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ForgeFix ScrewsArt fundraising goes intergalactic

Distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ForgeFix looks set to repeat its success in using an unique form of art to raise money for charity.

Are apprentices the solution to the UK’s skills gap?

Apprentices are the solution to addressing the UK’s skills gap, say 82% of UK SMEs in results obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that questions over 900 UK and RoI SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

Competition to treat hungry tradespeople to an ultimate lunchtime delivery

A new competition is on the lookout for deserving tradespeople to win their ultimate lunchtime treat, delivered straight to them on the job.

Industry reacts to Clean Growth Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, and many throughout the industry have praised it.

NIBE releases a vision for UK homes off the gas grid

NIBE has released a paper in response to the launch of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, with its proposals for driving the future of renewables.

Decarbonising heat priority for boiler installations with new legislation

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced Boiler Plus, which encourages energy efficiency by mandating requirements for heating systems, setting out new expectations regarding what both manufacturers and installers have to deliver.

Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group announces Novy as new supplier

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG) welcomes Novy as a new appliance supplier to the expanding portfolio available to members.

Prospects for the UK Builders and Plumbers Merchants market cautiously optimistic

It is estimated that the UK builders and plumbers merchants’ market will see growth of 2% in 2017, compared with 2016, in value terms.

Quality Plumber Week unites the plumbing and heating industry

The power of social media was apparent between 2 and 8 October with Quality Plumber Week receiving widespread industry support from installers, suppliers and manufacturers.

Ideal Standard become latest BiKBBI corporate sponsor

BiKBBI Chief Executive Damian Walters has confirmed that Ideal Standard is the latest brand to join the organisation as Corporate Sponsors, adding to an ever-expanding group of high profile manufacturers who support positive change within the KBB installation sector.

Solar investors urge government to give large scale solar quick access to CfD Auction

The STA has written, together with seven major investor members, who collectively own 2GW of solar assets, to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy urging him to allow solar back in to auctions for clean power as part of the Clean Growth Strategy.

Online fitted boiler business launches to mixed installer response

Three former executive directors of boiler specialists Help-Link have launched BOXT; an online boiler business.

HiB wins business award

Bathroom product manufacturer HiB has continued its recent winning streak, claiming B2B Company of the Year at the Tamworth Business and Community Awards 2017.

JTL appoints new Chairman

Work-based learning specialist JTL has announced the appointment of its new Chairman. Geoff Russell will succeed Dr Ian Livsey when his term in office ends in December.

Ideal Commercial prepares for upcoming ErP regulations

In preparation for the latest ErP regulations coming into force, Ideal Commercial will be discontinuing its standard efficiency Pressure Jet Oil and Blown Gas boilers with outputs under 400kW.

Lawyer’s focus on potentially fatal boiler parts

The dangers of potentially fatal counterfeit boiler and other parts entering the market will be discussed at this year’s Bathroom & Kitchen Business Conference in the West Midlands.

UK’s finest apprentices earn PM’s praise

The finest skilled young people from the UK fly to Abu Dhabi today (11 October) in their bid to be the best in the world, with the praise of the Prime Minister ringing in their ears.

Honeywell encourages installers to upsell alarms

With Fire Prevention Week now upon us, Honeywell’s Home Safety business is reminding installers of the importance of ensuring homeowners are adequately protected against the dangers of fire and smoke.

British Safety Council launches suite of mental health training courses

Celebrating World Mental Health Day (10 October), the British Safety Council has unveiled its mental health training portfolio.

Elmhurst Energy alerts private landlords ahead of RdSAP update

Elmhurst Energy has developed its new updated RdSAP software ahead of the industry ‘go live’ date for version 9.93 in November 2017.

Tenants at risk from ‘postcode lottery’ of gas safety checks

People living in many of the UK’s five million privately rented properties are caught in a gas safety ‘postcode lottery’.

Gas Tag hires Capita executive

Gas Tag has appointed a former Capita executive to help grow the business.

Anne Timpany receives admission to the Freedom of the City of London

Director and Co-Founder of On Tap Plumbers, Anne Timpany, has received admission to the Freedom of the City of London in The Worshipful Company of Plumbers.

Wolseley resurrects campaign to stamp out ‘Zombie Boiler’ apocalypse

Wolseley Plumb Center is urging installers to unearth boiler horrors they spot on jobs and encourage homeowners to replace them because of the threat they pose. 

