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The IPG opens new flagship stores

The IPG opens new flagship stores

The largest and fastest-growing membership group, The IPG, helps shape the future of its members by opening new flagship stores.

The IPG have united with three of their members, namely Newline Plumbing & Heating Supplies, Plumb Inn, and Gas & Plumb Bits to launch their newfound flagship stores across the UK, this Summer. 

The IPG was formed in 2013 with one vision: to bring independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists together, and in turn, to give their customers the opportunity to buy the best brands locally at great prices. Fast forward five years, The IPG’s vision is now implemented across its member locations nationwide with a multitude of excellent brands on board.

Anthracite Grey: Trendy Gutters From Marley

Anthracite Grey: Trendy Gutters From Marley

With a velvety warmth and subtle hint of luxury, the anthracite grey shade has taken the construction industry by storm. Rainwater systems from Marley Plumbing and Drainage in the popular anthracite grey now perfectly match Pantone colour 7016, allowing specifiers to create a sleek and uniform finish and ensure an exact colour match with other external fixtures and fittings, such as doors and window frames.

North East cancer charity to be supported at Flame's racenight

North East cancer charity to be supported at Flame's racenight

A North East cancer charity is set for a place in the winning enclosure as Flame Heating Group prepares for its fourth annual racenight. 

Saras Hope Foundation is being supported by the heating and plumbing merchant as Flame’s nominated charity for 2019, which will host its ‘Flame The Heat Is On Racenight’ at Newcastle Racecourse on 20 September. 

Flame is hoping to raise in excess of £10,000 for Saras Hope Foundation having raised more than £25,000 for good causes since 2016, including just over £9,000 for Fighting All Cancers Together (F.A.C.T.) in 2018.

Flame spreads further in Sunderland with bathroom showroom investment

Flame staff with MP in bathroom showroom

The North East’s fastest-growing heating and plumbing merchant has launched its third bathroom showroom in the region, following a £100,000 investment. 

Flame Heating Group has opened the bathroom showroom at the site of its existing trade counter in Sunderland, on Riverside Industrial Estate, after acquiring the branch’s adjoining unit.

The 1,600 sq. ft development will see the extension of Flame’s Sunderland services and product range, as well as the creation of one initial job with scope for further in the future. 

A guide to insurance for self-employed tradesmen

self-employed plumber fixing sink

A guide to insurance for self-employed tradesmen By Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct

Going self-employed brings benefits in flexibility, time management and more. However, with the full burden of contract work falling on one person, it’s vital you’ve got the correct insurance to keep you covered if the worst happens.

That’s why Actavo Direct has put together a guide to insurance for self-employed tradesmen.

Going public

Public liability insurance covers you against legal costs or compensation if you’re sued by a member of the public.

Linda Barker Opens 250th 'The Bathroom Showroom'

Linda Barker Opening 250th 'The Bathroom Showroom'

Linda Barker, star of BBC TV’s ‘Changing Rooms’, ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity.... Get me Out of Here!’, Interior Designer and Multipanel brand ambassador, cut the ribbon and officially opened the 250th The Bathroom Showroom at their brand new location on the Trinity Trading Estate in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Speaking at the event, Kevin Williams (MD Operations) stated: “Opening the 250th The Bathroom Showroom is a milestone for the business and I’m really proud that we can offer our customers in Sittingbourne and right across Kent, the very best showroom.”

City Plumbing wins the Fleet Van Operator of The Year award

City Plumbing team with award

On Wednesday 3rd July, City Plumbing, part of the Plumbing and Heating Division of Travis Perkins, s​cooped the Fleet Van Operator of The Year award at the prestigious 2019 Motor Transport Awards, held at London’s ​Grosvenor House Hotel​.

The award ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman and the award was given to the City Plumbing Team by comedian Omid Djalili. These awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the Transport industry!

School pupils work with drainage company in fight against plastic

School pupils working with drainage company in fight against plastic

Lanes for Drains are empowering teenagers to lead the fight against hidden plastics by working with secondary schools to produce unique and engaging lesson plans and a set of educational resources that are now available to schools nationwide.

The company – the largest privately owned drainage contractor in the UK – aims to raise awareness of the dangers of hidden plastics and how this generation can have the biggest impact in halting the problem.

Tool theft: top tips for prevention

Tool theft from a van

As technology advances within electric power tools, unfortunately so does tool theft and tactics which thieves use to break in and steal equipment. Thieves are becoming more sophisticated and are using methods to break into vehicles which leave no sign of damage; mainly by taking advantage of a security flaw in keyless vehicles. The popular ‘relay’ method is carried out using an illegal device which replicates the signal from your car or van’s key fob. So, not only are work tools at risk, so is the actual vehicle itself. 

Tips For A Healthy Winter Boiler

Boiler on a blue wall

Just like a car, a boiler needs to be well maintained in order to keep it operating at its best. Spring and Summer is the perfect time to make sure it’s in tip top condition. If you are doing DIY or jobs around your home this bank holiday, follow these tips to help prevent any stressful moments later in the year when the cold weather returns!

Check the system pressure 

Occasionally you may need to top up your heating system to maintain optimum performance. If your boiler pressure is below 0.5 bar then generally it’s too low and you need to increase the pressure. If it’s between 1 and 1.5, you can sit back and relax.

Bleeding a radiator