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Installers seeking to upskill for more work

Installers are focused on upselling, upskilling and recruiting, according to the latest insight from Glow-worm.

HETAS gets behind Carbon Monoxide Awareness week

HETAS – the official body for approving wood, biomass and other solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services – is one of many organisations committed to raising awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in line with Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

Green MEP blasts Energy Secretary for 'misleading' Parliament over renewables targets

Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has rounded on Energy Secretary Amber Rudd over the content of a letter leaked to the Ecologist.

Fitter given curfew for carrying out illegal gas work

Paul Gregory installed a boiler system at the property in Oldham between 8 July and 19 August 2014, despite not being Gas Safe registered, Manchester Crown Court heard on 22 September.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week highlights dangers of the deadly gas

In support of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2015, which takes place from 16 to 20 November, OFTEC is urging households using oil heating to install carbon monoxide detectors and ensure their boiler is regularly serviced and inspected by a registered technician.

Building regulations enforcement debated by plumbing and heating industry

Plumbing and heating industry bodies, as well as those with a vested interest in reform, joined APHC at the House of Lords On the 29 October to address the important issue of Building Regulations enforcement.

Plumber puts homeowners at risk of gas leak

A self-employed plumber left a boiler with numerous faults and in a dangerous state at a customer’s home at Hillyfield Road, Exeter.

Campaign urges consumers to know their rights

In support of National Consumer Week, taking place from 2 to 6 November, TrustMark, the Government-endorsed scheme for trades in and around the home, is urging consumers and businesses to grasp the new provisions in the Consumer Rights Act to empower them to buy and sell with confidence. 

Construction safety exams fixed

BSRIA has expressed concern that construction safety exams have been rigged following the revelation that a string of test centres were caught fixing health and safety exams.

Encouraging young people into the construction business

New report shows 20% more construction professionals are needed by 2017, but a large London college says there are not enough young people training to join the sector.

Report predicts 'wet room boom'

The report, which predicts that the wet-room sector will see phenomenal growth over the next few years, has been welcomed by ventilation specialist HiB.

New research shows that UK homeowners put the central heating on no matter what time of year it is

October may be the traditional time to turn on the central heating, but new research reveals that nearly 50% of Brits switch it on whenever they feel chilly, no matter what time of year it is.

Ridgeons unveils new plumbing and heating brand

East of England independent timber and builders merchant Ridgeons, has unveiled a new brand dedicated to heating and plumbing – PlumbStock.

Work related ill-health costs country billions each year

More than a million people are being made ill by their work, costing society £14.3 billion, according to figures published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

FiT cuts threaten the stability of solar PV supply chain

As the latest Feed-in Tariff (FiT) consultation ends, the NAPIT trade association is calling for the government to urgently rethink their proposals, warning that planned cuts will cripple one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.

Council invites tenants to switch to solar power

Jamie Hailstone reports

Apprenticeship provider responds to ‘damning’ Ofsted report

Leading provider of apprenticeship training, JTL, has responded to the report that appears to suggest apprenticeships are delivering poor quality for money and seeing thousands of ‘under achieving’ young people.

Ideal Boilers gets behind the Big Energy Saving Week

Ideal Boilers is encouraging installers and homeowners to support the Big Energy Saving Week campaign.

Report brands poor quality apprenticeships waste of funds

Poor quality apprenticeship provision undermines the status of apprenticeship and devalues the brand, according to a survey released by Ofsted on 22 October.

Care home provider and support worker fined after resident severely burned in bath

A national care home provider and one of its employees have been prosecuted after a young woman suffered full thickness burns to more than 40% of her body from a scalding bath.

Family exposed to dangerous asbestos

Tenants of a house in Lincolnshire, including a three-year-old girl, were exposed to dangerous levels of deadly asbestos dust, when an asbestos-lagged tank was removed without proper safety precautions.

Personal credit card use for SME financing is widespread, Santander survey finds

Personal credit facilities such as credit cards and personal loans have been used by one in eight senior decision makers at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for company financing over the past 12 months, according to research published by Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Plumbing aid projects receive charity funding from BPEC

Donations totalling £41,525 have been awarded to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance the lives of disadvantaged people by training and certification provider BPEC.

Construction SMEs tend to consider wider variety of financing options, BBI survey suggests

Businesses in construction are likely to consider a diverse range of options when seeking finance or information to expand their business, including turning to friends and family, Business Banking Insight (BBI) has found.

APHC highlights dangers of burns on national awareness day

APHC has pledged support for National Burn Awareness Day, which is being run today by the British Burn Association.

