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BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 secures deal with The IPG

BC Designs Bathroom

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. 

Saras Hope Foundation set to benefit from Flame's support

Flame staff supporting Saras Hope Foundation

Flame Heating Group is hoping to build on the £25,000 it has raised for good causes in the North East, after announcing Saras Hope Foundation as its chosen charity for 2019.

The Boldon-based heating and plumbing merchant will support and fundraise for the Foundation over the course of the year, having previously supported Fighting All Cancers Together (F.A.C.T.) in 2018.

Established in 2007 by Ged and Julie Hoburn, Saras Hope Foundation offers respite for children and young people with cancer and their families, which includes providing fully-funded holidays to create lasting memories with loved ones. 

Trustmark Joins The Fight Against Criminals

CEO of Trustmark and team manager

TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, has joined the ‘Friends Against Scams’ campaign to protect and prevent vulnerable people falling victim to scams. 

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams team welcomed TrustMark’s Chief Executive Officer, Simon Ayers, as a SCAMbassador to help them to protect everyone from scams and the damage they cause.   Together with the organisation, Simon will encourage all TrustMark employees, Scheme Operators and Registered Firms to become 'friends' and empower them and their wider communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. 

New website now LIVE by Vogue (UK)

New website now LIVE by Vogue (UK)

Vogue (UK), the UK’s leading manufacturer of designer radiators and towel warmers has undergone a digital makeover with the launch of its new-look website for 2019, now LIVE! 

Simply open your web browser and type www.vogueuk.co.uk

Providing Vogue customers with a new and improved online portal to Britain’s finest collection of designer heating solutions, Vogue (UK)is proud to introduce a modern take on both brand and products to further enrich the user-experience for its customers. 

The newly updated and easy-to-use website by Vogue (UK) is:

User-friendly – easily find what you’re looking for with helpful product filters defined by style and model type e.g. radiator or towel warmer

NSF International commends Altecnic's TMV2-certified products

Altecnic staff

Reinforcing its credentials as a specialist supplier of quality heating and plumbing components for trade and consumer markets, Altecnic has received a coveted award from NSF International.

The global water testing, certification and auditing organisation has recognised Altecnic's adjustable T-type thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs). These products are the first to be TMV2-accredited against the recently revised 2017 version of the European Standards BS EN 1111 and BS EN 1287 which ensure thermostatic products maintain safe temperature water delivery for bath, shower and washbasin use.

Overcoming A Low Flow

Overcoming A Low Flow

In a lot of cases the flow rate coming into a property is adequate enough to support an unvented system, but what you do if it is not? Stuart Elsy, Managing Director of  OSO Hotwater, looks at the simple measure that can be put in place to overcome this issue. 

Low pressure to water outlets around the home is extremely frustrating for many homeowners, with them inevitably looking to their installer for the solution. 

Walton-On-Thames Business 'Paton Of Walton' Joins Search For Missing Children

Paton Of Walton Staff Photo

Walton-on-Thames-based Paton of Walton Limited and Honey their friendly dog, have joined the vital search for missing children across the UK as part of a partnership between The IPG and Missing People.

The IPG is a membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. Through its network of local, independent businesses, the group has a presence in over 200 locations across the country, so are well-placed to support with Missing People’s ongoing battle locating missing children. 

Holding back the FatBerg – Drain Clearing Needs To Be Part Of A Broader Maintenance Plan

Drain Clearing Products

January can be a critical time of year for internal and external drain and sewer clearance. Autumn’s leaf fall is now mush, the last Christmas and New Year guests gone, is the inevitable mini FatBerg forming from a ‘system overload’? When were your customers drains last cleared, should you remind them prevention is better than an emergency?

The Christmas grease and fat are solidifying in the pipework, with escaped vegetables clinging on forming organic obstructions. With hair and foreign objects such as soap and the overuse of toilet roll, including other sanitary products escaping, the recipe for a call-out sooner rather than later becomes more likely. 

‘2019 Heating Trends’ with Aestus

Black fog radiator from Aestus

Aestus,a true manufacturer of quality handcrafted designer radiators and towel warmers in the UK, introduces its trend predictions for 2019. As 70s chic has hit the high streets, we are seeing the theme extend into the home, with velvet and fringed soft furnishings, floral patterns and funky shapes, awakening the UK’s love for seventies fashion. Heating solutions are adding to this vibe with circular, wavy, curved designs and bold black accents, creating an ‘Abstract Silhouette’ and a focal point in the room.