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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.

Water companies are beating water waste, says Talis UK

Water companies are successfully getting their messages across to the British public about the importance of using water more efficiently, according to a new study.

Energy bills are the "number-one worry" for householders

Energy bills are more of a concern for homeowners than paying rent or mortgage, according to a recent study carried out by DIY retail group Kingfisher.

Letting agency fined for neglecting property gas safety checks

A Birmingham letting agency has been fined after failing to ensure gas safety checks were made on a property it managed.

Gas engineer given suspended prison sentence after faulty service

A Gas Safe registered engineer has been given a suspended prison sentence after carbon monoxide fumes from an incorrectly serviced gas-fired heater left a tenant unconscious.

Climote announces partnership with energy giant

Irish home technology company climote has announced a partnership with ScottishPower, winning a global tender that will see their intelligent thermostats offered to ScottishPower's 5.6 million UK customers.

Growth in the housing sector is good news for installers, says CPA

Private housing starts are set to increase by 18% this year to 134,170 units, showing positive development in the housing sector. According to recent government figures, Help to Buy sales have hit a monthly high, with 4,357 sales made under the equity loan scheme in June 2014 - the highest monthly total since the scheme launched in April 2013.

Could you be Bathroom Singer of the Year?

Twyford has launched its fun-focused Bathroom Singer of the Year 2014 competition, to raise money for this year's Children in Need campaign.

Construction SMEs offered work on Surrey housing development

Construction businesses in Surrey are being invited to meet procurement directors from Kier Partnership Homes to gain an understanding of how to compete for £40 million on a new housing scheme.

Mistubishi Electric relocates in Bristol

Mitsubishi Electric is expanding into new offices within Bristol's northern business district.

The search is on for Britain's Top Tradesman 2014

Tradesmen from across the UK and Northern Ireland are invited to enter this year's Britain's Top Tradesman competition from Screwfix.

Greenworks sees golden opportunity to keep Britain's homes warm

Greenworks Training Academy has announced its support of the government’s plans to tackle fuel poverty, following confirmation of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme’s extension until 2017.

HVP READER SURVEY 2014

We would like to invite you to take part in this year's HVP magazine Reader Survey.

Have your boiler serviced now, says APHC

Thirty percent of 1,000 homeowners in England and Wales have not had their boiler serviced in the last 12 months, and 14% have not had their boiler checked for over two years, according to recent research by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors.

Drayton invites installers and homeowners to Control Hub

Drayton is hosting its inaugural Control Hub event, the first in a series of annual forums taking place throughout the country.

Medway Council offers local businesses the chance to work on framework schemes

Kent construction companies are invited to meet decision-makers from Medway Council to find out about securing local work opportunities with its upcoming plans.

Rising optimism within heating and plumbing industry

Research from Uponor shows 90% of heating and plumbing installers are enthusiastic about the year head.

Firms in court after worker's life-threatening roof fall

Two firms have been sentenced for safety failings after Peter Tracey, a Liverpool worker, suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell through the roof of a former Cheshire factory.

Mayor delivers funding to support energy-saving in homes

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has announced a major funding boost to help improve affordable homes in poor condition and support energy-saving works to thousands of homes across London.

Majority of Britons support fracking, according to new survey

A public opinion poll has found widespread support for natural gas production from shale, with more than three times as many Britons supporting production than opposing.

Industry shows support for Trailblazer apprenticeship

The findings from research into apprenticeships in the plumbing and heating industry was recently discussed at the House of Lords, in an event hosted by Baroness Wall of New Barnet.

Plumbers 'are paying for worthless legal fees insurance'

Hundreds of plumbers are paying for worthless legal fees insurance to cover employment tribunals, according to HR compliance advisor HR4UK.

Growth is a gas for Coventry energy firm

Coventry-based Synergy Gas Services, which started off as a one-man operation 12 months ago, now boasts a 14-strong workforce, with plans to expand further.

Contractor convicted of stealing £372,000

An electrical contractor from Stoke-on-Trent has been ordered to repay £110,756 or spend an additional two years in jail following years of fraudulent VAT repayment claims.

Government proposes tough penalties for energy market manipulation

Anyone found guilty of rigging wholesale gas and electricity prices could face up to two years in jail, under proposals put forward by Energy & Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey yesterday (6 July).

What the UK thinks about its homes

The UK public's attitude towards their homes and energy saving has been revealed by the Energy Saving Trust, in the first of a series of public opinion trackers known as UK Pulse.

Successful launch for the Pink Training Academy

The opening of a specialised training facility for women in Derby attracted visitors from around the UK at its official launch in July.

Installers should 'take advantage of GDHIF work'

ECIC is urging installers to take advantage of GDHIF in the next six months - but to ensure they have adequate cover and accreditations in place first.

Test Products International acquires C-Cubed

JP Aleskus Jr., president of US company Test Products International (TPI), has announced the purchase of British firm C-Cubed.

Almost a third of construction firms back zero-hours contracts

A survey by Close Brothers Business Barometer has revealed almost a third (32%) of UK construction businesses are in favour of zero-hours contracts despite the widespread controversy surrounding them.

Gas fitter sentenced after repeated illegal gas work

A gas fitter has been given a suspended prison sentence for carrying out repeated illegal and dangerous gas work at homes and businesses in Norfolk.

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