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BIS publishes finance schemes guidance for SMEs

APHC has welcomed the release of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills guidance document on measures to support small and medium sized enterprise growth.

Biomass companies work with government to reach 4th Carbon Budget targets

A group of leading companies from across the domestic biomass supply chain have joined forces to set the foundations for a collaboration with government on the decarbonisation of domestic heating in the UK by 2030.

British Gas creates 1,000 jobs for the young and unemployed

British Gas has committed to helping create job opportunities for the young and unemployed over the next three years as part of a new partnership with Accenture and environment charity Global Action Plan.

UK must win EU energy efficiency VAT ruling, says EUA

The decision by the European Commission to take the UK to court to force the Treasury to scrap reduced VAT rates on energy efficiency measures needs to be fought and the UK must win, claims Mike Foster, chief executive of Energy and Utilities Alliance.

APHC introduces training provider membership category

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has created a new training provider membership category in response to growing demand from training centres and colleges.

Econic offers free heat pumps webinar

Heat pump specialist Econic is holding a free webinar covering every aspect of ground source heat pumps, from how the technology works to planning the ideal system.

Father and son prosecuted for illegal gas work

A father and son from Crewe have been prosecuted for carrying out illegal gas work.

Ofgem issues guidance for installers looking to move into insulation

Ofgem has produced a new guidance document setting out the rules for all solid wall insulation jobs carried out under the Energy Company Obligation scheme.

Q4 figures show sharp down turn in building material sales

The latest Sales Indicators from the Builders Merchants Federation show that sales of building materials nationally, when adjusted for both inflation and trading day differences, fell by 16.7% in Q4 compared with the preceding Quarter

Construction firms using alternative funding report four quarters of consecutive growth

Construction businesses using specialist funding services which release cash tied up in outstanding customer billing, have seen turnover increasing over four consecutive quarters, according to data from Bibby Financial Services.

Time is running out to prepare for Real Time PAYE

Small businesses have their heads in the sand when it comes to Real Time PAYE, according to new research from Intuit.

We need a Budget for energy-efficient homes, FMB warns Chancellor

The Budget must include measures to make Britain's homes more energy-efficient, boosting the construction industry and helping householders protect themselves against rising fuel bills, the Federation of Master Builders has warned the Chancellor.

HSE launches safety clampdown on construction sites

The HSE is to embark on a national clampdown on unsafe practices at construction sites where refurbishment or repair works are taking place.

Nuaire pays Titon over High Court case

A settlement has been reached between Titon Hardware and Nuaire in a High Court claim over Intellectual Property rights.

Businesses snap up apprenticeship grants

Government funding to help businesses take on an apprentice has led to the creation of at least 18,900 new apprenticeships in England over the past year, according to provisional data.

HSE is running a free event to help those who train apprentices explain the dangers of asbestos

Apprentice tradespeople are set to benefit from a new e-learning package to help them better understand the risks from asbestos.

Rural Energy is holding a free biomass webinar highlighting the benefits of 'retrofitting'

Green energy firm Rural Energy is holding a free biomass webinar on Friday 15 February offering help and advice on the best ways to take advantage of the renewable technology.

HETAS Insurance Services launched

HETAS has teamed up with Jelf Clarke Roxburgh to launch HETAS Insurance Services.

Surge of new members for BMF

The Builders Merchants Federation is experiencing a membership upswing, with 18 new members joining the industry trade body in the last few months.

Free guide to the new energy labelling of air conditioning systems

Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, CPD-approved guide to the new energy labelling of air conditioning systems following the introduction of the Ecodesign Directive for Energy Related Products at the start of the year.

NHBC freezes fees to support house-building industry

The National House-Building Council has announced it is freezing fees on all key services in a move to support Britain's house-building industry.

Gallagher Heath secures new five-year insurance agreement with APHC

Gallagher Heath has announced a new five-year agreement with the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors to manage all commercial insurance facilities for new and existing APHC members.

Unregistered gas fitter receives suspended prison sentence for fraudulent claims and endangering life

A Brixham gas fitter has appeared in court for carrying out unsafe work on boilers and illegally issuing landlord gas safety check records in Torbay.

Home improvement opportunity for plumbers in 2013

Plumbing trade supplier Plumbfix is predicting installers will have their work cut out for them this year, as more households look to improve their homes.

