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Flogas extends advice programme

Flogas Renewables is set to continue its free information sessions for installers, following the success of two trial days that took place at the company's head offices in Blaby, Leicestershire.

Registered gas engineers protect 68,000 homes from gas incidents

New research has revealed that registered gas engineers have protected at least 68,000 homes from potentially deadly gas incidents in the last year.

Falling from height scares construction workers the most

Falling from height is the greatest concern among construction site workers when it comes to danger in the workplace, according to a new survey by Sovereign Health Care.

Construction workers best at building bodies

Builders and construction workers are the profession most likely to be hitting the gym, according to a survey by sports nutrition company, www.BodybuildingWarehouse.co.uk.

State of trade survey confirms continuing market improvement across building engineering services

Business is continuing to improve for members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), with increased order books and enquiries being reported more or less across the board, according to the latest state of trade research carried out among the membership.

Trade Point launches e-guide to apprenticeships

With the government recently announcing its 'Get In Go Far' campaign, which offers 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in various sectors to encourage young people to think about taking one, Trade Point has put together an essential 'Tips and advice for skilled trade apprentices' guide.

New course for tenants raises gas safety awareness

A new qualification for tenants to raise their awareness of gas safety issues has been launched by CORGI Technical Services.

Adey launches competition to raise awareness this Gas Safety Week

Magnetic filtration manufacturer, Adey Professional Heating Solutions is supporting this year's Gas Safety Week by equipping installers with the best tools to ensure their customers' heating systems are safe and efficient.

Minister urges heating oil users to stock up now

Energy Minister Matt Hancock is backing a campaign encouraging heating oil users to stock up early before winter sets in.

Industry supports Gas Safety Week and urges consumers not to let a bogus gas installer put their families at risk

With Gas Safety Week nearly upon us, TrustMark and the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) have issued a timely reminder to homeowners to steer clear of bogus gas installers.

Conlon Construction invites North West businesses to work on regional frameworks

North-West subcontractors are being invited to meet senior decision-makers from Conlon Construction, to find out about winning work on upcoming projects.

APHC celebrates professionals with Quality Plumber Week

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is launching Quality Plumber Week, which will take place from 29 September to 5 October.

Viessmann celebrates 25th anniversary in UK

Viessmann celebrated 25 years in the UK with an event held at the company's Telford headquarters on 9 September.

Business owner fined for leaving family with a new-born at risk of CO poisoning

A young family were exposed to serious health risks after an unregistered, unqualified installer repositioned a gas flue at a home in Tunbridge Wells, as part of work on an extension.

Gas Safety Trust calls for new boiler scrappage scheme

The dangers of open flue boilers have been highlighted by a new report from the Gas Safety Trust, prompting the chairman to call for a new boiler scrappage scheme.

Future assists energy-smart trainees

Future Energy Solutions is helping to train a new generation to fit the nation's smart electricity and gas meters.

Lack of installer knowledge relating to Part G prompts free online training module

Leading anti-scald bathroom product manufacturer, Inta, has launched a new e-learning package after it was revealed that a staggering two thirds of plumbers and installers do not know what the Part G building regulations entail.

Ariston Thermo acquires ATAG Heating

Ariston Thermo has acquired ATAG Verwarming, the Dutch boiler manufacturer represented in the UK by ATAG Heating.

NAPIT teams up with heat pump manufacturer to bring installers series of free seminars on ground source

NAPIT is working with Kensa to dispel the myths surrounding ground source heat pumps with a series of Roadshow events from September 2014 to March 2015.

Guilty or not guilty - decide at mock trial

Companies from the construction industry are being invited to give their verdict on a fictitious health and safety prosecution in a mock trial.

'Immediately dangerous' gas work left homeowners at risk of fire and CO poisoning

A Somerset engineer has been fined for unsafe gas work after leaving a boiler in an 'immediately dangerous' condition when he carried out a service.

Landlord fined for neglecting gas safety

An Accrington landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £60,000 in fines and costs after he ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a house in the town.

Mitsubishi Electric welcomes air conditioning engineers of the future

Mitsubishi Electric and its partners are running a national apprenticeship scheme to train the air conditioning engineers of the future.

OFTEC takes to the road this autumn

The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) is helping technicians get the most from their registration in its upcoming autumn roadshows.

