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Are you prepared for ErP changes?

New changes to the ErP Regulations come into force next month, removing lower efficiency water heaters from the market

Warehouse giveaway raises money for children’s charity

A Kent heating firm has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s hospice by holding a warehouse giveaway of excess stock. Swale Heating opened up its warehouse to its engineers as part of a yearly clear-out.

Pimlico Plumbers to take self-employment case ruling to Supreme Court

Pimlico Plumbers has been granted permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal, which ruled that one of the company’s former self-employed plumbers was entitled to employment rights.

Firebird and Happy Energy partner up for ECO Scheme

Happy Energy has teamed up with Firebird, to offer its heating engineers access to a multimillion-pound grant-funding scheme, which could allow installers to offer customers Firebird oil boilers completely free of charge.

STA secures tax win for solar and batteries for householders

Solar Trade Association (STA) has secured 5% rate of VAT on battery storage for householders installing a storage system alongside a new solar PV system. The win significantly improves the economics of installing solar and storage and brings the VAT treatment of storage in line with the treatment of household fuels, grid energy supply and other onsite technologies.

Unite welcomes excellent long-term plumbing pay deal

Following lengthy negotiations with employer representatives from the plumbing industry, Unite, a UK construction union, has secured a three-year pay deal for plumbers employed under the Joint Industry Board (JIB) plumbing national agreement.

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The commissioning of an independent review of Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

UK construction industry growth slows to its lowest in six years

Growth prospects for the construction industry in 2018 have been downgraded as the UK prepares to leave the EU, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

APHC’s Quality Plumber Week

Quality Plumber Week will run from 2 to 8 October to celebrate the skilled work plumbing and heating engineers carry out everyday.

Lunch 'n' Learn with DMS

On the 16 August, DMS Metering Solutions are hosting a Lunch ‘N’ Learn four hour session where its team will be explaining the Sontex Superstatic range of Heat Meters, including the latest software overviews on AMR, Data Collection, M-BUS, Radio, Wireless Radio and Billing.

Conference to celebrate women installers

The first ever Women Installers' Together Conference will take place on 13 September, 2017, in order to celebrate the achievements and skills of the UK's female plumbing and heating installers.

Grant UK supports Bath Rugby for a third season

Grant UK is a Business Partner of Bath Rugby for the 2017/18 season and will supporting the boys in Blue, Black and White for the third year running.

Irwin Tools says thanks to tradespeople

Irwin Tools, a manufacturer in hand tools and power tools accessories, is celebrating the UK and Ireland’s trade professionals with the return of its National Trade Appreciation Day.

HomeServe celebrates £68,000 charity fundraising efforts

From Sky dives and car washes to half marathons and bake sales, HomeServe People have been working hard during the past year to raise more than £30,000 for local charitable organisations.

DIY SOS needs you!

DIY SOS is calling for trades and volunteers to help them with their latest transformation in Swansea as part of BBC Children in Need.

APHC calls for industry to champion quality plumbers

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is calling for the industry to pull together to champion the diverse skills of plumbing and heating engineers and celebrate the important role they play in keeping people healthy and safe.

Is Vogue from Ideal the industry's best kept secret?

According to installers across the UK, the Vogue range of boilers from Ideal is one of the industry's best kept secrets thanks to its ease of installation and premium parts and components.

Honeywell Home Safety urges installers to spread the word on CO safety

New research by Gas Safe Register suggests that homeowners are more concerned about food poisoning than they are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning when it comes to barbecuing. Here, Adrian Keats from Honeywell’s Home Safety business comments on the research.

UK Plumber of the Year 2017 shortlist has been revealed

The 15 plumbers listed below impressed the official judging partner of the competition, Watersafe, with their entries and now they need your votes!

Landlord prosecuted over gas safety failure

Pembrokeshire County Council has warned landlords that they must meet their gas safety regulation obligations after a landlord was fined £15,290 for failing to obtain a Landlord Gas Safety Record.

Xylem moves heat exchanger production to Axminster

Xylem has moved the manufacture of its Lowara brazed and gasketed plate heat exchangers to its in-house production facility in Axminster, Devon.

Viessmann becomes global partner of Huddersfield Town

Viessmann has extended and increased its sponsorship of Huddersfield Town Football Club for the 2017/18 season.

On Tap Plumbers wins new London contracts

Commercial plumbing firm On Tap Plumbers has successfully tendered for two major London projects - the Canary Wharf Group's Wood Wharf Development and leading accountancy firm Deloitte's expansion of its London HQ in New Street Square.

Boilercare’s paperless business with the help of BigChange technology

New technology is helping Cheshire based Boilercare 24/7 to smash its million pound revenue target by the end of 2017. 

