News

NHBC figures show sustained UK house-building growth in 2014

NHBC figures reveal sustained growth and consolidation in the UK housing industry for the start of 2014 - with encouraging growth in London and the rest of the UK.

Bumper start to 2014 for Trustmark tradesmen

After a long winter of extreme weather and the welcome emergence of spring, record numbers of homeowners have been searching for expert tradesmen to not only repair and maintain their properties, but also to improve their interior and exterior of their homes.

UK businesses held back by £4.3bn funding gap

A funding gap of £4.3 billion is holding back small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and preventing economic growth, according to new research released today by crowdfunding business Money&Co.

Homeowners 'struggle to find trusted builders'

British homeowners are not doing maintenance and repair work because they cannot find builders and other tradesmen that they trust, according to the 2014 Homeowner Survey.

Scaffolding firm fined after worker breaks heels in fall from height

Swan Scaffolding Contractors was fined yesterday following an incident in which a worker fell two metres from a ladder, sustaining serious foot injuries.

Firm fined for failing to communicate asbestos risk

Battersea building firm Redwood Contractors was fined yesterday, after failing to highlight the known presence of asbestos when insulating board at a Berkshire warehouse.

Nine major contractors aim to save industry £25 million

Nine of the UK's biggest contractors have agreed to adopt best-practice pre-qualification practices, which could save the industry up to £25 million per year by reducing duplication.

PHEX+ offers installers the best of commercial and domestic exhibitors at Alexandra Palace

For 20 years, PHEX has been recognised as the leading regional trade exhibition series for the installer and contractor sector, offering a unique exhibition experience for exhibitors and visitors alike.

McNaughton steps down as Balfour Beatty announces profit shortfall

Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton has stepped down with immediate effect, as the company warns of a £30 million shortfall in its UK construction business.

(Left to right) Petroc College lecturer Harvey Brades, CIPHE national competition judge Tony Kite, Chris Adey, Jack Barker, CIPHE CEO Kevin Wellman and Mira Showers

National Apprentice Plumber of the Year winner announced

Jack Barker was crowned National Apprentice Plumber of the Year 2014 in last week's competitive grand final, hosted by Adey Professional Heating Solutions in Cheltenham.

Bristan launches social media network for plumbers

Bristan has launched a social media network exclusively for the plumbing community, to provide installers with a free, dedicated area to share information or ask questions in one central place.

Better apprentice health checks could save Scottish government more than £30 million

The Scottish government could save more than £30 million over the next decade if a more proactive approach is taken to tackling work-related ill health among apprentices, according to new figures.

Housing boom is not translating to jobs, say industry professionals

More than half of industry professionals feel that the increase in residential sales is not translating to jobs, a recent survey has shown.

75-year-old installer given suspended prison sentence over dangerous boiler installation

An Essex installer was given a suspended prison sentence and 150 hours of unpaid community work after carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work at a home in Colchester.

New cross-party inquiries start policy debate to transform how we heat homes

Carbon Connect launched the 'Future Heat Series' at a conference event in Parliament yesterday, to look at major transformations needed over coming decades to decarbonise how we heat homes and buildings.

PHEX+ to host series of product related CPD sessions

For the launch of PHEX+ at the Alexandra Palace in May 2014, the exhibition has teamed up with some of the leading industry manufacturers and suppliers to provide a comprehensive training programme throughout the two days of the exhibition.

Consumers offered up to £7600 to make their homes more energy efficient

Households carrying out energy efficiency improvements on their home can now get more money back to offset the cost of having the work done through a new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

'Shale Gas will strengthen UK energy security and create new source of revenue' says EUA Chief

The Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) has welcomed a shale gas supply chain report showing huge potential economic benefits to the UK economy and measures to minimise the environmental impacts of shale gas has been announced by the government.

Calor partners with Worcester, Bosch group

Calor has joined the Worcester Accredited Installer Scheme as a partner, enabling the company to provide LPG advice and support to more heating engineers than ever before.

Biomass suppliers list open for applications ahead of Autumn deadline

From today, woodfuel suppliers will be able to register their fuels as sustainable by applying to the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL).

Proposed changes in funding for apprenticeships

Apprenticeship reform will affect the way funding is allocated for apprenticeships, warns the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors.

Could you be a Gas Safe Hero?

Engineers who have helped to keep an individual, family or community gas safe have been invited to share their stories ahead of Gas Safety Week 2014, which takes place on 15 to 21 September.

Gas fitter fined after disregarding manufacturer's warning notice

An unregistered gas fitter has been prosecuted for an illegal and dangerous boiler installation at a Bournemouth home.

Decent Homes programme pays health dividends

Improvements made under the Decent Homes Programme have reduced costs to the National Health Service in treating housing-related injuries and illnesses by millions, according to a study by BRE Trust.

