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Suspended prison sentence following fraudulent gaswork


A businessman who illegally carried out an annual gas safety check at a tenanted property in Troon, near Camborne, has been given a suspended prison sentence and community service.

Carbon Trust introduces energy efficiency fund for SME’s

The Industrial & Commercial Energy Association (ICOM) has welcomes a new £7 million fund for small businesses across England, Scotland and Wales to replace energy inefficient equipment.

HomeServe hosts recruitment open days to fill around 100 roles

Home assistance company HomeServe is organising two open days as part of an ongoing recruitment drive to serve its customers, with around 100 roles available.

Green Heat honoured for championing energy efficiency

Cambridge energy efficiency specialist, Peter Thom, has been awarded Regional Energy Efficiency Champion of the Year for the Eastern Region in this year’s East of England Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards, held at a special awards lunch at the Stansted Hilton Hotel on Wednesday 13th April.

Boiler sales increase is positive news for the industry, says HHIC

Figures released by HHIC show that the number of gas boilers sold in the UK, in the first quarter of 2016, grew by 1.9%. Boiler sales increased for this period from 427,533 in 2015 to 435,612 in 2016.

OFTEC appoints new CEO

Paul Rose has been appointed as the new chief executive for OFTEC (the Oil Firing Technical Association). He will take over on 1 August 2016 from Jeremy Hawksley, who is retiring.

A pub worker has been sentenced for illegally installing a gas boiler at a flat in Torquay.

Geoffrey Voss, aged 59, who works as a barman at a pub in Torquay, installed the gas pipework and gas boiler at a flat on Old Torwood Road, Torquay despite holding no competencies in gas work and having never been registered with Gas Safe Register.

Ravenheat launches search for oldest boilers

Boiler manufacturer Ravenheat is searching for its oldest combi boiler in the country after installers discovered a 30-year-old wall-hung combi in a property in West Yorkshire.

Cuts to British Gas staff as energy supplier reveals customer losses

GMB, the union for British Gas workers, has reacted angrily to the announcement that British Gas intends to close its office in Oldbury and put 684 staff, most of whom are GMB members, out of a job.

Decarbonising the gas grid is the simplest and easiest solution to meet targets, says EUA

The Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) has responded to the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee inquiry into the 2020 renewable heat and transport targets.

Government must learn from previous mistakes as Green Deal report concludes it failed to deliver value for money

The National Audit Office has concluded that the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) Green Deal has not achieved value for money.

New House of Lords report supports APHC apprenticeships findings

A new report by the House of Lords social mobility committee says that young people who do not study for A-levels or degrees are “overlooked and left behind”.

Travis Perkins reveals some of the construction industry's biggest headaches

Travis Perkins has revealed the industry's biggest headaches as part of its pledge to support customers by promoting and encouraging innovation.

Plumbers still key to purchasing decisions

Despite increasingly informed consumers, a survey by Bristan has revealed that plumbers still play a vital role in advising their customers on which products to go for.

Bridging Skills Gap Key for Growth

The skills gap that exists in the construction industry is hindering potential growth, according to NAPIT, which believes that dedicated training courses could be the solution.

Two companies fined after disturbing asbestos

Two companies have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) while they were doing refurbishment work at a former commercial premises undergoing conversion into flats in Romford.

Heavy penalty for F-Gas regulation breach

Schneider Electric has been prosecuted for breaching the F-Gas Regulations, after environmentally-harmful sulphur hexaflouride (SF6) gas was released to the air in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex in 2013.

Boiler manufacturer urges Chancellor to remember that ‘simplicity is key’ ahead of budget announcement

Worcester, Bosch Group has called for the Chancellor to ensure that any schemes introduced to improve domestic energy efficiency as part of this week’s budget are as simple as possible for the nation’s homeowners to access.

Encouraging your customers to choose water saving products this World Water Day

With World Water Day just around the corner, Bristan is reminding installers of the importance of encouraging their customers to make the water-saving choice.

PHEX+ Alexandra Palace - 5 weeks to go!

With just five weeks left to go until PHEX+, both domestic and commercial HVAC professionals are being urged to make sure they’ve got the date in their diary and have registered for their free ticket!

Stuart Turner acquires TWS

Shower and water boosting pump manufacturer Stuart Turner Ltd has acquired Trentclyde Water Solutions

Campaign launched to remind trade of waste disposal legislation

A Duty of Care awareness campaign has been launched as research suggests 56% of UK businesses are failing to comply with waste disposal legislation.

The Gas Safety Trust supports petition calling for CO testing equipment in all GP surgeries

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) today announced its support for an online petition launched by CORGI HomePlan to have carbon monoxide (CO) testing equipment made mandatory in GP surgeries.

Report highlights ventilation compliance 'failure'

BSRIA has expressed its disappointment at the findings of a report that highlights a failure of ventilation systems to comply with Building Regulations.

Gas Safety Trust announces research into carbon monoxide lab detection methods

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is to fund research into whether the number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases being diagnosed is affected by the way blood is stored during testing.

OFTEC launches Solid Fuel Training Centre in Northern Ireland

OFTEC has announced the first OFTEC-approved training centre in Northern Ireland to offer training and assessment for OFTEC's Solid Fuel Installation, Servicing and Commissioning (Dry) certification.

