Top plumbing issues revealed by WRAS survey

Dripping taps are the number one plumbing issue in the UK, with more than one in 10 homeowners experiencing the issue in the past five years, according to a new Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) study.

Tradespeople denied use of toilet on the job in client homes, research finds

New research has revealed the things that happen to tradespeople in a client’s house, with one in seven saying that they have been denied the use of a toilet, and three-fifths admitting that they have previously not been offered a drink.

PHEX Manchester 2018 sees 17% increase in visitors

PHEX Manchester has come and gone for another successful year, with exhibitors and visitors alike enjoying an unrivalled atmosphere at Old Trafford stadium.

Government sets up gas storage inquiry

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to launch an inquiry into the UK's gas storage strategy.

TrustMark named as the new ‘all-encompassing’ quality mark

TrustMark has expanded its remit to include repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI), retrofit, and energy efficiency sectors, in order to cover any work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home.

WaterSafe is urging homeowners to check their homes for lead water pipes

To mark Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (21—27 October), WaterSafe is asking homeowners to check that if they have potentially harmful lead water pipes at home.

Greater Manchester Mayor cuts ribbon at HVAC academy launch

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham emphasised the importance of new training facilities as he opened Thermatic’s new Academy in Salford.

Logic Certification launches new ACRIB-approved F-gas qualification

Logic Certification (LCL) has launched a new F-Gas qualification designed in association with the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB).

WaterSafe is raising awareness to support National Burn Awareness Day

WaterSafe is highlighting the importance of using thermostatic taps and mixing valves to support National Burn Awareness Day on 17 October.

Joule launches new unvented cylinder promotion

Home heating and hot water specialist Joule has launched a winter promotion to reward installers purchasing multiple products from its unvented cylinder range.

IPPR recommends banning of wet wood and non-smokeless coal in new report

In a new report, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) concludes that homeowners are putting themselves at significant risk through the domestic burning of wet wood and non-smokeless coal.

Employers could reduce their National Insurance bill by £3,000, says the APHC

The APHC wants to remind employers that Employment Allowance can reduce the amount of Class 1 National Insurance that they have to pay by up to £3,000 per year.

Unregistered fireplace installer handed suspended sentence

The owner of a County Londonderry fireplace business has been given a suspended sentence for carrying out unregistered gas work.

Football legend Denis Irwin to visit PHEX Manchester

Football fans looking forward to PHEX at Old Trafford on Wednesday 17 October might be surprised to see Irish international football legend Denis Irwin checking out the stands.

IGEM chosen by government to develop new hydrogen standards

The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has been chosen to develop hydrogen standards for the government’s £25 million research and innovation programme.

New Worcester Bosch report outlines viability of hydrogen

Hydrogen can play a vital role in the future of the mains gas network, by helping the government to contribute to global carbon reduction targets, according to a new report from Worcester Bosch.

BiKBBI announces Best Installer finalists

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has revealed the finalists for its Best Installer 2018 Award.

Nominations are open for the 2019 Gas Industry Awards

The Gas Industry Award, operated by the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) and the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), are open for nominations for another year.

Tool theft hits record highs, Volkswagen research reveals

Tool theft from vans has risen by 15% in the last three years, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, costing businesses over £46 million.

Bosch launches home appliance promotion for commercial installers

Bosch Commercial and Industrial has launched a promotion offering heating engineers free Bosch home appliances with every completed installation of two of its flagship products.

Plumbing apprentice crowned 'Rising Star' at regional awards

An apprentice from Cheltenham-based plumbing, heating, and electrical specialists, Shackleton, Wintle & Lane (SW&L), has been announced as the winner of the Rising Star Award at the South West regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

APHC calls for licensing debate to mark Quality Plumber Week

To mark Quality Plumber Week (1-7 October), the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is calling for the industry to debate the pros and cons of introducing a single mandatory plumbing license.

Buildbase launches Plumbingbase

Buildbase has announced the launch of Plumbingbase, a dedicated plumbing and heating business within 44 of its branches from September 2018.

GROHE XXL Truck returns to UK for autumn tour

The GROHE XXL Truck is returning to the UK in the autumn after successful 2017 and spring 2018 tours.

