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Student Jordan Picot wins SkillPLUMB 2017

Jordan Picot has been crowned 2017 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in an intensive three-day practical competition at The Skills Show.

BCIA announces new training courses for 2018

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced dates for its new and improved building control training courses for 2018.

CIBSE launches HVAC Systems Group

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is launching a special interest group for the HVAC industry.

Wolseley launches new customer feedback platform

Wolseley has launched a new customer feedback system designed to improve the overall customer experience across the Wolseley UK-wide branch network.

Extractor fans are key to CO safety, says UCL

University College London (UCL) has promoted the benefits of extractor fans for carbon monoxide (CO) safety in its recently published Factors Contributing to Low-Level Carbon Monoxide Exposure in the English Housing Stock report.

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Autumn Budget signals business as usual for installers

Chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget saw few giveaways for the installer community.

LeaseVan.co.uk lists the top seven forgettable driving fines

LeaseVan.co.uk has researched the driving duties that are most likely to slip motorists’ minds and cause them to be fined, warning tradespeople to be careful.

New book provides business growth advice for tradespeople

'Build and Grow: How To Go From Tradesperson To Managing Director' is a new book aimed at helping tradespeople grow their businesses.

Apprenticeship Assessment Plan for England published

The Apprenticeship Assessment Plan for England has been agreed and published by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), according to the Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Board.

Survey reports SMEs spent 600 hours preparing for GDPR last year

New research shows that the average UK SME has spent more than 600 hours in the last year preparing for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Apprentices honoured at CIPHE Apprentice Awards 2017

The CIPHE announced the winners of its annual Apprentice Awards at a ceremony held at PHEX Chelsea last week.

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PHEX Chelsea 2017 a resounding success

PHEX Chelsea, held on 15 and 16 November at Stamford Bridge in London, proved to be a smash hit with visitors and exhibitors alike.

New year boost for Monarch Water’s Installer 1st programme

Monarch Water will be rolling out its Installer 1st programme for plumbing and heating professionals in January 2018.

Kensa completes Shropshire heat pump retrofit programme

South Shropshire Housing Association and Kensa Heat Pumps have completed an off-gas heating retrofit programme featuring ground source heat pumps in rural properties in Cleobury, Shropshire.

Salamander awarded Quiet Mark Award

Salamander Pumps has been awarded the Quiet Mark Award of Distinction at the annual Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards.

Geberit named as a Forbes’ 'Top Regarded Company'

Geberit has been ranked 18th in Forbes’ first ever 'World’s Top Regarded Companies' listing.

Tracy-Jane Duncan-Moir named in Top 20 UK manufacturing leaders

Tracy-Jane Duncan-Moir, Director of A1 Flue Systems, has been named in the Top 20 leading figures in the UK manufacturing industry for 2017.

Gas Safety Trust to investigate CO poisoning misdiagnosis

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced it will fund research looking at the impact of low level carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in older people.

£700 million in cash retentions lost due to insolvency

Research conducted by Pye Tait for the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has revealed almost £700 million worth of cash retention has been lost in construction by reason of insolvencies.

Scam heating company shut down

Xefro Trade has been wound up by the High Court for misrepresenting graphene heating systems to the public.

Fernox opens Oxfordshire facility

Fernox has opened a new chemical water treatment manufacturing facility in Wantage, Oxfordshire.

Not enough funding support for electrically heated households, says Dimplex

Upgrading static electric storage heaters could help to close a combined fuel poverty gap of £160 million, according to a new report by Glen Dimplex.

Worcester adds exclusive Black Friday offers

Worcester, Bosch Group is pledging a number of exclusive offers for installers through its Greenstar Rewards promotion – running from Friday 24 November to Monday 27 November.

BMF launches West Midlands Regional Centre of Excellence

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) has launched its latest Regional Centre of Excellence with the support of Worcester Bosch.

Swale Heating receives award for charity efforts

Swale Heating has been presented with the Gold Outstanding Corporate Supporter award at the Demelza Business Awards 2017 for its continued partnership with the children’s hospice charity.

