Daniel Martins wins bronze at WorldSkills

Twenty-year old Daniel Martins has been awarded a bronze medal in the 2017 WorldSkills competition.

Smart meters bill introduced to Parliament: BSRIA response

BSRIA has responded to the recent government announcement that a Smart Meters Bill will be introduced to Parliament wherein every home and small business in the UK will be offered a smart meter by the end of 2020 in a bid to ensure consumers continue to get the most out of their smart meters and saving them “billions of pounds”.

STA responds to Helm review

Professor Helm’s Cost of Energy Review says that current energy policy, regulation and market design are not “fit for purpose” given the speed of technology change. Helm characterises the government’s energy policy as “picking winners” to a degree not seen since the days of the Central Electricity Generating Board.

Altenic appoints Area Sales Manager

Altecnic has strengthened its nationwide salesforce with the appointment of Graham Heap as its new Area Sales Manager.

Van insurance cost hits three-year high

Van drivers are facing annual insurance price increases of nearly a third as rising claims and fraud costs add to the pressure from compensation rules and tax, new analysis from insurance market experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

Baxi launches consumer campaign and installer competition

As part of a major heating season push, Baxi is launching a targeted consumer promotion designed to support its installers.

WaterSafe releases video to highlight lead dangers

WaterSafe has launched a short film to highlight the potential health risks of lead pipes that supply water for drinking and cooking.

REHAU pipework used in BBC Television Centre

As work continues to transform the BBC’s Television Centre building in White City into a vast new mixed-use development, REHAU heating and cooling solutions are being used extensively in many of the new apartments.

Only 8% of students advised to seek apprenticeships by schools

Less than 1 in 12 students (8%) aged 15 to 18 in school or college in 2016/2017 are being advised to seek a work-based apprenticeship afterwards, according to new YouGov survey findings.

Don’t forget your automatic pension enrolment duties, says APHC

To date, more than 8.5 million people have been automatically enrolled in a workplace pension by nearly 800,000 employers.

APHC highlights ways to reduce risk on ladders

Ladders are a fairly common piece of equipment for plumbing and heating contractors and, according to the Health & Safety Executive, falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work-related fatalities in Great Britain.

Warning signs for construction industry as growth slows

Growth among construction SMEs slowed in most parts of the UK in the third quarter of this year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Nearly a third of tenants do not have a CO alarm

New research for the Carbon Monoxide Be Alarmed! campaign has revealed that almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in their property, with four in five unaware that it is their responsibility – and not their landlord’s – to provide one.

Two companies fined after CO leak

Two construction companies have been fined when a project to remove cowls to redundant flue pipes resulted in carbon monoxide (CO) entering a property.

Unregistered installer sentenced for carrying out gas work

A self-employed gas fitter has been sentenced after carrying out gas work despite being no longer legally allowed to do so.

Housing Plus Group becomes one of the first to install Gas Tag

A Staffordshire-based housing association has agreed to install the Gas Tag system in 12,000 homes across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

GRAF UK grows team by a quarter in line with business success

Water management specialist GRAF UK has grown its team by more than quarter in response to steadily rising demand for its top-quality stormwater, wastewater, and rainwater harvesting ranges.

Stolen tools left UK’s tradespeople with a £94 million bill last year

The theft of tradespeople’s tools may have run to a bill of £94,521,600 last year, new research has revealed.

Pimlico aims to cut additional £300,000 anti-pollution bill with launch of electric plumbing van fleet

Pimlico Plumbers launched its first fully-electric plumbing van on the day the Mayor of London put £300,000 on the company’s annual costs with the introduction of his new ‘Toxin Tax’.

New national sales director for Alpha

Alpha Heating Innovation has welcomed Brendan Fenerty to the role of National Sales Director.

Daikin appoints Commercial Director

Daikin UK has appointed Iain Bevan as Commercial Director for Heating and Renewables.

Worcester launches search for UK’s best apprentice

Worcester, Bosch Group has called on the country’s heating engineers to get their apprentices involved in a new, nationwide search for the industry’s best apprentice installer.

Smaller construction companies hit hardest as work volumes fall

With Brexit creating huge uncertainty in the construction sector, smaller companies in Hertfordshire and North London are struggling to cope, according to new research from accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson.

Sentinel expands management with a new appointment

International water treatment specialist, Sentinel, has appointed Gregg Cole to lead the company’s UK residential and commercial businesses in a newly created role.

Industry skills discussed at PHSP event

Plumbing and heating organisations and other stakeholders gathered recently to discuss how the industry could work collectively to address training and skills issues.

