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New APHC training reward scheme for 2016

Throughout 2016, educational charity APHC Training will be distributing rewards of £100 to recognise the hard work undertaken in the plumbing and heating industry.

NAADUK: Catering businesses risk fires and fines

According to the National Association of Air Duct Cleaners UK (NAADUK), thousands of catering businesses in the UK are at risk from catastrophic fires and huge fines because they are failing to comply with regulations governing the cleaning of kitchen extract ductwork systems.

Tradespeople challenge negative stereotypes

A new survey conducted by AXA Insurance finds that 82% of the UK’s builders, painters, plumbers, joiners and electricians regularly go above and beyond the call of duty for customers, completing small extra tasks at no charge and carrying out small acts of kindness, even working unpaid from time to time for those in need.

Carbon monoxide poisoning 'seen in A&E every day'

Four people are treated for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in English hospitals every day, according to figures obtained under a Freedom of Information (FoI) enquiry by CORGI HomePlan.

Booming and busting: construction industry tops most searched companies in 2015

Analysis by Creditsafe reveals eight of the 10 most searched for UK companies on the Creditsafe system in 2015 operate in the construction industry or are specialist suppliers to the sector. 

Landlord given community service for failing to carry out gas safety checks

A private landlord who failed to provide gas safety certificates for two rented properties was prosecuted on 5 January. 

Honeywell acquires energy solutions provider Elster

Honeywell has announced the acquisition of the Elster Division of Melrose Industries has been completed. Elster is a leading provider of thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters, including smart meters and software and data analytics solutions.

UTC aquires majority stake in Riello Group

United Technologies Holdings Italy has signed an agreement to acquire approximately 70% of the Italian company Riello Group, supplier of products and services for the heating sector operating in over 60 countries.

Westco supports calls for action on illegal pump imports

Heating and plumbing product company Westco has backed calls for action over illegal pump imports to the UK.

Are construction and trade apprenticeships falling out of favour, asks insurer

New analysis from small business insurer Direct Line for Business reveals that construction and trade apprenticeships made up just 7% of all apprenticeships last year, down from a high of 12% in 2006.

Mixed reaction to solar subsidy cuts

Industry reaction to the cuts for small-scale solar electricity cuts has been mixed, with BSRIA expressing its disappointment, but the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) saying it was relieved the cuts didn't go further.

APHC to investigate Building Regulation enforcement

The APHC is to finance a project to investigate poor levels of Building Regulation enforcement and its impact on plumbing and heating contractors, following a summit with other industry bodies.

Anxiety deepens over skills shortages

Building contractors in the North West and Midlands believe that skills shortages will hold their businesses back next year, with particular concerns over a lack of quantity surveyors, estimators and site based-personnel.

BSRIA launches HIU test standard

BSRIA has launched a new test standard for heat interface units (HIUs).

Further revisions to renewable energy subsidies 'ensure bill payers get value for money'

New measures to deal with the projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies were announced on 17 December, following recent consultations.

Gledhill Acquired by Groupe Atlantic

The Gledhill family has accepted an offer of an undisclosed sum for the Gledhill Group companies from Groupe Atlantic, which is also a family owned company based in France, with manufacturing plants all over Europe and Asia.

Consumer protection payment service hopes to see the end of rogue traders

A new consumer protection service to help homeowners and tradespeople enter into an agreed contractual arrangement when paying for home improvement, repair or maintenance work has been announced by TrustMark.

OFTEC champions apprenticeships

In the wake of recent criticism over the value of some apprenticeships, OFTEC continues to champion the on-the-job training scheme saying that, if worked effectively, apprenticeships can provide school leavers with an excellent career start and help to combat the UK’s growing skills shortage.

Welsh Water remind customers to wrap up their homes this winter

With the winter upon us, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s ‘Wrap Up Wales’ campaign is reminding customers to make sure that the water pipes in their homes are protected to avoid the disruption and expense that can be caused by frozen pipes.

Solar Trade Association calls for urgent action on proposed VAT hikes

VAT rates on solar PV and solar thermal hot water heating systems could increase to 20% under new proposals from government.

Warm welcome for Chancellor's heat network funding

Bosch Commercial & Industrial has welcomed the Chancellor's decision to commit over £300 million of funding for the introduction of up to 200 heat networks across the UK.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants announces expansion

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) is expanding its premises to meet growing demand from tradespeople across the capital.

Unlicensed worker exposed residents to asbestos

A Surrey man was fined for exposing the residents of a house in Putney, himself and his assistant to asbestos.

