Earnings dip but underlying demand stays strong for plumbers

Two self-employed plumbers

Earnings for self-employed plumbers dipped by just 1.7 per cent last month, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of August payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £1,120 for plumbing contractors.

They generated the third highest earnings of all 17 construction trades covered by Hudson Contract, beaten only by specialists in shop fitting and mechanical and engineering work.

Plumbers in the North West saw the biggest increase in weekly earnings in August, rising 18.2 per cent to £945.

They were followed by the South West, up 12.8 per cent to £1,328 and the highest in England and Wales, and Yorkshire and the Humber, up 6.8 per cent to £727.

Aqualisa Launches New Installer Club To Reward Plumbers 

Plumber happy because of the Aqualisa Installer Club

Installing one of Aqualisa’s showers can now instantly earn plumbers and shower installers rewards for their loyalty. 

The Aqualisa Installer Club has relaunched to offer premium benefits to plumbers who know the value of Aqualisa’s quality and easy-to-install showers. Members of the loyalty programme can also get access to a priority installer hotline for on-the-spot support, fast-tracked entry to training courses and many more benefits. 

New Product Launch - Scruffs “Wearing the Trousers”

Scruffs workwear trousers

Scruffs, the UK’s fastest growing performance workwear brand, has launched its most comprehensive and innovative range of trousers in recent years. 

Scruffs has invested heavily in research and development to deliver pioneering new products made with high performance fabrics, the best designs, and functional features that work hard.

The exciting line-up of new work trousers takes Scruffs’ range from four to seven products, with each item offering increasing levels of performance and functionality as you move upwards through the range. 

Manchester tool company secures national TV show investment

Manchester tool company secures national TV show investment

Manchester based start-up, pipeEasy Limited, has received a £41,000 investment after appearing on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den

Former floor-fitter/salesmen and founder of pipeEasy Limited, Teirnan McCorkell, went into the Den hoping for a £41,000 investment in exchange for a 15% stake in the business and his patent-pending product. 

The inventor showed the Dragons prototypes of his surfacing measuring tool and explained how the money would be spent on producing the tools for the DIY and trade markets. 

Legionnaire's disease - are you prepared?

Legionnaire's disease

With cases of Legionnaires’ disease on the rise, The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is urging installers to be vigilant when it comes to potential sources of Legionella bacteria. 

Falling prices of luxury items such as hot tubs and spa baths, coupled with warm temperatures, has created a perfect opportunity for legionella and other water associated problems according to the CIPHE.

EV fleet adoption tips for businesses making the switch

EV fleet vehicles on charge

By Tom Preston, Managing Director, Hippo Leasing

The transport sector is the fastest growing contributor to climate emissions. However, the impending EV revolution is aiming to slow this concerning trend and unlock new business benefits for those adopting electric over traditional fossil fuels.

In fact, by 2020 it’s estimated there will be over 1 million Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the UK’s roads. The government has also just announced an extra £2.5 million for EV charging points to ensure the country’s infrastructure matches the rising demand.

One in three Brits won’t make their maintenance person a cuppa

Plumber drinking a cuppa

Stingy or savvy? One in three Brits won’t make their maintenance person a cuppa

With one in five (22%) Brits spending over a thousand pounds, annually on home maintenance you would assume that many Brits may make cups of tea, gift biscuits and allow use of the facilities in a bid to build rapport with handy people, keep costs low and encourage a quick turnaround, but new research suggests this is no longer the case.

Launch of Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle set to redefine the UK domestic heating market

Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle Boiler

Worcester Bosch will be launching its Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle range in May - a boiler specifically designed to offer both installers with more choice, depending on installation location and customer need.

After years of development and direct feedback from hundreds of installers, the new Greenstar 8000 Lifestyle includes two models: Life and Style.  Both models see a series of new additions and refinements over Worcester Bosch’s hugely popular Greenstar CDi Classic, which had been installed in well over 1 million homes.

The Greenstar 8000 Life is a direct replacement of the CDi Classic, building upon the well-established foundations from the previous boiler. It keeps many of the tried, tested and much-loved CDI Classic features, and improves on everything else. 

Loanhead Company Makes Positive MPACT on Mental Health in the Construction Sector

MPACT staff on Mental Health in the Construction Sector course

Building services specialist MPACT Group Ltd is continuing its campaign to tackle the “hidden secret” of mental health problems in the construction sector with an in-house training course that has already led to direct intervention for one member of staff potentially at risk.

About a dozen employees ranging from site and office staff to managers and directors recently took part in a programme run by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to help recognise the signs of poor mental health. Coached in techniques on how to discard the stigmas attached to mental health problems, participants were also advised on best listening techniques and what actions to take if a colleague is in distress.

Aqualisa launches new dual control mixer valves range

Aqualisa launches new dual control mixer valves range

Innovative shower brand Aqualisa has launched Mian, a striking new range of dual control mixer valves adding to its existing specification collection. 

Designed to focus on form, style and function, the Aqualisa Mian blends clean lines, modern aesthetics and compact shaping, creating an overall feel of quality. 

The Mian range of robust dual control mixer valves comprises of single, dual and triple outlet variants with a choice of wall plates and control dials. 

Mian carries a full set of accessories to give designers and specifiers bespoke options and flexibility for showering and bathroom projects. All with the same guarantee of performance and reliability throughout the range and suitable for all approved UK water systems.