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Inta helps plumbers plug knowledge gaps

Plumbers and installers of all ages are being encouraged by Inta to continue their education by utilising the company's range of free information tools.

"Communication is key", says National Skills Academy

Following the government's voucher scheme launch, Cathryn Hickey, executive director at the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, has said "communication is key" when it comes to helping installers and their customers understand the benefits of going green.

Toolstation celebrates 10th anniversary with 'birthday bonanza'

Toolstation is celebrating its 10th birthday with a huge giveaway of prizes, including a Ford Transit Custom 270 SWB van and a six-piece Makita kit worth £749.98.

Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy wins award

The Willmott Dixon 4Life Academy has won the People Development Award at the Birmingham Post Business Awards.

Green Deal should follow Northern Ireland scheme's lead, says OFTEC

OFTEC is calling for reforms to be made to the government's Green Deal scheme to encourage greater take-up of high-efficiency boilers, in a bid to help meet the UK's challenging climate change targets.

Vary room temperatures to reduce bills

The Manufacturers' Association of Radiators & Convectors (MARC) has welcomed advice from Public Health England advising homeowners to vary the temperatures at which they heat different rooms.

£5 million funding for renewables in social housing

57 social landlords across Great Britain have been awarded a share of £5 million to get more renewable heating into the homes of tenants, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has announced.

Housebuilder urges tradespeople to help build Britain

Persimmon Homes is launching a recruitment drive to find tradespeople across its 24 businesses as it gears up to build more homes across the UK.

Training voucher scheme launched to help industry install renewable heating systems

Today, Energy Secretary Edward Davey set up a £500,000 fund aimed at raising the skill set of domestic heating engineers, to enable them to install and maintain renewable heating systems.

Which? Trusted Traders endorsement scheme launches

Which? has launched an endorsement scheme that aims to help consumers recognise reputable and trustworthy traders after its research indicated they were struggling to do so.

Construction professionals among the most fulfilled workers in UK

Construction professionals are among the most fulfilled workers in the UK, according to specialist recruiter Randstad CPE.

Plumber reaches final of UK Worker of the Year awards

Heating and plumbing engineer, Paul Dove, 43, from Lincolnshire, received worthy recognition at the UK Worker of the Year awards.

UK-manufactured bathroom fittings named 'most reliable'

The majority of tradespeople would opt to buy British-made bathroom fittings, according to a new study from UKBathrooms.com.

GTEC Training secures high-profile contract with DECC

Renewable energy training provider GTEC Training has been appointed by the Department of Energy & Climate Change to administer a major national grant-funding programme.

Winning streak continues for On Tap Plumbers

St Albans-based company On Tap Plumbers has racked up its second award in just a few months.

Worker suffers serious injuries in fall from height

A heating, ventilation and air conditioning company has been fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious injuries in a fall while repairing an extraction unit in Newcastle.

Three of the Big Six energy providers have announced household energy tariff increases

Energy firm npower has joined SSE and British Gas this week as the third major supplier to announce price rises, with a dual-fuel bill to go up 10.4%.

Failings found at "disappointing" number of construction sites during safety drive

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) during a month long safety drive.

Installers warned to take note of scrap metal licensing

APHC has issued a warning to installers regarding the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, as some have misinterpreted it to mean that plumbers will need a license to dispose of the scrap metal generated in the course of their work.

Pensioner put at risk by dangerous gas work

A Plymouth gas engineer has been fined for endangering the life of a pensioner by leaving a fire in an unsafe condition.

Landlord fined for using illegal gas fitters

A landlord has been prosecuted for safety failings relating to illegal and dangerous gas work at two properties in Essex.

UK-GBC launches task group to address Green Deal interest rate

The UK Green Building Council is launching a new task group to examine ways to reduce the current interest rate for the domestic Green Deal.

Latest Green Deal stats show slow growth

The latest statistics for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) up to the end of September have been published.

BBC programme promotes dangerous practice, warns Calor Gas

Calor Gas has expressed extreme concern regarding a recent episode of BBC2's 'The House that £100k Built', which showed how to recycle a gas cylinder into a light fitting.

Marley launches new CIBSE CPD seminar

Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched its new CIBSE accredited CPD: 'A guide to sanitary pipework design'.