Wilo recruits two new merchandisers to its team in the UK

Pump and pumping system manufacturer Wilo has appointed two new merchandisers to provide support for merchants and their customers up and down the country.

Fernox filter shortlisted at Energy Awards

The Fernox TF1 Omega Filter has been shortlisted for Energy Efficient Product of the Year - HVAC&R - at the Energy Awards 2017. The filter had its environmental credentials and energy efficiency capabilities carefully examined to make the final seven within this competitive category.

OFTEC appoints new Inspector

OFTEC has appointed a new Inspector for the south west region, who is no stranger to the importance of maintaining industry standards, having received one of the trade association’s first ever ‘Awards for Excellence’.

Conex Bänninger strengthens its UK team with two major appointments

Manufacturer of fittings and valves, Conex Bänninger, is pursuing further growth by appointing two highly experienced Regional Technical Sales Managers in the South East.

Plumbase appoints new Managing Director

National independent plumber’s merchant, Plumbase, has promoted Mark Bradley to the position of Managing Director.

Cornwall based handyman sentenced for unregistered gas work

A handyman from Cornwall has been sentenced after conducting gas work and leaving it in an unsafe condition.

New-look Geberit website offers a more user-friendly experience

Geberit has re-launched its website, with a new look and navigation system making it easier than ever to browse the extensive product range and find all the information needed to design, specify and install.

Viessmann backs boiler efficiency breakthrough

Viessmann welcomes new policy changes and updates, announced on October 12, which set newstandards for the efficiency of gas boilers in the UK.

Heating Oil Trade Association launch cold weather priority initiative to tackle winter deaths

With more than one million rural homes in the UK using oil for their heating, heating oil trade association, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS), this winter is launching the Cold Weather Priority (CWP) and vulnerable persons protocol for the off-grid sector to reduce ‘excess winter deaths' throughout the winter months.

Rock up and rock out on holiday with Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched Rock Up and Win, an exciting competition with a rocking twist.

Pure Boilers sees over 400% increase in sales

Pure Boilers has seen a 406.9% increase in sales in August 2017 in what has been a record month to date for the team.

Eight years at the top for Worcester as Which? Gas boiler brand report 2017 is unveiled

Worcester Bosch has once again taken top spot in the 2017 Which? gas boiler report, making it eight years running for the leading gas boiler manufacturer.

New extended warranty gives further peace of mind

The new E-Tec combi boiler has seen its warranty increase from two years to five years, giving installers and their customers further peace of mind.

Airedale International releases HVAC training programme dates for 2018

Leeds-based air conditioning specialist and manufacturer, Airedale International, have published its 2018 training programme.

Tigers legends officially open new BSS Leicester

Ben Kay MBE and Geordan Murphy, two Leicester Tigers legends, were the special guests for the Grand Opening launch event of BSS’ new branch in Thurmaston, Leicester.

ForgeFix ScrewsArt fundraising goes intergalactic

Distributor of fixings, fasteners, power tool accessories and hardware, ForgeFix looks set to repeat its success in using an unique form of art to raise money for charity.

Are apprentices the solution to the UK’s skills gap?

Apprentices are the solution to addressing the UK’s skills gap, say 82% of UK SMEs in results obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that questions over 900 UK and RoI SME owners and senior management across a range of sectors and regions.

Competition to treat hungry tradespeople to an ultimate lunchtime delivery

A new competition is on the lookout for deserving tradespeople to win their ultimate lunchtime treat, delivered straight to them on the job.

Industry reacts to Clean Growth Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, and many throughout the industry have praised it.

NIBE releases a vision for UK homes off the gas grid

NIBE has released a paper in response to the launch of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, with its proposals for driving the future of renewables.

Decarbonising heat priority for boiler installations with new legislation

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced Boiler Plus, which encourages energy efficiency by mandating requirements for heating systems, setting out new expectations regarding what both manufacturers and installers have to deliver.

Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group announces Novy as new supplier

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG) welcomes Novy as a new appliance supplier to the expanding portfolio available to members.

Prospects for the UK Builders and Plumbers Merchants market cautiously optimistic

It is estimated that the UK builders and plumbers merchants’ market will see growth of 2% in 2017, compared with 2016, in value terms.

Quality Plumber Week unites the plumbing and heating industry

The power of social media was apparent between 2 and 8 October with Quality Plumber Week receiving widespread industry support from installers, suppliers and manufacturers.

Ideal Standard become latest BiKBBI corporate sponsor

BiKBBI Chief Executive Damian Walters has confirmed that Ideal Standard is the latest brand to join the organisation as Corporate Sponsors, adding to an ever-expanding group of high profile manufacturers who support positive change within the KBB installation sector.