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Projects benefit from £1bn Regional Growth Fund

Thousands of jobs will be created or safeguarded under the third round of the government's Regional Growth Fund, which will see 130 projects receive a share of more than £1 billion.

Industry expert worried Ofgem proposals could lead to higher prices

An industry expert has questioned whether Ofgem’s proposals to force energy companies to offer fewer tariffs will actually lead to lower retail prices.

Ofgem publishes plans for a simpler, clearer and fairer energy market

Ofgem is proposing plans to improve the competitiveness of the household energy market and make energy tariffs simpler, clearer and fairer.

Coalition calls for community energy revolution

A manifesto calling for an increase in the number of communities that can control, generate, save and benefit from their own clean energy has been presented to government by a coalition of UK organisations.

Free skills and careers show for young people interested in industry

A free skills and careers event aimed at providing young people with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and apprenticeships, is being launched in Birmingham next month.

Cash back on the Green Deal

Millions of pounds of cash back is being made available for those who make energy saving home improvements under the Green Deal, government announced today.

New forum will take action to promote CO awareness

A new cross-industry body dedicated to tackling the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK was launched this week in Parliament.

Prime Minister announces plans to enforce cheaper energy bills

David Cameron has responded to concerns over rising energy bills by pledging to force electricity suppliers to automatically offer customers their cheapest deal.

Consumer group challenges rising energy bills

Which? is calling for an independent review to be launched into the rising cost of domestic energy bills.

Bad news on exhaust air systems is an application, installation and sizing issue

Recent negative news reports about exhaust air systems are probably the result of incorrect installation, application and sizing, not pump performance, says Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS).

Gas safe register carries out Gas Safety Raids in Oldham

Gas Safe Register recently took part in a series of multi-agency raids on commercial properties in Oldham town centre, in a bid to tackle gas safety and a range of other issues, including illegal immigration, environmental health breaches and abuse of benefits.

Online campaign asks 'Who is the biggest idiot on a ladder?'

The Ladder Association is using its Facebook channel to collect pictures of the most dangerous and ridiculous uses of ladders, in a bid to find the biggest 'Idiot on a Ladder'.

Get ready for Big Energy Saving Week

Householders can reduce their energy bills and their carbon footprint with the help of Big Energy Saving Week.

Consumer advice on how to keep warm and save money this winter

In advance of Big Energy Saving Week, Energy Secretary Edward Davey has written an open letter to all Members of Parliament with advice for their constituents to help them keep energy bills down and their homes warm this winter.

Contractors have no time for handiwork at home

The UK's busy contractors have less time to work on their own homes than ever before, according to new research from Newey & Eyre

Bathroom market dampened by economy

While the consumer confidence index has reached a 15-month high, the bathroom market remains in the throes of the recession, says GfK.

HHIC calls for government action as boiler sales continue to decline

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council's quarterly statistical release shows that from January to September like for like boiler sales are down by 14% in 2012 compared to pre-financial crisis levels of 2008.

Millions of Corrie fans exposed to Gas Safe Register's messages on the 'silent killer'

Gas Safe Register is working with ITV on a storyline that will see Coronation Street's Fiz Brown, played by Jennie McAlpine, face the silent killer - carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

New Zealand in need of construction workers

New Zealand is looking to fill thousands of job vacancies in the construction sector, using skilled migrants from the UK.

APHC urges industry to complete Gas Competency Review survey

APHC is urging all industry employers to complete their Gas Competency Review survey if they have not yet done so before the deadline passes.

Dragon's Den star backs 'Jobs for the Girls' campaign

Dragon's Den star Hilary Devey has backed the NICEIC 'Jobs for the Girls' campaign, which aims to encourage more women into the construction industry.

DEFRA lauds water industry efforts to save water

The new Bathroom Manufacturer's Association (BMA) Water Label scheme, which aims to encourage consumers to save water, has been preaised by DEFRA's new head of water supply and infrastructure, Chris Preston.

Housing market expected to pick up

The UK housing market should see a slightly stronger end to the year with transaction levels expected to pick up and price falls predicted to slow, says the latest RICS UK housing market survey.

Carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in Northern Ireland

New Building Regulations will see carbon monoxide alarms made mandatory in Northern Ireland from 31 October.

Company fined for exposing subcontractors to asbestos fibres

A heating, plumbing and maintenance company from Wokingham was fined after exposing two subcontractors to asbestos fibres at Reading University.

