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Best young plumber in the world awarded medal

Shane Trevitt, who was named the best young plumbing and heating engineer in the world this year, was awarded a medal by the Leeds College of Building's annual awards ceremony.

Weeks left for eco-invention competition

There are just a few weeks left to enter Adey's eco-invention competition. The company wants entries from heating professionals, installers and apprentices with an original idea for a product, tool or appliance with a positive environmental benefit.

No town for old vans

The new Low Emission Zone requirements for London are now live. Operators of Y-registration and some 51-plate vans must keep out of London if they want to avoid costly charges and fines.

Government 'wasting taxpayers' money'

The government is set to appeal a court judgement that ruled its plans for cutting the Feed-in Tariff were illegal. But Friends of the Earth has argued this is a "waste of taxpayers' money".

Travis Perkins acquires Toolstation

Travis Perkins has acquired the remaining 70% of the issued share capital of the online catalogue Toolstation from Mark Goddard-Watts and his family trusts.

VAT reduction campaign gets cross-party support

An industry campaign to get a VAT reduction to 5% for boilers and flue heat recovery products has gained full cross-party support in Parliament, after an early day motion was tabled in December.

CIPHE warns against unqualified gas engineers

CIPHE has issued a warning about the dangers of illegal, unqualified gas work after an Ipswich plumber was found guilty of carrying out illegal work at a Thai restaurant.

Bad plumbing blamed for London pollution

Pollution, partly caused by bad bathroom plumbing, has damaged parts of the Lea Valley in London, British Waterways has said.

Woman electrocuted by faulty heating installation

A succession of faults and poor workmanship led to the death of Emma Shaw, who was electrocuted while mopping up water in her kitchen.

Government FiTs cut 'unlawful'

Government plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes have been ruled legally flawed by the High Court.

Repair firm to outsource complaints operations

Domestic repair company HomeServe is to outsource its complaints handling operations.

Downing Street petition urges solar PV rethink

The Renewable Energy Association and the Solar Trade Association yesterday delivered a letter and a petition asking the government to rethink its proposals for subsidizing photovoltaic take-up.

HVCA membership approves name change

The Heating & Ventilating Contractors Association (HVCA) is changing its name to the Building & Engineering Services Association.

Asbestos warning ads to return

A campaign to warn workers of the dangers of asbestos is returning - a year after it was dropped by the government.

Serial cowboy jailed for identity fraud

A twice-bankrupt contractor has been jailed for 16 months for acting as a director while banned and posing as an employee to get credit from suppliers.

Competitions

We know that as busy engineers, plumbers and installers your time is increasingly precious, and when you choose to take time away from your customers, it's important that you make it count.

Entire staff placed on redundancy notice at solar power company

Carillion has set aside £10m for redundancy payments after putting all 4,500 staff at its energy services division on notice.

Heating engineer gets community service for being unregistered

A plumber has received 100 hours of community service for carrying out gas work in Ipswich without being Gas Safe registered.

Construction workers on wildcat strike action over pay

This week, plumbers and electricians staged more protests in a dispute over pay and conditions. Protests were at sites in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Merseyside, Glasgow, Hull and North East Lincolnshire.

Energy networks launch tender to look at future of domestic heating

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) Gas Futures Group is launching a tender process for a service provider to assess the optimal domestic heating pathways that will enable the UK to meet its carbon and renewable targets out to 2050.

Yorkshire Copper Tube calls for metal scrappage law changes

Yorkshire Copper Tube has called for the government to review its laws on metal scrappage to help plumbers across the UK, as metal thefts continue to rise.

Community buying group warns of rocketing heating oil prices

Heating oil buying groups are warning rural communities that oil prices could rocket this winter if demand suddenly peaks after an unusually mild autumn.

Wolseley announces strong global growth

Heating and plumbing merchant giant Wolseley has seen revenues grow 5% in the first quarter from £3,471 million to £3,641 million, as strong growth in the USA offset lower growth in some of its European businesses.

Visitors to PHEX Chelsea increase again this year!

The PHEX Chelsea exhibition has successfully concluded this year's PHEX series with an increase in visitor numbers.

New CIPHE group promotes renewable energy

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has set up a new working group to look at the issues surrounding the renewable energy market.

