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Polypipe welcomes new MD to civils division

Polypipe welcomes new MD to civils division

Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of climate and water management solutions, has appointed a new managing director to lead one of its biggest divisions.

Steve Durdant-Hollamby will head up Polypipe Civils, part of the FTSE 250-listed multinational Polypipe Group, the UK’s leading developer of Green Infrastructure and SuDS solutions to the built environment sector.

The 45-year-old, of Cambridgeshire, will also play a major role in the company’s commitment to creating innovative solutions to help to meet the challenges of climate change, a population growth and sustainable urbanisation.

Steve, who has 26 years’ experience in the water management industry, said he was instantly drawn to the “great manufacturing company with a renowned brand.”

At serious risk – the next generation of plumbers and electricians

Plumbers working

Fears that the next generation of apprentice plumbers and electricians will never get the training and qualifications they need are rapidly turning into reality according to one of the country’s leading maintenance companies for renewable energy.

With the lack of suitable tutors able to teach to NVQ Level 3, colleges closing down at an unprecedented rate and a significant reduction in the number of available courses, we are now say the company, seriously failing our young people.

Winter-proof your pipes with GROHE Sense and Sense Guard!

Winter-proof your pipes with GROHE Sense and Sense Guard!

Working on any winter, tech or smart-home features in light of the current sub-zero temperatures? This unique system from GROHE is a must-have to protect your home both in the winter, and all year round!

Those frosty mornings indicate that the pipes in your home could be at risk of freezing, causing them to burst and leaving you with a hefty bill for water damage, destroyed possessions and months of restorative work on your home. 

Daunting though the smart home may be, there are some gadgets that really do take care of the things we just don’t have time to look after, or don’t know how to check. Like the condition of the pipes in your home.

Taking stock of your business

Taking stock of your business

Theresa May advised UK firms to stockpile essential goods in preparation for a no deal exit from the European Union back in August. A few months on, businesses are questioning what their future looks like after 29th March.

Despite being told that stockpiling ahead of Brexit is a ‘sensible’ idea by the prime minister, retailers and stockists have received no real guidance from the government in regards to what, and how, they should be stockpiling. Lack of clarity when it comes to who is expected to do what in the event of a no-deal Brexit, has left businesses having to prepare for any eventuality. And with the uncertainty of a post- Brexit Britain, many companies are making the decision to store a surplus of vital products.

Checks – a timing issue

Intergas tells radio listeners: ‘We keep you warm’

Terri Taylor, marketing executive at Intergas

Intergas Boilers is running its first ever nationwide advertising campaign on digital radio station Heart 80s. Using the slogan ‘We keep you warm’,  it will target installers and consumers, and breaks this week. The commercials will focus on the engineering features that make Intergas unique among boiler manufacturers, namely reliability  (all the parts that stick, leak and let you down aren’t there),  efficiency of operation (two-in-one heat exchanger) and affordability (cuts energy bills by 5%). Intergas says the slogan ‘We keep you warm’ is more than a reiteration of these features, it’s an encapsulation of the company ethos of affordable heating that’s available to everyone.

Wiseman Would Like To Thank All Its UK Plumbers In Helping Raise Funds For RAF Benevolent Fund

Wiseman Would Like To Thank All Its UK Plumbers In Helping Raise Funds For RAF Benevolent Fund

Wiseman Industries Ltd, manufacturers of ‘EVERFLUX’, and the world’s leading drain clearer, ‘DAMBUSTERâ ‘, has presented a cheque to the RAF Benevolent Fund for £1500. Coming from a percentage of profits of ‘DAMBUSTERâ, this was in recognition of the RAF’s 100 year anniversary in 2018 and the historic 75th Anniversary of the Dambuster raid on 16th May 1943.

Like the famous raid, ‘DAMBUSTERâ drain clearer always hits the target first time.

BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 secures deal with The IPG

BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 secures deal with The IPG

BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 have become the latest manufacturers to join The IPG; the UK’s largest and fastest growing membership group of independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. 

The IPG was founded on the belief that independent merchants should have a better voice in today’s market, and a better opportunity to compete with the generic chain stores and companies dominating the market.

The move will see independent merchants being able to purchase the companies’ products, along with access to marketing materials and distribution channels to better support their business. 

Engineering for water efficient homes

Engineering for water efficient homes
Article written by: Phil Allen, Senior Floor Risk Consultant, Thomasons

The measures that housebuilders can take to save water are twofold: use alternative sources of water and introduce water-efficient devices within the home.  

Firstly, there is rainwater harvesting in the form of water butts and below-ground storage tanks. These provide an alternative water source to mains water. Recycled rainwater can have numerous uses around the home, such as flushing toilets, use in washing machines or simply watering the garden. By incorporating some treatment into the rainwater harvesting and recycling system, it can be used for a range of clean water activities as well. 

Waste not, want not

Beat the Freeze: Van Drivers Urged to Bring Tools Indoors

Plumbers by their work van

Van drivers have been urged to bring their tools in from the cold to prevent thousands of pounds worth of damage as outdoor temperatures are set to plummet.

Vehicle leasing giant Leasevan.co.uk issued the advice after weather forecasters predicted a cold spell could be on the way with snow and ice warnings issued across the country.

Bitter temperatures are set to roll in as the MET Office warn another Beast from the East could be on its way.

This could see the country grind to a halt under another blanket of heavy snow and ice but for van drivers it is not just their daily commutes that are affected.

The experts have urged tradesmen to protect their tools from potentially damaging sub-zero temperatures by bringing them indoors at night.

Week-long celebration held by new Dawlish plumbing & heating supplier 

RGB Plumbing & Heating Launch Week

RGB Building Supplies’ new Dawlish plumbing and heating branch was officially launched on Monday 14th January when its Chairman Colin Worth cut the ribbon to kick-start a week of celebrations. 

Throughout the week, RGB’s dedicated plumbing and heating branch was joined by leading industry names Strom, Joule, Maincor and Henrad, to help offer members of the local community expert advice on a wide range of products. 

In addition, special offers were available, as well as free tasty treats including pasties, pizzas, sausage rolls and chocolate.