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Association calls for F Gas review

The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration European Association is calling for mandatory registration of individual operatives as part of the current review of the F Gas Regulation.

Plumbing insurance firm goes bust

A domestic plumbing insurance company has been put into liquidation, possibly leaving 10,000 customers without cover.

Directory service recommends plumbers to older people

The local Age UK has set up a directory that includes plumbers vetted to work for older people.

Hope for housebuilding market

Housebuilding jumped 15% in the first three months of 2011 compared to a year ago.

Boiler manufacturer hits out at 'misleading warranties'

Glen Dimplex Boilers has warned installers to be aware of 'pie-crust' promises over free extended warranties.

Copper robbers ruining plumbing business

A heating engineer fears copper thieves could put him out of business after his van was targeted for the sixth time in a month.

How the other half plumb

A group of plumbers flew to Berlin for 11 days to experience how firms install a range of renewable technology.

Community service for illegal gas worker

A man has been prosecuted by the HSE for carrying out gas work at an elderly couple's home without being Gas Safe registered.

TV star plays Big Brother to apprentices

Plumbing apprentices were inspired when Big Brother winner and TV handyman Craig Phillips dropped into Swindon College.

Government demands could boost heating business

The government's Energy Bill announcement urging landlords to improve the efficiency of their properties could spark a surge in opportunities for heating engineers.

British Gas acquires PH Jones for £30 million

British Gas has acquired social housing services provider PH Jones for £30 million in cash.

Police warn plumbers to protect copper pipework

Police in Hertfordshire are warning plumbers not to store copper pipes in their vans overnight after a recent spate of thefts.

White Van Roadshow heads north for safety

The Health & Safety Executive has begun a two-week tour of colleges and construction sites in the north west of England to promote safety issues.

Witnesses wanted over attempted merchant raid

Police unsuccessfully chased thieves after they attempted to break into NPS Plumbing Solutions in Orchard Road.

False Corgi registration rumbled

An unregistered gas fitter misled customers into believing he was a legally-registered gas engineer and then carried out work that put lives at risk.

Glasgow Legionnaires' now an outbreak

Health officials are treating the incidence of Legionnaires' disease in the Glasgow and Lanarkshire health board areas as an outbreak.

Crackdown on poorest performing rental properties

It will soon be 'unlawful' to rent out energy inefficient properties under new proposals from Chris Huhne.

Bathroom sales sink as household budgets take a dive

Britons are reluctant to shell out thousands of pounds on a new kitchen as worries over squeezed household budgets and job security bite.

Wales leading the way

Changes in Welsh building legislation are set to bring in more work for plumbers, which could spread to the rest of the UK.

Legionnaires cases investigated in Glasgow

There has been a rise in the number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease in Glasgow.

Solar industry faces "disaster" if feed-in tariffs are cut

Consultation on the government's proposed cuts to feed-in tariff incentives for 50kW solar projects draws to a close today, with industry figures warning the sector faces "disaster" if the coalition adopts its current proposals.

The wrong type of toilet paper

The University of Colorado is suing a contractor for "defective toilet paper" that clogged the drains at 20 buildings at its campus in Boulder.

Footballer turns to plumbing as a second career

Martin Butler, a former striker with over 450 appearances for Walsall, Cambridge, Rotherham and Grimsby has embarked on an alternative career - as a heating engineer.

APHC Training offers grant for plumbing companies

APHC Training is donating £20,000 to support plumbing and heating companies that wish to keep their existing qualified employees up to date on their training.

Building growth slows as more jobs are lost

Britain's construction sector grew more slowly than expected last month, as the number of people employed in construction fell for the tenth consecutive month.

Heating Plumbing Supplies gets management buyout

Merchant Heating Plumbing Supplies has undergone a £12.88 million management buyout.

Asbestos kills plumber

Plumber, Ronald Kirkland, died as a result of his exposure to asbestos, an inquest has ruled at Derby Coroner's Court.

Copper theft fuels plastic pipe sales

The widespread thefts of copper pipework from UK construction sites is driving sales of plastic alternatives, says pipe manufacturer Durapipe UK.

Tenants gutted after new homes flooded

Prospective tenants have been left disappointed after vandals flooded Oxford's first new council property development in 20 years after ripping out copper pipes.

Landlords put tenants at risk

One-in-three tenants could be at risk from faulty gas fittings and appliances because landlords are failing to carry out annual gas safety checks.

RoSPA calls for health and safety changes

Small businesses could benefit from radical changes to accident reporting proposed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

Countering the VAT-free trader

Some 64% of people are willing to pay cash for work to avoid VAT, according to research carried out for Bondpay, a new payment and guarantee service for home repair and improvement contractors.

ID cards could send plumbers across Europe

Plumbers should be able to ply their trade across EU member states using professional identity cards under proposals designed to re-launch the Single Market Act this week.

Carbon monoxide poisoning figures 'higher than reported'

The number of deaths and illnesses caused by carbon monoxide poisoning could be much higher than official data from the Health & Safety Executive suggests, says the Gas Safety Trust.

University researches freelance builders in the UK

Leading contractors, national house builders and medium-sized subcontracting firms, are to co-operate with Cranfield University in a bid to determine exactly how many freelance builders are currently working in construction.

Cameron accused of an 'anti-renewables agenda' by energy company

Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of pursuing an "anti-renewables agenda", in a letter by the director of UK renewable energy company Eco Environments.

Plumbers predict growth as homeowners admit to 'botched' DIY

A third of plumbers and tradespeople expect an increase in business this year, as a Wickes survey shows homeowners often botch DIY work.

Why gas certificates are a cheap option

Plumbers looking to market their certification service should remind landlords of the penalties for failing to provide gas safety check records after court hands out £11,500 fine.

Blind plumber 'won't take no for an answer'

A blind plumber says he is determined not to let his disability stand in the way of his career dreams.

Police search for fake plumber burglars

Police are looking for two burglars who pretended to be plumbers to get into their victims' homes.

More job opportunities from new scheme

A huge expansion in plumbing jobs is expected when work starts later this year on the UK's largest residential regeneration schemes in Gateshead.

Company pleads guilty to health and safety breaches after permanently injuring plumber

A gas flue and chimney company has pleaded guilty to three health and safety offences after a plumber broke his back in a seven-metre fall.

Pimlico Plumbers' Buster dies at 104

Buster Martin, employed by Pimlico Plumbers for the past five years where he washed the company's fleet of vehicles, has died aged 104.

Builder jailed after illegal boiler installation

A builder has been jailed after installing a gas boiler without being Gas Safe registered.

Plumbing opportunities at Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium could provide work for plumbers when it is converted into a football ground for West Ham United.

Plumber fined for using illegal software

Plumbing company Norman & Underwood has been ordered to pay £19,287 to settle fees and corrective software purchases after being shopped by a whistleblower for using unlicensed computer software.

Millionaire plumber takes a pay cut

Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers, has said he will take a pay cut this year because "times are tough".

Oil talks: UK meets Saudi to discuss price

UK and Saudi Arabia energy ministers are meeting to discuss the rising cost of oil and international business opportunities.

British Gas in internet scam

British Gas customers have become victims of an internet scam promising cash in exchange for personal identification documents.

Plastics manufacturer fined after worker loses hand

A plastics manufacturer owner has been fined for safety breaches after a worker's hand was severed in a mixing machine.

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