8.4 million affected by carbon monoxide poisoning in UK, according to research

One in 10 adults in Britain have experienced carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning to some degree in their home, research conducted by CORGI HomePlan has found.

Landlord fined for failing to carry out gas safety checks

A landlord has been fined after a defective gas appliance put tenants at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Asbestos removal unlawfully exposed tenants to harmful dust, HSE finds

The exposure of a Lincolnshire family to dangerous levels of asbestos dust has led to the prosecution of Blankney Estates, the company that rented the property, for committing health and safety offences.

Prize winners pick up van as part of JTL anniversary party

The winner of a new van has been revealed by training provider JTL, which staged the competition as part of its celebrations marking 25 years in existence.

Anxious consumers avoid £6bn of building work, suggests FMB survey

The UK economy is missing out on more than £6 billion a year because of consumers’ anxiety about hiring shoddy tradespeople, a new survey has suggested.

Devise clear long-term decarbonisation pathway, government told

A new report calling on the government to develop a long-term strategy to decarbonise heat has been published in Parliament by cross-party think tank Carbon Connect.

Apprentices celebrate plumbing qualifications at Hull College

Seven young apprentices recently received certificates and prizes for being the first group of JTL apprentices to have completed their BPEC Level 3 Plumbing Qualification at Hull College.

Accreditation scheme launched by HHIC to provide MCS alternative

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) today (19 October) launched the Renewable Installer Accreditation Scheme, aiming to provide an affordable alternative to the current Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Government campaign to tackle illegal working in construction begins

A Home Office enforcement campaign has been launched to root out illegal working in the construction industry, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has announced.

New chief executive named by Terex

Terex has named John L. Garrison, Jr. its new chief executive officer and president, a move that will be effective from November 2, 2015. He will also become a member of the Terex board of directors.

Small businesses are missing out on benefits of having a strong website, study finds

A large majority of tradespeople are not getting the most out of their websites, and could be missing out on possible new business opportunities, according to a new study.

Three-fifths of installers fail to report non-compliant electrical products, survey suggests

Trade association NAPIT says it has increased its efforts to work with key industry partners in order to reduce the impact non-compliant, defective, suspicious or counterfeit products have on electrical installers.

JTL celebrates apprentice success at Hull College

The success of the first of JTL’s apprentices has seen seven young adults rewarded for completing their BPEC Level 3 Plumbing Qualification at Hull College.

'Essential’ new leadership and entrepreneurship programmes introduced for small businesses

The leadership of small businesses across the UK is to receive a vital boost thanks to eight projects that received government approval this week, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has said.

Not enough being done to enthuse young workers amid skills crisis, according to entrepreneur Theo Paphitis

Employers should work harder to engage young people, inspire them to think about career development and interact with them from a younger age, Theo Paphitis has said at a round table event.

Feed-In Tariff decision process criticised by former energy secretary

The proposed reduction in the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rate has been called into question by Greg Barker, former energy secretary and now British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) president, after he criticised the evidence base used to come up with the suggested changes.

Overhaul ventilation regulation to prevent Asthma epidemic, warns report

Poor indoor air quality could cause the number of asthma sufferers to rocket by 80% if regulations are not tightened, a new report has warned

HomeServe acquires Home Energy Services

HomeServe Membership has acquired Home Energy Services, creating a 600-strong network of employed plumbing, drainage and heating engineers

New electrical qualifications to expand plumbers' skills

Logic Certification has added a number of new electrical qualifications to its portfolio, aimed at engineers and installers who are required to have an understanding of electricity and smart meters.

B&ES conference to focus on overcoming barriers to recruitment

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) will host a conference in London on 4 November to help the industry tackle its growing skills shortage.

Homeowners' winter boiler breakdown fears can be allayed by insurance, Gocompare.com Energy says

Thirty per cent of homeowners fear they will encounter an issue with their boiler this winter, according to new research, many of whom say they would be left struggling to pay for the cost of repairs.

Flogas fined for LPG tanker leak

An LPG supplier was fined after a large leakage from a tanker caused the emergency services to evacuate 15 people from nearby houses.

Glasgow plumbing business wins customer service award

A Glasgow-based entrepreneur whose business covers plumbing emergencies has won a major national award for the level of service he provides.

Free solar panels scheme extended by Peterborough City Council

A scheme to install solar panels free of charge on homes in Peterborough has been rolled out to all areas of the city, Peterborough city council has announced.

White Paper asserts that correct sizing can reduce energy consumption and emissions

Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin UK has published a White Paper to highlight how installation of correctly sized, efficient systems can reduce a building’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

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