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Landlords up their game on energy, but one in 20 rentals still pose hazard

According to a new study by AXA, the private rental sector has seen a rapid improvement in energy efficiency over the past two years, but properties are not meeting standards.

Worcester invests £3.5 million in Training Academy

Worcester, Bosch Group has reopened its flagship Training Academy after a £3.5 million investment programme.

Specflue responds to call for ban on woodburning stoves

Specflue has challenged London Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for a ban on woodburning stoves in some areas of the capital.

HPS charity fundraising reaches £500,000

Plumbing and heating merchant HPS visited Great Ormond Street Hospital last week to present the hospital with a cheque for over £527,000.

W Wright Electrical & Mechanical wins top prize

W Wright Electrical & Mechanical has won the top prize in Graham Plumbers' Merchant's 'Win A Van' competition

Selco gives tadespeople a chance to embrace digital era

A new app designed to make planning and quoting jobs easier for tradespeople has been launched by Selco builders merchant.

Why water matters for tradespeople

Wearing wearing hot, protective clothing are vulnerable to dehydration - even as the weather cools.

An inside look into Pimlico Plumbers’ expansion

HVP visited Pimlico Plumbers to see how its current £1 million expansion is developing, and discover what its future plans and investments are.

Grant UK continues to raise money for Julia’s House

Staff at Grant UK have raised over £350 for local children’s charity Julia’s House with a raffle held in September.

Plumb Center celebrated Gas Safety Week with branch tour

To support Gas Safety Week 2017, a team of industry advocates and Twitter personalities toured Wolseley Plumb Center branches in a Vaillant demo van, with a giant Gas Safe card in tow.

Get involved with Quality Plumber Week

As the plumbing and heating industry enters into the start of its busiest period of the year, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is calling for the industry to pull together to champion the diverse skills of plumbing and heating engineers and celebrate the important role that they play in keeping people healthy and safe.

250th Pimlico Plumbers van hits the road

Pimlico Plumbers has continued its rapid expansion by growing its vehicle fleet to support its recruitment drive for experienced engineers.

This is the CITB’s last chance, says FMB

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has one last chance to fundamentally reform, and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

BESA announces restructure

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has reorganised its management and staff in order to focus resources on increasing value to members.

Pilot heating system set to halve residents’ energy bills

Housing association residents in a development of 49 bungalows in Herefordshire are “set to have their heating bills halved” as work begins on the installation of a communal ground source heating system.

Small companies must take mental health more seriously

Professor Dame Carol Black is calling on SMEs to treat mental health issues as a priority, and suggests practical steps they can take to introduce a good mental health culture.

PR Hull teams up with Worcester for Safety Superhero Day Twitter takeover

The heating industry’s first ever Safety Superhero Day saw experienced installer and industry advocate Paul Hull of @PRHullLtd, team up with Worcester, Bosch Group in a social media takeover aimed encouraging the nation’s heating engineers to champion gas safety.

Fines for Coventry firm over 16.7 million illegal calls about boiler grants

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Easyleads in Coventry £260,000 for making 16.7 million automated marketing calls.

Two hospitalised after suspected gas explosion in Blackpool

Emergency services were called to Charles St in Blackpool on suspicion of a gas explosion on Saturday 23rd September.

A strong July for builders' merchants

The latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders' merchants' sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016.

National survey shows worryingly low awareness of fire door safety

A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, has shown an alarming lack of general public awareness of the essential role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

New research shows link between hard tap water and customers' skin conditions

A new study into the effect water has on our skin has found that hard water damages our protective skin barrier, potentially contributing to the development of eczema, and that using a water softener can reduce the risk.

Viessmann named as “Best Buy” boiler brand by Which? magazine

Viessmann has today been named as a Best Buy gas boiler brand by Which?, the UK’s largest consumer organisation.

Worcester cleans up with Greenstar Rewards

As the colder months draw closer and heating systems are turned back on, it’s the time of the year where heating engineers are more frequently called out for essential servicing.

Energy targets can be met with the right policy, says EUA

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has submitted its recommendations for the forthcoming Autumn Budget to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Festool encourages installers to take a lung health check online

September historically sees the highest hospital admission rates for asthma, and Festool is encouraging tradespeople to take a few minutes to check their lung health.

