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"One-size-fits-all system" will not benefit apprenticeships, says AAT

The potential for apprenticeships to drive UK growth has been outlined in a new report.

John Nicholls (Holdings) Ltd acquires J&B's plumbing supplies

J&B's operate out of four branches in Wimbourne, Poole, Upton and Bournemouth with a turnover of £7m and the acquisition will see the combined turnover for the new business reach £40m.

TrustMark supports Trading Standards' National Consumer Week

This year's National Consumer Week campaign aims to tackle rogue doorstep traders preying on the elderly and vulnerable by calling on the public to be 'good neighbours'.

Solar installer suffers multiple injuries after major fall

A West Yorkshire green energy firm and a solar installer have been prosecuted for safety breaches after a labourer was severely injured when he fell nearly seven metres from a roof.

Daikin UK kicks off CPD accredited future thinking seminar series

As part of its Future Thinking programme, Daikin UK is inviting building services engineers and engineering consultants to attend one of its CPD-accredited HVACR seminars.

Don't be scared of your builder, says FMB

Homeowners who fear being ripped off by their builder should insist on a written contract, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has advised.

Association asks consumers 'How safe is your plumbing and heating?'

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is asking consumers to take part in a short survey, which aims to find out how safe their plumbing and heating systems are.

Health and safety devolution could create split standards for UK

Devolution of health and safety regulation to Scotland could create different standards of worker protection across Great Britain, warns the British Safety Council.

Commercial opportunities arising for MCS installers says NAPIT

The vast majority of UK businesses are concerned with saving energy, offering an opportunity for MCS installers to gain commercial business, says NAPIT.

Consumer protection scheme "vital" for heat networks and customers

The success of a new scheme for protecting heat consumers will be vital if households and businesses are to have access to low carbon, affordable heat through heat networks, says Energy Minister Amber Rudd MP

Insulation industry body teams up with DECC to find solutions to tackle fuel poverty

Department of Energy & Climate Change officials visited Bradford's Holme Wood Estate in order to examine the challenges that face the occupants of some of the poorest housing stock in the UK, and the solid wall insulation solutions available to them.

Homeowners should beware of rogue traders, warns FMB

A drop in "do-it-yourself" activity among homeowners could lead to a rise in rogue builders, warns the Federation of Master Builders.

NAPIT opens electrical training facility

The first NAPIT approved Electrical Training Centre was officially opened this week in the West Midlands, marking a new partnership with South and City College Birmingham.

Builder fined after dangerous roof work caught on camera

A builder has been fined after two of his workers were photographed on the roof of a house in Burnley without safety measures in place.

The Competent Person Scheme has been extended to cover notification of electrical works

The aim of the Competent Person Scheme is to provide a one-stop-shop for self-certification, giving members of the scheme the flexibility to notify Local Building Control of installed works that are compliant with Building Regulations.

UKLPG warns upcycling gas cylinders could land you in hot water

Although 'upcycling' may be the new 'recycling', the trade body representing the UK's Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry, UKLPG, is warning budding artists and home renovators to think twice before cutting up old gas cylinders for their projects.

Shower and hot water solutions manufacturer calls for water labelling scheme to become mandatory

Redring Xpelair Group has called for the Water Labelling Scheme to become mandatory, rather than purely voluntary, with a view to driving the UK to become more conscious about water usage.

HHIC calls for a higher microCHP FiT tariff

As government pushes ahead with plans to achieve an 80% reduction in CO2 by 2050, the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council is asking for an appropriate tariff for microCHP to be introduced in the Feed-in Tariff review.

National Radiator Day - What does your radiator look like?

The 1 November is National Radiator Day and the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors is challenging people's perceptions of these often ignored heat emitters.

180% rise in energy discount searches across the UK

The number of searches for energy discounts has seen a dramatic increase over the past 12 months, as more families seek to save money on their gas and electricity, according to research by a UK money saving website.

Merchant employee charged with stealing nearly £80,000 worth of goods

A 47-year-old man from Devon has appeared in court charged with stealing £78,583 worth of goods from his employer, Plumb Center.

ECO scheme to be revised for electrically heated homes

Low-income homeowners with electrically heated homes will find it easier to upgrade their heating system from next year, after the Department of Energy & Climate Change plans to change to the way in which the Energy Companies Obligation scheme scores properties with electric heating.

OFTEC turns up the heat on fuel poverty

The Oil Firing Technical Association has outlined its recommendations to help Britain's 800,000 oil-using households, of which approximately 100,000 are fuel-poor.

Don't be a sucker, switch it off!

A campaign to encourage consumers to switch off appliances in a bid to save energy has been launched to coincide with Halloween this week, after it is revealed the average home spends up to £86 a year on standby energy.

