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Budget cuts 'could cost 47,000 Scottish construction jobs'

Projected cuts to Scotland's capital investment budget could cut 47,000 jobs from the Scottish construction industry, warns the Scottish Building Federation.

Wolseley may be selling its Bathstore retail chain

Speculation is rising that Wolseley may be looking to sell its Bathstore retail chain.

Plumber prosecuted for illegal gas work

A self-employed plumber has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal work on a gas boiler that was "so bad, it put his customers' lives at risk".

New solar-glazing wins funding

British company Oxford Photovoltaics has won £100,000 in development funding from The Technology Strategy Board.

FiT is 'distorting the solar market'

The Feed-in Tariff is distorting the market for solar technology and needs redressing, according to Worcester, Bosch Group's head of sustainable development.

Holiday bonus for new businesses

National Insurance Contributions (NICs) has launched a holiday scheme to encourage new businesses in key UK regions.

Manufacturer has nerves of steel

A steel pipework manufacturer has been fined for failing to purchase compulsory insurance for its employees, leaving them potentially vulnerable in the event of an accident suffered at work.

Gas Safety Trust releases CO report

The Gas Safety Trust has released details of 'hot spots' for CO incidents.

Higher education review 'will drive people into the skilled trades'

Charlie Mullins from Pimlico Plumbers believes Lord Browne's higher education review could help to address the shortage of skilled tradespeople.

SummitSkills investment programme 'will help 130 businesses'

SummitSkills has announced a Joint Investment Programme to help deliver environmental technology training.

BPEC achieve awarding body status

Training and certification service provider BPEC has been recognised as an awarding body by OFQUAL.

PTS wishes customers a Merry Christmas

Plumbing Trade Supplies' The Big One promotion welcomes another Christmas.

New training facility is 'Swale'

Swale Heating has opened a new training centre in Kent.

A group effort for Cancer Research UK

Bristan Group has raised £20,000 for Cancer Research UK after a series of company fundraising events.

The 'F' word

Polypipe Ventilation and BPEC have launched a training course for the revisions to Part F regulations.

Council fined for failure to disclose vital information

A Warwickshire council has been fined for sending an employee on a job without informing him that asbestos was present.

Company tempts customers with sweet treat

British Gas has announced it will join the Nectar loyalty scheme at the beginning of 2011.

DIYer gets pocket burned

A homeowner has been fined thousands of pounds after illegally installing a woodburning stove.

Builders' Merchants Awards 2010 update

The shortlist for the Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence has been announced.

Travis Perkins acquisition delayed

Builders' merchant Travis Perkins has had its takeover of rival merchant BSS delayed by the Office of Fair Trading.

Apprentices pipe up for SummitSkills awards

Three heating and ventilating apprentices have won the top three awards at the UK final of the SkillPIPE competition.

One week till 'A' fresh start for boilers

October 1 marks 'A' fresh start for boilers, as SEDBUK Band B condensed models will no longer be permitted for installation a week from today.

Timber-frame construction regulations 'need urgent review'

The Chief Fire Officers Association is calling for an urgent review of building regulations involving timber-frame buildings under construction after a series of fires.

Scottish builders struggling to stay in business

Scottish Building Federation chief executive Michael Levack has raised the spectre of a 'dam of insolvencies fit to burst' in the Scottish construction sector as industry confidence plummets.

Construction sites 'as dangerous as armed conflicts' says ILO

As many people are killed on construction sites throughout the world each year as die as a result of armed conflict, according to the International Labour Organisation.

Building chemical firm fined after employee killed in mixing machine

Building Chemical Research has been fined £20,000 after an employee was killed by an industrial mixing blade.

CIPHE launches online survey

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched an online survey to find out how important registered plumbing and heating professionals are to members of the public.

Report urges rethink on 'irresponsible' Renewable Heat Incentive

A report by the Renewable Energy Forum has described the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive as "irresponsible".

Carbon neutral building firm goes into administration

Northern Ireland-based energy-efficient building firm Sky Developments has gone into administration.

Government must put pressure on building managers to meet carbon reduction targets

The government needs to do more to make building managers comply with regulations for air conditioning inspections for the UK to meet carbon reduction targets, says Daikin UK.

F-Gas deadline looming

There are fears within the industry that the July 2011 deadline for individual certification under F-Gas Regulations may be impossible to meet.

Suspended jail sentence for plumber

A plumber has been given a suspended jail sentence for carrying out illegal work on gas boilers.

Connaught contracts purchased by affordable housing provider Lovell

Affordable housing provider Lovell has paid £28 million for the ongoing contracts and related assets from Connaught plc.

Connaught is on the brink of administration

The property repair and maintenance firm Connaught is expected to go into administration today after failing to secure funding to cover £220 million debts.

Oil tank installers advised on changes to building regulations

Oil tanks with a storage capacity of 3,500 litres or less now require bunding thanks to changes to Building Regulation Part J.

Homeowners could be taxed on feed-in tariff incomes

Homeowners could face tax implications if they install solar photovoltaic panels in their home, according to accounting and business company Baker Tilly.

Social housing is 'greener' than private sector buildings

Public sector social housing are, on average, more energy efficient than those in the private sector, an energy expert has warned.

Apprenticeships still suffer from a bad reputation

Apprenticeships have a bad reputation among students, according to construction company Astins.

APHC welcomes UN resolution on plumbing and sanitation

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has said it is "delighted" the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution recognising "access to clean water and sanitation as a human right".

Drop in completion certificates raises concerns over black market installations

There is mounting concern that the demise of Home Information Packs has led to a reduction in the number of completion certificates being issued.

Leaked heat pump report must be treated with 'caution'

Heat pump manufacturer Stiebel Eltron has warned that leaked findings of an incomplete study into the effectiveness of heat pumps must be treated with the "utmost caution".

PHEX Chelsea exhibition dates change

The dates for this year's PHEX Chelsea exhibition have changed to 8 and 9 December.

First students achieve Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

More than 350 students have successfully achieved the Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (C&BE) qualification for 14 to 19 year olds.

£1 million investment to tackle rural fuel poverty

Calor has invested £1 million in FREE project to tackle fuel poverty in rural England.

Construction sector rise boosts UK economy

The construction sector has helped increase UK gross domestic product (GDP) to its fastest level of quarterly expansion growth for nine years.

Trianco Training Services still trading

Trianco Training Services is still trading despite Trianco Heating Products' recent difficulties.

Construction companies fined after employee injured in fall

Two UK construction companies have been fined £125,000 after a worker fell 21 metres from a construction site roof.

CIPHE and E.ON offer free water-saving devices

CIPHE has joined E.ON to offer free E.ON Showersave water-saving devices to CIPHE-registered plumbers and Registered Heating Professionals.

Save 20% with infrared camera trade-in offer

FLIR is offering a 20% discount when installers trade in any brand of uncooled thermal imaging camera.

Wolseley announces sale of Brandon Hire business

Wolseley is selling its Brandon Hire business to private investment company Rutland Partners, it announced today.

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