IronmongeryDirect survey sheds new light on wellbeing of tradespeople

Happy tradespeople eating sandwiches

Too much work, time pressures and unprepared customers – these are the top three causes of stress at work, according to a new survey of almost 600 tradespeople by IronmongeryDirect.

Work-related stress and mental illness now account for over half of all lost work days in the UK*. However, despite this, the survey found that only 11% of tradespeople have taken any time off work in the last year because of mental ill-health. With over a third (34%) reporting regularly feeling stressed, this research paints a worrying picture.

Aqualisa launches AQ Collection exclusively for the trade

AQ Collection shower

Aqualisa, the brand that pioneered thermostatic shower technology, has introduced a new mixer shower range exclusively for trade customers. The AQ Collection range offers installers consistent pricing at merchant counters with the promise of ‘the right product always available at the right price’.  In an over-promoted market segment, the AQ Collection will become the benchmark of value for merchants, installers and end users.

Dickies Gets Flexible With Latest Innovation

Dickies FLEX Workwear Trousers

Global workwear brand Dickies is introducing the FLEX Workwear collection, which incorporates new fabric technology designed to enhance flexibility and comfort.
The range is launching with two new trouser styles: Universal Flex Trouser and the Lead In Flex Trouser, both of which feature Dickies’ FLEX Fabric, its latest innovation, created to provide optimum mobility and all-day comfort.
Available with or without holster pockets, the Universal Flex Trouser features FLEX fabric panels in key places such as the back of the calves and the waistband. Designed in a smart, slim fit, the trouser also features Cordura reinforcements for added durability.

How to prevent frozen and burst pipes during the coldest months of the year

frozen and burst pipes in winter

As the UK braces itself for the coldest winter in decades millions of households are at risk which can lead to frozen and burst pipes, costing homeowners hundreds in repairs.
 
Pipes freeze when they are exposed to extreme low temperatures and the water inside freezes, which means outdoor and garage pipes are most likely to freeze when the weather is cold.
 
Water expands inside the pipes when it freezes and this pressure causes the pipe to burst, which will result in serious leaks and could even lead to damp, mould, structural damage and possessions being ruined - creating a huge headache for homeowners during the run up to the festive period.
 

City Plumbing/PTS awarded DVSA Earned Recognition award

Andrew Harrison - City Plumbing/PTS awarded DVSA Earned Recognition award

City Plumbing/PTS - the first merchanting organisation in the UK to be awarded the DVSA Earned Recognition award for vehicle operators

This week City Plumbing/PTS was awarded the DVSA Earned Recognition award for vehicle operators - the first in our industry and a first for the Travis Perkins Group. This follows the recent win of Fleet Van Operator of the Year at the Motor Transport Awards.

The Bursary is back!

Plumber smiling about the plumbing bursary being back

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers is yet again opening applications for its tools and equipment Bursary scheme. Bursaries are for student plumbers who would benefit from financial assistance as a direct result of progressing to S/NVQ Level 3 MES (Plumbing) or equivalent. In England this is following completion of a Level 2 qualification.

The Company offers Bursaries of up to £1000 to assist students to buy costly tools and equipment. This is awarded in vouchers for tools and equipment only, (it cannot be used to offset any course fees provided by an employer).

Timberland Pro Reinvigorates Brand With New Product Launches

Timberland Pro product launch image

Popular clothing brand Timberland is reinvigorating its workwear range, Timberland PRO, in the UK, including the launch of new products spanning footwear, trousers, tops, jackets and accessories.
All products benefit from the brand’s latest innovations in workwear, such as new fabrics designed to offer optimum durability and comfort throughout the working day. 

CIPHE renews calls on Government to make TMVs compulsory

CIPHE renews calls on Government to make TMVs compulsory

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering - CIPHE - is talking tough on TMVs as it renews calls on the Government to change the legislation surrounding the devices.

According to the latest hospital admission statistics from NHS Digital, the most vulnerable in society continue to be at a grave risk from household scalds and burns. Admission figures show that scalds from tap water remained a significant issue for the old and young in 2018/19, with: