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Nearly half of UK adults admit to paying cash for a cheaper deal, according to survey

A recent survey by Plentific.com reports that almost half (46%) of UK adults admit to having paid a tradespeople cash in hand for work, in order to get a cheaper deal.

Poor household plumbing causes tap water quality failures

Nearly a quarter of water sample failures taken at customers’ taps didn’t reach quality standards because household plumbing doesn’t reach the mark.

District heating is hot topic in Birmingham

REHAU’s District Heating workshop in Birmingham was a sell-out success, with delegates from across the Midlands coming along to find out more about the benefits and practicalities of District Heating.

Stelrad unveils new logo

Over the past few years, the Stelrad Radiators logo has seen a number of gentle tweaks as it evolves – and the latest version has recently been unveiled, seeing the addition of the words ‘Radiator Group’ under the company name and alongside the red and blue logo style.

Mira partners with charity: water

Mira Showers has become a brand partner of charity: water as part of its ongoing community-centred approach to charity engagement.

Van drivers are facing a 29.5% insurance price rise

Van drivers are facing annual insurance price rises of 29.5% as new compensation rules and tax increases send premiums soaring, new analysis from insurance market research experts Consumer Intelligence shows.

Heating season rewards on Honeywell

Honeywell have launched an installer reward scheme that give customers points to spend on Costa Coffee vouchers, games consoles, experience days and a Ford Connect van.

Plumber short courses fail to address skill gap, according to BESA

Trainees with basic plumbing qualifications are flooding the industry rather than those with a higher skills level that are needed to address the skills gap, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Global boiler market heats up as the UK is no longer the largest market

Driven by environmental policy uptake and increasing “gasification” in Asia, the domestic boiler market grew in 2016 to 12.7 million units with China recording the most dynamic market uptake.

Industry companies back new tradespeople comparison service

HaMuch, a new comparison service for tradespeople that focuses on hourly or daily rates, will launch to the public UK in October and has been partnered by several industry companies.

APHC reminds employers of their legal duties regarding workplace pensions

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is reminding industry employers that they need to understand what their legal responsibilities are, what they need to do, and by when.

The smart way to talk technical

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched two new websites, which will not only give members the latest technical developments in the industry, but also boost their business knowledge on legal, marketing and financial issues.

Ideal Bathrooms achieves millionaire status

In the world of health and safety (H&S), joining the millionaires means one million working hours (or five years) without a single lost hour’s accident anywhere within the workforce. That is what Ideal Bathrooms has achieved to become a member of parent company St. Gobain’s Millionaires Club.

SNIPEF installs new President

SNIPEF is pleased to announce that the incoming President for 2017/18 is Mr Gerry Woods of Paisley.

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed reports that a full review of the Building Regulations will be carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Ladders and swings top creativity table for #FlexYourPex competition

Ladders, swings, mug holders, and dumbbells are just a few of the creative uses plumbers and merchants have found for Speedfit connections, as part of JG Speedfit’s ‘Flex Your Pex’ competition.

Size matters, and Rinnai wants to help

Rinnai has launched a Site Sizing Service, designed to give contractors and users the right mix of products and system which fit the needs of the site, rather than a 'one size fits all approach' seen with traditional hot water heating systems.

Pimlico Plumbers on track with HQ expansion

Pimlico Plumbers has picked up the pace of its £1 million expansion programme with the £200,000 transformation of a former storage floor to increase capacity at its central London headquarters.

Edwardian heating system made to last

When Wiltshire plumber, Shaun Higgins, won the tender for the job to replace the full heating system in Christ Church, Old Town, Swindon, he was surprise to discover a plaque mounted next to the old heating apparatus stating that it had been supplied and fixed by Bays & Co Swindon in November 1906.

Mira raised over £1,500 for Cancer Research

As part of their ongoing support for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), staff at Kohler Mira recently staged a football fun day at Cheltenham Town FC to raise funds for the charity.

Energy networks making £7.5bn in “unjustified profit” over eight year period, Citizens Advice claims

Citizens Advice is calling for energy network companies to return money to consumers through a rebate. Energy consumers are subsidising £7.5bn in profits made by the businesses responsible for the UK’s gas and electricity networks over an 8-year period, new research from Citizens Advice reveals.

Homes under the Hammer investigated over illegal installation

Gas Safe Register has said it will be investigating a homeowner after an episode of Homes under the Hammer revealed he installed his own boiler and had a plumber sign off the work.

Questions raised over heat network design practices

Consultants and contractors responsible for the design of heat networks and district heating schemes are being encouraged to adopt design best practice and avoid unnecessary oversizing by Bosch.

