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Apprenticeship reforms, how will they affect your business?

 Jul, 19 - 2017   Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships in England are changing, with the Apprenticeship Levy and simplified funding processes introduced in May 2017. Here’s our overview of the main changes and how they might affect businesses considering taking on an apprentice.   Apprenticeship Levy The Apprenticeship Levy will be paid by employers with a payroll of...


TradesTalk – Training

 Jul, 17 - 2017   Tips/Advice

On Tuesday 11th July  2017, 8pm, Logic4training alongside a range of industry professionals took part in another TradesTalk live twitter chat about training. These discussions will now take place every Tuesday. You can take part by following @TradesTalk and by using the hashtag #TradesTalk. Make sure you save the dates and get involved!...


New Energy Bill Announcement

 Jul, 06 - 2017   Renewable Energy

Britain’s independent energy regulator Ofgem, announces a new energy bill cap and online switching service to try to protect vulnerable consumers, ensuring they get a better energy deal.  The options which are being considered by Ofgem at the moment, include the following; Plans to protect vulnerable consumers, including the option of a safeguard tariff...


EU Energy Labelling Changes

 Jun, 30 - 2017   Tips/Advice

The European Parliament approved the revision of the EU energy legislation on energy labelling, LabelPack A+, from A to G on the 13th of June. The revision will apply to electrical appliances in the EU from the end of 2019. This will include the UK. However, when it comes to...


What is #RegardTheCard?

 Jun, 28 - 2017   Gas

Over the past couple of months you may have seen on Twitter the hashtag #RegardTheCard but what does it actually mean? Simply put, #RegardTheCard is trying to point out the importance of having a gas safe card on show by encouraging gas installers to share/upload a picture showing theirs. This trend was brought about...


Recommendations aren’t enough to keep gas safe

 Jun, 19 - 2017   Gas

Recent research by both the Gas Safety Register and Plentific.com, a home services marketplace based in London, show that the majority of homeowners aren’t checking the qualifications and necessary insurances of the trade professionals they employ to work on their homes and thereby putting themselves at risk. The statistics are...


Spotting Cowboy Customers

 Jun, 16 - 2017   Tips/Advice

National plumbing company with a difference Stopcocks Women Plumbers has come up with 12 top tips to spotting a cowboy customer.  Unfortunately many tradespeople will come across cowboy customer at some point, so it’s important to stay aware of any unusual behaviour right from taking the first phone call to finishing the job....


Local Heroes – A Digital Platform

 Jun, 12 - 2017   General

Energy and services company Centrica plc, have launched and announced that its digital platform to help customers find trusted tradespeople; Local Heroes is now open for business across the UK. Local Heroes has been developing at Centrica since the beginning of 2016 and is now currently connecting people with local plumbing, heating, electrical and drainage experts. Its...


TradesTalk – Products

 Jun, 13 - 2017   Tips/Advice

On Sunday 11th June 2017, 8pm, Logic4training alongside a range of industry professionals took part in TradesTalk live twitter chat about products. These discussions will take place on the second Sunday of every month. You can take part by following @TradesTalk and by using the hashtag #TradesTalk. The next Twitter...


Can solar transform the UK?

 Jun, 09 - 2017   Renewable Energy

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published its ‘Great British Solar Manifesto’ highlighting the contribution solar can make to the well-being and prosperity of Britain over the next Parliament.   What is the Great British Solar Manifesto? The Great British Solar Manifesto shows how solar contributions could benefit the UK. This...


Smart Meter Quarterly Report March 2017

 May, 30 - 2017   Smart Meters

Its that time again! The latest quarterly report on smart metering installs to end March 2017 in Great Britain has been published.  In this report you will find information and statistics on the number of smart meters installed in domestic properties and smaller non-domestic sites in Great Britain.   Key Findings: (Taken directly from...


G-CERT Scheme launched by Grant

 May, 30 - 2017   Renewable Energy

Leading heating manufacturer suppler Grant UK has launched a new scheme called G-CERT. The new scheme will support engineers wanting to offer their end-users MCS compliant installations, without having to undertake MCS accreditation.   How does the G-CERT Scheme work? Grant UK acts as the MCS accredited organisation so is able to...


Understanding Energy Labelling – Solid Fuel Appliances

 May, 22 - 2017   Tips/Advice

HETAS has been helping installers and manufactures understand the changes this April with the Energy Labelling directive introduced in the UK/Europe by creating a guide, so they can help consumers make informed choices on solid fuel appliances in relation to the efficiency of the appliance The Energy Labelling directive was...


Supporting Mental Health In Construction

 May, 11 - 2017   General

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme launch a new helpline to support the mental health agenda in the construction industry. Launched in 2014, the helpline provides a free 24/7 support for construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland on topics including; Mental Health and Wellbeing Financial...


MPs Demand Protection From CO Poisoning

 May, 05 - 2017   Gas

MPs have demand that low income families must be protected by the government from CO poisoning. Thanks to recent research from Liverpool John Moores University, it showed that those from low income households are most at risk of CO poisoning. The Government also stated an intention in its White Paper in the...


Tool Thefts Blamed On Skeleton Key

 May, 03 - 2017   Security

A skeleton key being sold online for only £20 is being blamed for recent rise in tool thefts from vans. Never heard of the skeleton key? Well simply put it’s a key which allows these thieves to break into vans with ease. Despite having a legal use as a locksmiths tool many believe it...


Where’s the highest demand for your skills – Survey

 Apr, 28 - 2017   General

Starting a new business: where’s the highest demand for your skills? Starting your own business is a big step. How much demand is there for your services where you are based? How many similar tradespeople are after the same jobs? What are the costs of advertising locally? How easy will...


Logic4training Exhibiting At PHEX Alexandra Palace 2017

 Apr, 25 - 2017   Trade Shows

It’s that time again! Logic4training will be exhibiting at the leading regional trade show for the installer, contractor and merchant sector PHEX! This is your chance to meet buyers, suppliers, and manufacturers as well get a look at latest product launches, get the best deals and find out about training and installer support. The...


Employing Someone For The First Time

 Apr, 24 - 2017   Business

Have you reached the point where you need an extra pair of hands to keep on top of your workload? Getting extra help can be quite a daunting prospect, bringing challenges you won’t have faced before in terms of laws, rights and responsibilities. We can help!  Employing Staff is just...