5 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Business

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BRISTAN BUSINESS BLOGS: 5 WAYS SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS.
Over the last few years, digital usage has rocketed. Whether it’s Smartphones, the internet or social media, it has become part of our daily routine – so much so that it’s hard to remember life without it. 
According to Ofcom in 2019 ‘nearly every adult in the UK uses a mobile phone’ and nearly 9 out of ten of us now use the internet, so using social media to promote your business and plumbing expertise is a great idea. 

Earnings Rise For Self-Employed Plumbers

Self-Employed Plumbers With Payment

Earnings for self-employed plumbers rose by 4.1 per cent in November, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract.
 
Analysis of last month’s payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a weekly average of £1,166 for plumbing contractors.
 
The performance continues an upward trend that started in September and equates to an annual salary of £56,000.
 
They generated the second highest earnings of all 17 construction trades covered by Hudson Contract, beaten only by specialists in shop fitting and electrical work.
 

What expenses can you claim when self-employed?

self-employed plumber

As Self Assessment Deadline Approaches, Which Business Expenses can be Deducted as Tax Relief?

With a little over three weeks until the Self Assessment deadline, over 5 million taxpayers are yet to submit their tax return for tax year 2018/19. With many of those taxpayers classed as self-employed, there are a wide range of commonly-forgotten business expenses which can be claimed as tax relief but are often missed due to a lack of awareness on what can and cannot be claimed as a legitimate business expense. David Redfern, tax preparation specialist and Managing Director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd, explains the categories of business expenses which can be used to offset tax liabilities for self-employed taxpayers.

Salamander Pumps boosts its product offering with MainsBooster range

Salamander's new range of mains-booster pumps

Salamander Pumps, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of domestic water pumps, has announced the launch of an exciting new MainsBooster range, aimed at creating a simple solution to boosting mains water pressure and flow – an often complex problem for both homeowners and installers.   

Recent research showed that 48% of consumers don’t know that their water pressure problems can easily be rectified with the fitting of a Salamander mains-boosting solution.

The new range, comprising 11 different products, features inline pumps and accumulator tanks, and is designed to provide a quiet, lightweight and easy-to-install solution to all domestic and light commercial mains water-boosting needs.

Bradfords Building Supplies Scoops National Award

Bradfords Building Supplies Winners with their award

Yeovil Headquartered Bradfords Building Supplies has won Independent Builders’ Merchant of the Year at the Builders’ Merchants Awards against stiff national competition. 

The Builders’ Merchants Awards now in its 18th year is run in partnership with the Builders Merchants Federation and celebrates the best and the brightest in the merchant industry. 

The awards were judged by a panel of key industry stakeholders from the Federation of Master Builders, Builders Merchants Association (BMA), Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants and the Construction Products Association (CPA) and presented by Dame Kelly Holmes MBE. 

How digital transformation can benefit the plumbing industry  

How digital transformation can benefit the plumbing industry  

To be by-lined to Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile, an award-winning mobile data capture solution

Technological advances, such as cloud computing, 5G and improved mobile technology, are facilitating smarter, faster and more environmentally-friendly ways of working for businesses across virtually every sector.

However, despite the numerous benefits of digital transformation, the plumbing and heating industry lags behind in this regard. Indeed, our recent research revealed that more than two-thirds (67%) of those working in the trade and utilities sector still rely heavily upon paper for a variety of day-to-day business processes, such as sending mail and filling in forms. 

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.