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B&Q launches Homefit service

B&Q has launched a Homefit service, providing customers with access to fully qualified and vetted local tradesmen at pre-agreed fixed prices, removing questions about working with unknown tradesmen.

Avoid the UK's top workplace killer

NAPIT has launched a new asbestos awareness course, designed to educate at-risk installers on the hazards of coming into contact with this potentially deadly material.

Jewson offers new online service

Jewson has responded to customer feedback and is now offering an online account management service to all its account holders.

Latest MCS figures "extremely disappointing"

A spokesman from one of the UK's leading manufacturers of heating and hot water technologies has expressed concern over the latest MCS registration figures released by DECC.

APHC advises SMEs to consider Regional Growth Fund

APHC is encouraging all SMEs to consider applying to the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to help them invest and strengthen their businesses.

Prospects "still poor" as construction activity falls in Q1

The latest Construction Trade Survey, published today (13 May), shows that activity in the majority of the construction industry fell during the first quarter of 2013, with the impacts of falling demand exacerbated by the impacts of poor weather.

Michael is the North's best young plumber

The 2013 SkillPLUMB competition has named 22-year-old Michael Yuile as the North's best young plumber following a challenging one-day event at Burnley College.

Win a free trial of workforce management app with MyMobileWorkers

MyMobileWorkers is challenging heating and plumbing businesses to go mobile and try their pay-as-you-go, paperless app for free.

Delay to nation-wide smart metering scheme

The government is pushing back the full-scale roll out of smart meters across the UK to 2015, the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Ed Davey announced on 10 May.

Green Deal training partnership at Bicton EaRTH

A new training partnership at Bicton EaRTH in East Devon promises to help with employment opportunities for installers and existing Domestic Energy Advisors (DEAs) as the Green Deal picks up speed.

OFTEC offers independent inspections

OFTEC is offering customers a consultancy service that includes independent on-site inspections and advice.

Gaining a PAS 2030 qualification with Greenworks

Greenworks is one of the first merchant training providers to offer trade professionals an EWI (External Wall Insulation) Upskill course, giving existing plasterers and renderers the opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma and reach the minimum standards required for PAS 2030.

Carbon monoxide alarm saves neighbours from deadly poisoning

A neighbour's quick thinking after her carbon monoxide alarm sounded saved a family's lives, following a potentially deadly carbon monoxide (CO) leak in the middle of the night.

Vaillant hits the road this summer

Vaillant has released details of an extensive programme of installer and consumer roadshows set to take place across the summer months.

PTS launches Renewables Design Service

To meet the needs of a fast-paced and complex market, PTS has launched a brand new Renewables Design Service. A dedicated team is now on hand to provide support from design to delivery for installers across the UK.

Wise up to CO

Stopping the silent killer in its tracks is the aim of a nation-wide campaign in more than 500 Plumb Center and Parts Center branches this month (May 2013).

The latest guidance on carbon monoxide

Kidde Fyrnetics launched its guide to carbon monoxide safety in housing - updated with details of brand new models to the TenYCO range of 10-year guaranteed CO alarms - at the 2013 Gas Safety Management Conference.

Pegler Yorkshire opens new training centre

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a state-of-the-art training centre in Doncaster to showcase its complete product range to installers and customers

Aquatech Pressmain sponsors Ginetta Junior Scholarship 2013

Aquatech Pressmain is sponsoring this year's Ginetta Junior Scholarship car, part of the British Touring Car Championship, which will be broadcast live from 10 meetings throughout the year on ITV4.

NHBC advises changes to 21st Century house design

A fundamental review of housing design is needed if the UK is to produce successful low-carbon homes of the future, advises a new guide by the National House-Building Council (NHBC) Foundation.

Trainees battle it out for joint first

Trainee plumber Leah Parker proved she was more than a match for the boys when she won first prize in a plumbing competition at Cambridge Regional College.

Boost for housing sector as new home registrations reach five-year high

The number of new homes registered with the National House-Building Council in the UK during the first quarter of this year has reached 31,739 - the highest level for this period since 2008.

Massive rise in new London homes

Recent figures from the National House-Building Council (NHBC) have revealed the capital experienced a 61% increase in the registration of new homes during Q1 this year compared to the same period in 2012.

Industry welcomes additional £6 million funding into RHPP scheme

Tom Vosper, lead consultant for Climate Consulting, has praised the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) recent announcement (2 May 2013) to launch a £6 million renewable heat scheme for social landlords.

Investigations launched as energy companies fall short of efficiency targets

Energy companies have achieved over 99% of their energy-efficiency targets, despite six failing to meet individual goals, according to a report published by Ofgem.

