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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.

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.
 

City Plumbing/PTS awarded DVSA Earned Recognition award

Andrew Harrison - City Plumbing/PTS awarded DVSA Earned Recognition award

City Plumbing/PTS - the first merchanting organisation in the UK to be awarded the DVSA Earned Recognition award for vehicle operators

This week City Plumbing/PTS was awarded the DVSA Earned Recognition award for vehicle operators - the first in our industry and a first for the Travis Perkins Group. This follows the recent win of Fleet Van Operator of the Year at the Motor Transport Awards.

The Bursary is back!

Plumber smiling about the plumbing bursary being back

The Worshipful Company of Plumbers is yet again opening applications for its tools and equipment Bursary scheme. Bursaries are for student plumbers who would benefit from financial assistance as a direct result of progressing to S/NVQ Level 3 MES (Plumbing) or equivalent. In England this is following completion of a Level 2 qualification.

The Company offers Bursaries of up to £1000 to assist students to buy costly tools and equipment. This is awarded in vouchers for tools and equipment only, (it cannot be used to offset any course fees provided by an employer).

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.