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Family owned plumbing merchant secures £1.5M CBILS loan from Ulster Bank

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Stevenson & Reid, a family-owned plumbing merchant employing 60 people in Northern Ireland, has secured £1.5million from Ulster Bank through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).
 
The company, which has branches across Northern Ireland, says that the funding will provide it with essential cashflow and help secure jobs while many of its construction sector clients are not operating.
 
Founded in 1980, Stevenson & Reid has expanded to become one of the largest independent plumbing merchants in Northern Ireland with branches in Newtownabbey, Belfast, Newry, Bangor, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Omagh, Cookstown and Londonderry.
 

Master Plumber scheme goes from strength to strength

Three more members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) have proudly become Master Plumber Certificate holders this year. 

Pre-coronavirus lockdown on Monday 2nd March 2020, Keith Robert Walklate EngTech MCIPHE RP, Andrew John Mensley EngTech MCIPHE RP and James G.S. Hendry EngTech FCIPHE RP were awarded their Certificates by the Livery Companies Skill Council (LCSC), at a ceremony held at Mansion House in London. 

Certificates on the day were awarded by The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, with the customary handshake replaced by touching elbows. 

WATER SAVING WEEK 2020: WRAS issues reminder about use of compliant water saving devices

water saving devices

This Water Saving Week, the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) is reminding people about the importance of compliant water saving devices.  

Running from 11th until 15th May, Water Saving Week is an annual event which aims to educate consumers and tradespeople alike on the issues around water use, the challenges around water efficiency, and ideas and solutions to help achieve it. 

WATER SAVING WEEK 2020: WRAS issues reminder about use of compliant water saving devices

water saving devices

This Water Saving Week, the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) is reminding people about the importance of compliant water saving devices.  

Running from 11th until 15th May, Water Saving Week is an annual event which aims to educate consumers and tradespeople alike on the issues around water use, the challenges around water efficiency, and ideas and solutions to help achieve it. 

Businesses urged to take caution with plumbing work before re-opening premises

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As many of the UK’s businesses consider reopening their doors, the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) is encouraging business and property owners to take caution and consider the risks posed by their water systems sooner rather than later, to avoid health risks.

The restrictions placed on people and businesses to restrict the spread of Covid-19 since mid-March have meant many premises have been left closed or with minimal staff, meaning many water systems may have been left stagnant.

Celebrating ten years: Plumbing, People and Phones

celebrating ten years

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of anti-scald bathroom products celebrates ten years since becoming a stand-alone business, the directors at Intatec are reflecting on a decade of success, as they face challenges far removed from its launch day.

Created in 2002 as a small offshoot of another business, the aim of Intatec was to bring thermostatic control to the bathrooms of Britain. After a period of product development, and testing the market initially with TMV2 and TMV3 anti-scald valves and showers, in May 2010 around a dozen staff joined founders Cynthia Fisher, Barry Humphreys and Stuart Gizzi at a newly fitted out facility in Staffordshire to begin properly under the Inta brand. Since then Sales Director Darran Bougourd has joined the board. 

Key worker status recognised

plumber key worker status

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen both the Government’s and the public’s interpretation of what makes a key worker redefined. On Tuesday 28 April, in the daily coronavirus briefing, Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, not only recognised the vital role emergency plumbers are playing, but rolled out further testing for those in the construction and plumbing industry.

How to combat rising water bills during a pandemic

rising water bills

With the full extent of the COVID-19 outbreak rearing its ugly head, the pockets of many working families have been hard-hit. Even before the outbreak, research shows that up to 3 million households struggle to afford their rising water bills.

With the UK Government’s 'lockdown measures' inevitably meaning more time at home and more water used, I share my tips for reducing water usage in times of lockdown.

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Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched a new range of adoptable inspection chambers

inspection chambers

In response to customer demand, Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched a new range of adoptable inspection chambers for both type three and type four installations, which are compliant with Sewers for Adoption and Building Regulations.

The new BSI approved range of inspection chambers, which are suitable for adoptable and non-adoptable applications, have been developed to be compatible with Marley’s 150mm Quantum sewer structured wall drainage and its 110mm and 160mm solid wall drainage, in order to provide specifiers, contractors and housebuilders with a ‘one stop shop’.inspection chambers