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BESA to offer member discount on CIBSE training courses

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has brokered an agreement with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) under which CIBSE will make its professional-level training courses available to BESA members at a 10% discount.

Are you the UK Worker of the Year?

The UK Worker of the Year competition is looking for plumbers, builders or electricians to enter for the chance to win £250,000 and a host of other prizes.

BESA campaigns to improve sector's gender balance

The Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) is sponsoring National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June in an initiative aimed at improving gender balance and diversity across the sector.

Installers must be registered for all areas of gas work undertaken, says APHC

Following the sentencing of a Chelmsford gas engineer for conducting dangerous gas work in rented homes, APHC is urging installers to ensure they are competent and Gas Safe Registered for all work they undertake.

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas fitter

A gas fitter from Walsall received a suspended prison sentence after fitting a hob at a house in Tamworth despite not being Gas Safe registered.

‘New Tradesmen’ are the future of UK construction

A new generation of tradespeople is arising that, far from being short on skills, is bringing a greater diversity of backgrounds and talents to industry, according to research by insurance provider AXA.

Vent-Axia helps raise awareness of lung disease with Breathe Easy Week

British fan manufacturer Vent-Axia is supporting Breathe Easy Week. Held between 13 and 19 June, the annual awareness week focuses on lung health and is run by the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

Community service for gas fitter that left tenants in danger of CO poisoning

A gas engineer has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service for putting tenants at risk in rented homes in Chelmsford.

Management buy-out for ADEY

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has agreed a management buyout as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

Contractor fined for putting workers at risk

A Cardiff-based company was fined for safety failings on 9 June after putting workers at a number of risks including exposure to asbestos.

Grant UK installer evenings prove a success

Throughout May and early June, Grant UK held a series of events in England, Scotland and Wales where installers were invited to learn more about Grant’s latest products. Engineers and merchants from up and down the country attended the installer evenings and feedback received on the night and afterwards indicates that the events were popular and useful.

UK-wide apprentice scholarship launched

A new apprenticeship scholarship programme has been launched to give two construction firms the chance to benefit from the placement of an apprentice, who will be completely funded to work for them for 12 months.

More could be done to protect home owners from illegal gas work, says APHC

Following a new study by Gas Safe Register that highlights the worrying numbers of jobs carried out by unqualified gas fitters each year, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is arguing that more could be done to protect members of the public from the dangers of illegal installations.

New report links carbon monoxide with low ventilation rates

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) and the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has launched a report into the potential concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) due to emissions from domestic gas appliances in buildings with low ventilation rates

Industry bodies address mental health challenge

Industry bodies are joining forces with the Samaritans on a campaign to address the growing problem of mental health and workplace stress in the building engineering services industry.

HSE supports calls for an MOT style Landlord's Gas Safety Record

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is supporting the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) campaign to move to an MOT style of annual gas safety check for landlords, and is beginning a consultation process on the change.

Industry teams up to promote consumer safety

The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) has teamed up with NICEIC and ELECSA to promote consumer safety within the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation market.

Plumb Center calls for more boiler scrappage schemes

There may be a new mayor installed at City Hall, but the London Boiler Scrappage scheme is still in place and its success to date has led Plumb Center to renew the call for other local authorities to follow suit.

Apprenticeships endangered by Levy uncertainty, warns FMB

Growth in apprenticeship numbers in Scotland could be scuppered unless the Scottish government commits to ring-fencing the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy for training, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has warned.

Worcester awards installers for efficiency

Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed this year’s winners at its annual Environment 2020 Awards ceremony.

New Baxi training centre for Nottingham

Baxi has bolstered its training offering for heating engineers in the East Midlands with the launch of a new base in Nottingham.

CIPHE awards Kent students

An enthusiastic audience of some 220 people attended the Student Awards Dinner organised by the Kent Branch of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). This included students, lecturers, sponsors and branch members.

UK has 'fourth highest' investment in renewables

The UK has been ranked the country with the fourth highest investment in renewable energy in a new global report, despite a series of significant cuts to green subsidies over the past year.

Installer offers free servicing for charity

Leeds-based heating installer Allen Hart, owner of CCH Leeds, offers free boiler servicing and installations to customers in return for a donation to his chosen charity, The Candlelighters Trust.

Gas Safe Register launches new illegal engineers’ campaign

Gas Safe Register has launched a new campaign to highlight the amount of illegal gas work that is done across the UK and the danger this poses to householders.

Feed-In-Tariff proposals will decimate the micro CHP industry, says HHIC

The proposals set out in the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) review of support for anaerobic digestion and micro-combined heat and power (micro CHP) under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme are farcical, says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Enterprise Act cuts red tape for small businesses

Tradespeople and small contractors struggling with late payment issues should welcome changes to the speed of commercial insurance claims payments as part of the Enterprise Act, which became law in May.

