The best and worst parts of self-employment revealed

Scruffs Workwear teamed up with On The Tools in a recent survey of 1,000 people to discover the best and the worst things about being self-employed.

Worcester’s Apprentice of the Year competition enters third round

Worcester’s Apprentice of the Year competition has entered its third round and apprentices are being invited to showcase their work.

Office worker awarded more than £8,000 in CO compensation

Personal Assistant Margaret Colbridge has won £8,250 in compensation after her employer ignored reports of a poisonous smell in her office.

Best practice guidance for district heating

BPF Pipes Group has released best practice guidance to support the growing trend for district heating systems.

National Grid targets fuel poverty with £150m fund to warm homes

National Grid has announced that over 9,000 homes ranging from island cottages on Orkney to terraced houses in London are set to benefit from the first payments from its new £150 million Warm Homes Fund.

New PlumbStock branch opens in Cambridge

A new PlumbStock store has opened ahead of schedule at the Ridgeons Nuffield Road branch in Cambridge.

Switch to electric vehicles could save £13bn a year, report says

If all of Britain’s vans and HGVs were to switch to electricity, businesses could save over £13bn a year in fuel costs alone, according to a new report published today.

Caravan CO alarms get annual testing

The Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS) has announced that it will now annually test carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in caravans and motorhomes.

#PHEXGives raises £1,200 for The Ben Kinsella Trust

Visitors to PHEX Chelsea last month helped to raise £1,200 for knife crime charity The Ben Kinsella Trust.

BPMA launches online pump search function

As a way of helping pump users to undertake that all-important pump selection, the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) has developed a comprehensive online pump selection search facility, which is available for anyone to use.

More than half of tradespeople struggling to recruit, says Screwfix

Research from Screwfix has revealed that 57% of tradespeople are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff to support them.

Baxi donates boilers to college

Baxi Heating has donated some of its latest boilers and other heating equipment to help train construction students at Coleg Cambria in north east Wales.

Plumbers spend most on Secret Santa gifts, says Wonga

Tradespeople spend the most on Secret Santa presents for their colleagues, according to research from Wonga.

Swale Heating launches new training academy

Swale Heating has invested £100,000 in a new training centre which offers in-house training for staff as well as offering a comprehensive range of courses open to plumbers, installers, electricians and gas engineers from outside the company.

Housing association completes heating upgrade programme

Soha Housing has just completed a comprehensive upgrade programme to improve heating in its least energy-efficient properties.

Fire Angel launches Check the Date campaign

Fire Angel launches Check the Date campaign with the launch of a charity single.

Anne Timpany wins national Natwest Everywoman Award

Anne Timpany, Director at On Tap Plumbers, was named as the winner in the Athena category (businesses 6-9 years old) at the 15th annual NatWest Everywoman Awards.

Health and Safety Executive launches new construction advisory network

A new advisory network, aimed at giving all areas of the construction industry a voice, has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Ariston recruiting installers for Greenland installation challenge

Ariston is looking to recruit three intrepid installers to participate in boiler installation challenge.

Electrification espoused in BEAMA report

BEAMA has released a report promoting market integration at a regional level and a co-ordinated business to business approach for electrification.

Miscategorised workers could be liable for holiday pay, warns APHC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is reminding plumbing and heating businesses to check the legal status of the working relationships that they have with individuals.

QRL brings Barlo brand back to mark 50th anniversary

To celebrate 50 years of manufacturing radiators, QRL Radiator Group has announced it will roll out its historic Barlo brand across its whole product portfolio in Great Britain from January 2018. 

Consultation launched following MP’s CO proposal

A consultation has been launched following an MP’s proposal of a bill to introduce mandatory audible carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installation.

Starrett back on the road for 2018

Starrett is taking its product demonstration van on another tour of distributors, wholesalers and apprenticeship providers across the UK and throughout Europe.

Polypipe Ventilation becomes Domus Ventilation

Polypipe Ventilation has been rebranded as Domus Ventilation, alongside a move to new premises in South Wales, as well as new management and customer services team.

