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Logic4training celebrate living wage commitment

 Nov, 09 - 2017   General

Logic4training is proud to announce that it is now accredited as a living wage employer. Our living wage commitment will see everyone working at Logic4training, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London....


5 creepy things plumbers find in their customers houses

 Oct, 24 - 2017   General

The general public puts a lot of trust in trades-people. We spend a lot of time in other people’s houses, often poking around in parts of the house rarely trodden in. That often leads to some spooky goings on or weird things being found. Of course, a good trades-person knows...


Are your wages on the up due to a skills shortage?

 Sep, 14 - 2017   General

The Daily Mail has been reporting that Electricians are earning £156,000 a year and that plumbers are earning £50,000 a year. According to the article, wages for tradesmen have risen by as much as 10% in the past 12 months. The Daily Mail puts the “sky rocketing” wages down to...


Macmillan coffee mornings 2017 at Logic4training

 Sep, 19 - 2017   General

On the week of the 25th September Logic4training will be taking part in the annual Macmillan Coffee morning. We run the event all week in our canteen for all candidates to donate a little money and enjoy some cakes and savoury treats. It’s all for a good cause, namely Macmillon...


Trade Health Issues

 Sep, 01 - 2017   General

Trade tools supplier Toolstation conducts new research which shows that 3/4 of the trade have suffered from work related injuries, aches, pains and strains. This survey highlights some of the challenges faced by the trade when injuries occur as well as financial and emotional impacts.   Stats 74% surveyed were sole traders 79%...


The BMF & NMBS Independent Merchant Forum

 Jul, 25 - 2017   General

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS) have joined together to develop a one-day business forum for independent merchants with annual turnover of £10 million or less. The forum will give merchants networking opportunities throughout the day as well as including presentations on; Cyber Security Digital Marketing Distribution,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


Specialist Tradespeople Demand

 Feb, 27 - 2017   General

The demand for specialist tradespeople on the up! TrustMark has reported some positive statistics this week,  leading them to ask – was 2016 the year of the specialist tradesperson? The report is showing a bumper year for homeowners searching for specialist local tradespeople to carry out home improvements and repairs. The...


CGCS New Certification Scheme

 Feb, 07 - 2017   General

Capita Gas Compliance Services (CGCS) has launched a new UKAS accredited gas safety certification. It will be used to benchmark and confirm that businesses have met all legal gas safety standards. CGCS new certification is recognised by both public and private sector organisations. It will also provide assurance for an organisation and employees...


APHC Training Rewards

 Jan, 12 - 2017   General

APHC (Training) are giving away training rewards worth £150 to 100 plumbing and heating companies! The cost of staying up to date with training is a big outlay to plumbing and heating companies.  Many training courses, such as ACS Qualifications, are mandatory requirements of your trade, others support expansion of...