Celebrate our sanitary superheroes this World Plumbing Day

Celebrate our sanitary superheroes this World Plumbing Day
11 March 2018 is no normal springtime day; it is in fact the globally recognised World Plumbing Day. Initiated by the World Plumbing Council (WPC) - of which the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is a member - World Plumbing Day highlights the global water and sanitation crisis, while also promoting the important role that plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.

5 New Year’s Resolutions For Self-Employed Plumbers

As the curtain draws on 2018, there’s every reason to look back at what we’ve accomplished as plumbers and how it might be bettered. Aside from diet plans and the January gym membership, New Year’s resolutions can also extend to our finances… Dealing with taxes, for instance, doesn’t have to be a sore spot if we change how they’re tackled.

As you draft up those Resolutions, Plumbers be sure to include some of the following advice for making tax simpler, less time-consuming and easier on your wallet.

1. Ditch the accountant 

Plumbing Employers Action Group

Plumbing Pensions {UK} Ltd was established in the mid seventies, employers on the scheme were and still are, many years ahead of much of the rest of UK industry offering a very generous pension scheme to their employees. Plumbing employers have and still are contributing vast sums of money into our employees pension fund.

Plumbing Employers who have never been in the scheme and have never likely contributed or offered a pension to their employees are not caught up in this issue. In other words it’s the generous good employers that are being penalised.

New recruit brings over three decades of experience to Ravenheat

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Independent boiler manufacturer Ravenheat is thrilled to announce there new recruit Michael Hills as their new Area Sales Manager for the south of the UK.

With over three decades of experience in the domestic gas industry, Michael will work with merchants and installers across the south to share advice and information about Ravenheat’s range of boilers, as well as organise and host training days for local heating engineers.

Michael’s career has seen him working with some of the biggest boiler brands in the UK and North America, so he not only knows how they work, but also what customers and installer want from them.

UK tradespeople struggle to recruit due to a lack of focus on training

 tradespeople

More than half of tradespeople (57%) struggle to find skilled labour – 37% think apprenticeships are not respected as much as university and 31% believe school leavers are put off by a poor perception of trade careers

The UK’s plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other trades are optimistic about the future, with 82% expecting business activity to remain at the same level or grow over the next 12 months, additionally, nearly half (45%) report being busier than last year.  However, research conducted by trade retailer, Plumbfix’s umbrella organisation, Screwfix, has revealed the majority (57%) are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff to support them.  This is primarily due to:

Superior wins ‘Family Business Award’ at this year’s prestigious Dorset Business Awards

family Business Award

Superior, a Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, picked up the PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award at the 2017 Dorset Business Awards.

 

The Dorset Business Awards took place on Thursday November 23 at the Bournemouth International Centre to celebrate the cream of Dorset’s business achievements. The Family Business Award category was sponsored by PKF Francis Clark, with other finalists being Harts of Stur in Sturminster Newton and Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth.

 

Superior is a family-owned business which was founded in 1972 by Terrence Brown. The first ‘transfer injection’ presses were introduced to create o-rings in house, which remains one of the core strengths of the business today.

 

Best-Ever Filter Launched by Sentinel

 Sentinel

Meeting customer demand for superior heating system protection products is what Sentinel has been doing for 30 years – and its latest major innovation is no exception. The new Sentinel Eliminator Vortex300 Filter has not only been independently verified to collect more magnetic debris on continuous pass than any other compact filter on the market, but is also the company’s most compact, robust, and easy to install and service filter to date. What’s more, the Eliminator Vortex300 filter eliminates all of the major problems installers face with most other brand filters, such as leaks and difficult handling, instead answering the call for a powerful magnetic filter with exceptional build quality, leak-free design, and compact size. 

 

Check vans now to avoid new London T-Charge, and plan ahead for 2019 ULEZ charge, expert warns

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Plumbers working in Central London were warned today to check if their vans are liable for the new T-Charge – and to prepare now for the upcoming Ultra Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ) coming into effect on 8 April 2019. 

 

The warning comes from commercial vehicle rental specialist Enterprise Flex-E-Rent. It advises that these charges could cost businesses hundreds, even thousands, of pounds if they own older vehicles and drive them into the capital.