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Final five revealed for UK Plumber Of The Year

Nationwide search narrowed down to just five after public vote brought in over 4,500 entries

PBPlumber joins PHEX

The one and only Peter Booth - aka Twitter's @PBPlumber – will join PHEX Manchester and PHEX Chelsea to set fellow installers a skills challenge!

Installers asked to share the love to win up to £500

Installers can win up to £500 worth of Love2Shop gift cards simply by telling JG Speedfit what they love about its range of push-fit valves and tap connectors, and sharing in-situ photographs of these products, or images of themselves buying the second-fix plumbing range.

Brazen Brits forget basic manners towards tradepeople

Brits have built up a renowned reputation of being well-mannered, yet typical British politeness goes out the window when it comes to letting tradespeople into our home.

Panasonic acquires UK air conditioning equipment distributor AMP

Panasonic Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of A.M.P. Air Conditioning Ltd (AMP).

Scottish construction bodies seek member views on future of CITB levy

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF), Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) and the Scottish Decorators’ Federation (SDF), the only three Scottish industry bodies officially mandated to do so, are surveying their memberships for views on the future of the Construction Levy administered UK-wide by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

“Tradespeople need to consider lung health of loved ones”

Mavis Nye, from Seasalter, Kent, is fighting to raise awareness of mesothelioma after contracting cancer – thought to be from contact with asbestos on her husband’s work clothes.

Keep smart on meters

NAPIT has responded to recent reports of faulty smart meter installations, which have, in some cases, supposedly led to fires.

Lot 20 explained: What does this mean for electric heating?

The 1st January 2018 heralds the largest upheaval the electric heating industry has experienced in decades, with new energy efficiency regulations coming into play that will likely change the landscape of available products and manufacturers. 

Remeha urges government to take a carrot and stick approach to energy efficiency

Following the results of a recent Energy Institute (EI) survey, leading commercial heating solutions manufacturer, Remeha, has echoed the organisation’s call for the Government to strengthen energy efficiency policy. 

Cashflow crisis in construction, says SEC Group

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – which represents SMEs in the construction engineering sector – has warned that current cashflow problems in construction are unsustainable.

61% of tradespeople waste more than 30 minutes every day looking for tools in their van

According to new research by Filplastic, a storage solutions provider, the majority of tradespeople are wasting more than 30 minutes every day looking for tools in their van.

Unite warns industry not to “throw baby out with the bathwater” over CITB future

Unite is calling on industry to seriously consider before voting to end the existing construction training levy and threatening the future of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

CIPHE and Baxi join forces with law firm to tackle counterfeit parts

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and Baxi have joined forces with law firm Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL) in a campaign to stop counterfeit boiler parts from entering the market.

Vaillant shares vision for the future

Vaillant Group UK is celebrating one year since the arrival of Managing Director Klaus Jesse, and sharing the strategy that he has been working on with the team for the past year – Vision2020.

Graham asks customers to nominate their heroes

To reward members of its team who have demonstrated remarkable customer service, Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is asking customers to once again nominate their Graham Customer Hero as part of the Graham Heroes Awards.

Baxi shortlisted in UK Customer Experience Awards 2017

Baxi is celebrating after its Customer Support team were announced as finalists in the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Majority of tradespeople have suffered from work-related injuries, says Toolstation

New research, conducted by Toolstation, reveals that almost three-quarters of the trade have suffered from work related injuries, aches, pains and strains – with 79% of those surveyed believing it has affected their ability to carry out their work.

Housing business commits to installing CO alarms for Gas Safety Week

The Regenda Group, a housing business based in the north west, is doing its part to contribute to Gas Safety Week 2017 with a 10-month programme to fit carbon monoxide (CO) alarms into its 13,000 plus properties.

Pimlico Plumbers continued expansion delivers record £35m sales

Pimlico Plumbers is announcing record sales for its most recent financial year, delivering a turnover of £35 million during 2016-17.

PHEXGives

Announcing #PHEXGives

At this year’s PHEX shows - Old Trafford, Manchester on 4 & 5 October and Stamford Bridge, Chelsea on 15 & 16 November - visitors will be able to take part in #PHEXGives to win a great selection of prizes for both business and pleasure.

WaterSafe scheme offers plumbing leads

WaterSafe is a free online search facility funded by the water industry to help customers find competent and qualified plumbers in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Just 8% of students advised to seek apprenticeships

Less than 1 in 12 students (8%) aged 15 to 18 in school or college in 2016/2017 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship afterwards, according to new YouGov survey findings commissioned by the ECA, JTL, and the Joint Industry Board.

Just one in seven firms back new energy efficiency rules

Less than one in seven electrotechnical businesses (13%) support the inclusion of new energy efficiency rules within the draft 18th Edition update to the Wiring Regulations (BS 7671), according to new survey findings from the ECA.