OFTEC registrations hit four-year high

OFTEC has marked the 15th anniversary of its industry recognised Competent Person Scheme with the news that registration numbers have hit their highest level since 2013.

Material prices are soaring, says FMB

A third of small building firms say that soaring material prices are squeezing their margins with almost a quarter having had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Gas Safety Trust to fund CO poisoning study

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced that it is to provide funds to Newcastle University for a study into possible new ways to detect carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which could be used when CO exposure is suspected at lower levels.

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The commissioning of an independent review of Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Young homeowners turn to social media for home improvements

Over half of young homeowners turn to YouTube videos or other social media channels when it comes to carrying out home improvements or repairs, according to new research from Plentific.com.

Rise in plumbing courses fails to address the skills gap

The industry is being flooded by trainees with basic plumbing qualifications rather than the higher skills needed to address the skills gap, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Worcester appoints new controls and connectivity team

Worcester, Bosch Group has strengthened its support for the emerging connected appliances market by appointing a dedicated Controls & Connectivity team within its award-winning Technical Support department.

At work waste is a major landfill contributor

According to new research, a number of tradespeople are failing to recycle efficiently. The survey of 1,055 British adults carried out by tradeskips.com, found that 73% do not recycle their waste materials in their place of work, compared to 22% who do not at home.

Clydebank plumbing and heating engineer is Screwfix’s top tradesperson

Lluis Dalmau, a plumbing and heating engineer from Clydebank, has been announced as the winner of the Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2017 competition.

Nearly half of UK adults admit to paying cash for a cheaper deal, according to survey

A recent survey by Plentific.com reports that almost half (46%) of UK adults admit to having paid a tradespeople cash in hand for work, in order to get a cheaper deal.

Poor household plumbing causes tap water quality failures

Nearly a quarter of water sample failures taken at customers’ taps didn’t reach quality standards because household plumbing doesn’t reach the mark.

District heating is hot topic in Birmingham

REHAU’s District Heating workshop in Birmingham was a sell-out success, with delegates from across the Midlands coming along to find out more about the benefits and practicalities of District Heating.

Stelrad unveils new logo

Over the past few years, the Stelrad Radiators logo has seen a number of gentle tweaks as it evolves – and the latest version has recently been unveiled, seeing the addition of the words ‘Radiator Group’ under the company name and alongside the red and blue logo style.

Mira partners with charity: water

Mira Showers has become a brand partner of charity: water as part of its ongoing community-centred approach to charity engagement.

Van drivers are facing a 29.5% insurance price rise

Van drivers are facing annual insurance price rises of 29.5% as new compensation rules and tax increases send premiums soaring, new analysis from insurance market research experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

Heating season rewards on Honeywell

Honeywell have launched an installer reward scheme that give customers points to spend on Costa Coffee vouchers, games consoles, experience days and a Ford Connect van.

Plumber short courses fail to address skill gap, according to BESA

Trainees with basic plumbing qualifications are flooding the industry rather than those with a higher skills level that are needed to address the skills gap, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Global boiler market heats up as the UK is no longer the largest market

Driven by environmental policy uptake and increasing “gasification” in Asia, the domestic boiler market grew in 2016 to 12.7 million units with China recording the most dynamic market uptake.

Industry companies back new tradespeople comparison service

HaMuch, a new comparison service for tradespeople that focuses on hourly or daily rates, will launch to the public UK in October and has been partnered by several industry companies.

APHC reminds employers of their legal duties regarding workplace pensions

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is reminding industry employers that they need to understand what their legal responsibilities are, what they need to do, and by when.

The smart way to talk technical

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched two new websites, which will not only give members the latest technical developments in the industry, but also boost their business knowledge on legal, marketing and financial issues.

Ideal Bathrooms achieves millionaire status

In the world of health and safety (H&S), joining the millionaires means one million working hours (or five years) without a single lost hour’s accident anywhere within the workforce. That is what Ideal Bathrooms has achieved to become a member of parent company St. Gobain’s Millionaires Club.

SNIPEF installs new President

SNIPEF is pleased to announce that the incoming President for 2017/18 is Mr Gerry Woods of Paisley.

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed reports that a full review of the Building Regulations will be carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Ladders and swings top creativity table for #FlexYourPex competition

Ladders, swings, mug holders, and dumbbells are just a few of the creative uses plumbers and merchants have found for Speedfit connections, as part of JG Speedfit’s ‘Flex Your Pex’ competition.

Size matters, and Rinnai wants to help

Rinnai has launched a Site Sizing Service, designed to give contractors and users the right mix of products and system which fit the needs of the site, rather than a 'one size fits all approach' seen with traditional hot water heating systems.

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