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News Archive - May 2008

The Wright skills at JS academy 29 May 2008
Birmingham-based building services provider JS Wright has launched a personal skills academy for its apprentices.

Building talent on Bebo 28 May 2008
Bebo is the new tool of the trade picked by Construction Skills to attract teenagers to the building services sector.

Six year old poisoned by faulty boiler fumes 28 May 2008
Elisabeth Giauque died two days after she was found unconscious in her bed due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler.

'Destroy It Yourself' bank holiday looms 23 May 2008
Calls for builders, plumbers and electricians will be three times higher on Tuesday May 27, after a bank holiday weekend of 'Destroy It Yourself' work.

AMTECH acquires NES software 23 May 2008
The AMTECH group, the UK's largest building services software company, has bought NES Specification Expert (SPEX),a software tool used to create and manage specification documents.

DVD is Ruskin's friend from the North 22 May 2008
Ruskin Air Management has appointed Direct Ventilation Distributors (DVD) as agents for the Actionair brand in Yorkshire and the North East of England.

Construction Skills sets sail with new boss 22 May 2008
Mark Farrar is ConstructionSkills' new chief executive who will take over from Peter Lobban when he retires this August.

Stiebel Eltron opens UK base 21 May 2008
GERMAN HVAC manufacturer Stiebel Eltron has launched its first UK base in Wirral and has put local man Mark McManus at the helm.

All the president's men 20 May 2008
New chairmen have been elected to three of the four specialist groups of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association

TMV provision too hot to handle? 20 May 2008
The government is inviting industry professionals to comment on its consultation proposing changes to Part G of the Building Regulations for hot water safety, but TMVs have not been proposed.

OFTEC elects Daly as chairman 19 May 2008
John Daly is the new chairman of the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) and his experience of the Irish market will be used to strengthen the trade body's profile in Ireland.

Curzon branches out with 65 stores 19 May 2008
Heating parts supplier Curzon says it will open 65 branches this year as
part of the firm's rapid expansion effort which began in 2007.

Management buyout at Rapid Climate Control 19 May 2008
The founders of Dagenham-based climate control specialist Rapid Climate Control have sold a controlling share of the firm to a group of its managers.

Government bill proposes fair pay in construction 15 May 2008
A draft bill proposed by the government aims to improve cash flow through construction supply chains and encourage parties to resolve disputes by adjudication rather than by litigation.

Energy firm gets £5m for wood pellet growth 14 May 2008
Yorkshire-based biomass producer Land Energy has secured a £5 million funding deal with UK venture capital investor Foresight Group to build its first wood pellet plant and hopes to build more across the UK.

Uponer pulls plug on UK infrastructure base 14 May 2008
Finnish plumbing and heating systems supplier Uponor Corporation is to sell its UK and Irish infrastructure business for 100m to private equity firm 3i.

Evenheat's HQ covers new ground 13 May 2008
Underfloor heating specialists Evenheat has moved its headquarters to new premises.

Building services can't dodge steel punch 12 May 2008
A major hike in ductwork prices caused by rising steel costs has hit the UK building services industry, with further price blows feared.

Disused back boilers pose blast threat 12 May 2008
Following five back boiler blasts, heating professionals are being urged to follow HSE guidelines concerning disused solid fuel boilers left behind fireplaces.

Energy chief's anointment is baptism of fire 09 May 2008
David Smith has been named the new chief executive of the Energy Networks Association, to take up the trade body's challenges - which have grown dramatically since its birth, five years ago.

Mitsubishi publishes ECA guide for business 06 May 2008
Mitsubishi Electric has produced a guide to Enhanced Capital Allowance, the government's corporate benefits scheme aimed at encouraging green technology adoption.

Stern words question Barclays trade map 06 May 2008
Inner London is suffering from a lack of plumbers and electricians but Doncaster is the best place in the UK to find a plumber according to Barclays.

Andrew Sykes blames bad summer for revenue fall 02 May 2008
Air-conditioning and pump hire group Andrew Sykes has announced a lower pre-tax profit compared with the previous year and blames 2007's wet summer.

Glow-worm named supplier of the year 02 May 2008

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Boiler maker Glow-worm has been named the 2007 Supplier of the Year by plumbing and heating merchant City Plumbing Supplies.

All change at Walter Meier 01 May 2008
Air-conditioning supplier Walter Meier is undergoing an organisational reshuffle to bring it in line with a new structure planned for the whole group.