PHEX exhibitions sold out for 2010

PHEX has announced that its Manchester and Chelsea exhibitions are now sold out to exhibitors.

Council houses given eco makeovers

Six retro South Yorkshire council houses are being given eco-friendly makeovers worth £150,000.

Gary Neville denied planning permission for eco home

Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has been denied planning permission for a property he claims would be zero-carbon.

China to build oil refineries in Nigeria

China is to build three oil refineries in Nigeria to "establish its footprint firmly in Nigerian oil".

Hosepipe ban imposed for North West

A temporary hosepipe ban has been announced for the North West, said to be the first in the area for 14 years.

Building Schools for the Future Programme Axed

Government has axed the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

Free solar panels to be fitted in Yorkshire

South Yorkshire-based company, A Shade Greener, is offering to fit free solar panels onto eligible roofs, thanks to the government's feed-in tariffs.

Obama invests $2bn in solar energy

American President Barack Obama has announced the Department of Energy will invest nearly $2 billion in two US solar companies.

Travis Perkins buys BSS Group

Travis Perkins has bought The BSS Group for over £557 million.

Growth in UK construction activity

A new survey has revealed that UK construction activity expanded for the fourth consecutive month in June.

New PHEX Manchester dates

Dates for PHEX Manchester at Old Trafford have been changed to 13 and 14 October.

Number of Brits killed at work falls

HSE has announced that the number of people killed at work in Britain has fallen to "a record low".

Six charged in £1 million Jewson fraud case

Six men are charged with conspiracy to defraud merchant chain Jewson.

"Invaluable insight" for trainee plumber

Trainee plumber and heating engineer, Erkan Osman, said he has received "invaluable insight" as the first recipient of Alpha Heating Innovation's John Ellis scholarship.

Corgi-online in acquisition

Corgi-online has been acquired by a merchanting group.

Lessons in Working Well Together

The latest workshop in association with the Working Well Together campaign saw the Scottish House Builders' Health & Safety Forum hold a Safety & Health Awareness Day.

Man United effort to cut CO2 emissions

Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) has been certified a Carbon Trust Standard Company for its efforts at reducing its carbon emissions.

Sime winner donates prize to charity

Installer Scott Wright donates car to charity.

Budget response

The government's budget announcement has inspired a mixed response from the industry.

Brixton housing regeneration scheme gets go-ahead

A housing regeneration scheme planned for the London Borough of Lambeth has been given the go-ahead.

Budget cuts could create breeding ground for rogue plumbers

The industry fears the government's latest budget cuts could lead to plumbing courses at colleges being axed.

Eco house under construction

Kingdom Housing Association is building an eco house to test environmental technologies for use in future building projects.

HSE in CO poisoning prosecution

The Health & Safety Executive has prosecuted a workman for poisoning an elderly couple with carbon monoxide in their Edgware home.

Record-breaking steam car owes success to UK expertise

The team that broke the world land speed record for a steam-powered car visited SPIRAX SARCO as part of its UK tour.

Green homes to be built

Energy-efficient homes are to be built near South Tyneside to provide "affordable housing" that will reduce energy costs.

British Safety Council urges young people to 'Speak Up, Stay Safe'

The council has launched a campaign promoting the personal health and safety of young people in the workplace.

BP to raise $20 billion for oil spill

The BP Board has announced a package of measures to tackle the oil spill.

LPG incentive on the up with Calor

Calor has increased its installer incentive scheme for the summer.

Boiler implicated in bathroom fire

An asthmatic woman suffered possible smoke inhalation in her home after a fire thought to be caused by a boiler.

Pimlico Plumbers fly the flag

Pimlico Plumbers has created a banner in support of the England football team for the World Cup.

NAPIT slams BBC's Rogue Traders team

The association has criticised Watchdog's team for "failing to highlight the importance of using registered tradespeople" in a recent episode.

Industrial maintenance company in "ambitious growth strategy"

Captus ProNet plans to create up to 600 UK jobs in five years.

Coalition government 'offers chance for stability'

The new government could bring stability to the heating sector, believes Keston Boilers' Nick Whitwell.

Trends in light commercial boilers

More than half of all commercial boilers sold today include high-efficency appliances.

Merchant giant offers integrated service

Travis Perkins is to offer integrated services for energy-efficient retrofit contracts.

Armstrong in merger

Armstrong has merged its two key areas of operation in the UK.

Plumber sentenced for illegal gas fitting

An unregistered plumber has been sentenced for carrying out illegal work.

Fine for gas flue installers

HSE has prosecuted a loft-conversion company and its sub-contractor for carrying out dangerous gas works.

Oil heating "the cheaper choice", says OFTEC

Oil heating is still the cheapest option for off-gas main households, according to OFTEC.

Graham launches heating parts service

Plumbers' merchant Graham has launched a heating spare parts service in every branch.

Vent-Axia and Daikin UK in supply agreement

Vent-Axia and Daikin UK have established a supply agreement to deliver renewable energy heat pump systems.

Free iPhone app to launch through Worcester

Worcester's new iPhone app will include its website's 'Find a Boiler' search.

Worcester launches MCS website

Worcester has launched a "microsite" to help installers better understand MCS accreditation.

Travis Perkins in BSS Group bid

Travis Perkins has announced plans to buy BSS Group.

Industry support for CIBSE campaign

CIBSE's 'Non-compliance Costs' campaign, launched in April, has gained support from leading industry bodies.

Self-certification scheme to launch

A scheme allowing professional installers to self-certify work is to launch in Scotland.

Government closes Low Carbon Building Programme

Government has closed the LCBP with immediate effect as part of its £6 billion spending cuts.

Win £500 in Baxi's Golden Boot Challenge

Installers can win £500 in Baxi's Golden Boot Challenge.

Positive fuel savings

A Somerset development has achieved level 4 under the Code for Sustainable Homes scheme.

Route planner

AEG Powertools' new 1,400w twin-base router offers two routers in one, providing the user with the right tool for any routing application.