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Scottish First Minister adds support to World Plumbing Day

Plumbers all over the world used last Sunday to celebrate World Plumbing Day, with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond adding his support to the event.

BSS encourages skills with apprenticeship scheme

BSS Industrial has joined the apprenticeship scheme run by its parent company, Travis Perkins.

Plumbing industry has a 'duty to the nation'

Pamela Taylor OBE, chief executive of Water UK, spoke about the importance of plumbing to public health at a speech to the CIPHE.

New grant available for apprentice employers

JTL, a training charity for the building services engineering sector, is urging firms to take advantage of a new grant worth £1,500 to take on an apprentice.

Government announces £3.5 million funding for Green Deal training

The government has announced £3.5 million in funding to help train hundreds of people in key green skills ahead of the launch of the Green Deal.

Installers urged to give feedback on Building Regulation changes

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is urging all installers to ensure they give feedback on the changes being proposed in the current Building Regulations consultation, many of which will have a dramatic impact on installers' businesses.

Bristol plumber found guilty of manslaughter after 'botched' flue installation

Bristol plumber Andrew Hartley has been found guilty of manslaughter after a 'botched' flue installation which led to the death of Zoë Anderson from carbon monoxide poisoning.

BPEC marks World Plumbing Day with a new DVD

With World Plumbing Day approaching this Sunday 11 March, BPEC has released a new DVD to promote the importance of plumbing to public health and the environment.

Scottish commercial construction orders fall by a third

The construction industry is urging the Scottish government to 'do everything it possibly can' to help unlock the commercial industry's potential for economic growth, as data reveals new orders for commercial development and repair work have fallen by a third since 2007.

Support grows for single industry competency scheme

A number of industry organisations, including Worcester Bosch Group, have pledged their support for APHC's proposals for a voluntary industry-led single competency scheme.

Inclusively-designed products are 'crucial' to the future of UK businesses

Almost three-quarters of adults believe products should be designed with older people in mind, according to a charity survey.

IDHEE Conference moves to Loughborough

The annual Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) Conference will be held at Loughborough University on Wednesday 23 May.

Wood-burning stove caused devastating fire at builders' merchants

A fire that destroyed a builders' merchants in Wolverhampton may have been caused by a woodburning stove, said fire crews.

Apprenticeships are 'facing an identity crisis', says FPB

The Forum of Private Business has warned that apprenticeships are facing an identity crisis, with business owners concerned that shorter schemes do not provide the same value as longer courses.

Government announces consultation on Building Regulation changes

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched a consultation on changes to English Building Regulations that will come into effect in 2013 or, in some cases, late 2012.

Somerset plumber appeals for apprentice work

Apprentice plumber Polly Case is appealing for work as an apprentice in Somerset.

UK companies 'could save £400 million' by using efficient boilers

UK organisations could save over £400 million a year by taking simple, low-cost actions to improve the efficiency of their hot water boilers, according to new guidance published today by the Carbon Trust.

Go with the flow 'to prevent drought'

Two manufacturers are calling on installers to be more aware of water saving issues and the benefits of flow regulators, after the news that Britain is facing a widespread drought this summer.

Gas fitter charged over Manchester explosion

A gas fitter is to be prosecuted by the HSE after a gas explosion that damaged hundreds of houses and injured 15 people.

Plumbers must 'get to know' their thermostatic mixing valves

Installers are being urged to 'get to know' their thermostatic mixing valves after a survey of more than 200 plumbers revealed that only 17% knew the difference between the TMV2 and TMV3 scheme.

Calor to take legal action against cylinder tampering

Calor Gas has given notice that it will take legal action against those who post advice online as to how to tamper with its gas cylinders in order to make wood burners.

Are you entitled to a work uniform tax rebate?

Staff in the construction industry who have to wear a uniform to work could be entitled to claim for a special tax rebate worth £60 a year, according to workwear specialists Alexandra.

Charity renews calls for legislation to protect installers from carbon monoxide

A leading charity is calling for new legislation to make it compulsory for gas installers to be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms and flue gas analysers, as figures show poisoning by the toxic gas has reached 622.

Grants now available for low-carbon commercial vehicles

The government has named seven ultra-low carbon vans that will qualify for a discount of up to £8,000 as part of the Plug-In Van Grant incentive to stimulate the market for ultra-low carbon commercial vehicles.

