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Ecobuild partners with Considerate Constructors Scheme

Ecobuild has announced a partnership with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) for its 2018 show and beyond.

Research shows average pay increase of 9.4% for plumbers

Hudson Contract has revealed research that shows that self-employed plumbers in England and Wales have seen a year-on-year increase in average weekly earnings of 9.4%.

Gold innovation award for Roca

Roca has won a gold award in the Innovation in Technology category at the recent Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards for its new In-Wash Inspira smart toilet.

Solar Trade Association appoints new Chief Executive

Chris Hewett has been appointed the new CEO of the Solar Trade Association (STA).

Logic4Training launches guide to becoming a plumber

Logic4training has launched the Ultimate Guide to Plumbing Careers, providing advice for people from various backgrounds who want to become plumbers.

REHAU adds polymer plumbing pipe course

As part of its refreshed 2017/2018 REHAU CPD programme, REHAU has added a heating and plumbing polymer pipe course for installers.

The 10 most annoying things on-site

On The Tools and Scruffs Workwear have researched the most annoying habits of other trades on-site, from ‘borrowing’ someone’s tools to leaving a mess.

Fuel poor households at greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

New research to be launched in Parliament today at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency Group finds fuel poor households on the lowest incomes are also at risk from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

‘Spotlight on… women in construction’ campaign launched in UK and Ireland

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched ‘Spotlight on... women in construction’ in an effort to attract more women into the construction industry.

Salamander Pumps appoints National Sales Manager

Salamander Pumps has promoted Adam Brand from National Account Manager to National Sales Manager after two years in the role.

Hammond screwed up skills sums, says BESA

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has missed a vital issue by failing to allocate enough money to support skills in the construction industry, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Flame Heating Group launches 'Virtual Reality' Showroom

Flame Heating Group is celebrating the official launch of its new 1,500ft2 bathroom showroom – said to be Durham’s only 4D bathroom design experience.

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.