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Political uncertainty – Does this give solar a new hope?

 Jun, 21 - 2017   Renewable Energy

With the shockwaves from the recent election still being felt in every corner of the country, a solar revival may be on the cards according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). All the confusion surrounding the government, a potential deal with the DUP and a manifesto that looks like it...


Family business – Training the next generation

 Jun, 20 - 2017   Careers

The building services engineering trades have always carried the tradition of handing businesses down father-to-son (or daughter in more recent times), but a new study from AXA has shown that this trend is increasing amongst the millennial generation – those aged under 35.   As well as a high job...


18th edition is on the horizon

 Jun, 07 - 2017   Electrical

IET have confirmed that the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations BS 7671 is due to be published in 2018. Prior to publication, IET are asking the public to have their say on things. The Draft for public comment is now available to read and comment on from now until...


General Election 2017 – It’s election week

 Jun, 05 - 2017   General

Politics has taken over in the last few weeks. It’s been such a turbulent time for the country and the issues our industry faces for the future have fallen by the wayside. Of course security has become the major talking point but once the dust settles, what about the things...


Future wage growth dependant on “smooth” Brexit

 May, 16 - 2017   General

In the wake of a decade of public spending cuts, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned that 2017 will be a “challenging time for British households” in the face of rising inflation, predicting that “wages won’t keep up with prices”. UK economic growth forecasts for 2017 have been...


Short courses – use what you know to learn something new

 May, 15 - 2017   Training

Short courses get a bad rep from experienced trades-people but is this warranted or is it just another case of the building services industry moving with the fast-paced times we live in? ‘Up-skilling’ is the new buzzword in our industry and being adaptable in the current climate has got to...


Trades talk – questions on twitter

 May, 09 - 2017   Tips/Advice

Starting from this Sunday (14th May) We will be taking part in a series of regular Twitter conversations with other industry figures on a variety of subjects. The first is all about Twitter. Our resident Digital Marketing expert, Jonny Lawrence, will be on hand to answer questions from Trades Talk...


Firex – Fire Safety

 May, 05 - 2017   Trade Shows

Firex international 2017 takes place at London’s ExCeL centre on the 20-22 June. Over 120 companies take part, showcasing the best in fire prevention, detection, and prevention. Over 16,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the event to learn, network and do business. Register for free here   What’s on...


Pension auto enrolment – Don’t get stung with a 10k fine

 Dec, 28 - 2016   Business

If you are an employer with one or more people working for you, under the pensions Act 2008, you must put your employer(s) into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. First of all understand that this is your legal duty, even if you only employ one person, you are...


Solar thermal to stay in RHI

 Dec, 14 - 2016   Renewable Energy

2016 has been the year of bad news following more bad news for most of us. Today, however, we welcome some really positive news. The Government has dropped plans to remove solar thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Solar Trade Association (STA) provided clear evidence and galvanised strong...


Telephone answering service or…

 Dec, 14 - 2016   Business

I recently read an article in HPM magazine about voicemail costing plumber’s trade. The piece was all about how potential customers calls are being missed (33%) and 69% of callers don’t leave a voicemail message. Based on a survey of 300 “micro businesses” carried out by “mobile answering service” Moneypenny,...


How to manage your gas safe qualification expiry dates

 Dec, 06 - 2016   Gas

Here’s something we often get asked by gas installers: “When are my qualifications due to expire?” It may be easy as a sole trader to keep track of but what if your business has 5 or more engineers with several qualifications due to expire at different times? Gas Safe Register...


Latest RHI news 2016

 Dec, 08 - 2016   Green Issues

Things have been quiet on the domestic RHI front in recent months. After last year’s election and with Brexit this year, you could be forgiven for thinking that climate issues have fallen by the wayside. It has certainly been a while since our last RHI update but last week we...


OFTEC: Oil prices creep up but boiler sales stay strong

 Dec, 06 - 2016   Oil

OFTEC have revealed new statistics showing that sales of oil boilers are up 13% on 2015, making this year on course to be the best since 2007. OFTEC says that the sustained low price of oil has undoubtedly been the most significant contributory factor. Typical GB annual fuel costs for...


Is it hard to find the right information to become a Gas Installer?

 Dec, 05 - 2016   Gas

The key to becoming a gas installer is being Gas Safe Registered, but it’s not as easy as it sounds!  Installers applying to be Gas Safe Registered must meet strict conditions before they are legally allowed to work as a gas installer. According to Gas Safe Register: “Before applying to...


Winter advice for consumers from APHC

 Nov, 29 - 2016   Heating

APHC is reminding consumers to use a qualified heating engineer. The Association of Plumbers & Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched a Winter Switch-on campaign reminding consumers to use a qualified heating engineer. The new campaign comes amid a massive push by the industry to improve standards for 2017 and beyond....


Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week November 2016

 Nov, 25 - 2016   Gas

This week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, a campaign started by the charity CO Awareness to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. So far this year the deadly gas has been responsible for 47 deaths with a further 722 people hospitalised. The charity was set...


Logic4training supports “Retro boiler” energy labelling

 Nov, 24 - 2016   Heating

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has launched the “Retro Boiler” label scheme. The scheme has already gained support from the government and aims to increase consumer awareness of boiler efficiency. Retrospective boiler labelling can be easily completed during engineer visits. HHIC and its members will work with the...