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Worcester, Bosch Group welcomes Minister of State

Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State at the Department for Energy & Climate Change, recently visited Worcester, Bosch Group to find out more about the latest industry innovations, and to hold a round table discussion with heating installers about the government's Green Deal.

What really goes on in the bathroom

Ideal Standard recently conducted a 'spy in the bathroom' study across Germany, France, Italy and the UK to find out whether bathrooms make the best use of their space.

B&ES president highlights hard work and commitment

This year's North West Regional Training Awards were presented by Sue Sharp, president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), during a dinner held at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, Lancashire.

Why plumbers are heroes on World Water Day

As we celebrate World Water Day today (22nd March, 2013), construction training specialist Able Skills tells us why plumbers are heroes all over the world!

2013 BUDGET: Highlights and quotes

The government has unveiled a raft of measures to boost infrastructure, support the housing market and cut the deficit in its Budget, announced 20 April.

Free sales and marketing tips for SMEs

To help small to medium enterprises come up with new ideas and find cost-effective ways to promote their services, the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has produced a free online sales and marketing plan generator.

APHC launches domestic heating and hot water training course

APHC is launching a domestic heating and hot water design course to begin in April, after receiving increased demand from members and installers.

New report questions the benefits of rural renewables

A new report has questioned the suitability of renewable heating for rural homes.

Forum of Private Business responds to HMRC's announcement on RTI

HMRC has announced an 11th-hour change to its Real Time Information (RTI) system with the scheme just two weeks away from going live.

Energy trade body outraged by new pricing policy for EPCS

A joint letter sent from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Landmark, advising an increase in fees for lodging Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), has caused outrage among the energy assessor community.

Leicestershire businesses make a date with Kier and Lovell

Kier and Lovell are looking to meet construction businesses from Leicestershire at an event hosted by Constructionline on Wednesday 27 March 2013 in Coalville.

Meet 'Udrain Bolt'!

Tradesmen calling at Jewson's Northampton 585 branch have been getting a bit of a surprise lately when they come face to face with 'Udrain Bolt'.

UK boiler market declines further

According to the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council's (HHIC) quarterly statistical analysis, the 12 months rolling were down 0.3%, which shows the market is still struggling despite stronger monthly sales.

Mullins says education is to blame for drop in plumber numbers

Pimlico Plumbers' founder Charlie Mullins believes the drop in skilled tradespeople reported in a new survey is not a recessionary issue, but due to underlying problems in the UK education system.

Asbestos awareness training for Yorkshire building workers

Young workers in the construction industries are being targeted with a series of potentially life-saving courses in South and East Yorkshire to alert them to the dangers of asbestos.

Worcestershire man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A gas fitter has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work which put lives at risk at a home in Worcester.

Principal and student swap jobs for Apprenticeship week

Principal Gary Groom donned his overalls and goggles when he spent the afternoon as a trainee plumber to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

Pimlico Plumbers to set up Apprenticeship Training Academy

Pimlico Plumbers, one of the UK's largest independent plumbing companies, has announced plans to create an Apprenticeship Training Academy.

Energy labelling on the way for home heating controls

The European Association for Building Automation and Controls, has launched a voluntary labelling scheme for residential heating controls and balancing equipment.

CBI calls for another boost for the housing market

The Confederation of British Industry is urging the Chancellor to use the Budget to boost the housing market in order to build confidence among businesses and consumers.

ADEY awards installer with iPad

A lucky heating installer and engineer from Hawkinge, near Folkestone, has won the first of six iPads being given away in a nationwide competition run by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions.

Installers offered 'a world of possibilities' at NIBE roadshow

Marking the launch of its brand new domestic heat pump package, NIBE is hosting a series of free events across the country for both experienced and novice heat pump installers.

Government scheme 'set to improve' newbuild homes

The government has said it will provide £380,000 of funding to improve the energy efficiency of newbuild homes.

HSE appoints new chief inspector of construction

A new chief inspector of construction has been appointed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Intuit offers free real-time PAYE software to help small businesses

It is just under one month before the deadline for real-time PAYE reporting on 6 April, and yet many small businesses are still not prepared for the biggest change to payroll legislation in over 60 years.

Portillo lined up for All Industry Conference

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) recently confirmed that the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo will close the morning session on the first day of the All Industry Conference 2013, which takes place in Portugal in June.

Good plumbing is the key to good health

World Plumbing Day is celebrated on 11 March every year as a means of promoting the important role played by the plumbing industry throughout the world.