Worcester improves technical support with live video calling

Worcester, Bosch Group has equipped its engineering services department with FaceTime and Skype capabilities, allowing installers to use live video calls.

Construction contracts awarded at highest level since January

The level of construction contracts awarded increased in September to the value of £5.6 billion - the highest since January - according to new figures from Barbour ABI.

APHC joins forces with HMRC to help businesses understand tax obligations

The Association of Heating & Plumbing Contractors and HM Revenue & Customs are pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership to support small plumbing and heating businesses in understanding their tax affairs.

APHC encourages businesses to have their say on plumbing and heating apprenticeships

Plumbing and heating apprenticeships are now joining Phase 3 of the Trailblazer project and industry employers are being invited to participate in an electronic survey to help shape the format of apprenticeships for the better.

Big Energy Vision will boost market for energy saving home improvements

A new long-term campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills is being launched this Big Energy Saving Week.

UK house building hits highest level for seven years, reports NHBC

New house building figures released by NHBC on 22 October show that new home registrations have hit their highest level since 2007.

Prime Minister, David Cameron opens BPEC accredited training centre

Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited Oxford Energy Academy in Witney in October to officially open the new BPEC accredited Apprentice Training Centre.

Titon reminds MVHR users to change filters regularly

Titon is reminding its ventilation systems customers about the importance of changing the filters in mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) units regularly.

Latest Green Deal and ECO statistics released

The latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation show that a provisional 965,000 measures were installed in around 797,000 properties through ECO, Cashback, Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to the end of August 2014.

WWF calls for warm homes, not just warm words to tackle climate change

WWF's latest energy report 'Warm homes, not warm words' highlights how the opportunity to create warm, affordable low-carbon homes and workplaces is at risk unless the government takes action.

HHIC celebrates 10 years of the condensing boiler

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the heating evolution - the compulsory use of condensing boilers - with a Parliamentary Reception.

Fernox winner gets welcome boost for start-up business

Fernox has named the latest monthly winner for its 50th Anniversary Promotion as Duncan Rawlings and awarded him a £600 bundle of products, giving his new start-up business, the Acton-based Duncan Rawlings Plumbing and Heating, a real boost.

APHC and Baxi give plumbers the edge with ErP Directive training

APHC plans to hold further events to help engineers stay on top of industry and legislative changes after a successful evening addressing the Energy Related Products Directive at its offices in Solihull on 16 October.

Franke launches Fit Franke First

Installers can win free lunches for a year as part of Fit Franke First - a new initiative launched by kitchen sink and accessories manufacturer Franke.

Ideal Boilers is on the road again with its mobile training centre

Ideal Boilers has teamed up with City Plumbing Supplies to bring its roadshow to 32 branches across the UK, demonstrating the full range of boilers now available through CPS branches.

Plumbing and heating engineer wins UK Worker of the Year 2014

Chris Teale, a plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, has been crowned UK Worker of the Year 2014 at the competition finale at Brands Hatch.

Return to confidence as homeowners set to spend £6 billion on property upgrades

Up to £6 billion in projected works are planned annually over the next three years, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

OFTEC backs 'No to CO' campaign

The Oil Firing Technical Association is urging oil consumers to back a new e-petition calling for carbon monoxide detectors to be made mandatory in homes, ahead of this year's Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

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MPs go head to head in Pimlico Plumbers challenge

MPs were put to the test recently when Pimlico Plumbers ran a series of plumbing challenges at the Conservative Party Conference.

Gas safety campaign reaches million mark

More than 60 housing associations have thrown their weight behind the Gas Access Campaign, helping it to reach the 1 million homes milestone.

Homeowners worried about turning on their heating this winter

Only a small proportion of households have taken steps to ensure their system is healthy enough to safely and cost-effectively keep the home fires burning this winter, as shown by this infographic created by Adey Professional Heating Solutions.

Calor offers top tips for rural fuel safety

As the dark nights creep closer, Calor Gas is running its Rural Fuel Security Fortnight to emphasise the importance of customers' fuel security to installers.

Landlords given community service after baby boy suffers carbon monoxide poisoning

Two Bolton landlords have been fined after a four-month-old baby and his parents were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Deadline has passed for Health & Safety poster

Large numbers of businesses throughout the UK are breaking the law and risk being fined after new legislation introduced earlier this year now requires all workplaces to display a new and updated Health & Safety Law Poster.

Installers are key for new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund success says Baxi

Following the government announcement that a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will launch before the end of November, Paul Hardy, managing director at Baxi, said the company is cautiously optimistic, given the disappointment of the previous early closure.

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