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Wolseley UK to axe up to 800 staff as it 'tranforms' plumbing and heating business

Wolseley UK has announced a major transformation programme for its plumbing and heating business, which the company said is likely to result in 80 branch closures and up to 800 redundancies.

Key installers predict bright future for renewable heating

A live poll conducted among renewable heating installers found that nearly 80% predict future sector growth in the heat pump market, with running cost savings highlighted as the biggest driver. 

APHC promotes advantages of trade associations

Following a new survey by the Federation of Small Businesses, which reveals that small firms are more pessimistic than positive about the future for the first time in four years, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is reminding industry members of the many business advantages to be had from belonging to a trade organisation.

Celebrating Quality Plumber Week

Now in its third year, Quality Plumber Week is once again celebrating the UK’s dedicated and hard-working plumbing and heating engineers.

Review of gas safety invites engineers to have their say

Gas Safe Register is launching an in-depth report into the past, present and future for gas safety to be published next summer.

Steve Willis Training celebrates 10 years of business

Steve Willis Training has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Portchester Training Centre in Hampshire with a Worcester boiler cake.

Buoyancy for bathroom market in 2016

A new report on the UK bathroom market from MTW Research indicates that sales have remained resilient for most bathroom products in 2016, with consumer spending remaining strong, despite a ‘Brexit blip’ during the summer months.

Love your radiator, urges the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors

Love Your Radiator is the new campaign launched by the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC). The campaign asks consumers to take a radiator selfie and share their picture on Twitter using the #LoveYourRadiator.

Worcester tops Which? boiler survey for seventh year running

For the seventh consecutive year, Worcester, Bosch Group, has come out top in the Which? boiler report having achieved Which? Best Buy status across every boiler it makes.

Resources 'must be refocused to target fuel poverty'

A government Advisory Committee on fuel poverty says policies and resources must be refocussed to meet England's fuel poverty goals.

ErP Directive heats up boiler industry

One year on from the introduction of the EU Energy related Products (ErP) Directive, the heating industry has made significant progress in meeting its goals, according to distributor F&P Wholesale

Research shows homeowners aren’t checking installer credentials

A new survey by Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed worrying statistics around the habits of homeowners and their heating systems.

Installers predict bright future for renewable heating

A live poll conducted among installers by Daikin UK has revealed that nearly 80% of installers predict future growth in the sector, with running cost savings highlighted as the biggest driver of the market.

Gas and heating engineers are Britain’s most trusted tradespeople, a survey has revealed

More than one in five UK homeowners opted for gas and heating engineers as the nation’s most trustworthy tradespeople in the 2016 poll, released by HomeServe during Gas Safe Register’s Gas Safety Week.

Baxi highlights danger of CO poisoning for Gas Safety Week

As recently released figures demonstrate a 10% rise in suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings, UK boiler manufacturer Baxi is championing the importance of Gas Safety Week which is taking place until 25 September.

BEAMA calls for sustained UK commitment to aligned EU energy policy

BEAMA has warned the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee that a divergence of framework policies between the EU and the UK can have serious implications affecting investor confidence, energy bills, carbon emissions and a single market approach to placing products on the EU market.

Fire-risk boiler highlights need for gas safety

In support of Gas Safety Week, which takes place from 19 to 25 September, Ravenheat is urging members of the public to become more aware of gas safety in their homes.

Illegal fitter fined for fraudulent use of Gas Safe details

An unregistered gas fitter has been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service for illegally installing an LPG gas boiler and hob at a home in Newquay as well as producing fraudulent documentation.

HVAC and smart energy will fall by £95 million post-Brexit, says BSRIA

BSRIA has released its first snapshot of the UK HVAC and smart energy market landscape for products post-Brexit.

Heat strategy report is 'misguided' says heat pump manufacturer

Renewable heating manaufacturer, NIBE, reacts to the Policy Exchange report published last week, calling on policymakers to develop a new strategy for decarbonising domestic heating.

Industry supports call for new domestic heat policy

Industry has welcomed a new report that calls for reform of the government’s heat strategy, which it describes as extremely expensive and difficult to achieve.

Report calls for government to rethink domestic heat strategy

Think tank Policy Exchange has published a new report - Too hot to handle? - looking at how to decarbonise domestic heating.

Gas Safety Week prepares for 2016

Stakeholders and representatives from across the industry came together at Parliament on Tuesday 13 September to celebrate the launch of the 2016 Gas Safety Week.

Charitable company sentenced over severe radiator burn

A company providing housing support services for vulnerable adults and children in Edinburgh has been sentenced after a service user was burnt at one of its properties.

Britain reacts to the summer chill

A surprising number of Britons rush to put the heating on at the slightest sign of a chill, according to research by home heating oil specialists, Emo Oil.

Homeowners encouraged to insulate pipes to prevent freezing

As part of their Get Fit for Winter campaign, the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) is reminding homeowners to check their condensate pipes to ensure that they are appropriately insulated to avoid freezing.

Educate the elderly on controls to cut fuel poverty

Heating controls specialist Drayton is urging installers to educate the elderly on how to use heating controls effectively to ensure they are kept comfortable, safe, and warm.

Union GMB says Corbyn's energy and environmental policy will not keep the lights on

Wishful thinking doesn't generate the power we need to heat homes, keep the lights on and the economy functioning says the union for energy workers, GMB.

Online course advises installers on business contracts

A new online learning course from APHC is giving installers the chance to learn about different types of business contracts, to help them prevent any disputes with their customers.

Delay to home energy efficiency investigation leaves heating industry in limbo

Continuing delays to the long awaited Bonfield Review, which is investigating the home energy efficiency sector, are leaving the heating industry in limbo, according to boiler manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch.

APHC rallies support for Quality Plumber Week

Installers are being encouraged to come together to support the annual Quality Plumber Week campaign, which takes place from 3 to 9 October, 2016.

OFTEC warns heating businesses to beware of scams

The Oil-Fired Technical Association (OFTEC) is warning technicians to be extra vigilant after being alerted to a growing number of heating businesses that have been contacted by fraudsters.

Voluntary adoption of new carbon monoxide safety standard recommended for social landlords

Scotland’s social landlords have a good record in preventing fire, gas and carbon monoxide (CO) fatalities and injuries – but could potentially do more to protect residents. This is one of the key conclusions of a new practical health and safety guide published jointly by HouseMark Scotland and River Clyde Homes.

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.

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