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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.

Construction firms fined after workers hurt in scaffold collapse

A house builder and a scaffolding company have been fined after two bricklayers were hurt falling from an unsafe scaffold.

OFTEC launches campaign to encourage consumers to "think tank"

OFTEC has teamed up with the Environment Agency and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) to launch a new 'Tank Safe' campaign. They are urging the one million oil using homes in England, Wales and Scotland to carry out crucial safety checks on their storage tanks during the summer months.

Viessmann purchases electronic control supplier PSV

The Viessmann Group has acquired Project Service and Valve (PSV).

Wilo's photographic competition launched

Following a successful internal competition in 2013, Wilo UK has launched a national photographic competition, 'Wilo loves Water'.

Fatality figures at record low after 40 years of Health and Safety at Work Act

The number of fatalities at work in Britain has dropped by 85% over the past 40 years, from more than 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 today, according to the Health & Safety Executive.

Calor offers LPG training support

Calor, supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is offering heating installers the chance to go 'back to school' and brush up on their skills with a £200 contribution towards LPG safety training.

New Legionella laws for landlords and letting agents

Logic Certification has updated its Legionella Prevention and Water Treatment course, in response to the revised legislation regarding the potential threat of legionella bacteria in rented properties.

Bankruptcies continue to decline for Scottish construction industry

There was positive news for the Scottish construction industry today (29 July) as new figures show the number of construction companies going bankrupt fell from 18 in the second quarter of 2013 to 11 in quarter two of 2014.

Survey reveals employer insurance is unclear for construction workers

Almost 60% of UK construction site workers wrongly believe that their employers must have insurance in place to pay their salaries and medical benefits if they are off work, according to a survey conducted for Sovereign Health Care.

Possible merger for Carillion and Balfour Beatty

Carillion and Balfour Beatty have confirmed that they are in preliminary talks over a possible merger between the two companies.

Builder sentenced for 'illegal and incompetent' gas work

The senior partner of a building firm in Crawley has been sentenced after carrying out illegal and incompetent work on gas fittings and exposing a local family to the dangers of fire or explosion.

HSE inspection campaign targets poor site safety

A targeted campaign of construction site inspections has seen enforcement action taken at one in six sites across the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Ideal Boilers calls for mandatory CO alarms

Ideal Boilers is supporting a campaign to change the law on carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, to prevent further deaths from the poisonous gas.

Flogas' Premium Partner scheme offers new opportunities for installers

Flogas Renewables has announced the launch of its Premium Partner scheme to enable Solar PV installers to work on large-scale projects without credit ratings and cash-flow becoming a problem.

Industry responds to closure of Green Deal Fund

The industry has expressed its disappointment following the Department of Energy & Climate Change's (DECC) announcement of the closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) effective immediately.

DECC closes Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been closed to applications with immediate effect.

Summer increase in construction & engineering recruitment

According to research from Randstad - the construction & civil engineering recruiter - June is the best month for employers to try and fill professional level vacancies in construction and engineering.

New firm helps tradespeople gain the right qualifications

A new organisation has been set up to help trainee plumbers, electricians and renewable energy installers get their qualifications for jobs.

Flue gas heat recovery removed from Green Deal Fund

Industry has described as "disappointing" DECC's decision to remove passive flue gas heat recovery (PFGHR) from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

NIA calls on energy companies to reinvest green tax cuts in home insulation

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has called for the excess cost savings of the reviewed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to be invested in providing additional insulation measures for struggling households.

Industry figures discuss Domestic RHI so far

Last week marked 100 days since the launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). On Wednesday 16 July, the All-Party Parliamentary Renewable & Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG) held a seminar at the House of Commons to discuss the scheme's progress with industry and government representatives.

TrustMark and Endsleigh improve landlord access to expert installers

TrustMark has formed a partnership with Endsleigh - an independent intermediary providing insurance and financial products - to improve access for landlords looking for expert tradespeople to carry out improvements and repairs on their rental properties.

DECC "ignoring" off-gas grid consumers, claims Calor

Calor has claimed that off gas grid consumers looking to improve their energy efficiency are being "ignored" by the government and excluded from help under FiTs, the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal. UPDATED: DECC responds.

Government must provide clear energy regulations to maintain property investor confidence, says BPF

The property industry has called on government to ensure that all future energy performance targets are implemented with a clear trajectory to maintain investor confidence, following the launch of consultations on the Minimum Building Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund issues almost £50 million in six weeks

An encouraging public and industry response to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has seen more than £43 million worth of vouchers issued in the first six weeks, and over £50 million applied for.

Government announcements signal green light for investment in low-carbon buildings, says UK-GBC

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today responded to two policy announcements relating to green buildings from the government.

Flogas Renewables offers free advice to installers

Flogas Renewables is inviting solar PV installers from across the UK to attend a series of information days in August, looking at the future trends of the industry and the products helping to shape the market.

Public want change to water sector but fear price rises

Rising water prices and bills are householders' biggest fears for the future of the water industry, according to a report from Talis UK.

New proposals require government to tackle fuel poverty

Under proposals published today (22 July), future governments will be legally required to tackle fuel poverty by making the coldest, leakiest homes in England more energy efficient.

TrustMark's new chief executive looks to the future

Simon Ayers has joined TrustMark as its new chief executive, taking over from Alan Slaney who ran the organisation as interim chief executive officer since June 2013. Mr Slaney has now returned to the Board as a non-executive director.

Housing bubble sparks fears for future of property maintenance industry

Property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk is concerned for its sector's future due to the rising costs of property prices.

Open day at the Pink Training Academy

Ideal Boilers is the proud sponsor of a specialised training facility for female installers, The Pink Training Academy, which will open its doors on 29 July.

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