Rinnai now offers out of hours tech support

Rinnai has introduced a new service to provide access via telephone or internet to ‘unlimited’ technical support and management. The service is available, free of charge, with immediate effect to all installers, premises owners and facilities managers that have Rinnai units or systems on-site.

OFTEC promotes Home Energy Scotland Loan scheme

OFTEC, which represents the oil heating and cooking industry in Scotland and the rest of Great Britain and Ireland, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s introduction of the Home Energy Scotland Loan that is available to oil households.

Fuel poverty needs a HERU

The latest government statistics identify that 2.5 million people in the UK are living in fuel poverty. While the answers to this are complex, and cover a multitude of stakeholders, a British invention claims to offer the solution.

CITB’s future dependent on fundamental change, says FMB

The Government’s decision to support the continuation of CITB, is the right decision for our industry, but only if it is subject to fundamental reform, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New BESA President to focus on youth

Tim Hopkinson has been elected President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2017/18.

New F-Gas qualifications launched by Logic Certification

Logic Certification has launched a new range of F-Gas qualifications, for engineers working with fluorinated greenhouse gases in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump industries.

Poor air circulation could drive up heating costs

Building operators and managers are missing out on significant energy savings by failing to ensure the effective distribution of heat in areas with high ceilings.

GAS Appliance Spares recommends genuine branded spare parts

GAS Appliance Spares is urging customers to buy reputable branded spare parts rather than cheap imitations to ensure they meet safety standards and legislation.

CIPHE membership benefits grow with TenderSpace

Members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) now include access to the online TenderSpace platform, with the advanced tools available at a heavily discounted subscription rate.

Installers launch #VanPoolKaraoke competition to showcase talent

VanPool Karaoke has launched that gives the opportunity for installers to win a BOSCH Radio by entering a video of their karaoke talents to Twitter.

£35 million investment brings efficiency 'one step closer'

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) decision to invest a total of £35 million in heat innovation projects has been welcomed by Worcester, Bosch Group

APHC encourages plumbing and heating businesses to use social media

With Quality Plumber Week fast approaching, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is urging more plumbing and heating engineers to use social media.

PHEX visitor wins brand new van

Jamie Kenna of Kenna Plumbing is the winner of a brand new Vauxhall Vivaro van in a competition run between PHEX, HVP and Van Ninja.

Installers celebrated at Environment 2020 Awards

Worcester, Bosch Group, held its annual Environment 2020 Awards at Spring Grove House in Worcestershire on 5 July. Seven heating and plumbing companies came away with awards for their environmentally-conscious installations.

Apprenticeship earnings could outstrip graduates

A Gloucestershire company with has claimed that apprentices can earn up to 270% more over their careers than university graduates.

England stars take on Worcester's Boiler Box challenge

Worcester, Bosch Group is inviting installers to take on the Boiler Box Challenge, after taking ex-England stars Wayne Bridge and Kyran Bracken back to their roots for its 'Rely On' campaign.

Flame Heating Spares expands into Scotland after £300k investment

Flame Heating Spares launches three new trade counters in Scotland, following a £300,000 investment.

HPA 'disappointed' following further delays to RHI reform

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has expressed its disappointment and frustration following news that the delay in bringing in vital Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) reforms will now extend beyond the summer.

Government must 'sustain the focus on phasing out heating oil'

Heat pump manufacturer NIBE is calling on the government to push forward in its efforts for decarbonisation in the off-gas grid markets, and not be swayed by 'calls to maintain the status quo'

Spread the word on gas fire benefits

The HHIC has launched a consumer campaign to promote the benefits of gas fires

Heatrae Sadia launches 'Find An Installer' tool

Heatrae Sadia has launched its online 'Find an installer' tool, designed to make life easier for homeowners looking for G3-certified, quality installers in their region.

Public urged to stock up on CO alarms for holiday season

Gas Appliance Spares is urging customers to be fully prepared for their upcoming summer holidays by investing in safety measures such as carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Elmhurst Energy marks 10 years of EPCs with a timely reminder

Leading energy performance measurement specialist Elmhurst Energy is issuing a timely reminder as the tenth anniversary of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) becoming law approaches.

Manufacturers urged to 'get ahead' before cooling legislation changes

British manufacturers are being urged to upgrade their process cooling systems in the run up to planned changes to the EcoDesign Directive, which come into effect from 1 January, 2018.

CIPHE welcomes new President

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has elected its new National President.

Sonniger enters UK market with Turnbull & Scott as exclusive stockists

Industrial air curtains and a new unit heater from Sonniger is available exclusively in the UK from Turnbull & Scott Engineers, Hawick.

Government should focus on boilers to tackle fuel poverty

Government needs to refocus the ECO scheme on boilers, rather than insulation, to tackle growing levels of fuel poverty, believes Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Energy & Utilities Alliance.

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