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Shower for the freshest thinking

There is a link between showers and creativity, according to research from Hansgrohe and psychologist Scott Kaufman.

APHC raises awareness through PR campaign

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is working with Armstrong PR to increase consumer awareness of the association.

OFTEC and FPS launch new-look Oilsave website

OFTEC and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers have launched a new-look Oilsave website, offering impartial information and advice to help people get the best from their oil heating systems.

Suspended prison sentence for plumber who carried out illegal gas work

A Suffolk plumber has received a suspended prison sentence after carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work at a home in Lowestoft.

Trade survey points to recovery

Market conditions continued to improve in the second half of last year, according to research carried out by the Building & Engineering Services Association.

Brighton Plumbers nominated for national trade award

A Brighton & Hove plumber has been nominated to receive the 'Best UK Plumber' award at the UK Trade Awards 2014.

Gas Safe Register wins award for Silent Killer campaign

Gas Safe Register has won a prestigious award in recognition of the design of its 'Silent Killer' campaign, which piloted in the north west of England between October 2012 and February 2013.

Energy companies to offer direct debit refunds to British households

Four of the 'Big Six' energy companies will now automatically refund direct debits to customers who are in credit.

Green Deal cash-back scheme expands

Changes to the government's Green Deal cash-back scheme have been announced.

Boiler purchases must be regulated, says Charlie Mullins

Pimlico Plumbers' Charlie Mullins has commented on the potential danger of allowing anyone to purchase boilers and gas equipment.

SkillPLUMB calls for entries

The SkillPLUMB 2014 competition has started its search for the UK's best apprentice plumber.

Record numbers search for recovery tradesmen

As floods and severe weather conditions continue to affect the UK, record numbers of homeowners are searching for flood recovery tradesmen and damp and waterproofing experts, according to TrustMark.

Fraudulent builders put behind bars

Eleven members of a gang have been sentenced by HM Revenue & Customs for setting up 23 fake construction companies to steal £4 million.

SummitSkills seeks independent board directors

SummitSkills is seeking to appoint two independent directors to join its team of board members from April 2014.

Landlord prosecuted for putting family at CO risk

A landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 150 hours of community work for endangering a family with young children after he authorised illegal gas work at a Luton home.

Plumbers encouraged to take the domain plunge

Plumbers are being urged to take advantage of the launch of the new generic Top Level Domain .plumbing, to guarantee a fresh new domain and ensure their business doesn't miss out.

Construction sites targeted in around 6,000 thefts in a single year

Freedom of Information requests sent to 27 police forces around the UK have revealed the shocking extent of construction site thefts and their cost to the industry.

National plumbing competition sees first female make it to the final

Hayley Phenix, 19, has made it through to the final of the UK Copper Board National Apprentice Plumber of the Year competition.

Green deal is doomed without installer support, says industry body

The Green Deal is doomed to fail unless it fully engages with the UK's 135,000 heating installers according to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council.

National legionella scheme launched

A national legionella scheme has been launched by the Plumbing & Heating Contractors Alliance, to ensure compliance with the Health & Safety Executive's Approved Code of Practice.

Competition gives plumbers the chance to win mentoring from former Dragon

Plumbing businesses from across the UK are being given the opportunity to win a month's worth of priceless mentoring from the former Dragons' Den investor, Simon Woodroffe OBE.

RHI training voucher scheme gets boost

The £500,000 RHI training voucher scheme, launched in October last year, has been extended by an additional £150,000.

Heating controls are too difficult for people with sight loss

Many people with sight loss are unable to control their heating or cut their fuel bills because heating dials and switches are too difficult to use, according to research published today.

Energy Secretary called to "overhaul" ECO

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being called on to overhaul the way the Energy Companies Obligation scheme is administered to prevent it from "descending into chaos".

New HETAS Guide published

The 2014 version of the HETAS Guide to approved products and appliances has now been published.

Last call for entries to OFTEC's 2014 Awards for Excellence

OFTEC registered technicians have less than a month to shine a light on their achievements and enter the new look OFTEC 2014 Awards for Excellence.