Winner of UK Plumber of the Year 2017 announced

Drew Styles has been crowned the UK Plumber of the Year 2017, in the nationwide competition run by JT, Bristan and Wolseley Plumb Center.

Bristan supports ‘Remember me’ theme for world Alzheimer’s month

Taking place throughout September, this year’s World Alzheimer’s month theme is ‘Remember me’ and Bristan is lending its voice to the campaign.

UK homeowners failing to invest in regular servicing

New research from Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed that homeowners are putting themselves at risk by failing to commit to simple gas safety checks.

Ki Beard and Gary Zumeris join cast iron specialists Hargreaves Foundry

Ki Beard and Gary Zumeris have joined cast iron specialists Hargreaves Foundry Drainage as specification managers, covering London, South and the South West.

Gas Safety Week jingle urges UK homeowners to take Gas Safety seriously

According to research, jingles rattle around our heads for an average of 50 hours a year. That’s 58 minutes a week, lasting around 17 minutes at a time. Imagine if those 58 minutes a week were spent thinking about gas safety?

Nine out of 10 installers carrying the card

New research reveals that more installers than ever are carrying their Gas Safe Register card with them while on a job.

32% of people would not recognise CO poisoning

Dr Ranj Singh is supporting Gas Safety Week to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and its symptoms, as nearly a third of people would not recognise them.

Derbyshire installer rescues resident from CO poisoning

Gas safety isn’t just about this week, as John Allen from John Allen Plumbing and Heating in Derbyshire proved when he helped an elderly resident in a neighbouring property to where he was carrying out a boiler installation.

Success for first Women Installers' Together Conference

Stopcocks hosted the first Women Installers’ Together Conference yesterday in London. It brought together female plumbers and gas engineers from across the UK and Europe to discuss being a female in the industry, learn new skills and network.

John Guest cross-continent apprenticeship programme is a success

A cross-continent engineering apprenticeship programme between John Guest and Arburg has been labelled a ‘roaring success’ by participants following its conclusion.

Birmingham builder fined for unsafe gas work

A builder has been fined after carrying out unsafe gas work at a property in Birmingham’s Hall Green.

Cornwall landlord fined after gas safety concerns

A landlord from Cornwall has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties on St Thomas Road, Launceston.

North West building firm fined after family poisoned by CO

A North West building firm and its Director have been fined after a family of four were hospitalised due to exposure to carbon monoxide (CO) at their home.

Flame Heating opens Cramlington branch

Flame Heating Group is continuing to expand its business with the launch of a new branch in Cramlington.

Policy Connect publishes research setting out future options for heating

A report published by think tank Policy Connect and forum Carbon Connect, in collaboration with a cross-party group of politicians and the energy sector, has set out the next steps for the gas grid.

Mates in Mind initiative launched fully

The Mates in Mind initiative, dedicated to improving the health and mental wellbeing of the construction industry workforce, has now been rolled out in its entirety.

39% of households don’t have a CO alarm, says APHC

To help mark the upcoming Gas Safety Week, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has revealed alarming research figures regarding the awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Gas Safety Trust hosted a panel of CO experts

Diagnosing carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is notoriously difficult, as it produces common, non-specific symptoms such as headaches and nausea and mimics other, more common ailments such as flu and food poisoning. Accidental CO poisoning is considered rare, but it is likely not to be as rare as people think and it is preventable.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning cases in children on the rise says new report

New data has revealed that cases of suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in children are on the rise across the UK.

Ideal Standard appoints Stephen Ewer as Managing Director

Ideal Standard, a manufacturer of residential, commercial and healthcare bathroom solutions, has announced the appointment of Stephen Ewer as Managing Director UK Cluster, which includes the UK, Ireland and operations in Australia.

Non-compliance with late payment legislation

'More must be done' to improve supply chain payments in the Scottish public sector, according to research by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Scotland.

Renewable Heat Incentive changes announced

New changes to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, including caps on tariff payments, have surprised the industry, according to Kensa Heat Pumps

Drive out the cowboys and boost gas safety awareness!

There is just one week to go until the deadline to find a new gas safety jingle for the industry, and Installers First is encouraging installers everywhere to get involved ahead of Gas Safety Week.

CIPHE warns of industry pension woes

With auto-enrolment into the workplace pension now in full swing, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is giving the following advice to make sure employers are aware of their auto-enrolment responsibilities.

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