New campaign pushes the beauty of solar

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has officially launched the Stunning Solar campaign - a new push to raise awareness of how the latest rooftop solar technology can produce 'beautiful and aesthetically pleasing' installations.

Tax changes 'set to benefit British business'

A series of changes to UK tax legislation implemented this month have lowered the amount of taxes payable by British businesses. The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) believes this will allow installers to reinvest in business expansion and the hiring of more staff.

Solar industry calls for domestic VAT clarity

The European Commission (EC) has published an Action Plan on VAT, which the solar industry hopes will support Ministers' indicated intentions to apply a reduced rate of 5% VAT on solar PV and solar thermal panels.

Ipswich SMEs offered a range of local work opportunities

Ipswich contractors, material suppliers and construction industry consultants are being invited to a free Meet the Buyer event run by Constructionline on 13 April at Ipswich Town Football Club to find out about upcoming work in the area.

Plymouth plumber puts lives at risk with false gas safety checks

A plumber arranged for fraudulent gas safety checks at landlords’ tenanted properties leaving a gas boiler in a dangerous state and putting the lives of the tenants at risk.

Hybrid solutions becoming more popular, shows poll

The demand for hybrid heating solutions is on the rise, as two thirds (66%) of heating professionals seek a way to respond to the heating and hot water needs of increasingly vast and varied property portfolios, according to an industry poll.

Research backs link between trust and best practice

Gas Safe Register research that reveals gas engineers are the most trusted of all tradespeople represents a great opportunity for installers, believes ADEY Professional Heating Solutions.

DECC requests meeting with EUA

Following the publication of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) report entitled ‘Biopropane for the off-grid sector’, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) requested to meet with EUA to discuss decarbonising off-grid heating.

Build a boiler with Worcester, Bosch Group

Worcester, Bosch Group is giving eight installers the chance to win a VIP day at its headquarters on Wednesday 29 June, where they will be able to build and take home their very own boiler, as well as test their skills against a series of manufacturing challenges in the company’s factory.

Gas fitter gets community service for deceiving landlord

An unregistered gas fitter has been sentenced for illegally installing a gas boiler and undertaking landlord’s gas safety checks at a tenanted property.

New report calls for boiler scrappage to tackle air quality

The creation of a broader boiler scrappage scheme is being recommended to improve air quality, following a report from Policy Exchange and King’s College London.

Home improvements are desirable but costly, says Gocompare.com

New research reveals that 14% of homeowners are considering making improvements to their home. The survey, commissioned by Gocompare.com Money, found that 5% of homeowners have decided to extend their current home rather than move house. Fitting a new kitchen, building an extension, installing a new bathroom, and a garden makeover top homeowners' renovation wish lists.

The search is on for the 2016 UK Plumber of the Year

The 2016 UK Plumber of the Year Competition has begun its search to find the nation's pride of plumbing.

SummitSkills to manage FM apprenticeship certification

SummitSkills, the Standard Setting Organisation for building services engineering (BSE), has been appointed to issue completion certificates for apprentices in the facilities management, cleaning and property industries.

Plumber prosecuted for illegal gas work

An Essex plumber has been sentenced to a community order after installing gas boilers while not being Gas Safe registered.

Woodsure joins forces with HETAS to raise awareness of fuel quality

The importance of choosing the right fuel is being highlighted by Woodsure and HETAS as part of a new joint venture.

Crohn’s sufferer surmounts odds and secures apprenticeship

A young Crohn’s sufferer, who was forced to miss large amounts of school, is refusing to let the disease stand in his way and is heading towards a successful plumbing career after enrolling at Leeds College of Building and securing an apprenticeship.

Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change makes case for staying in the European Union

The Energy & Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has set out why she thinks the UK is stronger, safer and better off staying in the European Union.

Zero Carbon Hub to close

Following the decision by the government to scrap the zero carbon target, Zero Carbon Hub has announced it will cease operations from today (31 March 2016). Industry funding was withdrawn after the the loss of the zero carbon standard last July, despite outcry from the industry and calls to reinstate the low carbon policies, which were due to come into effect in 2016.

Protect your workforce against asbestos with training ‘shake up’ this Global Asbestos Awareness Week

It is a little known fact that asbestos is responsible for 14 deaths in the UK every day and a large part of that number relates to the construction sector, which includes heating and ventilating engineers and plumbers. 

Gas Safety Trust supports research into medical awareness of CO poisoning

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) will continue to fund a survey being undertaken by the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), which will help to gauge healthcare professionals' awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, following an initial pilot project.

The Guardian shortlists the European Water Label

The European Water Label, the voluntary labelling scheme for water-consuming products in the bathroom and kitchen, has been shortlisted in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards.

Solar panel VAT rate 'to stay at 5%'

The government has announced it will keep the reduced VAT rate on energy-saving materials such as solar panels and heat pumps.

Solar panel firm fined after worker is seriously injured in fall

A solar panel firm has been fined £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent. The worker fractured his shin and a vertebra in the incident in Hawkinge on 30 April 2013.

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