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Flame Heating Group Celebrates National Success

Flame Heating Group Staff With Award

Fast-growing heating and plumbing merchant, Flame Heating Group, is celebrating national success after being recognised by one of the UK’s leading business organisations.

North East-based Flame was named Scale-Up Business of the Year by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at its national Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019. 

This latest success follows Flame winning the North East FSB Scale-Up Business of the Year award in March. 

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards recognise the best small businesses and the self-employed from across the UK, from every sector and industry and from businesses of all ages and all sizes.

Polypipe Building Services gives onsite contractors an offsite Advantage

A plumber from Polypipe Building Services

Polypipe Building Services, the Aylesford-based commercial building services specialist, is introducing a best-in-class service to remove the on-site complexity of commercial drainage installation.

Polypipe Advantage is a design, fabrication, delivery, technical and customer support service for the commercial sector that provides specialist contractors with more. Complete water management systems are designed and manufactured under factory conditions and delivered to site, ready to install, all managed through a team of technical experts.

Plumbing News TV Launches Competition To Find 2019 Plumber Of The Year

Steve Bartin holding Plumber Of The Year sign

Plumbing News TV, the go-to station for all things plumbing, has supported the launch of the 2019 competition by tracking down previous winners in an action-packed special report, which can be viewed here. The infamous UK Plumber of the Year competition returns for its fifth year, with the stakes higher than ever!

The competition will again see trade giants JT, Bristan and Wolseley come together to recognise the remarkable level of talent from plumbers across the UK and search for the nation’s number one.

Weekly Earnings For Self-Employed Plumbers Slip In April

self-employed plumber plumbing in a sink

Weekly earnings for self-employed plumbing contractors edged down in April, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract. Analysis of last month’s payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a marginal decrease of 0.5 per cent to an average of £1,117 for plumbers.

The regional breakdown shows a more detailed picture. Plumbers in the South West saw the biggest fall with average weekly earnings down 18.2 per cent to £1,441, followed by those in Wales, who were down 13.1 per cent to £938, and the North West, down 10.1 per cent to £789.

The only regions to record growth were the East of England, where earnings rose 1.4 per cent to £1,349, and Yorkshire and the Humber, up 0.9 per cent to 681.

Lack Of Skilled Worker Is Biggest Threat To Plumbing Sector

Skilled plumbing workers around a table

Hep2O, the UK’s leading plastic push-fit plumbing manufacturer, has revealed the findings of new research into the plumbing profession, which promises to stimulate further conversation about the future of the industry.

Hep2O invited top industry advocates including Pb Plumber, Andy Cam, Mr London Plumber, Wayne Bettess and Heather Clark to attend a roundtable at the Water Poet in Shoreditch, London, to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the sector. The company then turned to the wider industry, and carried out a survey to get plumbers’ thoughts on the state on the trade based on the themes identified by the industry influencers.

CASHFLOW: the jobbing contractor’s curse...

CASHFLOW: the jobbing contractor’s curse...
CASHFLOW: the jobbing contractor’s curse...

Victoria Delafaille, a Director of Exchequer Accountancy which specialises in SME accounts, offers a few words of advice about preventing poor payers from ruining your day...or worse.

We owe one of the most telling descriptions of running a business to the advertising guru, Charles Saatchi.

“Running any business,” he argued, “is like holding a colander under a running tap.”

“The water pouring into the colander is like the income stream from sales. The water running out through the numerous holes is your expenditure. The value in your business is merely the constantly changing pool of water that’s temporarily accumulating in the bottom of the colander.”

How to get paid on time

How to get paid on time

Late payment or non-payment of invoices is one of the biggest problems that a plumber can face. 2016 research from EC Insurance Company (ECIC) showed that late payments were an issue for 62% of British plumbers, and with Ormsby Street research showing the average overdue invoice to a small business is worth more than £6,000, the size of the issue is clear.

Customers getting ‘smart’ about meters to save on energy bills

Customers getting ‘smart’ about meters to save on energy bills

New research has found that more than 40% of consumers have seen a reduction in their energy bills since having a smart meter installed.

A Government initiative to install over 50 million smart meters in UK homes by 2020 is currently underway, and the ambitious infrastructure project is set to bring an end to estimated billing.

It is predicted that the mass instillation will enable consumers to change energy providers more easily and become more energy efficient through accurate usage monitoring.

High-performance Sensor Development Kit launched

High-performance Sensor Development Kit

Increasing demand from the global HVAC industry for measurement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) has led Ion Science – leading manufacturer of gas detection instrumentation for environmental and occupational health monitoring – to launch a high-performance Sensor Development Kit (SDK).

The new SDK allows the simple, low-cost integration of Ion Science’s well proven MiniPID sensors to be fit in existing products.

How Factory-Built Bathrooms Are Driving Efficiency

Factory-Built Bathrooms

Richard Tonkinson, executive director of bathroom pod manufacturer Offsite Solutions, offers some practical advice for specifying factory-built bathrooms...

The shift towards offsite across the construction industry is being driven by the shortage of skilled labour (which is compounded by Brexit), issues with consistent quality and the construction industry’s poor record of on time and on budget delivery. The publication of reports such as the recent House of Lords committee review into offsite manufacture has further highlighted the need to move more work offsite. Reducing the number of activities and trades on site results in significant programme savings, quality improvements and waste reductions of up to 50%.

TYPES OF BATHROOM PODS