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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.
 

Holmes Media Annouce Record Year Of Business

David Holmes from Holmes Media

A Market Harborough-based lead generation company has announced a record 12 months for the company following a 27% increase in revenue over the past year.

Holmes Media, which is based at The Point in the Leicestershire town, helps tradespeople across the UK to access a supply of customers who are looking to replace or repair their boiler through its website Boiler Guide. It also helps homeowners to access solar technology and energy-efficient windows through its sister sites Solar Guide and Windows Guide.

In addition to the increase in revenue, the company has also been able to maintain the size of its staff cohort, which company founder David Holmes puts down to improved efficiency across the business. 

He said:

WRAS Approval Secured For Abode 4 in 1 Steaming Hot Water Taps

Abode 4 in 1 Steaming Hot Water Taps

All Abode 4 in 1 steaming hot water taps, filters and boilers now have full WRAS approval, giving developers, designers and retailers complete peace of mind across the entire range.

WRAS is the UK standard against waste, misuse, undue consumption or contamination of the water supply, with approval meaning that these Abode Pronteau and Proboil products comply with the necessary regulations for new build and refurbishment projects.

Revealed: The Most Successful Cities In The UK For Tradespeople

Revealed: The Most Successful Cities In The UK For Tradespeople

Investigation reveals Leicester, Bristol and Sheffield top the charts as most successful cities for tradespeople.

Starting a new trade business is an ambitious endeavour. And with the pressure to survive, tradespeople are looking for the best opportunity for their business to thrive.

According to new data, three in four (77%) trades businesses across the UK survive beyond two years, on average. But a new investigation by Confused.com reveals that some cities in the UK have a better chance of thriving. And this could help tradespeople overcome the confusion and overwhelming decisions they must consider when starting up a new business.

Primaflow F&P's Cashback Plus promotion is back!

Primaflow cashback plus promotion leaflet

Primaflow F&P has unveiled its best-ever Cashback Plus scheme, which this year features more brands and a wider range of products than ever before. Until 13th December, the wholesaler’s independent merchant customers will be able to accumulate cashback on more than 900 heating, plumbing, kitchen and bathroom products, from 35 of the nation’s best-loved brands.

Following on from last year’s success, the initiative features 14 new brands, with major names such as Twyford, Vaillant, Viessmann, Worcester Bosch and Rangemaster joining the likes of Nest, Hive, Aqualisa, Triton, Adey, Baxi, Grant, Heatrae Sadia, Honeywell, Fernox – and many more. 

British plumbers can almost double their salaries in Germany

Plumber under sink - British plumbers can almost double their salaries in Germany

British workers could boost their salaries by over £32,000 by relocating overseas, new research by Good Move has revealed.

All of the UK’s 14 most common occupations, from teachers to plumbers, are better paid in other parts of the world, with some workers even able to boost their salaries by over £100,000 by moving to a different country.

The study, conducted by the regulated property buyer, identified how much the professions are paid in the UK and compared this against the ten countries which are most popular with people choosing to emigrate. 

It found that medical professionals stand to gain the most by leaving the UK.

Online marketing - make sure your plumbing business stands out online

plumbing business - man at desk

Winter is coming, and that means that the boiler and gas sector is about to see a dramatic increase in customers searching for their services online. Jonathan Birch is Creative Director at Glass Digital. Here, he explains the importance of a strong online marketing campaign and shares some tips for boosting your online presence. 

GROHE’s brand new Essence ceramics range

GROHE Essence Ceramics

GROHE’s brand new Essence ceramics range offers customers complete and coordinated bathroom solutions

GROHE, the leading global supplier of sanitaryware, has launched its premium Essence Ceramics Collection this month, an occasion that marks its first ever offering of complete and coordinated bathroom solutions. 

Pared back to its essentials to deliver a simplistically striking aesthetic perfect for creating a home spa atmosphere, the new GROHE Essence ceramics collection blends soft curves inspired by organic forms with a slim and sculptured profile.