Accredited training from Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has been granted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approval by CIBSE for its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) training programme.

New electric water heating course from Redring

Redring, a manufacturer of showering and hot water solutions, has launched a new CPD on electric Water Heating and Part G regulations.

Tougher penalties for rogue traders

Proposals on tougher sentencing for rogue traders who defraud and bribe the public have been welcomed by TrustMark, the government endorsed quality mark for reputable tradesmen.

BPEC Charity Life Awards gives out over £30,000 to plumbing good causes

Over £30,000 has been given out in charitable donations by training and certification provider BPEC to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance life.

UK bathroom manufacturers face closure

UK bathroom manufacturers Ours Sanitaryware and Impulse Bathrooms face potential closure following a decision by Hong Kong-based parent company HKR International.

The domestic RHI needs to change, says OFTEC

The government's domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme is currently costly, impractical and unlikely to attract consumers unless the focus changes, according to OFTEC.

Firm fined for exposing installers and public to asbestos

A North East glass firm has been fined after potentially exposing nearly 200 workers and visitors to dangerous asbestos fibres at its Consett premises.

Air conditioning firm fined after apprentice breaks arm in three metre fall

An air conditioning company has been fined for failing to provide adequate safety measures after an apprentice engineer broke his arm when he fell three metres through a fragile plasterboard ceiling.

Asbestos removal expert put workers at risk of deadly fibres

An asbestos expert has been fined after workers under his supervision were exposed to potentially deadly fibres at a college in Greater Manchester.

CITB responds to APPG Green Deal report

CITB has commented on the latest Green Deal report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment.

New assurance scheme keeps consumer 'WaterSafe'

October 2013 sees the official launch of WaterSafe, the UK's first all-industry national plumbing assurance scheme set to re-focus standards within the UK plumbing sector.

Suspended jail time for illegal installer who posed as Gas Safe registered engineer

A Stoke-on-Trent man has received a suspended prison sentence after posing as a Gas Safe registered engineer and falsifying a Landlord's Gas Safety Record.

Landlord fined for unsafe gas work

A Cornish landlord has been fined for risking the lives of neighbours by carrying out work on a domestic gas boiler, despite being unqualified to do so.

Second Help to Buy phase launched early

The second phase of the government's Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

Report urges government to review Green Deal barriers

MPs have warned government not to water down climate change targets in next year's review of the fourth carbon budget, and to address significant barriers to Green Deal take-up.

Solar energy is central to renewable expansion

Sensitively-sited solar PV energy will be central to the growth of renewables in Britain, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said today.

Green Deal needs increased incentives, says industry

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment, which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.

APHC warns SMEs of the importance of keeping adequate business records

APHC is warning all businesses who provide company vehicles to their employees to ensure they keep adequate business records, especially on business mileage, in the wake of increased checks from HMRC.

Builder fined for illegal gas work after trying to evade justice

A self-employed builder, who purposefully evaded the Health & Safety Executive, has been fined for putting an Essex family in danger of leaking gas pipes after illegally replacing a boiler.

Solar panels now available from IKEA

IKEA launches a range of solar panels as new research suggests homeowners across the UK want to save money on energy bills but are put off by installing solar panels by the price.

New UKLPG report shows LPG is "essential" for a low-carbon future

UKLPG is urging government to ensure that Liquefied Petroleum Gas plays a key role in plans to meet the nation's carbon reduction targets in the future.

HVP needs you!

HVP will be attending both PHEX Manchester and PHEX Chelsea in the coming months to get firsthand feedback from installers on the state of the industry.

HSE announces important legislation changes

Two revised health and safety regulations take effect today that will help businesses more easily comply with the law.

NAPIT encourages installers to take advantage of construction growth

According to Construction Products Association forecasts, the construction industry is due to improve its current output by 4.5% by 2015. NAPIT believes this is the perfect time for installers to consider expansion and make the most of new skills to take advantage of this trend.

Score yourself tickets in Hep2O's Big Match

Plumbing and heating specialist Hep2O kicks off the biggest promotion of the sporting calendar next week, as it celebrates the launch of its new underfloor heating system, Hep2O Underfloor Heating.

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