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News Archive - November 2009

LUCKINSlive reaches out to building services sector 30 November 2009
The building services industry can now access Amtech's newly-launched website, which it hopes will become the largest single source of information on 750,000 products.

BSS Group expects challenging market throughout 2010 27 November 2009
“I am pleased to report that revenue and earnings of the group have held up well” said Gavin Slark, group chief executive of the BSS Group, a distributor to specialist trades, which announced its interim results.

Transforming Technologies' speakers announced 27 November 2009
Mike Creamer, managing director of Business Edge, will discuss "Practical field performance analysis of acr systems" and is one of the speakers at London's Transforming Technologies conference on March 3, 2010.

Paul Morrell announced as chief construction advisor 24 November 2009
The government has appointed Paul Morrell OBE to the role of chief construction adviser.

Systemair acquires Indian ventilation firm 24 November 2009
Systemair has agreed to acquire the Indian ventilation company Ravistar for an undisclosed sum.

OFT publishes findings on 103 construction firms fined £129M 23 November 2009
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has published the findings of its investigation into 103 construction firms fined £129.2M for bid-rigging.

VAT cut to 5% will save sector jobs says new report 20 November 2009
A 5% VAT rate on repairs and maintenance to domestic property is justified by the construction jobs it would save and the improved energy efficiency it would bring to the UK housing stock, says a new report commissioned by Repairing Britain campaigners.

Construction firm failures drop in Q3 18 November 2009
Some 106 construction firms went into administration in Q3 2009, according to data issued by the Insolvency Service.

Carbon monoxide week highlights prosecutions and death rate fall 18 November 2009
It is carbon monoxide awareness week (November 16-20) and while the Health and Safety Executive highlights prosecutions in 2008/9 against those who breached gas rules, a Corgi Trust's report highlights a fall in the number of CO-related deaths.

Local government suppliers exposed to postcode lottery 13 November 2009
The average time UK councils take to pay invoices to suppliers is almost double the 10-day target the government set it one year ago, but results varies widely from region to region.

Trox UK gets new MD 13 November 2009
After 14 years as managing director of Trox UK, David Leatherbarrow has left the manufacturer and the md job has been taken up by Ludger Bökmann, head of International Business for the Trox group.

Liverpool heating firm is latest buy for Heatwise boss 12 November 2009
Liverpool-based heating specialist Booth Mechanical Services has been sold for an undisclosed seven figure sum to Heatwise boss Shaun Maclean.

Dame Mavis McDonald in chief construction advisor frame 11 November 2009
Dame Mavis McDonald's name is in the frame to take the government's chief construction advisor job.

Aspen Air Conditioning launches Aspen Heat Pumps 11 November 2009
Aspen Air Conditioning has launched Aspen Heat Pumps, a specialist division dedicated to the design, installation and maintenance of air source heat pumps.

Aecom confirms new group structure 09 November 2009
Six European businesses are now operating under the global brand Aecom and the group's new European management structure has been confirmed.

Cooper announced as Armstrong UK MD 05 November 2009
Steve Cooper has been appointed managing director for pump manufacturer Armstrong UK.

Installers back supplier's ID request to stop cowboys 05 November 2009
A poll of more than 600 installers in the UK has revealed 98% would support a policy to restrict the sale of gas safe critical products to Gas Safe registered engineers only.

MD peddles to Paris helping raise £17,000 for sick kids 05 November 2009
Frank Elkins, the managing director of BSS Industrial and Gavin Slark the CEO of the BSS group cycled 180 miles from London to Paris, raising more than £17,000 for the Rainbow Trust children's charity.

Elta Fans hero treks 10 miles after life-saving surgery 03 November 2009
A cancer sufferer working for Elta Fans has trekked 10 miles for charity -less than a month after undergoing surgery.

Some 84 heating firms labelled 'dead wood' 03 November 2009
The author of a new report called "An assessment of the top 1,000 companies in the UK Heating Contractors industry" says 227 firms in the market will finish 2009 in financial difficulty and 84 have been described as "dead wood".

MPs back boiler scrappage campaign 02 November 2009
Some 53 MPs have backed an early day motion which calls on the government to implement a boiler replacement scheme for the UK and the Liberal Democrat MP who tabled it is pushing for more politicians to lend their support.

It's official! Bosses confirm BDR Thermea is new name 02 November 2009

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As reported exclusively on this website last month, BDR Thermea is the name of the company created from De Dietrich Remeha Group's acquisition of the Baxi group, but confirmation of the name was officially announced today.

Worker finally wins asbestos compensation battle 02 November 2009
A welder who contracted asbestos-related cancer at work, has finally succeeded in getting £140,000 compensation from his former employer's insurers, after they initially denied being on cover.