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Sentinel Performance Solutions sold for £43 million

Water treatment company Sentinel Performance Solutions has been sold to a private equity firm for £43 million.

From boom to bust

An Angus-based plumbing firm has become the second in the region to collapse within a week, following a warning from Travis Perkins of 'sluggish' trading over the coming months.

Van drivers risk causing road accidents

An increasing number of van owners in the UK are at risk of causing a tyre-related accident as they are failing to look after the condition of their tyres properly.

British Gas reports 24% increase in profits

British Gas' parent company, Centrica, has announced a 24% increase in profits for the energy company as utility bills rise.

Construction output 'fallen to lowest levels in seven months'

Bad weather and housing market decline has caused construction output to fall, according to Bibby Financial Services.

Woodburning stoves 'could damage people's health'

Research from Copenhagen University has suggested that woodburning stoves may be damaging to people's health.

Pensioners "at risk" as boilers go unserviced

More than 40% of pensioners in the north east are at risk by not getting old gas appliances serviced, according to Gas Safe Register.

Coroner calls for changes to boiler safety categories

A Reading coroner has called for the boiler safety classification system to be changed after a faulty boiler caused the death of a woman in Berkshire.

Bathroom manufacturers join forces

CME Sanitary Systems has become a member of the Wirquin Group, which, launched in 1976, provides water solutions for bathrooms, toilets and kitchens.

Plumbers offered a cheeky proposition

Over 10% of tradesmen have been sexually propositioned during house calls, according to a new survey.

HVCA chief executive set to stand down

HVCA chief executive Robert Higgs has announced his intention to retire from the Association after 38 years' service.

Industry support for EastEnders storyline

CORGI says it is in full support of the impending story on the popular TV show EastEnders.

Singer's life saved by grandfather in CO scare

A plumber said Charlotte Church's grandfather saved her and her two children's lives after a faulty boiler leaked carbon monoxide into her £1.3 million mansion in south Wales.

Scottish boiler scrappage scheme receives extra funding

The Scottish government has announced an extra £1 million of funding for the Scottish boiler scrappage scheme.

Heating manufacturer banned from using 'unsubstantiated and misleading' claims

Spanish electric heating manufacturer Rointe has been banned from using 'misleading' claims in its advertising by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Vokèra backs plans for extension of Green Deal

Following the announcement that the government might extend the Green Deal programme to include newbuild homes, Vokèra is showing its support for this notion.

Huhne takes action on solar farm threat

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has launched a review of the Feed in Tariffs scheme following growing evidence that large scale solar farms could soak up money intended to help homes, communities and small businesses generate their own electricity.

National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies gets go-ahead

A new nationwide network of accredited training provision for low carbon and renewable skills has been given the go-ahead by government.

CORGI warns that carbon monoxide dangers are not limited to gas boilers

CORGI Technical Services (CTS) has warned people not to assume that carbon monoxide (CO) dangers are limited to natural gas appliances such as boilers.

Hundreds of solar panel manufacturing jobs created

Solar panel manufacturer Sharp has announced the creation of 300 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Wrexham, north Wales.

Elderly couple in CO poisoning death

An independent charity says more needs to be done to raise awareness of carbon monoxide after finding that, in 15 years, 70% of CO-related deaths occurred in the home.

Government launches work experience initiative

The Forum of Private Business has cautiously welcomed a government initiative to expand work experience for young unemployed people.

'Choose safety over cost savings' urges CORGI

CORGI has lent its support to the initiative to stamp out sales of stolen and non-proprietary-safe critical gas components following concerns recently raised by the APHC.

'Faulty boiler' kills millionaire's young daughter

The 24-year-old daughter of a publishing millionaire has died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty boiler.

Let's hear it for the girls!

NICEIC has launched a 'Jobs for the girls' campaign aimed at encouraging more women into the electrical contracting industry.

Mira settles score with rival

Mira has announced an out-of-court settlement relating to an intellectual property lawsuit against Triton.

Elderly lady in negligence death

An elderly lady died when she fell through an access hole in her hallway floor which had been left uncovered by council employees working on her property.

Classrooms out of bounds for poor maintenance

British classrooms have become out of bounds during winter because of broken heating systems, leaking roofs and faulty wiring.

HVP singing on Twitter

You can now follow your favourite industry magazine on Twitter.

Traders who cheat on VAT bills "should be jailed", says MP

Traders who are not VAT registered should be jailed if they add VAT to their customers' bills, according to a Conservative MP.

Minister calls for study into the domestic heating oil market

Energy Minister Charles Hendry has asked the Office of Fair Trading to bring forward a study in to the domestic heating oil and off-grid energy market.

Concerns raised over RHI delay

Boiler manufacturer Vokèra has expressed concerns over developments for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Gas Safety charity warns installers to be vigilant after CO death

Carbon monoxide charity CO-Gas Safety is calling for all installers to be equipped with personal air/alarm monitors following the death of installer Matthew Nixon.

Ideal Standard is to close UK factory

Bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard has outlined proposals to close its Middlewich plant with the loss of 249 jobs.

Solar technology on the rise as energy prices soar

New tariffs could present business opportunity for installers as more homeowners are considering solar technology.

APHC fears employees could be selling stolen gas components on eBay

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has expressed concern over eBay selling safety-critical gas components.

Baxi salesman in sword attack

A Baxi salesman has been attacked after fending off a man with a sword while on a new-year holiday.

Carbon monoxide death

The family of a 22-year-old gas engineer is mourning his death, suspected to have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Air-conditioning inspections now mandatory

The lower threshold for air-conditioning inspections came into effect on 4 January, 2011.

Win a Force 20PT shower pump from Salamander!

Salamander Pumps is celebrating the launch of its new Force range of brass-bodied pumps by giving four away free to HVP readers. (Closing date: 4th February).

Plumber jailed after Rogue Traders exposes illegal gas work

A plumber who was caught carrying out illegal gas work by the BBC programme Rogue Traders has been jailed for six months.

Rogue trader prosecuted after logo misuse

An Enfield-based building firm has been prosecuted by Trading Standards after falsely claiming to be a member of electrical accreditation body NICEIC.

APHC clarifies position with BPEC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has apologised to BPEC for any misunderstanding it may have inadvertently caused the training body.

EuP set to launch this year

The European Commission's energy-using products (EuP) directive is to be enforced by the end of the year, it has been announced.

Heating oil thefts hit rural Worcestershire

More than £2,600 of heating oil has been stolen from tanks in Worcestershire after heating oil prices double.

VAT rise 'could cost jobs' and help 'rogue traders'

The Federation of Master Builders has warned that the 20% VAT rise could cost 11,400 construction sector jobs and leave homeowners vulnerable to rogue traders.

Save it!

Eaga has launched a pilot scheme to deliver water savings to homes in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Not too late to file tax returns

HM Revenue & Customs is warning individuals that if they have not filed their tax returns by 31 January, they could receive a £100 penalty.

Business acquisition marks new year

Monodraught has acquired ventilation company Artica Technologies.

Plumbers are the true heroes of Christmas

'Tis the season for a multitude of plumbing problems caused by cold weather - particularly frozen pipes as former Spice Girl Emma Bunton has learned.

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