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Kingfisher appoints Trade Direct to provide its insurance services

Kingfisher Group UK & Ireland, which owns the B&Q, Screwfix, Trade UK, and TradePoint brands, has appointed Trade Direct Insurance as sole supplier and administrator of the tools and public liability insurance services the Group offers its customers.

RHI 'will increase' carbon emissions in rural areas

The government's proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is unlikely to tackle the problem of carbon emissions from rural homes, according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC).

Census holds lessons for bathroom industry

The latest results of the 2011 Census gives the bathroom industry food for thought, believes Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers' Association.

Installers are being invited to take part in the Tectite Tour

Pegler Yorkshire are taking their Tectite push fittings on tour, as they trial a new scheme which aims to challenge people's perceptions of metal push fit, and let them know that there is another way.

Plumbing company fined after workers exposed to asbestos

Significant safety failures by a plumbing company may have led to two workers being exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres during a major refurbishment project on flats in Wales.

Softened water does not cause corrosion in aluminium heat exchangers, says new report

Harvey Water Softeners announces the results of a recent BSI Report and explains the implications for the use of softened water in central heating systems.

Manufacturer provides heating for Antarctic expedition

Dimplex heaters will be providing vital heating and warmth for explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team on The Coldest Journey, a world first attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter, where temperatures can plummet to minus 90°Celsius.

HSE releases Legionella advice for water treatment systems

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released important information and advice on legionella for users and suppliers of water treatment systems.

Green Deal cashback scheme launch brought forward

Worcester, Bosch Group has welcomed the news that DECC is to bring forward to launch of the Green Deal cashback scheme for boiler replacements to the second week in January.

Autumn Statement receives mixed response

Yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne has had a mixed response from the construction industry.

DECC announces new heat pump training dates

DECC has announced a further two dates for its heat pump training roadshows, to take place in January.

Lack of installer knowledge 'shocking', reveals survey

A survey into Part G Building Regulations, carried out by manufacturer Inta, reveals what the company described as a 'shocking lack of installer knowledge'.

Council encourages women to learn skilled trades

Leicester City Council is encouraging women in the region to become apprentices and learn skilled trades such as plumbing, painting and decorating, and electrics.

Jewson launches Christmas giveaway

Jewson is getting into the festive spirit by offering its customers a free bottle of wine this Christmas.

B&Q sales fall while Screwfix grows

Kingfisher has reported a 4% drop in like-for-like sales at its B&Q outlets, while the company's Screwfix brand saw sales grow by 11%.

DECC announces £2.9 million for Green Deal marketing

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced it is to begin a £2.9 million marketing campaign to promote the Green Deal to UK homeowners.

Company fined after major gas explosion

A property development firm has been fined £100,000 following a major gas explosion that destroyed dozens of homes in South Manchester.

Building firm fined after worker suffered injuries from five metre fall

A Leicestershire building firm has been fined after an employee fell five metres and was then struck by a wooden board and concrete blocks after a partially built floor gave way.

Government pledges millions to support house building growth

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced £225m of funding to support building of 48,600 high quality homes.

The Grafton Group is first merchant Green Deal Provider

The Grafton Group is proud to become the first building and plumbing merchant authorised to operate as a Green Deal provider.

Britain's energy-wasting families are losing cash

As part of its Hole In The Roof campaign, the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) introduces the Romans, an average British family wasting energy, and money, as if they have a very large hole in the roof.

Builders' merchant sales show short-term improvement but annual decline

The latest monthly sales indicators released by the Builders' Merchants Federation reveal that national sales of building materials rose slightly in quarter 3 of 2012.

Viessmann adds to its commercial boiler range

Viessmann has added three new models to its Vitocrossal 200 gas condensing commercial boiler range.

Homeowners "very interested" in insulation, says survey

A string of harsh winters and a raft of financial incentives have created a growing interest in insulation which offers real opportunities for installers, according to new research by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Homeowners seek more space in kitchens

Research carried out on behalf of Myson by pollsters ICM has shown that 72% of people feel they do not have enough space in their kitchens to meet their needs.