Future burning bright for oil, says Worcester, Bosch Group

A spokesperson for manufacturer of heating and hot water technologies Worcester, Bosch Group has urged installers working in off-mains gas areas to stick with oil as the market looks set for a promising time.

Consumers benefit as oil prices fall again

Latest industry figures show heating oil prices have fallen a further 10.5%, with consumers reaping the benefits because the drop in wholesale costs are being passed directly on.

Government spends £12.1 billion with small businesses

The government has spent 27.1% of its total central government buying with small businesses in the last financial year, according to official statistics.

UKLPG hails cylinder theft prosecution as positive

UKLPG has welcomed the successful prosecution of a person who attempted to steal over 400 empty LPG cylinders.

Safety charity warns against counterfeit electrical goods

The charity Electrical Safety First is calling on goverment to tackle the problem of counterfeit electrical goods after sales of such products increased by 12% this year.

Millions of pounds worth of energy lost due to incorrectly specified meters, claims industry expert

Installing the wrong meters is costing millions of pounds of wasted energy every year according to one of the sector’s leading experts.

Care provider fined after scalding death

Ark Housing Association has been prosecuted after a 60-year-old man suffered severe scalding after being lowered into a bath of hot water and later died.

Energy service launched to help small businesses cut costs

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is launching a new service to help its members reduce their gas and electricity bills.

Worker killed by fall from ladder during boiler inspection

A sub-contractor was fined after a worker was killed when he fell from a ladder during an inspection of a boiler.

Registered engineer fined for signing off illegal work

An unregistered gas fitter illegally installed a domestic boiler and got a registered gas engineer to sign-off his work, leaving the homeowners at risk and landing both of them with hefty fines.

New research questions combi boiler efficiencies

A new study assessing real-life energy use in the home has claimed that combination boilers may not be the most energy efficient way of producing domestic hot water.

OFTEC calls for urgent change to UK home heating plans

OFTEC has submitted recommendations to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee calling for a total re-think on the UK's low carbon heat strategy to instead focus on incentivising solutions that are simple, affordable to install, impose limited disruption on the homeowner and offer competitive running costs.

Industry introduces Home Safety Certificate to help combat issues in rental sector

Representatives from across the public and private sectors are set to come together on 10 December to improve safety in private rented housing.

Landlord fined for leaving tenants at risk from faulty boiler

A Plymouth landlord risked the lives of his tenants by failing to carry out annual gas safety checks, leaving them with a dangerous boiler installation.

Boiler flue removed during a re-roofing contract put tenant’s life at risk

Gary Redman, 55, was in control of roofing works above a flat on Marldon Road, Paignton in March 2014, during which the flue to the gas boiler of the flat below was removed.

Switch2 welcomes £300 million government funding for UK heat networks

Community heating metering and billing company Switch2 has welcomed the government's announcement of more than £300 million of funding for up to 200 UK heat networks.

Skills shortage threatens Chancellor's building plans

The Chancellor's vision of building 400,000 new affordable homes could be derailed by the current skills shortage in the construction industry, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

SNIPEF names its Business of the Year

SNIPEF, the trade association for plumbing and heating firms in Scotland and Northern Ireland, has awarded its inaugural Business of the Year Award to LW Haddow of Perth.

Half of Britain’s tradespeople drink the night before operating heavy machinery

A new survey has revealed the construction industry’s drinking habits – with shocking results.

A third of construction firms are put off taking on apprentices by bureaucracy

A third of small construction firms are turned off taking on apprentices because of the bureaucracy involved, according to recent research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

A busy winter for Pimlico Plumbers

Pimlico Plumbers' predictions of a busy winter period for the company are coming to pass after it smashed six of its own records for the number of jobs completed.

NAPIT helps bring rogue installer to justice

A 38-year-old conman has been sentenced to six years in prison after failing to complete work he had taken deposits for undertaking. NAPIT provided key information to help bring him to justice.

Steve Willis Training Centres celebrate success

Steve Willis Training Centres has hosted an awards ceremony for its Apprenticeship graduates.

Mixed industry response to Autumn Statement

There has been a mixed response to yesterday's Autumn Statement by the heating and renewable industry.

Industry must 'tread carefully' following RHI cuts, warns BEAMA

BEAMA has urged the heating industry to 'tread carefully' in the coming months, until all the details of the government's renewable heat and energy efficiency plans are better understood.

Heat Trust launched to address customer complaints

Over 15,000 heat customers can now benefit from free independent complaint resolution and minimum customer service standards.

RHI reform announced in Spending Review

The Chancellor George Osborne has set out the government’s spending plans in the Spending Review, including a £700m cut to the Renewable Heat Incentive and almost £7bn in funding to build affordable homes in England.

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