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Constructionline hosts West Midlands 'Meet the Buyer'

Construction-related suppliers in the West Midlands are being invited to a free 'Meet the Buyer' event hosted by Constructionline, to meet potential clients and find out about upcoming work opportunities in the area.

House sales reach three-year peak

The amount of homes sold in the UK reached a three-year high during March as increased confidence in the market translated into sales, the latest RICS housing market survey has indicated today (9 April).

BMF joins in debate on Permitted Development Rights

The government's proposals to extend Permitted Development Rights in England have been welcomed by the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF).

ASA rules Dimplex claims are 100% truthful

Dimplex has welcomed a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which has found the manufacturer's claims regarding storage heating performance to be accurate and realistic.

Intuit comments on Real-Time PAYE

Tomorrow (6 April), employers will be required to change the way they report payroll to the HMRC with the introduction of Real-Time PAYE. Intuit has worked closely with HMRC throughout the pilot phase.

Process stifles progress according to HPA

The delay of amendments to Commercial RHI and the launch of Domestic RHI risks damaging more than just the credibility of the policy, the Heat Pump Association (HPA) has said.

One in four London construction sites fail safety inspections

One in four of the construction sites visited in London during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks, according to recently released results.

BRE begins research project into Britain's homes

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has been appointed to carry out a major new research project to understand heat losses in the 7 million solid-wall homes in Great Britain.

Construction firms are not applying for government grants

Government grants available to help construction companies innovate and diversify are not being applied for, according to new research published by Constructionline and Capita Symonds.

Viessmann announces continued growth

Heating systems manufacturer Viessmann has reported sales of €1.89 billion in 2012, a €30 million increase in turnover and 1.6% growth.

Subcontractors in Ayrshire make a date with Graham Construction

Graham Construction is looking to build a local supply chain of construction businesses from Ayrshire at an event hosted by Constructionline on Thursday 11 April in Kilmarnock.

New app transforms gas safety inspections

A mobile app and online database that transforms the way gas safety inspections are managed is now available for engineers.

Response to rural renewables report

Following the recent independent report commissioned by OFTEC about the suitability of renewable heating for rural homes, heating manufacturer Ariston assures that renewables can work in tandom with existing systems to produce results.

Industry stays positive in light of RHI delay

Following the news that the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is to be delayed until 2014, industry tries to focus on “crumbs of comfort for installers”.

Health and safety risk assessment qualifications now available from the British Safety Council

A new set of e-learning courses that provide delegates with the knowledge required to conduct or review health and safety risk assessments have been launched by the British Safety Council.

SME sector is losing £122 billion in sales

Neglecting marketing is costing small business owners £122 billion in lost sales, according to research by Pitney Bowes, and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Trade Plumbing unveils new corporate branding and website

Trade Plumbing has unveiled new corporate branding and major improvements to its homepage which will remain ongoing for 2013.

Heat pump installations expected to fall after RHI setback

Heat pump manufacturers are predicting a downturn of installations following the announced Renewable Heat Incentive delay.

Plumbers battle through bad weather

As the MET office names March the coldest in over 60 years, Plumbfix reveals that only 10% of plumbers resort to cancelling jobs due to weather conditions.

Norfolk heating engineer fined for illegal gas work

A Norfolk heating engineer has been fined for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a newly built home in Dereham.

Blackburn landlord fined over carbon monoxide poisoning

The landlord of a Blackburn business unit has been found guilty of a health and safety offence after two people suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a dangerous gas heater.

PHEX returns this Spring with a must-see line-up and top prizes!

PHEX returns in 2013 with six free exhibitions, including four one-day events this Spring, bringing key suppliers and the latest products to new venues across the country.

Government schemes help boost new housebuilding figures

The number of affordable homes being registered has soared by nearly 120%, according to new figures released by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Three fined after illegal gas work in Essex

Two unregistered gas fitters and a registered gas engineer have been jointly prosecuted for safety failings.

RHI's severe delay and new action plan

The government this week announced a delay of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until April 2014.

RHI launch not expected until 2014

Described as a key part of the government's approach to cutting carbon and spurring on the uptake of renewable heating, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is now expected to launch in Spring 2014.

Dangerous neglect by landlord leads to court

A private landlord has been fined for a series of safety breaches that left a Sheffield family at serious risk from a dangerous boiler.

CRASH receives increasing number of requests for support

CRASH, the property and construction industry's charity for homeless people, is seeing a marked increase in the number of requests for assistance from homelessness agencies across the UK.

Enforcement action taken at construction sites across Britain

Nearly one in five construction sites visited across Britain have been subject to enforcement action after failing safety checks.

Workwear sales soar as plumbers dress to impress

Sales of workwear from Plumbfix have rocketed throughout the winter. The company saw a massive increase year on year in the company's workwear range as electricians ensured they kept a professional image.

Plumber hospitalised after fall from height

A Coventry housing association has been fined for safety failings after an employee fell almost four metres from his ladder while inspecting a gutter.

Calor Gas fined following explosion that injured two workers

Calor Gas has been fined for safety failings after two workers suffered severe burns when they were caught in a flashover explosion triggered by a gas leak near Bristol.

Pre-qualification issues still plague the construction industry

The length of time it takes to complete pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQ) is the biggest challenge faced by construction companies when tendering for work, according to the latest survey by Constructionline.

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.

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