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 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.

Heating company shortlisted for 2015 FSB Business Awards

Local heating company C&J Heating has been named as a finalist for the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) Stevenage Business of the Year, at the 2015 FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards.

New housing registrations continue to rise, reports NHBC

The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to NHBC.

Rural Energy and Herz offer free biomass boiler workshop

Biomass boiler distributors Rural Energy and Herz are inviting heating engineers to attend open days with free biomass workshops, taking place from 15 to 18 June 2015 at their Biomass Training & Skills Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Council fined for exposing workers to asbestos

Waltham Forest borough council has been fined after it exposed members of staff and visiting contractors to the potentially lethal dangers of asbestos, which it knew to be present in the town hall basement.

Northern Ireland householders encouraged to take advantage of boiler replacement scheme

Householders in Northern Ireland are being encouraged by OFTEC to check their eligibility for the boiler replacement scheme following a £2 million investment to extend the scheme until 2016.

Derbyshire man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A Derbyshire heating and plumbing engineer has been prosecuted for illegal gas work that potentially endangered lives.

Queen's speech outlines Conservative government plans, but doesn't go far enough to ensure energy security

In a speech at the State Opening of Parliament 2015, Her Majesty the Queen outlined the main policies the Conservative government will be pursuing over the next five years.

Plumbing lecturers put to the test at apprenticeship final

The final of the National Apprentice of the Year Award, which took place on 30 April at Adey Heating Systems in Cheltenham, was the culmination of six months of regional heats to find Britain's premier plumbing apprentice.

Government to tackle late payments to SMEs

Proposals by the New Business Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, to combat late payments to small firms as part of The Enterprise Bill have been cautiously welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Skin cancer warning for contractors

Contractors are being warned to protect themselves and their employees from harmful sun exposure following the publication of a series of new studies that found construction workers are at a heightened risk of skin cancer, ahead of a predicted summer heatwave.