Two in three firms hit by worsening public sector payment

Almost two in three (63%) engineering services firms were not paid within 30 days by public sector bodies during the second quarter of this year, according to new survey findings from the ECA, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), and SELECT.

Pimlico Plumbers offers ‘earn as you learn’ scheme

Pimlico Plumbers is announcing its first apprenticeship open day.

BEAMA calls on industry to respond to Healthy Homes and Buildings Parliamentary Group consultation

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings has launched its first consultation paper, entitled ‘Building our Future: Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings’, and BEAMA is calling on industry to submit responses and submissions of evidence to help build a strong case for healthy buildings.

Dimplex launches new website

Dimplex has launched its new website, packed with product details, sector guides and technical information to support the industry when specifying and installing electric heating systems.

Search is on to find the UK’s funniest plumber

Fancy yourself a Micky Flanagan? Trade Direct launch nationwide competition to find the UK’s funniest tradesperson.

Results Day Message from UK’s Skills Supremo

The man running a hothouse programme to skill the nation is warning young people not to stumble zombie-like towards higher education but consider an apprenticeship for a rewarding career.

Plumber on his way to a million

Once jobless, plumbing and electrical technician Jordan Woods is on track to make his first million by the end of the year, thanks to a bit of help from BigChange

Firms encouraged to take on an apprentice

Construction companies are being encouraged to offer school leavers an apprenticeship as GCSE results day approaches.

Ford announces vehicle scrappage scheme

Installers could get £2,000 towards a brand new van as part of Ford's new scrappage scheme.

Installers influence product choice 'in a third of all jobs'

Bathroom fitters influence the type and brand of bathroom products purchased for a third of all new bathroom installations, according to the latest research into bathroom purchase behaviour.

Brits are unable to carry out simple DIY tasks

British adults have revealed that they are not very handy, with many admitting they are incapable of carrying out some of the most common household tasks.

Wolseley helps out tool theft victim

Wolseley’s Plumb Center has donated a replacement toolbox full of essential plumbing products to a young professional after he fell victim to van theft. The merchant has also pledged to continue to help out victims across the UK, as and when these incidents are reported.

A degree or an apprenticeship: the tough choice facing students

New figures show that apprenticeships are more popular than ever, with almost three million created since May 2010 as part of the government's drive to create more opportunities for those who do not wish to pursue a university education.

New gas audit qualifications

Logic Certification has launched two new Level 3 Gas Auditing qualifications.

Join the Jingle campaign!

‘Just one Cornetto’, ‘Go Compare’, ‘Washing machines live longer with Calgon’, ‘If you like a lot of choco-late on your biscuit, join our club’, remember these?

Ilfracombe landlord sentenced after unsafe gaswork

The landlord of a property in Ilfracombe has been given a suspended sentence for risking the lives of his tenants by undertaking dangerous gas work.

Tags for Gas Safety Week

To help raise awareness of Gas Safety Week, Cookerflex will be applying gas safety tags to all the cooker hoses it manufactures from now until the end of September, an estimate 10,000 products.

Have your say on Healthy Homes

BEAMA is calling on the industry to respond to the first consultation document from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Healthy Homes and Buildings.

Social media search over as Pimlico Plumbers picks its new apprentice

Pimlico Plumbers’ has chosen the winner of its social media competition to find its next apprentice, from hundreds of applications living in and around the London area.

Gas Safety Superheroes launches new website

The Gas Safety Superheroes campaign has launched a new website, full of features to offer support back to the tradespeople across the heating and plumbing industry that have offered their support since the campaign’s conception.

Tradespeople to be offered bad tea protection

For the first time ever, tradespeople are to be offered protection against customers who fail to provide them with a hot drink while on a job.

Drop in unemployment numbers is masking a ‘lost generation’, says Charlie Mullins

Charlie Mullins, Founder and CEO of Pimlico Plumbers, has welcomed the latest employment figures, which have shown that unemployment has fallen to 4.4% from 4.5%.

Potterton urges installers to improve energy efficiency knowledge

Potterton Commercial has stressed the importance for HVAC contractors to expand their knowledge of energy efficiency, beyond simply adhering to the minimum legal standards.

Stock up on spare parts for winter, says Gas Appliance Spares

Gas Appliance Spares is urging customers to plan ahead for the upcoming colder months by stocking up on vital gas spare parts.

APHC, Gas Safe and Baxi to tour England and Wales

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has teamed up with Gas Safe Register and Baxi to host a series of free technical workshops across England and Wales during Quality Plumber Week.

Don't ignore the age of a house when replacing the boiler

Installers are being reminded of the impact improvements to the fabric of a building can have on the efficiency of a heating system.

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