OFGEM tells electricity suppliers to cut prices or face fuel bill cap

Fuel bills could be slashed after energy watchdog Ofgem told Britain's six largest suppliers to overhaul their tariffs or face a mandatory cap.

Travis Perkins reports pre-tax profits up 37%

Builders' merchant Travis Perkins has reported a 37% jump in pre-tax profits and a 52% surge in turnover last year, despite a depressed construction market, in part thanks to its purchase of BSS.

Welsh school closes after thieves target copper heating system

A Welsh school has been forced to close after thieves broke in overnight and stole copper pipes from its heating system.

HVCA confirms BESNA is 'finished'

HVCA has withdrawn its proposals for the new BESNA M&E contract reforms days after Balfour Beatty withdrew from the reforms.

Government appeals FITs decision

Solar campaigners are disappointed that new energy secretary Ed Davey has decided to appeal to the Supreme Court over the Court of Appeal's decision on Feed-in Tariffs.

Government training scheme launched with mixed response

Pimlico Plumbers' founder, Charlie Mullins, has criticised the government's new £126m training scheme for young people. It would make more sense to give the money to employers directly so that young people could earn while they learn, he says.

BESNA deal 'dead and buried'

The BESNA deal is "finished" after M&E contractors decided to follow Balfour Beatty's lead and abandon the reforms.

Construction safety clampdown in Cumbria

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is targeting small sites in Cumbria as part of a drive to cut the number of work-related deaths.

BEAMA believes government 'remains committed' to renewable heat

The plans for a domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) over the next year have taken a giant leap forward, according to BEAMA's marketing director, Kelly Butler.

Wise up to the dangers of carbon monoxide

Plumb Center and Parts Center have launched 'Wise Up to CO', a new initiative to raise awareness about the fatal effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Balfour Beatty backs down on BESNA contracts

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services is to delay plans to introduce new BESNA contracts for its employees after threatened strike action.

Subcontractors hit by big companies and late payment

Major contractors muscling-in on smaller contracts are proving to be a major headache for small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the construction sector, according to a new report.

Tesco is looking for Gas Safe registered engineers

Tesco is opening up its installer network to a wider list of approved Gas Safe engineers, following the launch of the Tesco Home Efficiency Service - a new gas boiler replacement and heating installation service.

Calor issues safety warning over LPG cylinder 'tampering'

A safety alert has been issued by Calor Gas warning people of the dangers of attempting to construct wood burners from liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders.

Dimplex dismisses rumours that DECC is to cut heat pump subsidies

Dimplex has dismissed rumours that DECC is planning to rein in subsidies for heat pumps as part of the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, to avoid running into the type of financial troubles that have hit the Feed in Tariff.

Pensioner scalded by faulty shower in respite home

A pensioner has been awarded compensation and the Isle of Wight Council fined after he was scalded by a faulty shower in a respite home.

Nearly 90% of workers now signed-up to BESNA

Nearly 90% of construction workers have now signed-up to the new BESNA agreement, despite continuing strike action by union Unite.

Jewson offers to sell 22 branches amid competition concerns

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is considering an offer by Jewson to sell a branch in each of 22 local areas to remedy competition concerns raised by its completed acquisition of Build Center.

Latest construction figures suggest a "bleak outlook" for 2012

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) see little sign of recovery in the construction sector.

HMRC turns the spotlight on home improvements

HM Revenue & Customs is expanding its current tax campaign on plumbers to the wider home improvement market in an attempt to recover undeclared taxes.

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FiT proposals could spell 'Armageddon' for industry

Yesterday's Feed-in Tariff proposals from the government could spell "Armageddon" for the industry, according to renewable energy company Eco Environments.

Fine for explosion risk plumber

An unregistered gas engineer has been fined £16,000 and ordered to pay £800 costs for risking an explosion at a Cheltenham home.

Improvements made to FiT scheme

The government has today announced plans to ensure the future of the Feed-in Tariff scheme to make it more predictable. Transparency, longevity and certainty are at the heart of the "new improved scheme".

Davey puts energy saving at heart of strategy

A new offensive on cutting energy waste has been launched by the newly-appointed Energy & Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey.

Construction industry endorses procurement report

The specialist engineering sector in Scotland has fully endorsed the findings in the report on public sector procurement published by The Jimmy Reid Foundation.

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