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Financial support offered to encourage Scottish energy efficiency takeup

The option of an interest-free loan has been made available to homeowners through the Scottish government's Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) scheme. 

Pimlico Plumbers records 32 consecutive months of turnover growth

Pimlico Plumbers has posted a 25% year-on-year rise in turnover with sales of £25million for its 2014 to 2015 financial year.

Renewables market supports proposals for 'solar revolution'

Renewables specialist Rexel UK has welcomed proposals from the new energy secretary, Amber Rudd, to implement a ‘solar revolution’ across the country.

Investment in training is essential to maintain RHI momentum

The plumbing and heating industry is being called to keep awareness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) high on the agenda by proactively encouraging greater levels of installer training and mentorship support.  

New president appointed by CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has elected Terry Stephenson as national president and Paul Williams as vice president in a ceremony held at its annual general meeting in Chester.

New home registrations remain 'encouraging'

New home registrations for 2015 remain at a higher level than last year with strong growth reported in May, according to figures released by NHBC.

Gas fitter fined for knowingly working without registration

A qualified gas fitter has been fined for deliberate breaches of Gas Safety regulations despite having worked in the gas industry for many years.

Gas Access Campaign to meet with government

The leaders of the Gas Access Campaign, who want a change in the law to improve gas safety, have been invited to discuss the campaign proposals with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and other government stakeholders, at a meeting in Westminster in July.

New Home Improvement Guarantee Scheme 'offers installers peace of mind'

The Home Improvement Guarantee (HIG) scheme is seeking to expand its network of approved tradespeople to meet rising demand.

DIY aversion revealed in construction worker study

Almost half the UK's construction workers refuse to perform DIY jobs in their own home, according to a study conducted by a business insurance website.

Best Tradeswoman Award recognises outstanding female achievement

The Best Tradeswoman category in this year’s Best Business Woman Awards 2015 has begun its search for women delivering outstanding service in a UK trade industry job.

FMB calls on consumers to avoid basing trust in builders on internet reviews

Consumers would be safer using independently vetted builders over those found on customer review sites, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Heating company wins first Which? Trusted Trader award

South London Heating, a gas heating services provider based in Penge, has won Which? Trusted Trader of the Year 2015, at the annual Which? Awards ceremony that took place on 17 June.

Scottish builders in apprentice funding call as survey shows rise in employer confidence

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has hit a new record peak of +35, up six points on the first quarter of 2015, according to the Scottish Construction Monitor (SCM) survey.

APHC appoint John Jones to the position of president

The new president of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has stated his aim to improve trade arrangements for the industry’s small businesses.

NAPIT calls for government renewable commitment

The renewables industry requires immediate backing, NAPIT says, as it encourages the government to maintain its Feed in Tariff (FiT) support.

Teenage apprentice completes OFTEC qualification

A 17-year-old apprentice is among the youngest women working in the oil heating industry to undertake her OFTEC qualifications.

Study finds link between serious health problems and indoor air pollution

New research suggests indoor air pollution is potentially responsible for the loss of over 200,000 healthy life years in the UK annually, leading to calls for improved ventilation.

Scotland energy policy showing rest of UK the way, says FMB

The Scottish government has shamed the UK government by prioritising energy efficiency of existing buildings, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Oil tank safety checks urged following fire in Dunmurry

Annual oil tank installation fire safety checks have been recommended after an explosion left three families homeless and caused extensive damage to houses in Dunmurry, Belfast.

Financial Secretary sees introduction of digital accounts as end of small business tax returns

Plans to simplify the way businesses pay tax have been outlined by Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke.

Safety warning issued over Grundfos CONLIFT pump

Grundfos has issued a safety warning about an earlier model of its CONLIFT pumps produced on or before week 47 in 2007. Pumps from that period may pose a dangerous fire risk under certain circumstances.

Apprenticeship reforms could signal “age of the apprentice”, says FMB chief

Government apprenticeship reforms could herald an “age of the apprentice”, according to the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) chief executive, who believes they should be valued as highly as university degrees.

Heating company picks up FSB Business Award

C&J Heating has been crowned Stevenage Business of the Year at the 2015 Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Hertfordshire Business Awards.

Most of those planning to make energy efficiency changes to their homes will not consider government subsidies

Just 21% of people planning to make energy efficient changes to their homes over the next 12 months are considering taking advantage of government subsidies, according to research from Pay4Later, UK provider of point of sale credit. 

