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Family business – Training the next generation

 Jun, 20 - 2017   CareersContinue Reading

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...


Recommendations aren’t enough to keep gas safe

 Jun, 19 - 2017   GasContinue Reading

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/AdviceContinue Reading

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....


TradesTalk – Products

 Jun, 13 - 2017   Tips/AdviceContinue Reading

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...


Local Heroes – A Digital Platform

 Jun, 12 - 2017   GeneralContinue Reading

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...


Can solar transform the UK?

 Jun, 09 - 2017   Renewable EnergyContinue Reading

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...


18th edition is on the horizon

 Jun, 07 - 2017   ElectricalContinue Reading

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   GeneralContinue Reading

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...


Smart Meter Quarterly Report March 2017

 May, 30 - 2017   Smart MetersContinue Reading

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 EnergyContinue Reading

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/AdviceContinue Reading

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...


Future wage growth dependant on “smooth” Brexit

 May, 16 - 2017   GeneralContinue Reading

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...


Supporting Mental Health In Construction

 May, 11 - 2017   GeneralContinue Reading

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...


Trades talk – questions on twitter

 May, 09 - 2017   Tips/AdviceContinue Reading

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...


MPs Demand Protection From CO Poisoning

 May, 05 - 2017   GasContinue Reading

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...


Firex – Fire Safety

 May, 05 - 2017   Trade ShowsContinue Reading

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...