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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.

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.