Festool releases survey data on dust extraction benefits

Festool has surveyed tradespeople on dust extraction and revealed that just 49% of respondents believe the main benefit of using dust extraction is healthy lungs.

Daikin UK appoints new National Sales Manager

Daikin UK has appointed Martyn Ford as its new National Sales Manager for Domestic and Renewable Heating. 

Wolseley Plumb Center announces top Zombie Boiler hunter

Wolseley Plumb Center has announced London Gas Services as the winner of its 2017 Zombie Boiler competition.

Danfoss launches advent calendar competition

Christmas has come early for Danfoss Elite installers as the company launches its annual online Advent Calendar competition.

Xpelair MHVR unit awarded Passivhaus standard

Xpelair’s Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) unit, Natural Air 180, has received the Passivhaus Standard from the Passivhaus Institute.

Elmhurst Energy launches new MEES training course

Elmhurst Energy has launched a series of courses to support the Government’s recent guidance on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), due to come into effect in April 2018.

Tradesperson jailed for impersonating installer

A tradesperson has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after impersonating a registered engineer, and leaving gas appliances in a dangerous state.

Anne Timpany finalist in 2017 Natwest Everywoman Awards

Anne Timpany, Director at On Tap Plumbers and HVP columnist, has made the shortlist for a national award celebrating female entrepreneurship.

Stiebel Eltron UK makes three senior appointments

Stiebel Eltron UK has made three major appointments in response to increased growth and demand in 2017.

Impey announces 2018 training tour dates

Impey has announced 2018 dates for its 'We are Wetrooms' installation training programme.

 

Are the 2020 energy targets harming our forest?

The Use Wood Wisely campaign has warned that the government’s 2020 emissions targets, and commitment to promoting biomass fuel, could harm the UK’s forests.

Prison sentence for unregistered installer

A self-employed fitter has been jailed for six months after carrying out gas work that endangered a family.

Majority of SMEs unprepared for GDPR

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) set to be implemented in May 2018, the UK’s SME community remains unsure about a number of related issues, including what ‘personal data’ really means; their customers’ new and extended rights, and whether the permissions they currently have to contact customers will meet the requirements of GDPR.

Heating industry narrowly avoids new quality mark, says HHIC

The Each Home Counts review, first launched in 2016, proposed the introduction of a quality mark for all energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, which will no longer go ahead.

CIPHE warns of rise in Legionnaires’ cases

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has issued a warning on the growing number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease (LD), in the wake of the death of Elaine Brown, a 69-year-old grandmother of four from Liverpool.

Gas Appliance Spares and Vaillant warn customers about counterfeit parts

Gas Appliance Spares (GAS) has joined forces with Vaillant to highlight the dangers of using counterfeit gas spare parts to customers.

Ariston pledges support for Installers’ First

Ariston has announced its endorsement of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council’s Installers First initiative, which aims to unite Gas Safe-registered engineers and help voice their opinions on industry issues.

Local plumber and heating engineer sees business boom after winning Screwfix national competition

Business is booming for Lluis Dalmau, after winning ‘Screwfix Britain’s Top Tradesperson’.

CIBSE certifies Altecnic's CPD presentation for sealed heating systems

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has certified another CPD presentation for sealed heating systems from Altecnic, the UK's leading provider of heating and plumbing components.

Xylem wins Comfort Supplier of the Year Award 2017

Global water technology company, Xylem (NYSE: XYL), has won Sweden’s ‘Comfort Supplier of the Year Award 2017’.

LPG has vital role to play in decarbonising UK heat, says UKLPG

The trade association for the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, UKLPG, is today hosting MPs at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons to launch its landmark pathways document Gas for Off Grid Britain.

Daikin UK supports certified installers with extended range of benefits

Daikin UK is supporting the business growth of its Certified Installers with an extended five-year warranty, free R32 tooling, a free merchandise pack and unlimited free training for up to a year.

Spirotech launches SpiroCross cashback offer

Spirotech, has launched a cashback offer for engineers and contractors that purchase its SpiroCross products.

Scruffs does a double take at industry awards

Workwear brand Scruffs has scooped two industry awards for the second year running.