careers services in promoting apprenticeships.

Plumbing and heating Apprenticeship Board launched

A new Apprenticeship Board has been created to help ensure compliance with new apprenticeship standards in England.