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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.

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.

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. 

Priming the pump: Salamander Pumps launches new online training courses

Salamander Pumps new online training courses example

Salamander Pumps, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of domestic water pumps, has launched an innovative new online training tool, ‘eSchool’, featuring a host of helpful training modules, involving games, interactive imagery and animated technical videos, for installers and students alike.

The eSchool will help installers and college students learn more about Salamander’s products, their applications and best practice for installing their range of shower and whole house pumps.

The ideal temperature for your four-legged friends revealed

Cat asleep on radiator after finding it's ideal temperature

The UK is a nation of animal lovers, with an estimated 51 million(1) pets living in British homes. But, do Brits know the optimum temperature their four-legged friends should be living in to ensure they are happy and healthy?

As well as feeding pets a well-balanced diet and providing lots of fresh water and exercise, it’s just as important that we keep the temperature of homes to an ideal setting to make sure our beloved pets are healthy.

Boiler Plan, one of the UK’s leading providers and installers of boilers, has conducted in-depth research into living temperature for the UK’s most popular pets, including the best temperature to keep their habitats during both the summer and winter.

Dogs

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.

Unique modern radiator manufacturing sale announced

radiator warehouse

Global advisory and asset management specialists, Gordon Brothers, has announced the unprecedented sale of Quinn Radiators manufacturing facility situated in Newport, South Wales.

The Quinn Radiators manufacturing plant is located in a state-of-the-art facility, spanning across a building of 1.2 million square feet, with the capacity to produce, package and store an estimated four million steel panel radiators each year. Producing round top, compact, towel and low surface temperature radiators, Quinn Radiators Limited is one of the most advanced plants in Europe.

This type of sale rarely occurs and is a unique opportunity for the steel fabrication and radiator manufacturing industry to take advantage of.

Assets for sale by Private Treaty:

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.