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Investment of £150m to benefit construction SMEs

There is to be £150m invested in the UK construction sector over the next five years, according to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Technology Strategy Board.

Record support for Gas Safety Week

The third annual Gas Safety Week kicked off today, with over 2,500 industry supporters working to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of using a registered engineer to check heating appliances.

Mitsubishi Electric holds free heat pump seminars

Mitsubishi Electric is holding free seminars to highlight the integral role heat pump technology has to play in the commercial and residential heating sectors.

RICS proposes cap on house price growth

The Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee should consider limiting annual house price inflation to 5%, according to new RICS research launched today.

New certification offering completes SBS Green Deal

Sustainable Building Solutions, part of the Travis Perkins Group, has chosen NICEIC as its certification body of choice, completing its Green Deal offering.

Stockton resident welcomes fuel bills

A Stockton woman is looking forward to receiving her fuel bills this winter, after her home became the first to have a range of measures installed under an extended energy efficiency scheme.

Training provider opens Trades and Energy Skills Centre

Gas and domestic engineers are invited to attend the launch of Develop Training's new Trades and Energy Skills Centre later this month.

B&Q expands Homefit service

B&Q Homefit has introduced several new services to help its customers, including loft insulation, fitting windows and doors, fireside installation, painting and decorating.

Win £1000 worth of vouchers with JG Speedfit

JG Speedfit is launching a new JGLayflat pipe competition next week - 'Cash for Coils'.

Stock up on heating oil now to avoid winter shortage

Heating oil users are being urged to stock up early before winter sets in, as part of this year's Buy Oil Early campaign.

Scalding accident spurs action

Following a scalding incident in Staffordshire, anti-scald bathroom manufacturer Inta is reminding installers to make the safe choice when selecting bathroom products.

Unregistered gas fitter fined for illegal work

A gas fitter has been fined and is serving a community service order after carrying out illegal gas work in Colchester.

Builder exposes pensioner to risk of explosion

A builder is serving a community service order for conducting dangerous gas work that posed a serious risk to a Bude pensioner.

SME subcontract work increases

The government has increased its direct spend with SMEs, according to the latest Treasury report.

Construction sector "propping up the job market"

There were 9% more construction and 6% more manufacturing vacancies in July compared to last year, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.co.uk.

Businesses must adapt to face future challenges

The construction industry and the building engineering services sector must continue to ensure they remain entirely fit for purpose in today's ever-changing business environment, according to the Building & Engineering Services Association.

ADEY's £20,000 van winner announced

David Checker from Bristol-based family business AN Checker is the winner of ADEY's MagnaClean Professional2 competition.

CIBSE releases new guidance on energy performance

New guidance on how to address operational energy use at the design stage has recently been issued by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Late payments damage construction hire companies

Companies specialising in leasing equipment to the UK construction and building industry are being badly affected by poor payment practices, according to new research commissioned by Creditsafe.

JLT urges insurers to address contractors' PI needs

The Professional Indemnity market for construction contractors is becoming increasingly complex, according to insurance provider JLT Specialty.

Pipe Center invests in Fabrication facility

Pipe Center is investing in its specialist pipe work Fabrication facility in order to offer customers an even better service.

Companies fail to meet first aid legal requirements

Many organisations are failing to meet first aid legal requirements, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Europe must "catch up" with Solar PV growth

Europe is no longer the world leader in solar photovoltaic technology, according to a recent report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.

Mitsubishi Electric launches ventilation guide

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a free, CPD-certified guide to illustrate how effective ventilation can help both the wellbeing of occupants and overall building efficiency.

Engineers shortlisted for CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year

Ten promising young engineers have been shortlisted for this year's CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year award - the largest group of finalists in over a decade.

Bosch calls for responsible CHP system design

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating has issued a rallying call for a more responsible approach to Combined Heat and Power system design, following observations that there is still a large number of CHP systems which reject heat unnecessarily.

Building contractor fined after exposing family to CO

A Glasgow-based building contractor which exposed a family to deadly carbon monoxide fumes has been fined.