First plumbing and heating trainees graduate from JTL course in Orpington

Six young people from Kent recently graduated from the first Traineeship programme run at JTL Training's Orpington training centre.

DIY SOS calls upon local tradespeople to help transform young carers’ centre in Blackpool

A ‘DIY SOS Trades Day’ event on Wednesday 8 June hopes to galvanise support from businesses and volunteer trades for DIY SOS, BBC Children in Need special.

Younger generations embracing DIY, but many lack the know-how to tackle electrical jobs

New research by Electrical Safety First has found that under 35s are undertaking DIY projects three times as often as people aged 35 and older – with the former undertaking DIY, on average, 56 times a year while individuals aged 35 and over limit their DIY activities to just 16 times a year.

Oil remains cheapest home heating fuel

New industry figures from the Sutherland Tables show that despite a slow increase in heating oil prices since the start of 2016, the average annual cost of heating a home on oil has fallen again, providing welcome news for the oil heating industry and homeowners alike.

Parents 'not doing enough to encourage children into house-building', NHBC research finds

Four out of 10 parents (42%) would not encourage their children aged 11 or over to pursue a career in the house-building industry, according to new research by the NHBC Foundation.

HiB welcomes bathroom renovation popularity

Bathroom brand HiB has welcomed new market research which reveals that the bathroom is the most popular room for home improvements.

Most builders will base EU decision on personal beliefs, says FMB

More than 80% of bosses of small construction firms will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the European Union on their broader personal beliefs instead of their business interests, according to a new poll by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

CIPHE launches Apprentice Awards

To highlight the excellent work of young people who have found their vocation in the plumbing and heating sector, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched its Apprentice Awards for 2016.

Consumers demand comfort and convenience from heating controls

Consumers across the UK are demanding greater control from their heating system, as new research by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) shows one in five households lack even a basic thermostat or radiator valve.

Xpelair puts noisy bathroom fans back on the agenda

From 23 to 28 May, Noise Action Week – co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK – will be highlighting the impact that noise can have on our health and quality of life, including disturbance from alarms, DIY, people, pets and most notably household appliances.

WaterSafe backs launch of new guidance for hospitals

WaterSafe, the national accreditation scheme for plumbers in the UK, is backing the launch of new technical guidance on how to manage water systems in hospitals.

Graf UK opens Glasgow branch

Graf UK has further strengthened its presence in Scotland, with the opening of a dedicated branch in Glasgow.

Man jailed for illegal gas work

A Darlington man has been jailed for carrying out illegal gas work on three occasions.

HHIC appoints new chair

Andrew Keating, marketing director for UK boiler manufacturer Baxi, has been appointed the newest chair of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant releases latest trade offers

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has released its latest ‘Just the Job’ trade offers. Until 11 June, installers can benefit from deals on a total of 24 products from every day items to boilers and hot water cylinders.

New research looks into what the industry wants from training

Industry professionals are prized trainers, according to new research from Logic4training; 72% of respondents agreed this is how they'd prefer to learn. The new survey provides an overview of people's thoughts on retraining after education, focusing on how and when people want to train.

Let’s be CO safe abroad, says APPCOG

The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) has called for greater awareness amongst travellers regarding carbon monoxide (CO) safety, and for both the government and travel industry to act to help keep Britons abroad safe from CO.

Survey aims to form clear picture of UK solar industry

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has launched an online survey to assess the status of the UK solar industry, after major changes to the policy framework for solar power in the UK.

Mullins criticises Policy Institute for perpetuating skills gap

Plumbing entrepreneur and patron of the ‘Women on the Tools’ charity, Charlie Mullins, has criticised the Higher Education Policy Institute for perpetuating the UK’s chronic skills gap through its campaign to increase university applications.

Worker's death 'an important reminder of health and safety'

The death of a worker following his fall from the roof of a five-storey building has provided employers with an important reminder about the importance of implementing sufficient health and safety measures in the workplace.

Planning changes for domestic air source heat pumps in Scotland


A change in Scottish planning law means planning permission is no longer required for the installation, alteration or replacement of a domestic air source heat pump, subject to a number of conditions.

Scottish loan scheme for energy efficiency measures open

The Scottish Government HEEPS Loan Scheme for energy efficiency measures is now open, offering owner-occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures.

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group offers support to The Kitchen Education Trust

Dedicated to supporting independent kitchen specialists, the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG) has offered its backing to the newly established The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) as it seeks to provide quality education and scholarships to develop the kitchen industry.

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