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Rok taps into £140m in contracts

Property repair and maintenance specialist, Rok Plc has been picked to become a partner in eight framework agreements which are expected to generate up to £140m in revenue for the firm in the next five years. 
 14 Sep 2009

Weak leadership and poor eco-attitude hits sector performance

Weak leadership and a poor eco-attitude is leading to poor performance in the building services sector, according to research by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the industry. 
 14 Sep 2009

Hiltons Building Services completes £3.3m mechanical job

Nottingham-based building services specialist, Hiltons Building Services has completed the mechanical work for a flagship campus for Derby Collage. 
 14 Sep 2009

Construction workers hit in £6m industry scam

Construction workers are being urged to contact their tax office to find out if they've been affected by a £6m construction fraud. 
 11 Sep 2009

Sustainability -'the ray of light that we need' says HVCA president

Some 170,000 construction workers lost jobs in 2008, a figure that may rise to 250,000 by 2009's end, but HVCA president Graham Manly told those at the trade association's luncheon, that industry's ability to rise to the carbon reduction challenge could be its 'saviour'. 
 10 Sep 2009

Sentinel signs up to CIPHE charter

Runcorn firm Sentinel Performance Solutions is the latest company to sign-up to the 'Expect to See' charter drawn up by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). 
 10 Sep 2009

DECC opens £7.2m hydrogen and fuel cell competition

A competition for up to £7.2 million of funding for firms to develop hydrogen and fuel cell technology was launched on September 10. 
 10 Sep 2009

Britain's got talent - with a world class plumber to prove it

Twenty-two year-old Christopher Lonsdale from County Durham was awarded a medallion for excellence in plumbing and heating for impressing judges at the Calgary 2009 Worldskillls competition. 
 9 Sep 2009

Rogue trader's false NICEIC claims puts him in the dock

A fraudster falsely claiming to be registered with NICEIC has been prosecuted by the electrical registration body after pleading guilty to six charges, in respect of the Trade Descriptions Act. (NICEIC's chief operations officer Kathy McCarthy pictured) 
 7 Sep 2009

Six battle for Britain's first SkillPIPE crown

Six talented m&e workers have emerged victorious from the SkillPIPE 2009 semi-final contest and will now go on to compete in Britain's first ever UK SkillPIPE finals. 
 7 Sep 2009

Down but not out: Construction activity dealt another blow

After suffering the sharpest fall in activity on record during the first quarter of 2009, the construction output figures from ONS for the second quarter of 2009 highlight a further deterioration in construction activity. 
 4 Sep 2009

Waterloo signs up Barkair for North East

Ventilation specialist Waterloo Air Products has signed a deal with Barkair to help increase sales and maintenance support in the north east of England. 
 3 Sep 2009

Carbon Trust loans encourage SMEs to scrap inefficient equipment

September sees the Carbon Trust gearing up to help more small and medium sized firms cut energy costs by offering them loans and launching its 'Big Business Refit' programme. 
 2 Sep 2009

Kershaw gets £900,000 m&e job at Birmingham hospital

Kershaw Mechanical Services has won a £900,000 contract to design and build the mechanical services for a new outpatients department at the Birmingham Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. 
 2 Sep 2009

Alfa Laval acquires South Korean heat exchanger firm

Heat exchanger manufacturer Alfa Laval has bought 90% of the shares in the South Korean company Leader Heat Exchanger (LHE). 
 1 Sep 2009

SIAS Building Services bought by heating firm

Energy Technique's decision to buy the building services maintenance division of SIAS Building Services has resulted in some jobs being saved at the m&e firm. 
 28 Aug 2009

FPB quizzes councils and NHS on late payment record

Freedom of Information Act requests are being submitted to every council and health trust in Britain by the Forum of Private Business, which is asking how long each takes to pay their suppliers. 
 28 Aug 2009

ELECSA certificates first MCS applicants

The ELECSA Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has been UKAS accredited for a range of renewable technologies and has already certificated the first applicants on its scheme. 
 26 Aug 2009

Government to appoint chief construction adviser

Ministers have announced plans to recruit a chief adviser to government for construction. 
 25 Aug 2009

Buyers' unchecked new homes pose CO poisoning risk

A failure to check gas appliances in newly-purchased homes is putting UK homebuyers at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to new research. 
 24 Aug 2009
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