Indoor air quality survey launched

Camfil UK, providers of air filtration solutions for maintaining healthy and comfortable indoor environments, has launched a quick two-minute survey on indoor air quality (IAQ) for FM estates managers and building services professionals in the UK.

Hitachi Capital pledges to support the economy's engine with new trade loan fund

The £1.5 billion consumer lending giant Hitachi Capital is to help sole traders in the plumbing industry with a £25 million fund.

George Clarke says every home in Britain needs an MOT

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke today opened Plumb Center's Practical Installer Arena at London's ExCeL - one of Ecobuild 2013's biggest attractions - and called for every home in Britain to have an MOT.

Council in court for ignoring asbestos threat in school

Thurrock Council has been fined after admitting to failures in how it managed asbestos across its schools.

Solar installation company fined after worker falls from height

A Dorset company specialising in the installation of solar panels has been fined for safety failings after a worker fell from a roof in Hampshire.

Let the buyer beware - new legislation now in force

Elta Fans is warning specifiers of ventilation products to make sure they are up to date with what they need to know when sourcing fans, now that the first phase of the Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive is in force.

Next generation of female plumbers kick-start unique training scheme

A group of seven female trainees has begun a one year work-based learning programme with training provider EAS Mechanical and Stopcocks Women Plumbers, which will see them qualify into the industry at Level 2 and give them the opportunity to run their own business.

Firms fined after Bristol man electrocuted

A Bristol property development firm has been prosecuted after a plumber was electrocuted while installing a washing machine.

Top trainees honoured in London and South East

Presentations of this year’s London and South East Building Services Engineering Regional Training Awards took place at a ceremony organised by B&ES subsidiary Building Engineering Services Training (BEST) and sponsored by Pegler Yorkshire.

SummitSkills supports Apprenticeship Week

SummitSkills will join hundreds of organisations in celebrating the positive impact that apprenticeships have on individuals, business and the economy during the sixth annual National Apprenticeship Week from 11-15 March.

Funding flop is crippling construction, warns FMB

A quarter of SME building firms have missed out on contracts because they can't secure vital funding, with many claiming banks and building societies are "actively discriminating" against construction companies, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Court action over reduced VAT on ESM

After much confusion within the industry over the appropriate application of VAT on energy saving materials (ESM), it was announced in February that the European Commission has decided to refer the UK to the EU Court of Justice over its reduction of VAT on the supply and installation of energy-saving materials.

OFTEC appoints new chairman

Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Oil Firing Technical Association, OFTEC.

Landlord may face jail after failing to conduct gas safety checks

A private landlord in Hull is facing the threat of jail after ignoring repeated warnings about gas safety and exposing tenants to a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

MARC proposes radiator scrappage scheme

The Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) believes a 'radiator scrappage scheme', similar to the successful programme to encourage boiler replacement, can help boost the UK's green agenda.

Polypipe ventilation to offer Cortexa training

Polypipe Ventilation, manufacturer of domestic and light commercial ventilation systems, has teamed up with online training provider Cortexa to offer a new and informative training module for ventilation distribution partners.

Firstcall's hot deal to better heat your home

Homeowners and landlords left frustrated by delays with government's flagship Green Deal scheme are being urged to get round the problem by snapping up a cost-saving initiative to make their properties more energy efficient.

HSS Hire launches new smartphone App and 'Scan To Hire'

Customers simply scan and hire anything from the HSS Hire Guide using their smartphones for a quick and easy hire experience.

Survey indicates falling order and enquiry levels

The turnover of companies in membership of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) showed a less rapid drop in the second half of 2012 than in the first half - but worsening order and enquiry levels indicate that business performance is likely to deteriorate in the coming year.

DECC confirms RHI changes

Government has now confirmed changes to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) following last year's industry consultation.

Loft insulation 'not as effective' as homeowners believe

A recent study has revealed loft insulation in most homes is typically providing only 50% of the energy savings homeowners have been led to believe they would.

British Gas 'should use profits to help customers'

Trade union Unite has called on British Gas to use its profits to help customers save energy following Centrica's 2012 financial update results.

Copper alternative to aluminium in helping control fungi emission in HVAC systems

Copper can be helpful in controlling the emission of fungi from heating ventilation and air-conditioning systems, concluded a recent study presented at the US Environmental Protection Agency's recent Committee on Indoor Air Quality.

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