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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...


Boiler Servicing While The Heating’s Off

 Apr, 20 - 2017   Heating

An annual boiler service is obviously a good idea in terms of gas safety, but it’s also an important step in maintaining an efficient heating system – one that many householders overlook unless they have a problem.  With the number of boilers in the UK numbering over 20 million, there...


Protect Your Van From Thieves

 Apr, 18 - 2017   Tips/Advice

Despite the fact that vehicle crime figures have actually declined in the UK, there are still many business owners who still see their vehicles targeted by the thieves. Trevor Hodgson-Philips, Head of Service and Parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers some advice so van owners can better protect their vehicles. Parking...


Review The Government’s Industrial Strategy Consultation

 Apr, 12 - 2017   General

Mark Antrobus, the President of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has been asking companies within the sector to review the Government’s Industrial Strategy Document.   What is the Industrial Strategy? In January 2017, The Government’s Industrial Strategy Consultation was launched by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial...


Installers First

 Apr, 10 - 2017   General

Installers First has been launched to make sure that installers voices are heard when it comes to shaping the industry.  Stewart Clements, Director, HHIC shares his thoughts; “…Thousands of Gas Safe engineers have joined together to voice their opinion on circumstances within the industry which were seemingly outside of their control,...


Help In Preparing Quotes

 Apr, 07 - 2017   Business

Costing up a job isn’t easy as there are so many variables to consider; particularly for new businesses or if you’ve started taking on different kinds of work. We can help! Job costing is just one of the topics covered in our series of business guides which tackle subjects relating...


UK Plumber Of The Year 2017

 Apr, 05 - 2017   Plumbing

Could you be the UK Plumber of the Year? The search for the UK’s best plumber has begun again, launched for the third year running by JT, Plumb Center and Bristan. Open for entries from yesterday (3rd April), the award looks to recognise talented plumbers across the UK, with a...


Smart Meter Quarterly Report

 Apr, 05 - 2017   Smart Meters

The latest report on smart metering installs during the final quarter of 2016 in Great Britain has been published.  In this report you will find information on the number of smart meters installed in domestic properties and smaller non-domestic sites. It also shows the total number of meters in operation up until...


New ‘Tank Safe’ Campaign

 Mar, 31 - 2017   Oil

OFTEC and NICC have launched a new campaign to ensure that over 400,000 oil-heated homes in Northern Ireland are ‘tank safe’. The campaign was launched to raise awareness that older tanks can have various problems, therefore its important that homeowners understand how to look after their oil tank. Check out their information video below,...


Warning: Non-approved Flue Systems!

 Mar, 29 - 2017   Safety

Installers, be aware and take extra caution when ordering online as the number of non-approved flue systems and controls is increasing! Simply put what this means is that some flue systems sold online may say they are compatible with certain manufacturers’ boiler models, when they haven’t actually been tested, approved or certified. It’s...


The Green Deal Returns

 Mar, 24 - 2017   General

After weeks of rumors about the Green Deal returning, it has now be confirmed! However, the question floating around on social media is ‘should installers get involved?’ According to Green Deal Provider and Managing Director of Eco-energi John Davidson has said that its good news the deal is ready to go...


£500 Million Boost For Technical ‘T Levels’

 Mar, 27 - 2017   General

New ‘T- Levels’ are to be developed between now and 2022, designed to give technical subjects, such as engineering and construction, equal status alongside A-Levels.  The £500 million boost to develop the new vocational qualifications was announced by Chancellor for the Exchequer Phillip Hammond in his budget statement on 8...


Fuel Poverty Needs To Be Debated

 Mar, 23 - 2017   General

The Energy and Utilities Alliance, also known as the ‘EUA’ has responded to Dimplexs comment by stating that there was ‘no need to bring gas into the electric heating debate’  Consumer electrical goods firm Dimplex has claimed that by ‘upgrading incorrectly specified appliances is the key to reducing fuel poverty...


Gas Safe Register: Britain’s Gas Hotspots 2017

 Mar, 18 - 2017   Gas

New research from Gas Safe Register shows around 5 million people are put at risk from CO poisoning, gas leaks and explosions by illegal gas engineers around the UK.  Gas Safe Register is the nation’s only official legal gas registration scheme. Thanks to its recent study (4 years worth of data) they...


Fire Protection For Electrical Equipment In Lofts

 Mar, 20 - 2017   Electrical

NICEIC has produced an interesting guide which covers the risks that should be considered when mounting electrical equipment in loft spaces in domestic premises. You may be aware already that in the installation of electrical equipment in loft spaces of domestic properties is becoming more common. Therefore, this guide will discuss some of...


IET Wiring Regulations

 Mar, 17 - 2017   Electrical

With the 18th Edition to the IET Wiring Regulations due to be published on 1st July 2018, we take a look at some of the likely changes, as well as revisiting the last amendment (the 17th Edition of BS 7671) which highlighted the importance of using RCDs in non-domestic environments....


Tax Hike Update: Government Make A U-turn

 Mar, 12 - 2017   Business

Great news for Logic4training customers!  It was announced yesterday that the government will NOT be going ahead with plans to increase National Insurance for the self-employed. In his Spring Budget last week, Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced unexpected tax hikes for self- employed people, which would have seen sole traders with...


Self-employed Face Tax Hike

 Mar, 10 - 2017   Business

Its been said that millions of people who are self-employed are expected to face a tax hike. This includes installers!  Chancellor Philip Hammond, announced in his first budget speech that there are going to be plans to increase the amount of taxes paid by those who are self-employed. According to bytestart, the...


National Apprenticeship Week 2017

 Mar, 07 - 2017   Apprenticeships

This week from the 6th – 10th of March 2017 it’s known as the tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). A great showcase on how apprenticeships are considered as the ‘Ladder of Opportunity to a brighter future for all’. Led and co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, NAW will be highlighting and celebrating the success of apprenticeships...


Women In Trades

 Mar, 03 - 2017   General

Building trades thriving – but where are the women? Building services trades offer women excellent pay and prospects – so why are so few joining up?  This is a question being asked by AXA, whose recent research revealed building trades as the leading source of self-employment in the UK, with start-up...