Williams & Co celebrates 17th consecutive year of sales growth

The trade-only plumbing and heating specialist has announced that its sales figures rose to £73.2m in the year ending 30/11/17, up 13.6% on the previous year.

Grundfos and Novozymes collaborate for clean water

Grundfos has entered into an “innovation collaboration” with Novozymes, taking place on, an online universe launched by Novozymes where entrepreneurs, startups and others can connect with industry.

Bassetts splashes out £2 million across branch network

Bassetts has completed a £2 million investment programme and created 12 new jobs across its branch network.

Gas Safe Register releases its Decade Review

Gas Safe Register has published its Decade Review report, which covers opinion on key topics, the current state of the industry and what the future has in store.

Wolseley calls on hospitality sector to ensure regular gas checks

As the hospitality sector fires up for the busy Christmas and New Year period, Wolseley Plumb Center is calling for installers to ensure regular gas checks take place. 

Xylem MD made President of BPMA

Duncan Lewis, Managing Director of Xylem Water Solutions, has been appointed President of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA).

Baxi creates new Aftersales and Marketing Director role

Baxi Heating has appointed Marketing Director Andrew Keating to the combined role of UK Aftersales and Marketing Director.

Ariston is NBG’s Supplier of the Year

Ariston was named Plumbing, Heating & Showrooms Supplier of the Year at the annual National Buying Group (NBG) Conference in November.

Secret Santa with Pimlico Plumbers

Pimlico Plumbers is teaming up with Secret Hampers to encourage Londoners to show their holiday spirit this Christmas.

Edinburgh tops list of UK's unsafe gas appliance hotspots

Gas Safe Register has identified Edinburgh as the city which has the largest proportion of unsafe gas appliances in its homes.

ADE and ACE trade associations to merge

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) are set to merge, creating a unified voice for decentralised energy solutions across the industrial, commercial, public and domestic sectors.

Nuaire launches new air valve with inbuilt carbon filter

Nuaire has today unveiled the IAQ-VALVE, a filtration system that combines a standard supply air valve with a carbon filter.

Ideal Commercial announces free commissioning offer

Ideal Commercial Boilers has announced that all Evomax, Imax Xtra, Imax Xtra EL and Evomod boilers installed after 1 January 2018 will be eligible for its new free commissioning offer.

Ecobuild partners with Considerate Constructors Scheme

Ecobuild has announced a partnership with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) for its 2018 show and beyond.

Research shows average pay increase of 9.4% for plumbers

Hudson Contract has revealed research that shows that self-employed plumbers in England and Wales have seen a year-on-year increase in average weekly earnings of 9.4%.

Gold innovation award for Roca

Roca has won a gold award in the Innovation in Technology category at the recent Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards for its new In-Wash Inspira smart toilet.

Solar Trade Association appoints new Chief Executive

Chris Hewett has been appointed the new CEO of the Solar Trade Association (STA).

Logic4Training launches guide to becoming a plumber

Logic4training has launched the Ultimate Guide to Plumbing Careers, providing advice for people from various backgrounds who want to become plumbers.

REHAU adds polymer plumbing pipe course

As part of its refreshed 2017/2018 REHAU CPD programme, REHAU has added a heating and plumbing polymer pipe course for installers.

The 10 most annoying things on-site

On The Tools and Scruffs Workwear have researched the most annoying habits of other trades on-site, from ‘borrowing’ someone’s tools to leaving a mess.

Fuel poor households at greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

New research to be launched in Parliament today at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group finds fuel poor households on the lowest incomes are also at risk from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

‘Spotlight on… women in construction’ campaign launched in UK and Ireland

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched ‘Spotlight on... women in construction’ in an effort to attract more women into the construction industry.

Salamander Pumps appoints National Sales Manager

Salamander Pumps has promoted Adam Brand from National Account Manager to National Sales Manager after two years in the role.

Hammond screwed up skills sums, says BESA

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has missed a vital issue by failing to allocate enough money to support skills in the construction industry, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Flame Heating Group launches 'Virtual Reality' Showroom

Flame Heating Group is celebrating the official launch of its new 1,500ft2 bathroom showroom – said to be Durham’s only 4D bathroom design experience.