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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.

ADEY hosts first CIPHE global webinar

Water treatment manufacturer Adey Professional Heating Solutions is hosting a global best practice webinar organised by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers (CIPHE).

Climate Center to stock R32 in branch

Climate Center has invested heavily to respond effectively to the changes to the F-Gas regulations by ensuring the lower GWP R32 refrigerant is readily available for customers in all of its 45 branches nationwide, as an alternative to R410A.

QRL opens permanent stand at London’s Building Centre

Following its recent rebrand, QRL Radiator Group opened a dedicated product showcase at The Building Centre in London on 5 May.

EUA calls on new London Mayor to make energy efficiency a priority

Following his election to London Mayor on 5 May, the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) is asking Sadiq Khan Make to put energy efficiency at the heart of his policy for London.

New female ambassadors promote careers in industry

Training charity JTL has welcomed three additional young women to its Ambassador programme, which aims to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist for young women in the HVAC industry.

A quarter of UK homeowners think a good plumber is hard to find

A quarter of property owners find it hard to hire good plumbers, according to research commissioned by Toolstation.

APHC researches Building Reg compliances

Research into issues of compliance with Building Regulations is being carried out by The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), as part of its efforts to improve improve the current state of Building Regulations enforcement within the plumbing and heating industry.

Worker loses life after fall from roof

A Birmingham maintenance company has been fined after a worker died as a result of falling from the roof of a five-storey building.

Lords reject decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The House of Lords has blocked the government's efforts to scrap the zero carbon homes standard.

OFTEC registrations now include biomass

OFTEC has announced that biomass registration (OFT505) is now available to all installers, completing its range of competent person and microgeneration certification scheme registration services.

Triton launches dedicated installer website

Triton Showers has launched its brand new website providing installers with instant sales advice, practical solutions and a place to find all of the latest news.

Plans to cut red tape threaten plumbing and heating employers

Government plans to cut red tape may present a challenge to plumbing and heating employers, according to the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC).

BSRIA warns of stove legislation changes

BSRIA has warned stove manufacturers of coming changes to government legislation surrounding the testing of solid fuel-fired room heaters, such as stoves, for CE marking and DEFRA smoke tests.

STA fights to keep solar thermal in the RHI

The solar industry has pledged to continue its push to keep solar thermal eligible under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, following the closure of the government's consultation on plans to cut off support for the technology.

‘Flawed’ RHI will not deliver renewable heat says HHIC

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is ‘flawed’ says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) in its response to Department of Energy & Climate Changes (DECC) Consultation: The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme.

Industry must promote safe building standards in airtight homes

BSRIA has reminded the industry that it must promote safe building standards and correct air tightness levels at all times, following comments from the Glasgow School of Art that people who do not ventilate their homes properly expose themselves to harmful levels of pollutants.

Plumbers and solicitors worst for online customer service

Plumbers, solicitors and online marketing businesses come bottom of the list for online customer service, while hotels and B&Bs come out top, according to new research by online search platform Intently.co. 

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