Training must embrace entire construction chain, says B&ES

An understanding of the entire supply chain's operation is essential if the UK industry is to achieve world-class status, according to Andy Sneyd, president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

Lean Heat: Moving to a more efficient heat energy economy

Lean heat is the theme of the Heat 2014 conference. The conference will look at the policies needed to move to a more efficient heat energy economy.

New gas safety qualification available for tenants

CORGI Technical Services has launched the CORGI Level 1 VRQ Award in Gas Safety Awareness, a new qualification for tenants to raise their awareness of gas safety issues.

GDFC passes 5,000 live plan landmark

There are now more than 5,100 live plans moving through the Green Deal Finance Company's (GDFC) system, which is a 120% increase since April 2014.

Free gas connection offer extended

Calor has extended its customer offer, which can aid domestic heating installers in giving their business a boost in off-grid areas.

Wavin UK announces major investment programme

Wavin has announced a multi-million pound investment programme to create two dedicated manufacturing facilities in Doncaster and Chippenham.

New report shows construction firms are upbeat about future prospects

Almost 70% of UK construction firms are more optimistic about their future prospects than they were 12 months ago, according to a survey of over 600 companies.

Multi-million pound construction opportunities for builders in the North East

Builders in north east England are being invited to a free event at Newcastle Racecourse on 11 September to find out about work opportunities in the area.

The new face of Drayton

Heating controls specialist Drayton has named Paul Newlove, of Puzzle Pie, as the winner of its MiFace competition, which set out to find the new face of the brand.

Fined for flouting asbestos laws

A Hove-based firm has been fined after it contravened asbestos regulations.

OFTEC launches renewable technology registration service

To support technicians working in renewable technologies, OFTEC has introduced new classes of registration for solar thermal systems and heat pumps, with plans to extend this further to cover biomass next year.

Aldermore launches finance facility for contractors

Aldermore has announced that the bank is offering a new funding facility specifically aimed at supporting contractors working in the construction sector.

Prosecution for Plymouth landlord

The landlord of a property in Plymouth has been fined for risking the lives of a young mother and her child by providing a dangerous gas oven.

Pimlico Plumbers embarks on national recruitment drive

The company, which currently employs more than 170 tradespeople, is looking beyond the South East to recruit a further 100 experienced professional plumbers and heating engineers over the next 12 months, to meet demand for its services.

ASAW comments on the increasing demand for sustainable heating solutions

Glasgow-based renewable solutions company, Absolute Solar and Wind, understand that business and homeowners across the region now need to drive down costs and increase sustainable operations.

Pilot scheme helps plumbers report high-risk work directly to water companies

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water have joined together to pilot a scheme where WaterSafe-approved contractors can directly report any defective plumbing work to the relevant water company.

Solfex energy systems partners with Hitachi

Solfex energy systems, part of the Travis Perkins Group, has announced a partnership with air source heat pump manufacturer Hitachi.

Landlord fined for serious safety breaches

A Slough landlord has been fined for serious safety breaches after he left a young family in potential danger for nearly four years by repeatedly failing to check the gas appliances in a property he rented to them.

OFTEC evidence leads to CO poisoning conviction

The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) has given evidence at a recent court case over a carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning fatality in Suffolk.

Building firm director in court over health risk

The director of Stockport-based building firm CSC Construction has been fined, after workers' health was put at risk for more than three months.

Wet bank holiday sees increase in Brits carrying out home improvements

A study by RatedPeople.com has revealed that British homeowners used the wet weather over the August bank holiday to carry out home improvement jobs.

Wavin kicks off Hep2O Big Match

Plumbers across the country are once again being given the chance to win VIP tickets to an English Premier League, Scottish Premier or Aviva Premiership game of their choice, thanks to Wavin's Hep2O Big Match promotion.

From city worker to plumber

A former city worker has shown it's never too late to change career path, after becoming a plumber aged 43.

Plumb Center responds to latest RHI figures

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has released the latest figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The numbers show that from April to July 2014, 7,418 homes have applied for payments under the domestic RHI. Tim Pollard, Plumb and Parts Center's head of sustainability shares his view.

NAPIT stresses the importance of apprenticeships

More needs to be done to encourage younger people to train to become installers, NAPIT Training has said.

Survey reveals public attitudes towards tradesmen and women

A survey commissioned by Checkatrade.com has revealed the public's attitudes towards tradespeople. The results show one in five would rather have a man to carry out DIY work, because "manual trades are a man's world" according to more than 45% of people in the Midlands, North East, Wales and the South West.

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