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Student plumber wins Plumb Center bath full of tools

A budding plumber on the search for an apprenticeship has been crowned the champion of Plumb Center's recent #FillANabis competition.

Baxi to open two new training centres

Baxi is opening two new training facilities in 2017.

Rented properties less protected from carbon monoxide than private homes

The Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) has reviewed the recently released government figures contained within the 2015-2016 English Housing Survey, and is pleased that they shed more light on the risks of accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents potentially going unnoticed, but also calls for more progress to be made.

No need to bring gas into electric heating debate, says Dimplex

Upgrading incorrectly specified appliances is the key to reducing fuel poverty in electrically heated homes, not connecting properties to the gas grid, says Dimplex, in response to a report by the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Almost five million households at risk from illegal gas fitters, says Gas Safe Register

New research from Gas Safe Register (GSR) has revealed that almost five million people across the UK are putting themselves at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions by employing illegal gas engineers.

CIPHE launches Safe Water Guide

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has announced the launch of its latest publication, the Safe Water Guide: Scald Prevention and Legionella.

Claim costs increase van insurance

Rising claim costs are increasing van insurance premiums, with average prices rising 14.1% in the past year to an average of £1,344, according to analysis from Consumer Intelligence.

Government makes U-turn on National Insurance Contributions

The government has announced a reversal of plans to increase National Insurance Contributions (NIC) from the self-employed by 2% over the next two years.

Pimlico Plumbers to launch new research into careers advice for apprentices

Pimlico Plumbers is launching new research into the role of careers services in promoting apprenticeships.

Plumbing and heating Apprenticeship Board launched

A new Apprenticeship Board has been created to help ensure compliance with new apprenticeship standards in England.

Spring Budget 2017: Business rates, T-Levels and self-employed tax hike

Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has announced in his Spring Budget plans to reduce the tax gap between employed people and those who are self-employed, as well as changes to business rates and the introduction of T-Levels to address the skills shortage.

JG Speedfit launches Flex Your Pex competition

Plumbers, installers and Speedfit stockists have the chance to win up to £300 worth of prizes or a VIP British Superbike race ticket for two, as part of a competition with JG Speedfit.

J Tomlinson gas engineer wins at Building Communities Awards 2017

J Tomlinson gas engineer Macauley Shaw has won the title of Apprentice of the Year (16-24) in the Building Communities Awards 2017.

Skills Partnership established to fulfill industry needs

The Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP) has been created to take over responsibility for the skills needs of the industry, in view of the imminent closure of SummitSkills.

Householders prefer to hire trades who employ apprentices

Consumers prefer to hire firms that train apprentices, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) that coincides with National Apprenticeship Week.

CIPHE boosts members' benefits

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has announced a new partnership that will boost the benefits available to its installer members.

Inspiring the next generation of construction workers

Construction company Robert Woodhead Ltd has joined forces with Dukeries Academy in Ollerton to encourage students to become the next generation of plumbers, electricians, joiners, plasterers and painters.

CHP energy scheme launched

A new energy scheme that will cut bills and carbon emissions for homes and businesses in Gateshead was launched on 2 March.

Chief executive officer of Capita is standing down

Chief executive officer of Capita plc, Andy Parker, has announced he is stepping down after three years in the role, following a sharp fall in profits.

Industry supports National Apprenticeship Week 2017

Today marks the start of the tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2017), bringing together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships.

QRL Radiator Group appoints new international sales director

As part of its ongoing global expansion plan, QRL Radiator Group has welcomed the addition of Leonardo Maschietto as its new international sales director.

25 million homes need energy-efficiency refurbishments by 2050

More than “one home every minute” will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050, according to a report by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), and it is likely that 25 million existing homes will still not meet the insulation standards required by this time.

More red tape will damage installer businesses, says IDHEE

The Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) is calling for a major sense check before adding any further bureaucracy and accreditation initiatives that limit accessibility and incur costs for installers.

Starter toolkits provided for apprentices

More than 1,700 apprentices will be picking up their free toolkits valued at around £250 each on 9 March courtesy of work-based training company JTL and its partners.

Bathroom trends at ISH 2017

The Pop up my Bathroom trend forum at ISH 2017 gives installers an opportunity to find out more about what makes a bathroom individual.

Installers encourage interest in smart home products, says survey

As the heating industry gears up for a ‘smart home’ revolution in years to come, new research suggests there is a significant level of interest in ‘connected’ products among UK homeowners.