Pimlico Plumbers announces highest ever sales

Pimlico Plumbers, a large independent plumbing company, has announced it achieved its highest ever monthly sales in October 2012.

Mira extends digital choice with Platinum Dual

Mira Showers - a leading UK manufacturer of showering products and accessories - has launched a new digital shower that offers users both a deluge head and a handset that can be used either together or independently.

App to replace paper gas certificates

A mobile app developer has predicted the end of paper gas safety certificates following a surge of enquiries from heating and plumbing companies across the UK.

SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE winners announced

After three days of intense practical competition at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham, SummitSkills crowned its SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE 2012 champions.

Carillion fined for death of worker after fall from a height

A major construction company and a concrete structures firm have been sentenced after a worker died following a fall from height at a Swansea building site.

SME consultation aims to remove red tape

The European Commission is calling upon small and medium sized enterprises to help identify the top 10 EU legislative acts considered to be the most burdensome from them.

Landlord sentenced for forging safety certificate

A landlord in Cambridge has received a suspended jail sentence after forging a gas safety certificate.

Rise in domestic heating oil theft as winter draws in

Police are concerned about the recent rise in thefts of domestic heating oil in North West Leicestershire, totalling £14,000 in value over the last two months.

British tradesmen are 'unsung heroes' of the UK's workforce

British tradesmen are owed around £4.8 billion in unpaid overtime every year, according to new research from Direct Line for Business.

NI Oil Federation customer charter boosts confidence

The Northern Ireland Oil Federation (NIOF) launched its customer charter this week, a first for an oil trade association in the UK and Ireland.

APHC to hold free Green Deal seminars

For installers who want to find out about all things Green Deal, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and changes to Competent Person Schemes (CPS), APHC are hosting three half-day seminars during December.

Advice on new safety legislation for builders

Advice and guidance for builders adapting to the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation on Fee For Intervention is now available at NHBC.

Proposals to ensure a better deal for energy consumers

Millions of households are to be moved to better energy deals, with suppliers limited to four tariffs per fuel type, and customers moved off poor-value 'dead tariffs' under new government plans.

Employers needed to 'Test Drive Talent'

UK businesses are being offered the opportunity to 'Test Drive Talent' under a new SummitSkills' initiative, which will see gifted young students undertake short-term work placements.

Industry response to apprenticeship report

Following the publication of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on apprenticeships, SummitSkills has welcomed conclusions that suggest quality, and not just quantity, should be the UK's focus for apprenticeships.

New partnership sparks online electrical safety register

Consumers can now make the most of an online Electrical Safety Register (ESR), which will provide a database of qualified contractors across the UK.

Customers warned to prepare for cold winter

Customers who use oil to heat their homes and businesses are being warned to prepare for 'one of the coldest winters for more than a decade'.

Take part in a Green Deal web chat with Greg Barker

Greg Barker will be answering questions about the government scheme via a live event stream on Monday 19 November at 11am

Investigations underway as sewage leaks into water systems

Plumbing connections that were not properly made have caused businesses and properties in Devon to leak sewage into water systems, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

Plumbers clean up at Britain's Top Tradesman 2012

A plumber from Scotland has been chosen from over 3,000 entries as Britain's Top tradesman 2012 in the national competition organised by Screwfix.

Honeywell takes gold at House Beautiful Awards

Heating controls manufacturer Honeywell is celebrating taking gold in the 'Best Heating Product' category at the annual House Beautiful magazine awards for its Evotouch touch screen multi-zone controller.

Danfoss launches new heating control

Heating controls manufacturer Danfoss has launched the TP7001 - the first in a new family style of seven-day programmable room thermostats for domestic heating systems.

Knauf Insulation opens new training academy

Knauf Insulation has opened its ThermoShell Training Academy in Birmingham to upskill contractors who wish to install its ThermoShell Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) and External Wall Insulation (EWI).

Trained installer register launched by National Skills Academy

A new register of trained installers has been launched by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET), which aims to give local authorities and householders confidence when selecting a renewables tradesperson in their area.

ETI launches consumer behaviour study into heat and energy consumption

The launch of a £3 million research project will lead to a comprehensive behavioural study involving thousands of householders, focused on heat and energy consumption in the UK.

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