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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.

Employers struggling to fill positions not considering apprenticeships, survey suggests

Three quarters of UK business owners struggle to find the right employees according to a new survey.

Mark Group collapse triggers call for energy policy overhaul

Industry is calling on government to rethink its entire approach to energy policy following the collapse of one of the country’s biggest installers of energy saving measures including insulation and solar panels.

Housing market recovery boosts demand for heating systems

The UK housing market has witnessed a strong recovery over the past two year, with government figures showing that between 2009 and 2013 the total number of housing starts in the UK grew by 31%. New housing and first-time installations represent an important market for domestic heating, accounting for around 25% of total sales of domestic heating systems.

Customer hesitancy to act on refrigerant ban is harming business, air conditioning industry survey says

Air conditioning (AC) contractors believe the reluctance of customers to update their system to a more energy efficient, lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant, eight months after a ban on replacing R22 refrigerant was introduced, is restricting new business, a survey has found. (Click image to see full infographic)

New measures intoduced to tackle poor customer service from energy companies

Energy & Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd today announced new measures to investigate and tackle poor customer service from energy companies.

Open letter demands that government reconsider Feed-in Tariff decision

A joint statement signed by seven renewable energy associations and urging reconsideration of the decision to close Feed-in Tariff preliminary accreditation has been sent to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Businesses back UCAS style system to expand access to apprenticeships

A ‘UCAS-style operation’ is needed to strengthen access to apprenticeships for teenagers, according to City & Guilds and senior figures from businesses including Barclays, TUI and McDonald’s.

Versatile gas remains central to energy future, IGEM conference told

Gas is central to the future of a value-for-money energy market that can meet 2050 emission reduction targets, energy industry figures at the Annual Conference and Engineering Update, have been told.

Johnson Controls and Hitachi complete joint venture agreement

Johnson Controls, Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Appliances Inc have completed their global joint venture agreement and will immediately commence operations of Johsnons Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, it has been announced.

Torquay landlord fined for not undertaking safety checks

The landlord of a property in Torquay risked the lives of his tenants by not undertaking annual safety checks on gas appliances in the property.

CO regulations for landlords come into force from start of October

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is notifying private sector landlords about the introduction of important smoke and carbon monoxide regulations later this week.

Government bill to enshrine term 'apprenticeship' in law backed by electrical contractor

A move to outlaw inadequate training courses and apprenticeships that leave students without the proper qualifications has been supported by a Milton Keynes-based electrical contractor.

Graham requests help in search for 'customer hero' employee

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched its search for a Graham ‘customer hero’, as part of its Graham Heroes Awards, in order to reward employees who have demonstrated exceptional customer service.

West Herts College celebrates students

Plumbing students from West Herts College's Kings Langley campus have been honoured by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Apprenticeship levy 'could see companies pay twice'

The government's plan to create three million new apprenticeships in the next five years may have serious financial implications for construction firms, according to payroll business Hudson Contract.

ErP labelling software launched by Plumb and Parts Center

Plumb and Parts Center has launched its new ErP calculator to coincide with the ErP Directive becoming law on 26 September.

BEAMA agrees with Respublica on need for home improvements ‘After the Green Deal’

BEAMA has welcomed a report from Respublica containing clear proposals that could trigger a widespread uptake of energy efficiency home improvements.

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