Questions raised over MCS product testing

One of the UK's leading heating and hot water appliance manufacturers has criticised the number of barriers now in place for those looking to achieve

Boiler sales on the rise

UK boiler sales saw an increase of just over 18% in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, according to figures from the Heating & Hotwater Council.

Boom in business for Pimlico Plumbers

Pimlico Plumbers has reported a revenue increase of around half a million pounds for the first quarter of 2014.

Work opportunities for Inverness builders

Scottish builders are being invited to meet the McLaughlin & Harvey team at New Drumossie Hotel in Inverness tomorrow, to learn about winning work on local projects worth millions of pounds.

Construction product sales predicted to rise

Sales of construction products rose in Q1, and sales are expected to rise even further during Q2 and over the next 12 months, judging by the Construction Products Association's latest State of Trade Survey.

Plumbing and heating engineer competes for national apprentice award

HCS Mechanical in Northallerton has the champagne on ice in preparation for the forthcoming UK Copper Board National Apprentice of the Year 2014 Awards.

PHEX+ brings you 90% of the UK's boiler manufacturers under one roof

For all the latest boiler products and market developments, installers are encouraged to attend the PHEX+ exhibition on 20 and 21 May at Alexandra Palace, L

Call for evidence issued by Parliamentary inquiry into carbon monoxide safety

A Parliamentary inquiry investigating ways to improve carbon monoxide safety across the UK is calling for public evidence.

Renewable installer breaks back in fall from height

A solar panel installation firm and its technical director have been prosecuted after an employee broke his back when he fell six metres through the roof light of a barn in Northamptonshire.

Industry must capitalise on new opportunities, says RICS

The private housing sector is driving a construction industry revival, according to the RICS Construction Market Survey for Q1, although skills shortages still threaten recovery.

Construction activity is on the rise, according to report

Construction activity rose to pre-Christmas levels last month, after a sharp drop in February due to the bad weather, according to a report released today.

HomeServe reveals home emergency trends

A faulty boiler is one of the most common home emergencies, according to research carried out by Canadean on behalf of HomeServe.

Late payment remains a concern, says Forum

Despite positive news on the UK economy, the continuing culture of late payment remains a concern for many small businesses, according to the latest research from the Forum of Private Business.

Energy switching times to halve by end of the year

Switching energy supplier is set to become much quicker, with energy companies confirming they are committed to slashing switching times by 50% by the end of the year.

HWA joins IMechE in calling on government to produce roadmap for energy storage

With attention turning to the security of UK gas supplies following events in the Ukraine, industry is calling for government to produce a roadmap for energy storage.

Tradespeople are travelling further to to get jobs

British tradespeople are travelling on average 355 miles a month to get to jobs the length and breadth of the country, according to new research by Direct Line for Business, the equivalent of travelling to New York and back every year.

Polypipe is admitted to the London Stock Exchange

Polypipe Group was yesterday admitted to full trading on the London Stock Exchange main market.

Plumber prosecuted over illegal gas work at two fast-food restaurants

An Essex plumber was given a suspended prison sentence and community service after carrying out illegal and unsafe gas work at two fried chicken shops in Southend-on-Sea.

Stockport plumber arrested for tax fraud

A 36-year-old plumber from Stockport was arrested yesterday on suspicion of failing to pay the correct personal and business taxes for almost 10 years.

Installers encouraged to visit PHEX+ to meet with the biggest names in the domestic and commercial sectors

Installers wanting to stay up to date with latest technology and market developments, including the Renewable Heat Incentive, are invited to attend the PHEX+ exhibition on 20 and 21 May at Alexandra Palace, London.

HHIC responds to ECO consultation

The Heating & Hotwater Association is concerned that low prices currently being paid for installations under the Energy Company Obligation could lead to lower quality installations.

Installers reminded to watch out for the launch of the Water Label

APHC is reminding installers that the Water Label will start to appear on a wide range of products as of summer 2014.

Honeywell to work with Warwick University on pioneering research into behavioural change

Honeywell is partnering with Warwick Universwity in an 18-month programme to develop proven best practices for energy reduction through long-term changes in human behaviour.

Suspended prison sentence for illegal installer

An unregistered Staffordshire gas fitter has been handed a suspended prison sentence for potentially endangering lives through illegal gas work.

Industry raises concerns over Third Party Inspection

Electrical Safety First has raised concerns over changes to the way electrical work in the home is checked to ensure its safety.

Breathing Buildings wins patent dispute

Natural ventilation specialist Breathing Buildings has successfully defended the University of Cambridge's Passive Stack patent for low-energy e-stack ventilation technology.

Sign Up

Sign up to our weekly eNewsletter to receive all the latest news direct to your inbox