VAT rate on renewables under threat

Homeowners considering renewable heating installations are being urged to act now following an EU ruling that found a reduced 5% UK VAT rate on renewable energy heating installations illegal.

Dudley tradesman prosecuted for illegal work

A company director from Dudley has been sentenced for carrying out illegal gas work on a property in Kingswinford putting the lives of the owners at risk.

Hospital trust fined for legionella control failures

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £50,000 for failing to control legionella.

Open letter calls Prime Minister to map out plan for low-carbon future

Boiler manufacturer, Baxi, has joined forces with numerous other influential British businesses to call on the government to take rapid action in tackling climate change and building a low-carbon Britain.

Plumbing student wins national vocational education award

Josh Ellis has been named the winner of the VQ Learner of the Year Award 2015 for England, in recognition of his outstanding achievement following a vocational qualification in Plumbing at Exeter College.

Halifax firm fined over explosion at primary school

An explosion in the boiler room of a primary school has led to the prosecution for safety failings of a gas servicing firm in Halifax.

Plumbing named as 'most valued profession'

Plumbers have been named as the profession people would most value in their neighbours, according to a new survey by education charity The Edge Foundation.

Developer in court after workers potentially exposed to asbestos

A construction firm has been fined after exposing workers to potentially deadly asbestos fibres during the conversion of an office block into residential flats in Witham, Essex.

New hires for Boiler Servicing 24-7

Berkshire plumbing firm Boiler Servicing 24-7 has announced the appointment of Garry Nation and Johnathan Blake.

iKBBI aims to fill UK installer job openings

Installers are being sought to fill vacant positions across the UK by The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI), working on behalf of installation standards partners, members and associates.

Research reveals UK’s hardest places to find construction jobs

The areas in the UK where construction workers are most struggling to find regular work has been revealed by constructaquote.com research.

Changes considered for purchase protections for SMEs

Government is calling for evidence regarding current purchase protection legislation affecting small businesses, and APHC is urging installers to get involved.

Call for industry to pull together and fight EU VAT ruling

The European Court of Justice ruled in favour of a legal attempt by the European Commission to outlaw reduced VAT rates on energy-saving products for the home, which could drive up the cost of renewables for UK consumers. 

Obituary: Edward Van Win, formerly EOGB and OFTEC

Edward Van Win, who worked in the industry for many years and held roles at both EOGB and OFTEC, has died, his family has announced.

Three in four installers admit to feeling unprepared for ErP

Around 78% of installers do not feel prepared ahead of the introduction of the ErP Energy Labelling Directive this September, a survey by Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed.

UK Worker of the Year 2015 is open for entries

Dickies has launched this year’s search for the UK Worker of the Year, after plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, Chris Teale, scooped the 2014 title.

NAPIT launches new and improved website

NAPIT has launched a brand new website, to make it easier for tradespeople to join, self-certify their work, manage their membership and boost their online presence.

Oil prices fall, making it the cheapest of all major heating fuels

Heating oil prices have fallen even further, with oil now 13% cheaper than mains gas to heat the average home, according to the latest figures from the Sutherland Tables.

SEA brands EU court ruling over reduced rate of VAT for energy saving materials perverse and hypocritical

The European Court of Justice has ruled against the UK government's policy of applying a reduced rate of VAT for the supply and installation of energy-saving and renewable measures.

Introduce mandatory insulation for every UK home, report says

The government needs to urgently introduce legislation for a national insulation programme to cover every UK home, a report issued by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has said.

Government prioritising energy security over promoting green initiatives, APHC says

A greater emphasis is to be placed on securing a reliable energy supply by the government, a decision that is to the detriment of renewables according to the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors’ (APHC) chief executive.

EU Court says 'no' to reduced VAT for energy-saving measures

The European Court of Justice has dealt a blow to the UK government's policy of applying a reduced rate of VAT for the supply and installation of energy-saving and renewable measures such as solar panels.

BEAMA launches campaign for ‘Healthy Home Mark’

BEAMA is taking action to help protect and improve indoor air quality, after a new survey reveals just 8% of UK residents have a continuous mechanical ventilation system in place.

Gas Safe Register highlights summer CO dangers

Gas Safe Register is warning the British public about the dangers of using gas appliances and barbecues after new research reveals that every day last summer 189 homes faced a dangerous gas emergency.

NIBE partners with NAPIT to open fourth training centre

Renewable heating manufacturer NIBE has opened its fourth UK training facility at an existing NAPIT Training centre.

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