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Unregistered engineer jailed for 14 months after unsafe gas work

An unregistered engineer has been jailed after carrying out unsafe gas work at a property in Bacton, Norfolk.

Triton Showers celebrates success at 2017 Express Home and Living Awards

Triton has scooped two honours at the inaugural Express Home and Living Awards.

Methven appointed by Places for People

Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers and tapware, has been appointed as a preferred supplier by Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies.

Worcester Bosch urges “common sense approach” to ErP and spare parts

Worcester, Bosch Group, is urging the European Commission to take a “common-sense approach” and reconsider bringing spare part circulating pumps under the Energy-Related Products (ErP) Directive by 2020.

National Awards for the UK’s most considerate construction companies and suppliers

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is getting ready to reveal the UK’s highest performing registered companies and suppliers of 2017.

Welsh Government to offer energy saving valve as part of national housing scheme

Engineering specialists Teddington have signed a deal with the Welsh Government to help households become more energy efficient.

One in five blame household problems on the supernatural

Almost one in five homeowners in the UK blame a range of household problems – from creepy creaking doors, cold patches and dripping taps, to electrical equipment switching on by itself and unexplained noises – on the paranormal.

Searching for zombie gas fires

A Valor Homeflame Super 470S dating back to the 1980s has been nominated as the ‘winner’ of the brand’s nationwide hunt for zombie gas fires – models with outdated technology that refuse to die, thus never get replaced.

46% of Brits have reduced energy bills with smart heating

New research from reichelt elektronik has revealed that UK adults who currently use smart home heating solutions have saved on their heating costs as a result.

Older people at risk of CO poisoning according to GST

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) published the Downstream Incident Data Report statistics for 2015-16.

Aico’s London fire safety event provides social landlords with valuable information

Aico’s recent fire safety event in London has been welcomed by the capital’s social housing landlords as a valuable and informative event.

The easy way to stay guaranteed

Worcester, Bosch Group, has made significant changes to its guarantee promotion, making it even easier for installers to offer added peace of mind when recommending its Which? award-winning boilers.

DIY SOS and its Veteran village build

Two years ago, a "landmark" plan to create a community for war veterans in east Manchester was approved by Manchester City Council.

Van drivers losing business due to email addresses, says LeaseVan.co.uk

Tradespeople could be missing out on valuable business by using a generic email address such as Hotmail or Gmail on their vans, according to a van leasing company.

Donations raised from Fernox golf day given to children’s charities

Chemical water treatment manufacturer, Fernox, handed cheques totalling more than £7,750 to children’s charities Shooting Star Chase and Candlelighters. The funds were raised at the 8th Fernox Charity Golf Day - a much anticipated industry event that has generated £75,500 since its inception.

Daniel Martins wins bronze at WorldSkills

Twenty-year old Daniel Martins has been awarded a bronze medal in the 2017 WorldSkills competition.

Smart meters bill introduced to Parliament: BSRIA response

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

STA responds to Helm review

Professor Helm’s Cost of Energy Review says that current energy policy, regulation and market design are not “fit for purpose” given the speed of technology change. Helm characterises the government’s energy policy as “picking winners” to a degree not seen since the days of the Central Electricity Generating Board.

Altenic appoints Area Sales Manager

Altecnic has strengthened its nationwide salesforce with the appointment of Graham Heap as its new Area Sales Manager.

Van insurance cost hits three-year high

Van drivers are facing annual insurance price increases of nearly a third as rising claims and fraud costs add to the pressure from compensation rules and tax, new analysis from insurance market experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

Baxi launches consumer campaign and installer competition

As part of a major heating season push, Baxi is launching a targeted consumer promotion designed to support its installers.

WaterSafe releases video to highlight lead dangers

WaterSafe has launched a short film to highlight the potential health risks of lead pipes that supply water for drinking and cooking.

REHAU pipework used in BBC Television Centre

As work continues to transform the BBC’s Television Centre building in White City into a vast new mixed-use development, REHAU heating and cooling solutions are being used extensively in many of the new apartments.

Only 8% of students advised to seek apprenticeships by schools

Less than 1 in 12 students (8%) aged 15 to 18 in school or college in 2016/2017 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship afterwards, according to new YouGov survey findings.

Don’t forget your automatic pension enrolment duties, says APHC

To date, more than 8.5 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by nearly 800,000 employers.