Consumer targeting is key to take-up of green heating

UK homeowners are being sent inappropriately-targeted marketing information every day, according to exclusive research from the Energy Saving Trust.

BMF challenges PM to stand up to Brussels over 5% VAT rate

"I hear what you say and we will look at it" was the message from David Cameron to the Builders Merchants' Federation (BMF) on the question of retaining the 5% VAT rate.

Kohler Mira and Bristan face each other in Patent court

Kohler Mira has brought a case involving electric shower designs to Patent Court, accusing Bristan Group of breaching its Intellectual Property rights.

Free APHC seminar helps installers future proof their business

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors and its supplier partners are hosting a seminar afternoon, aiming to shed some light on important changes that will affect plumbing and heating businesses in the coming year.

Travis Perkins Group acquires Solfex Energy Systems

The Travis Perkins Group has announced the acquisition of renewable energy distribution specialists, Solfex Energy Systems.

Businesses could save millions by reducing van weights

New research from the Energy Saving Trust has revealed that UK businesses could save around £50 million a year by reducing unnecessary weight in the back of their vans and light goods vehicles.

First Green Deal plan signed on the day of scheme launch

Toriga is delighted to be the first Green Deal Provider to officially sign a Green Deal Plan with a UK homeowner.

Replacing old inefficient boilers is key in the fight to reduce energy bills

Print out and keep these step-by-step instructions on how to install a Thermaflow electric combi boiler.

Electric heating comes of age

Lee Nurse explains how advances in technology make electric heating a very attractive option.

Compact heater saves space

Print out and keep this step-by-step guide to installing a Space Saver plinth heater.

Green Deal standard updated to include further measures

The business standards organisation has published an update to PAS 2030, the standard which supports the Green Deal policy, encouraging the implementation of energy efficiency measures within existing households and businesses.

New guide helps installers explain the Green Deal

Businesses championing the government's Green Deal scheme can now take advantage of a new consumer guide produced by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies.

Eco-friendly home improvements: What's the Green Deal?

India Johnson talks through some of the benefits of the government's energy-efficiency scheme.

Don't get caught out by new seasonal efficiency legislation

New energy efficiency legislation, the Energy Related Directive, which requires seasonal efficiency ratings to be calculated for air conditioning products of less than 12kW, came into force at the beginning of January.

Property industry welcomes offices to homes development

The property industry has welcomed government plans to introduce new permitted development rights to convert offices to homes without planning permission.

Ground source heat pump RHI tariff to be reviewed

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has this week announced a review of the Renewable Heat Incentive Tariffs following the recent consultation.

Wolseley acquisition of Burdens branches approved

Wolseley UK has received clearance from the Office of Fair Trading following its acquisition of 22 Burdens branches across the UK.

APHC increase training portfolio for 2013

After experiencing increased demand for training courses last year APHC has increased its training portfolio for 2013.

Installer fined for illegal use of HETAS logo

A heating installer from Devon has been ordered to pay almost £3,500 by Barnstaple Magistrates Court for offences including the misuse of the HETAS logo.

Green Deal will place greater demand on energy-saving installers

The Green Deal will place greater demand on installers of energy efficient technologies and businesses should take advantage of the opportunity, says EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications.

Private sector housebuilding staid stable in 2012

Private sector house building was stable in 2012, despite overall decline, according to latest National House-Building Council data.

Green Deal launch attracts criticism

The launch of the Green Deal on 28 January has brought with it a host of negative publicity, as consumers assess the cost and value of signing up to long-term loans.

Free guide for private rented sector landlords funding green measures

Landlords are being urged to consider what works may be required to improve their property's energy performance certificate ratings sooner rather than later, to stay ahead of planned regulation.

Insulation industry "in crisis" as job losses rise to 4,000

Thousands of jobs have been lost and nearly 45,000 installations cancelled across the UK as a direct result of government delays in the introduction of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, according to the Insulation Industry Forum.

Industry gives a mixed response to Green Deal launch

The government's flagship energy efficiency scheme is officially underway, with the launch of the Green Deal on 28 January.

Free training for all Electrical Safety Register listed firms

All registrants on the new Electrical Safety Register are to receive free training as more details of the partnership between the Electrical Contractors' Association and Electrical Safety Council are revealed.

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