The heat is on as social landlords compete for government investment

A new £6 million competition aimed at getting renewable heating kit into the homes of social tenants across Great Britain has been launched by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

TUPE changes could increase employment costs

B&ES is concerned that proposals outlined in a government consultation on changes to the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations - generally known as TUPE - could, if implemented, increase employment costs for service and facilities companies in the specialist engineering sector.

Pledge to plumbers

"We pledge to make the working lives of plumbers easier and we're starting with a universal give-away," said Alan Sherwin, Altecnic's managing director.

UK boiler sales are a positive sign for the industry

Recent figures released by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) show sales of boilers in the first quarter of 2013 are 7.1% higher than the first quarter of 2012.

Energy and climate change at 'forefront of people's minds'

According to Secretary of State Edward Davey, energy and climate change are high on the public's agenda.

Social housing managers 'must be aware of their responsibilities'

This year's Gas Safety Management Conference has called for an increased awareness by senior management in social housing of their corporate manslaughter responsibilities, as well as more robust procedures and policies for the maintenance and audit of gas appliances.

Occupant behaviour 'key to saving energy'

The behaviour of a building's occupants is a key issue that must be addressed to reduce energy usage, according to speakers at this year's CIBSE Technical Symposium.

Pimlico Plumbers sees improved sales

Pimlico Plumbers' founder Charlie Mullins has suggested that the strength of the service sector has provided a boost for other areas of the economy after his company announced a surge in sales for the first quarter of 2013.

Father and son from Worcester fined for illegal gas work

A Worcester pensioner was put in danger after a local builder and his son knowingly carried out defective gas work while constructing a conservatory at her home.

Summary of Gas Safety Management Survey results

The Gas Safety Management Survey was conducted online by CORGI Technical Services between 18 and 22 March 2013, among managers responsible for gas safety in housing associations across the UK.

Economy may be healing but no growth in construction

The UK economy grew by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter, and was up 0.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to Recent GDP figures published by ONS.

Construction professionals point to upturn

Last quarter, 10% more surveyors across the country reported rising workloads in the construction sector than at any other time since the end of 2007, the latest RICS survey has reported.

Potential scalding hazards in millions of UK homes

Specialist bathroom supplier NotJustTaps is highlighting the need for wider legislation to prevent the risk of scalding in millions of UK homes.

Gas safety courses for social housing sector

Logic Certification has launched two new qualifications designed to promote gas safety within the social housing sector.

Construction decline in 2013 but growth in 2014

Construction output is set to fall by more than 2% this year following an 8% contraction in 2012, according to the latest forecasts published by the Construction Products Association. However, a recovery is anticipated in the medium-term with growth of 1.9% in 2014 and 3.8% in 2015.

Colleges and training organisations invited to apply for The Skills Show

The Skills Show is inviting colleges and training organisations from across the country to take part in its Showcase performances at this year's event, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham from 14 to 16 November 2013.

Builders under threat as workloads fall

Almost a third of Britain's small building firms have shed staff since the turn of the year, as falling workloads and rising costs have forced many SME construction companies to scale back their operations, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Illegal gas fitter prosecuted after risking lives in Crewe

A Nantwich man has been ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service after he put lives at risk by illegally carrying out gas work at three homes in Crewe.

Installers to receive business guidance from APHC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is offering installers a chance to learn more about introducing a business Quality Management System (QMS) at its Future Proof Your Business seminar in May.

Illegal gas fitter jailed after endangering lives across South Yorkshire

An unregistered gas fitter has been sent to prison after carrying out work at more than 85 homes across South Yorkshire and Worksop that left families and children at risk.

Unregistered Wiltshire gas fitter prosecuted

A gas fitter from Westbury, Wiltshire has been prosecuted for illegal and unsafe gas work after falsely claiming to be on the Gas Safe Register.

May Day alert for late tax returns

If you have not yet sent in your 2011/2012 tax return online, be warned: you will be hit with more penalties from next month if you still haven't filed.

HPS helps installers get into renewables with Renewable Energy Centre

HPS has opened a Renewable Energy Centre showroom and training facility at its Maidenhead branch.

Wolseley and Sustain launch energy efficiency scheme

Sustain has announced that it will be partnering with Wolseley UK to launch a new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) service, bringing energy efficiency to homes across the country.

Reduced landfill waste as BSW teams with Rabbit & Enviropower

BSW Building Services is demonstrating its commitment to local environmental concerns by ensuring that more than 98% of its waste is either recycled or used to generate green electricity.

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