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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.

Industry urges government to Cut the VAT

Baxi is supporting an industry campaign - Cut the VAT - urging the government to reduce the rate of VAT charged on high-efficiency boiler installations and passive flue heat recovery systems.

Still welcome to PHEX Wembley

Today may be the first day of the Wembley event, but you can still attend, even if you've not registered!

Win a Triton Aspirante shower

HVP magazine has joined forces with Triton to give five readers the chance to win a free Aspirante shower. (Closing date: 8 May).

Let the judging begin

The chance to enter the Britain's Favourite Plumber competition is now over and judging for the coveted award is underway.

Housing improvements in Wales could save NHS millions

Improving housing conditions in Wales could save the NHS millions of pounds a year by reducing physical and mental illness caused by poor living conditions, according to a new report from BRE Trust.

Renewable energy companies 'in a difficult position'

Kensa Engineering says the government needs to do more to stop the demise of renewable energy companies following the closure of a rival company.

Plumber wins stripping competition

Lee Darby beat over 650 installers recently in Ideal Heating's and Plumb Center's collaborative Ideal Challenge, stripping a Logic+ boiler in just 36 seconds.

Housing provider seeks solar partnership

Affordable housing provider Circle Anglia is searching for a partner to invest in a scheme to provide solar photovoltaic panels on its UK homes.

When HVP met Pimlico

On one of the coldest days of December 2010, in the aftermath of snow, slush and slow trains, Sarah Allen made tracks towards Pimlico, London, to see how the team at Pimlico Plumbers do things.

Old, but still got it!

Traditional buildings are more energy-efficient than previously thought, according to recent research.

Daikin Japan offices still safe

Daikin Industries has created a disaster countermeasure office in Japan to support employees and their families following the recent earthquakes and tsunamis which recently hit the nation.

Construction sector 'needs more support from Budget'

An industry figure in construction has expressed doubts over the Budget's positive impact.

Budget 2011: Key Changes

We outline some of the key changes in this year's Budget that will affect HVP readers.

Oil theft on the rise

There has been a surge in domestic heating oil theft in response to the rise in cost for the commodity.

Feed-in Tariff plans 'a disaster'

The industry has expressed concerns over the latest proposals to reduce financial support available through the Feed-in Tariff for built environment installations over 50kW.

Millions in cash for electricity scammers

Organised criminal gangs around Britain are making over £7 million in electricity prepayment meter scams.

Work experience boy in ladder drop

A Sheffield building company has been fined after a schoolboy on work experience fell 2.4 metres from a ladder.

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