Electric underfloor heating market 'set to grow next year'

The electric underfloor heating market will see growth returning next year after a 'lacklustre' 2011, according to a new report by MTW Research.

FUN FRIDAY: Thinking skills course for dangerous plumber

A plumber who who crashed his van into the back of a parked Land Rover had not cleared his windscreen of ice - because he was late for court.

The only way is up for PHEX

It was another great few days for PHEX Chelsea this year, with organisers revealing attendance figures were up on last year.

Mercedes giveaway launches new look

Amtech is giving away a new Mercedes van to celebrate a new look to its software and services, now under a single brand.

Low emission zone to hit vans

Van operators will be affected by the upcoming changes to the London Low Emission Zone scheme next month.

Balfour plumbers vote to strike

Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers and electricians at Balfour Beatty have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action following a ballot of Unite union members.

Ireland first for pay-as-you-go oil heating

Vulnerable households in Ulster, Northern Ireland, will be able to use a new pay-as-you-go scheme for oil heating.

Self-employed exempt from health & safety

The government is launching a consultation on the abolition of "large numbers" of health and safety rules following an independent review.

Product Demonstrations at Chelsea

Product Demonstrations at Manchester

There’s no doubt that the best way to learn about new plumbing and heating products is to see them in detail, if not to try them out for yourself.

Product Demonstrations at Coventry

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with regret that we have decided to cancel the PHEX Coventry event due to take place later this month. Rest assured the Manchester event in October and Chelsea event in November remain unaffected with new visitor attractions planned for both venues such as seminars, product demonstrations and product giveaways. Click on the 'Manchester' or 'Chelsea' tab to find out more.

Seminars at Chelsea 2014

The heating and plumbing industry is changing rapidly, and whether it’s the opportunities provided by the emerging renewable energy sector, or tightening legislation and Building Regulations, it can be difficult for plumbers and installers to keep up to date.

Seminars at Coventry 2012

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with regret that we have decided to cancel the PHEX Coventry event due to take place later this month. Rest assured the Manchester event in October and Chelsea event in November remain unaffected with new visitor attractions planned for both venues such as seminars, product demonstrations and product giveaways. Click on the 'Manchester' or 'Chelsea' tab to find out more.

Autumn Statement to boost small businesses

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced a series of measures to help stimulate the economy with his Autumn Statement this afternoon.

Landlord prosecuted over gas safety certificate

The HSE prosecuted Khalid Hussain for not having a landlord's gas safety certificate for appliances in a property, despite being issued with an Improvement Notice from HSE in March.

Bid to trace workmates after plumber dies of asbestosis

The family of a former plumber are appealing for witnesses to come forward to back their claim he contracted asbestosis at work.

FiT for a protest at Parliament

Hundreds of campaigners backing the UK's solar industry marched on Parliament to protest over government plans to cut the Feed-in-Tariff scheme.

FUN FRIDAY: Seven cheques for seven plumbers

Those of you musing over whether or not to play the Lotto tonight for fear of being repeatedly unlucky in the game might think again after this story.

The Renewable Heat Incentive will be open to applications from Monday

DECC has announced that the Renewable Heat Incentive will be open to applications from businesses and communities from Monday 28 November.

Solar contract cut short

Housing group Peabody is to cut its multi-million pound solar panel installation contract with Breyer after the government's decision to slash Feed-in Tariffs on solar installations made after 12 December.

£16k cut in court fine for plumber

A plumber boss who was convicted after putting residents' lives at risk by allowing his fitters to do unregistered gas work has won a major cut in his court bill.

Government announces £200m Green Deal boost

Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced £200 million of extra funding for the Green Deal.

The industry gears up for PHEX Chelsea

This week thousands of installers will attend the highly-anticipated PHEX Chelsea exhibition. Follow us live at the show via Twitter! #PHEX @HVPmag

Sixteen arrests in £4.3m VAT probe

HMRC officers and police have arrested 16 people during a series of raids following the investigation of a suspected £4.3 million construction VAT fraud.

Helping hand for plumber hit by double theft

Plumber Owen Thomas has received a donation of copper pipes after a metal thief targeted his home twice in one day.

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