APHC advises businesses to check their employment and contracting practices

With HMRC cracking down on the ‘gig economy’ and with a number of recent high profile cases, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is advising plumbing and heating businesses to check the legal status of the working relationships that they have with individuals.

Engineering services sector ends 2016 on high, according to survey

More than three-quarters of engineering services firms reported increased or steady turnover during the final quarter of 2016, according to the Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore.

BSI revises energy efficiency specification

British Standards Institution (BSI) has revised its PAS 2030:2017 specification for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing buildings.

National award for heating and plumbing entrepreneur

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares, has been named BQ National Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, after competing against 12 other entrepreneurs from across the UK.

Capita withdraws controversial gas safety certification scheme following pressure from installers

The Capita Gas Compliance Services (CGCS) scheme has been withdrawn by the company just weeks after it was launched, following outcry from installers on social media.

Apprentices take part in social project to upgrade toilet facilities at Polish school

Ten Geberit apprentices recently attended a working trip to Poland, where their sanitaryware installation skills were put to the test in upgrading the toilet facilities at a primary school in Warsaw.

Prosecutors step up pressure on vibration injuries

Employers are being urged to heed the warnings issued by UK courts following a series of prosecutions for hand arm vibration injuries.

Pegler Yorkshire launches campaign to support future generation

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a campaign to support a number of initiatives throughout Doncaster and the UK to encourage awareness of career opportunities, inspire children to consider technical based GCSE’s, or give young adults the confidence to choose vocational courses and apprenticeships.

The people want gas and the government should listen, says EUA

“The people have spoken and it is time for the government to listen,” said Mike Foster, chief executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA). “When 99 times out of 100 they buy a gas boiler and not a heat pump”.

APHC urges businesses to check the rateable value of their business premises

Plumbing and heating businesses are being urged to check their new draft rateable value of their business premises ahead of the business rate revaluation, which comes in effect on 1 April. Checking the new rateable value will give business rate payers time to plan for any changes, or to appeal against the new rateable value.

Honeywell calls on installers to spread the word on CO safety

Installers are being called on to help educate the public on carbon monoxide (CO) following shocking new statistics released by the CO Be Alarmed campaign

New district heating workshops for 2017

REHAU has announced a series of new district heating workshops to be held around the UK and Ireland in 2017.

New apprenticeship funding explained by JTL

JTL has put together a guidance package for employers to explain the intricacies of the new funding rules being introduced by the government from May 2017. 

CIPHE members receive awards

Three members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) received awards at a presentation ceremony in London on 13 February, organised by the Livery Companies Skill Council. The event took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall and Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London, presented candidates with their certificates.

2016 was the year of the specialist tradesperson, says TrustMark

In 2016, more than 8.3 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find local firms and tradespeople.

Charlie Mullins to appeal employment status ruling

Charlie Mullins, chief executive of Pimlico Plumbers, has responded to the ruling by the Court of Appeal last week into the employment status and rights of one of his former workers.

Candlelighters and Ariston set off on charity tour

Ariston is supporting children’s cancer charity Candlelighters by embarking on a nationwide tour. Taking place throughout 2017, the ‘Gas Chat’ tour will be calling at 12 properties from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with the aim of raising £25,000 for the charity. The first installation took place at a property in St. Columb Major, Cornwall on 28 January 2017.

APHC goes on the road to run regional workshops

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) have teamed up with Baxi to host a series of free technical workshops to be held at various locations across England and Wales.

Unregistered gas fitter fined for illegal work

An unregistered installer has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after illegally carrying out work on a number of boilers.

LG promotes Andy Slater into new role

Andy Slater has been promoted to the new role of senior technical, research and development manager for LG Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions. Mr Slater takes the new role after five years as the Technical Department’s lead supervisor and academy instructor.

Pimlico Plumbers ruling should act as a warning to employers

The Pimlico Plumbers judgment serves as a warning to businesses that employ flexible workers, according to employment law firms.

Plumber wins legal fight against Pimlico Plumbers

A plumber has won a legal battle in the Court of Appeal today (10 February) in the latest significant court ruling impacting those who are effectively working freelance.

Screwfix opens 500th store

Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield. Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has opened one store per week for the past six years.

BMA stands up against unsafe bathroom products

The Bathroom Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) is raising concerns over the habitual flouting of EU regulations by unscrupulous manufacturers and importers, recently highlighted in a report by the European Commission.

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