New app puts Worcester straight in installers’ pockets

The launch of a new app from Worcester, Bosch Group promises to make it easier than ever for installers to register boiler guarantees, organise appointments, and access Worcester’s full suite of technical literature from the palm of their hand.

Robert Bosch UK Holdings acquires a minority share in BOXT

Robert Bosch UK Holdings has become a minority shareholder in BOXT Limited, based in Leeds. A start-up established in 2017, BOXT currently employs 30 people.

£700 Raised at Wirquin’s Birthday Celebrations

Family run sanitary equipment manufacturer, Wirquin, has held a special family factory tour and party to raise funds and celebrate their 40th birthday.

Aico charity bike ride raises over £19,000

Aico, manufacturer of residential Fire and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in the UK, has raised over £19,000 in donations for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with a charity bike ride from Aico’s premises in Shropshire to its parent company Ei Electronics in Shannon, Ireland; a journey of 247 miles.

Plumbing and HVAC at heart of new App ‘Trade Chimp’

Help is on the way for plumbing and HVAC businesses around the UK with the launch of innovative tech trades services company, Trade Chimp.

Future Leaders are key to improving productivity

Companies must give their young engineers space and time to think, innovate and share their ideas in order to help the industry solve its productivity problems, according to the President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

New financial protection for BiKBBI members and its customers

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI), in partnership with Transpact.com, Europe’s leading escrow provider, launched a new financial protection product to its members and customers.

Changes to renewable heating incentives to drive installation figures

The Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) payment was introduced in 2014 with the aim of encouraging more homeowners to install renewable heating solutions in their homes.

Landlords up their game on energy, but one in 20 rentals still pose hazard

According to a new study by AXA, the private rental sector has seen a rapid improvement in energy efficiency over the past two years, but properties are not meeting standards.

Nationwide rollout for hotun products

Following a successful six-month trial, hotun products will now be available in every CPS branch throughout the UK.

Worcester invests £3.5 million in Training Academy

Worcester, Bosch Group has reopened its flagship Training Academy after a £3.5 million investment programme.

Specflue responds to call for ban on woodburning stoves

Specflue has challenged London Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for a ban on woodburning stoves in some areas of the capital.

HPS charity fundraising reaches £500,000

Plumbing and heating merchant HPS visited Great Ormond Street Hospital last week to present the hospital with a cheque for over £527,000.

W Wright Electrical & Mechanical wins top prize

W Wright Electrical & Mechanical has won the top prize in Graham Plumbers' Merchant's 'Win A Van' competition

Selco gives tadespeople a chance to embrace digital era

A new app designed to make planning and quoting jobs easier for tradespeople has been launched by Selco builders merchant.

Why water matters for tradespeople

Wearing wearing hot, protective clothing are vulnerable to dehydration - even as the weather cools.

An inside look into Pimlico Plumbers’ expansion

HVP visited Pimlico Plumbers to see how its current £1 million expansion is developing, and discover what its future plans and investments are.

Grant UK continues to raise money for Julia’s House

Staff at Grant UK have raised over £350 for local children’s charity Julia’s House with a raffle held in September.

Plumb Center celebrated Gas Safety Week with branch tour

To support Gas Safety Week 2017, a team of industry advocates and Twitter personalities toured Wolseley Plumb Center branches in a Vaillant demo van, with a giant Gas Safe card in tow.

Get involved with Quality Plumber Week

As the plumbing and heating industry enters into the start of its busiest period of the year, 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 that they play in keeping people healthy and safe.

250th Pimlico Plumbers van hits the road

Pimlico Plumbers has continued its rapid expansion by growing its vehicle fleet to support its recruitment drive for experienced engineers.

This is the CITB’s last chance, says FMB

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has one last chance to fundamentally reform, and start facilitating quality training en masse among the construction industry’s smaller firms, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

BESA announces restructure

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has reorganised its management and staff in order to focus resources on increasing value to members.

Pilot heating system set to halve residents’ energy bills

Housing association residents in a development of 49 bungalows in Herefordshire are “set to have their heating bills halved” as work begins on the installation of a communal ground source heating system.

Small companies must take mental health more seriously

Professor Dame Carol Black is calling on SMEs to treat mental health issues as a priority, and suggests practical steps they can take to introduce a good mental health culture.

PR Hull teams up with Worcester for Safety Superhero Day Twitter takeover

The heating industry’s first ever Safety Superhero Day saw experienced installer and industry advocate Paul Hull of @PRHullLtd, team up with Worcester, Bosch Group in a social media takeover aimed encouraging the nation’s heating engineers to champion gas safety.

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