APHC highlights ways to reduce risk on ladders

Ladders are a fairly common piece of equipment for plumbing and heating contractors and, according to the Health & Safety Executive, falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in Great Britain.

Warning signs for construction industry as growth slows

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Nearly a third of tenants do not have a CO alarm

New research for the Carbon Monoxide Be Alarmed! campaign has revealed that almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in their property, with four in five unaware that it is their responsibility – and not their landlord’s – to provide one.

Two companies fined after CO leak

Two construction companies have been fined when a project to remove cowls to redundant flue pipes resulted in carbon monoxide (CO) entering a property.

Unregistered installer sentenced for carrying out gas work

A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced after carrying out gas work despite being no longer legally allowed to do so.

Housing Plus Group becomes one of the first to install Gas Tag

A Staffordshire-based housing association has agreed to install the Gas Tag system in 12,000 homes across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

GRAF UK grows team by a quarter in line with business success

Water management specialist GRAF UK has grown its team by more than quarter in response to steadily rising demand for its top-quality stormwater, wastewater, and rainwater harvesting ranges.

Stolen tools left UK’s tradespeople with a £94 million bill last year

The theft of tradespeople’s tools may have run to a bill of £94,521,600 last year, new research has revealed.

Pimlico aims to cut additional £300,000 anti-pollution bill with launch of electric plumbing van fleet

Pimlico Plumbers launched its first fully-electric plumbing van on the day the Mayor of London put £300,000 on the company’s annual costs with the introduction of his new ‘Toxin Tax’.

New national sales director for Alpha

Alpha Heating Innovation has welcomed Brendan Fenerty to the role of National Sales Director.

Daikin appoints Commercial Director

Daikin UK has appointed Iain Bevan as Commercial Director for Heating and Renewables.

Worcester launches search for UK’s best apprentice

Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the country’s heating engineers to get their apprentices involved in a new, nationwide search for the industry’s best apprentice installer.

Smaller construction companies hit hardest as work volumes fall

With Brexit creating huge uncertainty in the construction sector, smaller companies in Hertfordshire and North London are struggling to cope, according to new research from accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson.

Sentinel expands management with a new appointment

International water treatment specialist, Sentinel, has appointed Gregg Cole to lead the company’s UK residential and commercial businesses in a newly created role.

Industry skills discussed at PHSP event

Plumbing and heating organisations and other stakeholders gathered recently to discuss how the industry could work collectively to address training and skills issues.

Wilo recruits two new merchandisers to its team in the UK

Pump and pumping system manufacturer Wilo has appointed two new merchandisers to provide support for merchants and their customers up and down the country.

Fernox filter shortlisted at Energy Awards

The Fernox TF1 Omega Filter has been shortlisted for Energy Efficient Product of the Year - HVAC&R - at the Energy Awards 2017. The filter had its environmental credentials and energy efficiency capabilities carefully examined to make the final seven within this competitive category.

OFTEC appoints new Inspector

OFTEC has appointed a new Inspector for the south west region, who is no stranger to the importance of maintaining industry standards, having received one of the trade association’s first ever ‘Awards for Excellence’.

Conex Bänninger strengthens its UK team with two major appointments

Manufacturer of fittings and valves, Conex Bänninger, is pursuing further growth by appointing two highly experienced Regional Technical Sales Managers in the South East.

Plumbase appoints new Managing Director

National independent plumber’s merchant, Plumbase, has promoted Mark Bradley to the position of Managing Director.

Cornwall based handyman sentenced for unregistered gas work

A handyman from Cornwall has been sentenced after conducting gas work and leaving it in an unsafe condition.

New-look Geberit website offers a more user-friendly experience

Geberit has re-launched its website, with a new look and navigation system making it easier than ever to browse the extensive product range and find all the information needed to design, specify and install.

Viessmann backs boiler efficiency breakthrough

Viessmann welcomes new policy changes and updates, announced on October 12, which set newstandards for the efficiency of gas boilers in the UK.

Heating Oil Trade Association launch cold weather priority initiative to tackle winter deaths

With more than one million rural homes in the UK using oil for their heating, heating oil trade association, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS), this winter is launching the Cold Weather Priority (CWP) and vulnerable persons protocol for the off-grid sector to reduce ‘excess winter deaths' throughout the winter months.

Rock up and rock out on holiday with Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched Rock Up and Win, an exciting competition with a rocking twist.

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