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Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index confirms 2020 second half recovery

Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) in partnership with MRA Research and GfK has launched a new statistical report focused exclusively on the plumbing and heating market.... 
 5 Mar 2021
Kirsty Lambert, director of Switch2

Scottish heat network legislation welcomed

Switch2 Energy has welcomed news that the Scottish Parliament has passed the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill, which will accelerate the growth of heat networks – helping to cut emissions, reduce fuel poverty and create green jobs.... 
 3 Mar 2021

UK boiler manufacturers lead EU in committing to hydrogen future, PM told

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has written to the Prime Minister confirming it has reached agreement in principle with UK boiler manufacturers, to support any future UK Government legislation which mandates all new models of ... 
 1 Mar 2021
Managing director of Boiler Plan UK Ian Henderson

Heating expert calls for GHG extension

A home heating expert has urged Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to extend the Green Homes Grant scheme until its entire £1.5 billion budget is claimed... 
 1 Mar 2021
Dale Thomson, training manager for SNIPEF

Embrace Adopt an Apprentice scheme

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), is urging businesses to seize the opportunities offered by the Scottish Government’s Adopt an Apprentice scheme.... 
 1 Mar 2021

Specialist merchant partners with trade apps

Wolseley Plumb and Parts has announced a partnership with Gas App and Plumb App.... 
 23 Feb 2021
JTL’s chief executive, Jon Graham

Renewed concern over skills crisis

Heating training provider JTL has voiced concern that a staggering 1.25 million extra construction trades workers and over 300,000 qualified trades apprentices are needed by 2030, as revealed by the UK Domestic Trade Skills Index.

The ‘UK Domestic Trade Skills Index’ is a new quarterly report from Homeserve Foundation, which provides comprehensive insights and analysis into the state of the nation’s trades skills.

JTL’s chief executive, Jon Graham, said in addition to the above statistics "the report identifies that one fifth of construction trade workers aged 55 or over will retire before 2030, whilst the number of EU workers who left in 2020 (20,000+) is likely to drop by an extra 22% by 2030... 

 23 Feb 2021
Gordon Matheson, SNIPEF past president and former chair of SEC Group (Scotland)

SNIPEF welcomes drive to fairer payment

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF), has welcomed a major milestone on the road to fairer payment terms for small businesses with sweeping reforms to the UK Government’s Prompt Payment Code.... 
 17 Feb 2021

Hundreds of homes help balance UK energy system through DSR trial

Up to 350 households are taking part in the USER project to trial ‘smart hubs’ that revolutionise hot water cylinders and support the low carbon transition.... 
 15 Feb 2021
A new apprenticeship scheme for plumbers has been launched

New plumbing apprenticeship scheme

To support the next generation of plumbers, Ideal Standard International is funding a new UK apprenticeship scheme.... 
 15 Feb 2021

MARC and CIPHE join forces to educate installers

In its latest CPD event for members of the plumbing and heating industry, the CIPHE will host the Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) in discussing what plumbing and heating engineers must be aware of when it comes to sizing,... 
 15 Feb 2021
Malcolm Farrow, head of public affairs at OFTEC

Decarbonisation of rural homes at risk – research

New research has raised questions over whether the Government’s current approach to decarbonising off gas grid homes is achievable unless rural households are offered a significant increase in funding to cover the high costs involved. 
 11 Feb 2021
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Kevin O’Connor (Ellen Lodge’s father), Ellen Lodge,  Arnie Humphreys, Jon Graham, 
Callan Baker in centre with Mick Jobling and Shelley Spyrou of T Clarke, Mark Lawrence (chief exec of T Clarke),
Darrell and Sharon Baker (Callan’s parents),  Nic Drew (Monument Tools ) , Matt Ward (Edmundson Electrical)

JTL reveals winning apprentices

JTL, the national training provider for electrical and heating & plumbing apprenticeships, has named the three winners of its annual National Apprentice of the Year Awards for 2020.... 
 11 Feb 2021
Founder of Boiler Guide, David Holmes

Record year for gas boiler enquiries

New data from Boiler Guide has shown an increase of 43% in customers enquiries for new boilers suggesting gas boilers remain the preferred heating choice for UK homeowners.... 
 11 Feb 2021

Prepare for the future urges training provider

This National Apprenticeship Week (8-14th February), national training provider, JTL, is encouraging both learners and employers to act now to build for a better future.... 
 8 Feb 2021

Seize opportunity for apprentice grant

Plumbing and heating companies are being urged by the Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) to take up the opportunities offered by the Scottish Government’s new Apprentice Employer Grant (AEG).... 
 4 Feb 2021

Search for industry's amazing stories

Wavin Hep2O has launched the Pride of Plumbing campaign to celebrate and share the most amazing stories that represent the best of the plumbing industry.... 
 1 Feb 2021

New tool helps homeowners choose right hot water system

The Hot Water Association (HWA) has launched a new consumer tool – the homeowner ‘hot water check’ to help both consumers and installers select the right hot water system for the households needs.... 
 25 Jan 2021
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