Gearing up for Gas Safety Week 2013

Gas Safety Week 2013 is taking place across the UK from the 16 to 22 September, with gas safety messages reaching far and wide right at the start of heating season.

HSE publishes first aid guidance

A month ahead of changes to first aid regulations, the Health & Safety Executive has published guidance to help businesses put in place appropriate arrangements for the provision of first aid.

HSE campaign targets unsafe building sites

Poor standards and unsafe work on Britain's building sites will be targeted during a month long initiative as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health in the industry.

Screwfix searches for Britain's top tradesman of 2013

Screwfix's annual competition to find the best in the field launched yesterday, and the winner will receive a brand new Toyota Proace van, worth up to £27,000, as well as being awarded the title of the nation's No.1 tradesperson.

Installers encouraged to participate in housing standards review consultation

APHC is calling all installers, particularly those working on newbuild properties, to take part in the government consultation on its proposed changes to Building Regulations and Housing Standards.

Construction tender prices bottom out

The fall in tender prices in Q1 2013 (1.75%) is not seen as a return to falling prices, but more of a settling down at the higher level seen over the last two quarters.

Housebuilding levels continue to improve, according to NHBC

NHBC's latest registration statistics show that house-building levels in the UK continue to show improvement on recent years, with figures for July 19% higher than the same month last year.

Firm fined after hotel guests put at risk from unsafe gas boilers

Hotel guests were put at risk from unsafe gas boilers for nearly two years, Blackpool Magistrates Court has heard.

Europe must "catch up" with solar PV growth says NAPIT

According to the latest published statistics from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, Europe isn't the world leader it once was with solar photovoltaic technology. In order to keep the industry moving, NAPIT says more investment is required in solar technologies.

Latest Green Deal and ECO statistics 'disappointing'

The latest statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector and on measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation up to the end of June show slow but continued growth.

Insulation industry calls for urgent intervention over Green Deal/ECO statistics

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association warns that while there was a small increase in the number of insulation installations in June compared to May, the number of installations in 2013 remain well short of what is required

B&ES survey reveals growing business confidence

Research among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has revealed an improvement in market conditions over the past six months, with more firms experiencing an increase in orders and enquiries.

UK tradesmen working harder than ever

Tradesmen are working longer hours than ever, willing to sacrifice holidays and weekends in a bid to squeeze more jobs in, according to research from Screwfix.

Businesses feel the heat as 'green burden' moves down the supply chain

Britain's struggling small businesses are facing a growing 'Green Burden' imposed by large companies striving to meet their carbon reduction targets.

Builder's dangerous gas work puts family's lives at risk

A Wiltshire builder has been fined for illegal and dangerous gas work in Somerset, which could have led to a family with two young children being killed by carbon monoxide fumes.

Cut red tape to boost housebuilding, says FMB

Moves to cut red tape by streamlining housing standards would be a major boost to Britain's small- and medium-sized housebuilders, and will help to increase the supply and choice of new homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Plans to scrap green homes policy "beggars belief"

The government's suggestion to scrap the 2008 Planning and Energy Act has been met with widespread criticism by the renewable energy industry.

Gas booster bearings "must be changed every five years"

All gas boosters must be inspected at least once a year and the fan bearing replaced every five years, according to burner manufacturer and spares supplier Nu-way.

Construction companies missing out on tax breaks, warns Baker Tilly

The value of tax breaks claimed by UK companies investing in research and development has tripled in the last 10 years, according to the latest figures from HM Revenues & Customs, but Baker Tilly has warned that many construction companies may be missing out.

Daikin UK supports scheme for unemployed installers

Daikin UK has welcomed a new Jobcentre Plus scheme to help unemployed installers back into work.

Increasing your energy efficiency with EPC

This infographic from EPCarlson illustrates how to increase energy efficiency in the home.

Construction SMEs experience growth in Q2

UK economic growth experienced in the second quarter of this year can be partly attributed to a construction revival among SMEs, according to a study by specialist finance provider Bibby Financial Services.

"No excuse" for unsafe low-level platforms, says PASMA

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association, the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has launched PAS 250, a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms, also known as 'podiums' or 'pulpits'.

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