Green Deal partnership announced

Greg Barker visited Birmingham to congratulate the City Council and Carillion Energy Services on the announcement of its Green Deal delivery partnership.

Bridgwater plumber fined for fraud

A Bridgwater plumber who tried to con a pensioner out of hundreds of pounds has been ordered to pay £5,000 after pleading guilty to fraud.

Specification document for domestic stainless steel vented cylinders

A publication specifying performance requirements for stainless steel vented cylinders has been released by the Hot Water Association (HWA).

Council inspections lead to curry house closures

A council crackdown on gas safety in Indian restaurants has led to the closure of three curry houses in Surrey.

Government makes funding available for small and micro businesses

A £60 million pot of Regional Growth Fund (RGF) investment and bank finance was announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday, to protect jobs and fund investment and growth for small to medium sized enterprises and micro businesses.

Government releases £1 billion funding for home refurbishment

Housing Minister Mark Prisk has confirmed that the government is to release £1 billion of funding to bring sub-standard council homes up to scratch.

Solving the concealed flue problem

New safety regulations around concealed flues could boost the electric market, claims EHC.

PHCA calls for HSE to move on gas enforcement review findings

PHCA, the overarching body for plumbing and heating businesses throughout the United Kingdom, has written an open letter to the HSE calling for it to take action on the findings outlined in its 2010 Enforcement Review document.

More staff needed to meet demand this winter

Pimlico Plumbers is creating up to 50 new positions for experienced plumbers and Gas Safe-registered heating engineers to meet the expected demand for its services during the winter period.

Stay one step ahead of the clocks going back

With the clocks set to 'fall back' on 28 October, it not only means we lose an hour's sleep, it also usually means increased call outs for installers.

Wise Up to Water Treatment campaign benefits installers

A campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of water treatment to installers across the UK is running throughout Plumb Center and Parts Center branches this October.

Sub-contractors urged to campaign for fairer treatment

StreetwiseSubbie is calling for government to agree a Fair Treatment Charter after a survey found that the nation's specialist sub-contractors are underpaid, undervalued and almost never paid on time.

Green Deal failure to win over public could be a 'kick in the teeth' for retrofit industry, says VELUX

VELUX is concerned that if the Green Deal fails to win the confidence of consumers it could be a 'kick in the teeth' for the wider energy efficiency retrofit market.

New scheme will benefit businesses and make young people more employable

A SummitSkills project which has secured funding from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' (UKCES) aims to help businesses make the most of talented young learners.

Landlord fined for failing to carry out gas safety checks

A London-based landlord has appeared in court after he failed to arrange for annual gas safety checks to be carried out at three flats in Morecambe.

Fraudulent plumber behind bars

A fraudulent plumber has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for falsely claiming to be qualified to carry out gas work at a string of properties in Wiltshire.

Installers urged to respond to key RHI consultation

Industry has welcomed the launch of three new consultations on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), giving businesses, householders and associations the opportunity to help shape the development of the scheme.

Labour plans to boost construction and increase affordable housing

Labour plans to build 100,000 affordable homes, creating thousands of jobs in the construction industry, with the proceeds from the auction of the new 4G mobile phone spectrum.

Polypipe expands Silavent range

Polypipe Ventilation has expanded its Silavent Green Line range with the addition of new energy-efficient Axial fans.

Danger of rogue traders cashing in on Green Deal home repairs

As the Green Deal scheme is launched this month, a group of 20 consumer advice bodies, charities, trade associations and building industry organisations is urging the government to tackle the risk of rogue traders cashing in on the government scheme.

Ploughcroft Building Services enters administration, blaming its downfall on solar FiT reductions

Ploughcroft Building Services Ltd has entered administration and been sold to a new company, with the loss of the entire workforce.

Tradesmen encouraged to use ladder exchange scheme

The Ladder Association is emphasising the need for regular ladder inspections after Birmingham City Council released details of a builders' merchant that was prosecuted for multiple work at height issues.

National Grid Gas fined for causing gas leak

National Grid Gas was fined by Dudley Magistrates' Court after causing a gas leak into a Halesowen home.

Energy firm to introduce price increase

Energy firm SSE, which trades as Scottish Hydro, Swalec and Southern Electric, will increase its domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of 9% from 15 October.

Almost one in seven companies heading for rocky ground

Plimsoll's latest study into the heating contractors industry shows that many companies are risking their long-term sustainability in order to increase sales.

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