Survey shows plumbers are failing to embrace social media

The UK plumbing sector is falling behind other UK industries when it comes to engaging with customers online, according to a survey from shower and tap brand Bristan.

UK reaches first carbon reduction target

The UK has met its first carbon budget, which is the first step in fulfilling government's commitment to cut Britain's emissions by 80% to 2050.

Industry training awards presented at Millennium Centre

Several apprentices have been presented with awards at this year's Building Services Engineering Industry Training Awards, which took place in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 3 February.

Illegal boiler installation put residents at risk of CO poisoning

A gas fitter has been fined for illegally installing a gas boiler at a Newquay home, which left the occupants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Substandard work left homeowners at risk of fire and explosion

An illegal gas fitter has been fined after his substandard work posed a serious threat of fire and explosion.

B&ES Yorkshire celebrates its best young talent

This year's Yorkshire Training Awards celebrated the skills of eight employees from seven companies, all of which are active in Yorkshire.

UK recovery threatened by skills shortage, warns entrepreneur

Will Davies, managing director of property maintenance and refurbishment company aspect.co.uk, has warned that a shortage of skills in the construction industry will grind UK recovery to a halt.

Managing director Eamon Wilson with trainees

New plumbing training centre to open in Northampton

EAS Mechanical has opened a new Northampton-based training centre dedicated to the plumbing and mechanical sector.

Efficient boilers save more on bills than previously thought, reveals EST

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has published updated figures on the amount of fuel - and money - homeowners can save by installing energy efficiency measures in their home.

Construction apprenticeship vacancies increase by two-thirds year on year

More apprenticeship vacancies are being created in the construction sector as applications increase by 34%, according to figures released today by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Installers and consumers 'failed by ECO scheme', claims installer network

Some of the UK's poorest households are being failed by one of the government's flagship carbon reduction initiatives, according the national installer network Futureproof.

JTL reports strong apprenticeship figures

JTL, provider of apprenticeships in the building services engineering sector, has reported a bumper five months apprentice recruitment result.

Tool theft costs UK tradespeople millions

UK tradespeople have lost over £75 million due to tool theft from their vehicles since 2008, according to statistics from Commercial Vehicle Direct Insurance Services.

Minister for Communities Visits NAPIT Bristol Training Centre

Minister for Communities Stephen Williams visited the NAPIT Training Centre in Bristol on 30 January to gain an insight into the life of an electrician and the training aspiring electricians and sustainable technology installers need to get and remain qualified.

London new home registrations hit highest level since records began

The number of new homes registered in London last year was the highest since electronic records began over 26 years ago, new figures from NHBC have revealed.

Research shows benefits of improving minority ethnic housing

Investing in housing improvements among minority ethnic households in England has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and makes economic sense, according to a new study by BRE and the Race Equality Foundation.

Climate Center reports surging air conditioning and refrigeration sales

Climate Center has reported surging demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, with the 'bumper summer' continuing through the autumn and winter.

'Meet the Buyer' for Manchester construction firms

Construction firms in Manchester are being invited to a free Meet the Buyer event to find out about millions of pounds' worth of work opportunities.

Guidance for working at height to be simplified

An overhaul of guidance on working at height was launched on 28 January as part of the government's long-term economic plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses' time and money.

APHC and City & Guilds launch Employer Engagement seminars

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is working in partnership with City & Guilds to deliver a series of free Employer Engagement seminars at boiler manufacturer training centres across the UK.

£10 million fund announced for the development of innovative low carbon designs

British entrepreneurs are set to benefit from a share of £10million to help bring new and innovative energy efficient products to market, Minister of Energy & Climate Change Greg Barker announced on 28 January.

2013 survey shows significant changes in social housing sector

Progress is being made on the deployment of sustainable retrofit, but not as fast as registered providers have anticipated, according to a survey carried out by Alliance Procurement, the National Energy Foundation and the University of Salford.

Value of the construction industry rockets

The value of construction projects in the UK has increased by 67.1% in the last year, according to Barbour ABI's recent Economic & Construction Market Review.

Power to the people

Local communities will be able to take more control of their energy bills and help transform the energy system thanks to proposals unveiled by the government in Britain's first Community Energy Strategy.

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