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TrustMark welcomes new guideline on tougher sentencing for rogue traders

A new sentencing guideline published last week has been welcomed by TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark for reputable tradesmen, as it could mean tougher sentencing for rogue traders who defraud and rip off the public.

The business benefits of health and safety

With the recent publication of UK Q1 business investment figures, a new literature review by the British Safety Council is a clear reminder that effectively investing to reduce workplace risks can save lives and save money.

Asbestos firm's errors exposed workers to hidden killer

A specialist asbestos removal company has been fined after it exposed workers to dangerous fibres during demolition of a former school building.

Work opportunities for Scottish builders

Constructionline is hosting a free event for builders in Scotland, where they can meet Seddon's procurement team to learn about winning work on a newbuild care home.

'Boiler on Prescription' scheme launched

Social business Gentoo Group has set up a 'Boiler on Prescription' scheme for NHS patients suffering from respiratory conditions caused by cold homes.

Installers called to support change to law on carbon monoxide alarms

Installers are being urged to sign an e-petition, which aims to save lives by sparking a change in the law on carbon monoxide alarms.

Worker who exposed himself to asbestos "beggars belief"

A supervisor in charge of removing asbestos from a Canterbury school boiler house has been prosecuted after he recklessly exposed himself to the dangerous material.

Building contractor fined after exposing homeowners to asbestos

Suffolk-based Columbus Building Contractors has been fined after exposing workers and homeowners to asbestos material during work on an Ipswich home.

Consumers are not checking qualifications, research shows

Consumers are not asking for proof of industry qualifications, according to recent findings from a poll conducted by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors.

Energy-efficiency measures can help decrease anxiety, suggests NEA

National Energy Action (NEA) has voiced its support of Mental Health Awareness week, which this year took place from 12 - 18 May.

New Legionella outbreaks cause concern

Two new Legionella outbreaks has raised awareness of the need to maintain strict water hygiene.

Landlord ignores gas safety warnings

A Blackburn landlord has been fined after she ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a property with five gas appliances.

New housebuilding a 'missed opportunity' for solar

Trina Solar has called on the industry to pay more attention to solar energy as housebuilding figures continue to rise.

"Worrying" lack of CO awareness discovered by poll

Shockingly few people understand the symptoms and characteristics of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, according to a recent online poll.

Green Deal Finance Company ends early repayment charges

The Green Deal Finance Company has removed early repayment charges on all future Green Deal Plans.

Unregistered gas fitter continues to flout the law

A Radstock man has been prosecuted for illegal gas work at properties in Shepton Mallet, Midsomer Norton and Paulton.

Association lobbies government to include hot water cylinders in Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The Hot Water Association is calling on government to include hot water cylinders in the list of approved energy efficiency measures outlined in the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

Installers are invited to the launch of PHEX+ at Alexandra Palace next week

Bringing both the commercial and domestic sides of the market together under one roof, PHEX+ will run from 10am - 4pm on Tuesday 20 May and Wednesday 21 May, expanding to meet installer demand.

Green Deal's quality assurance scheme for installers does not imply quality installation

PAS2030, an accreditation scheme that all gas engineers must have prior to being allowed to undertake work on the government's Green Deal scheme, does not imply a quality installation will be carried out, says director of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, Roger Webb.

Gas Industry Awards 2014 honours outstanding achievements

The winners of the Gas Industry Awards 2014 were announced at London's Park Lane Hilton on 14 May 2014, honouring the outstanding people and companies who have helped to make the gas industry great through innovative new processes, exceptional individual enthusiasm and personal commitment.

Rural energy to showcase cutting-edge biomass technology in open week

Leading green energy expert Rural Energy is showcasing the latest in biomass technology during an open week at the end of this month.

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.

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