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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.

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. 

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!

How To: District Heating with Ground Source Heat Pumps

Underground Ground Source Heat Pumps

Kensa Contracting, the UK’s dedicated ground source heat network delivery partner, has unveiled a new video to demonstrate the largely unknown and untapped energy sources that can be used to deliver the UK’s low carbon heating ambitions.

Focussing specifically on community heating, the film, ‘How To: District Heating with Ground Source Heat Pumps’, outlines how Kensa’s ambient temperature loop system works with multiple energy sources to serve individual ground source heat pumps inside new and existing homes with sustainable, low carbon, non air polluting, heating and hot water.

Kensa Contracting’s Managing Director, Dr. Matthew Trewhella, says:

Hot Water on Demand with Triton’s Instaflow Water Heater 

Triton’s Instaflow Water Heater 

Triton Showers, the market leader in showers and water heating solutions, has launched Instaflow, a new range of instantaneous water heaters for the reliable supply of hot water on demand. The units are ideal for commercial applications, from workshops and garages to beauticians and florists, where there may not be hot water available but the ability to clean hands is a crucial part of the job.

The Instaflow heaters are available in a range of outputs including 5.4kW, 7.7kW and 10.1kW depending on whether the hot water required is for a single hand basin or kitchen tap, or two outlets. For economical delivery, the water heaters only power up when the water starts to flow meaning no power is wasted when the units are in standby operation.