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What are the issues with boiler plus compliance?

 Mar, 06 - 2018   Heating

With mandatory minimum boiler efficiency looming large on the horizon, the industry is preparing for the biggest change to boiler standards in years. 6th of April is a date all gas engineers need to be aware of and most of our readers will be well aware of what it entails....


Consumer guide to gas boiler servicing

 Mar, 05 - 2018   Gas

The Heating and Hot Water industry council (HHIC), in conjunction with the wider industry, have produced a consumer guide detailing what people can expect from having their boiler serviced by a Gas Safe Register engineer. It is the first guide of its kind, laying out agreed industry best-practice for boiler...


Doubts over smart meter roll-out target

 Mar, 01 - 2018   Smart Meters

Consumer champion, Which? have carried out research that claims the UK’s large energy companies would need to work around the clock, installing 24 smart meters per minute to meet the 2020 roll-out target. Their research shows that even if installers worked 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they...


Is the government doing enough to combat fuel poverty?

 Feb, 27 - 2018   Heating

Temperatures in the UK are set to drop again this week, with Arctic temperatures and heavy snow predicted for most areas. The “Beast from the East” is the latest in a long line of cold snaps this winter, highlighting the issue of fuel poverty and preventable winter deaths in the...


Have You Paid Your Van Tax?

 Feb, 14 - 2018   Tips/Advice

The case of a tradesman in Powys was brought to our attention recently. On the way to his first job of the morning, he was pulled over by the police as the road tax on his van had run out. So sure was he that he was up-to-date with his...


Find Us A Boiler – Get £100 Off Your Next Course!

 Feb, 13 - 2018   Gas

We need your help tracking down some hard to find boilers for our Basic Boiler Fault Finding Course. The course has been running in Northolt since 2016. It has become a really popular course with our customers and, because not everyone can travel to Northolt, we would now like to...


The EV opportunity is here

 Feb, 08 - 2018   Electrical

Figures show a growing number of car buyers are moving away from petrol and diesel, opting instead for electric vehicles (EVs) in support of an environmentally sustainable future. The number of hybrids and EVs on the road is growing at an impressive rate and so is the demand for a...


Are You Ready for IET18?

 Jan, 29 - 2018   Electrical

Electrical engineers and electricians must work to BS 7671, the British Standard for wiring regulations. The 17th edition provides the set of national standards with which all UK home and industrial wiring must comply. The 18th edition of the wiring regulations has been under preparation, and the draft updated standard...


What do you know about – Benchmark

 Jan, 26 - 2018   Plumbing

Benchmark is a new code of practice for the installation, commissioning and servicing of domestic heating and hot water products. It has been started by the Heating and Hot water Council (HHIC) and is another step towards improving standards in the plumbing and heating industry. HHIC want to promote a...


Are you ready for boiler plus?

 Jan, 23 - 2018   Gas

Now we’ve entered the new year, Boiler Plus is suddenly upon us. The new legislation surrounding the installation of heating systems comes into force on 6 April 2018 – that’s just over 2 months away! What is Boiler Plus?  Boiler Plus introduces new mandatory requirements on tradespeople installing new and...


What are the likely changes to the gas safety regulations?

 Jan, 22 - 2018   Gas

In advance of some updates to The Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations, due to come into effect in early April, here’s an update on the changes the HSE, which prepare the document, is planning to make. These changes are not yet set in stone, but are highly likely to...


Gas Safety Week 2017 – A Record Breaker!

 Jan, 18 - 2018   Gas

Gas Safety Week is the gas industries flag ship event for gas safety awareness. It runs every year during the month of September. In 2017 it took place on 18-24 September and it broke all the records! Gas Safe Register sent out the statistics earlier this month (January). 7,831 supporters...


Small businesses at risk as Carillion collapses

 Jan, 15 - 2018   Business

News of Carillion’s liquidation has sent shockwaves through the construction industry, but what effect will it have now, in the future & on your business?   What is Carillion? Carillion was one of the UK’s largest construction and facilities management company. It held 450 public sector contracts for the government,...


Concerns over fast-track gas training

 Jan, 12 - 2018   Training

On October 1st last year, tighter legislation was brought in to address growing concerns about sub-standard training for new gas engineers. Over the last few years, so-called ‘fast-track’ courses had been made available by some training providers and the experience and instruction they offered has been judged to fall short...


Is the heating industry ready for another label?

 Jan, 11 - 2018   Legislation

The heating industry has been warned it must ensure it is ready for the Energy Labelling Directive (ERD) It’s been on the horizon for a while now and ERD was finally introduced on the 1st January 2018, although it may have fallen beneath many peoples radars. The Ecolabel energy rating...


Toolfair & Elex at Alexandra Palace in 2018

 Jan, 08 - 2018   Trade Shows

Toolfair & Elex returns to Alexandra Palace on Wednesday the 31st & Thursday the 1st February 2018. It’s the first show of the year for us and we are looking forward to being back up at “Ally Pally” in north London. We were a part of last year’s Toolfair/Elex show,...


Tradespeople are struggling to recruit the right skills

 Jan, 05 - 2018   Training

If there was one story that dominated the trade press last year, it was the skills shortage.  In amongst the studies and statistics, many small business owners and tradespeople took to social media and the pages of the trade magazines to air concerns and tell real life stories of the...


New Year Training Tips For Tradespeople

 Jan, 03 - 2018   Tips/Advice

January, it’s a time for fresh starts and clearing out the December cobwebs. The New Year always feels like a reset from a tough previous 12 months, or a follow up to a successful year gone by in your chosen trade. Whether you made a list of goals or not,...


Are you really self-employed?

 Dec, 20 - 2017   Tips/Advice

If you are self-employed, or you regularly employ self-employed contractors, you need to be aware of some recent court rulings. They could change the legal status of your working relationships, contracts, rights and how you pay your taxes. Since the financial crisis in 2008, more people than ever before are...


Gas Safe Register – A Decade In Review

 Dec, 15 - 2017   Gas

The Gas Safe Register has recently published The Decade Review, an independent report on the state of the UK’s gas industry. Sole traders, SMEs, training and certification bodies, manufacturers and energy companies were all invited to take part. They were given the opportunity to reflect on their experience of the...