Polypipe opens new UFH training centre

Polypipe has officially opened a new £250,000 underfloor heating training facility in Doncaster.

Pegler Yorkshire rebrands

Pegler Yorkshire, part of the Aalberts Group, will be bringing together its range of technologies under the brand name of Pegler.

UK Plumber of the Year 2018 announced

Steve Bartin has been crowned the 2018 UK Plumber of the Year.

Company fined £1.25m for carbon monoxide leaks

Willmott Partnership Homes has been fined after exposing members of the public to carbon monoxide fumes.

Andrews Water Heaters launches new cashback promotion

Andrews Water Heaters has launched a new cashback scheme for anyone upgrading a commercial water heater to one of its new greener models.

IGEM updates Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) has published a new edition of the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP).

Van drivers urged to check vehicle weight

Plumbers who qualified to drive after 1996 are being urged to make sure they don’t overload their vehicles and make their driving licence invalid.

Boiler manufacturers pledge to include gas safety messages on packaging

Coinciding with Gas Safety Week, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council has announced that its boiler manufacturer members have pledged to place gas safety messaging on their boiler packaging.

New Gas Safe Register CO video kicks off Gas Safety Week

The Gas Safe Register is highlighting how to stay gas safe and raising awareness about the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide poisoning with the launch of a new video.

APHC and BPEC enter into a partnership agreement

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) have entered into a formal partnership agreement with the aim of developing qualifications, courses, learning materials to raise skills and standards across the industry.

Worcester Bosch launches electrics course for heating engineers

A new training course from Worcester Bosch aims to give installers the knowledge and understanding needed when confronted with electrics when working on boilers.

Vokèra launches new fuel card promotion

Vokèra by Riello is to offer fuel card rewards for Vokèra Affinity members installing and registering boilers from its evolve, Vision, and Compact A ranges from October.

Capita re-selected by HSE to manage Gas Safe Register

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that Capita has been re-selected to manage the Gas Safe Register for the next five years.

Finalists revealed for UK Plumber of the Year 2018

The UK Plumber of the Year 2018 competition has announced the six individuals who have made it through to the final round of the competition.

Checkatrade appoints new Chief Executive

Checkatrade has appointed Mike Fairman as its new Chief Executive to spearhead the next phase of the company’s development.

Pimlico Plumbers to open apprenticeship training centre

Pimlico Plumbers’ founder and Chief Executive, Charlie Mullins, has announced plans to open a dedicated training academy to realise his ambition of employing hundreds of apprentices.

Westco Flow Control renamed COMAP UK

Westco Flow Control has changed its name to COMAP UK.

Baltur launches in the UK

Burner manufacturer and distributor EOGB Energy Products has officially launched Baltur, the Italian-based global brand in heating solutions, into the UK.

Worcester Bosch brings Greenstar Ri up to NOx standards

Worcester Bosch has improved the efficiency of its Greenstar Ri boiler, ahead of the latest ErP Directive update relating to NOx emissions.

Dickies launches search for workwear models

Workwear brand Dickies has launched a search for ‘real’ tradespeople to model its clothing and footwear.

Majority of installers not showing their Gas Safe card

New research from Logic4training, supported the Gas Safe Register, indicates over half (53%) of gas installers are still not showing their Gas Safe card on entering a customer's home, with just 37% producing their Gas Safe card when asked to do so.

Vaillant announces major investment at German HQ

Vaillant Group has announced a major investment in a new innovation centre which expands the business’ global headquarters as part of its concerted focus on the renewables sector.

Third of UK adults can't identify an unsafe gas appliance, Gas Safe Register finds

A third of UK adults (33%) don’t know the signs of an unsafe gas appliance, according to Gas Safe Register’s latest research.

Baxi brings back Vaults promotion

Baxi will be holding its Vaults promotion again for the third year in a row, running through its online loyalty scheme, Baxi Works.

British Gas to pay out £2.65m after overcharging customers

British Gas will pay out £2.65 million after admitting to wrongly charging 94,211 customers its more expensive standard variable tariff rate after they decided to switch to a new supplier, due to a system error.

Viessmann enters UK domestic oil boiler market

Viessmann is formally adding a domestic oil boiler to its UK product range, having operated in the market for many years as a niche player.