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Bristan's top tips for 2014

For plumbing installers making New Year's resolutions, Bristan has put together five top tips for a more successful 2014.

Time for industry to act

Following the publication of the latest Green Deal figures from government last week, managing director of Baxi Paul Hardy comments on what these figures mean for the industry.

District heating developers missing out on millions

Mark Whettall, managing director of pre-insulated pipe system manufacturer CPV, draws attention to the issue of heat loss in pre-insulated district heating networks

How MCS can play a key part in the success of the domestic RHI

Nancy Jonsson, product manager of heating and renewables at Daikin UK, discusses the potential benefits of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Avoiding trips, slips and falls

Wynsors World of Shoes looks at the importance of wearing the right footwear for the job

Building your online presence and giving your customers a voice

Creating a visible, customer-friendly platform that gives customers the chance to leave feedback is crucial for return custom, explains Yelp's Elliot Adams.

Sanitation can boost the water cooler market

Tony Hird, business development director at Ebac, discusses POU water coolers and describes the benefits of Ebac's Aquasafe system.

Draught prevention is the simplest route to increase energy efficiency standards

Leonie Onslow of the Draught Proofing Advisory Association (DPAA) explains how to take a holistic approach in meeting the new and improved Building Regulations coming into force in April 2014.

Public perception has made the radiator market more adventurous

MARC's Garry Naughton discusses the evolution of the radiator and the varieties currently available on the market.

Top 10 things learnt on the job and not in the training centre

Electrical training provider Trade Skills 4U has provided 10 pointers for recently qualified electricians looking to start their own business. All the tips have been picked up by electricians since finishing their training.

Skills time-bomb warning

Rob Leslie, one of Robert Gordon University's construction experts, warns of a 'skills time-bomb' waiting to explode if the industry does not start looking to the future. He is currently spearheading the launch of a new Construction Management course at the university.

The Vision for Renewable Heat Zones

Kelly Butler, British Electroctechnical & Allied Manufacturers' Association's (BEAMA) marketing director, explains the association's vision for renewable heat zones.

How to breathe easy over Green Deal overheating threat

Jaga Heating Products' Phil Marris recommends solutions for overheating in Green Deal homes.

Top tips for making the most of online reviews

Yelp's Elliot Adams offers advice on how to use online reviews to benefit your business.

The secrets to a profitable plumber's website

The right name will boost exposure and attract new leads, says Tim Kitchen from Job Done Websites.

ECO is key to supporting the heating industry

Alpha Heating's John Binney discusses the importance of ECO when it comes to the heating industry.

Small businesses need to be finance-ready to access funding

Small businesses with well-developed finance teams achieve faster, more sustainable growth for longer and can attract investment to help them develop, says the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Pulling the construction lever?

Andrew Eastwell of BSRIA discusses the future of the construction industry following last week's Budget.

Insulation retrofitting could pose thermal bridging threat

Lee Jackson of SBS issues a warning to insulation installers.

2013 will be a transformative year for domestic renewables

Heat pump installation figures have increased noticeably since the onset of various government incentive schemes and are set to rise further in 2013. Daikin UK says current installations are proving the savings that heat pumps can achieve - and with new funding being introduced, predict the market will grow further in 2013.

White van man or professional?

SNIPEF's Robert Burgon examines the public's perception of the 'white van man'.

Part P Changes will take work from tradespeople

The Heating Engineers & Allied Trades Federation explains why it is concerned by the recent government changes to Part P legislation.

Signs of hope in a challenging year

Jennie Ward looks ahead at what the industry is likely to face in 2013.

'Tis the season...

Installer Mark Gray reveals why business is still good up in Scotland.

Now is the time to promote efficiency

As we move into 2013, Jennie Ward looks back a year at what we thought 2012 would bring, and forward into 2013.

Any hope from the Chancellor's Autumn Statement?

Robert Burgon asks whether the Chancellor's 2012 Autumn Statement contained hope for the construction industry.

Plumbase regional director rides 470km for charity

Plumbase's regional director for the North Eastern counties, Ian Golden, reveals why he spent the last year raising money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Give your customer the control

Baxi's Simon Osbourne on why heating controls are an easy win for installers.

Is powerflushing really necessary?

Keith MacBain asks whether a powerflushing pump is really necessary for heating engineers, or whether using gravity is sufficient.

Time to remove unnecessary regulations?

Robert Burgon asks whether the government review of Building Standards will do much to help the construction industry.

It is worth finding the time to visit exhibitions

Plumber and heating engineer George Drake reveals why he still makes the time to visit trade exhibitions such as PHEX.

Workplace pensions - many plumbing employees are in!

Why plumbing employees should welcome new pension plans, by Robert Burgon, SNIPEF chief executive and pensions manager for Plumbing Pensions.

Accessing Green Deal training gets easier

Why it has now become easier for Gas Safe Registered heating engineers to become approved to install Green Deal-financed systems.

Why do we waste water?

Martin Smith from Plumber24hours asks why we waste so much water.

A boiler breakdown - in pictures

HVP blogger Paul Dooley took his camera along when he went to fix a recent boiler breakdown.

Does our industry need any more policing?

Paul Dooley recalls how mandatory registration with Gas Safe tightened up the industry, and looks forward to a water safety scheme.

BURGON'S BLOG: Gas safety cannot be ignored

Gas Safety Week is a good opportunity to remind us all of the importance of keeping ourselves and our neighbours safe from the negative consequences of gas.

READER'S BLOG: Upgrading boilers reduces gas bills

New HVP blogger Paul Dooley from Plannet Plumbing talks about his latest straightforward boiler installation, which will help reduce his customers' gas bills.

BURGON'S BLOG: Good plumbing needs to be paid for

Plumbers should stand firm when customers try to get out of paying reasonable amounts for services, believes Robert Burgon, SNIPEF chief executive.

BURGON'S BLOG: Who's to blame for cash-in-hand payments?

As government minister David Gauke attacks plumbers who accept cash payments from customers in order to avoid paying tax, SNIPEF chief executive officer Robert Burgon asks who is really to blame.

BURGON'S BLOG: Beware of rogue customers!

While rogue traders are often highlighted in the media, rogue customers are also a growing problem, believes Robert Burgon, chief executive officer of SNIPEF.

BURGON'S BLOG: If Green Deal happens, it must be made to work

Robert Burgon on why the Green Deal is so important to the future of the heating and plumbing industry, and why, once implemented, it cannot be allowed to fail.

BURGON'S BLOG: Gas needs to be respected

Guest blogger Robert Burgon says a gas engineer's recent three-year prison sentence for manslaughter after a 'botched installation' must be a wake-up call to other tradesmen.

BURGON's BLOG: Watersafe is an exciting opportunity

Robert Burgon, CEO of SNIPEF and a past chairman of the World Plumbing Council, shares some thoughts on plumbing in the second in his series of regular blogs with HVPmag.

BURGON'S BLOG: Robert Burgon on why we should all support World Plumbing Day

In the first of a regular monthly blog Robert Burgon, CEO of SNIPEF and a past chairman of the World Plumbing Council, shares some thoughts on plumbing.