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.

Altecnic leads the way for better system care

leading the way fir better system care

Altecnic, the UK's leading supplier of hydronic solutions and part of the Caleffi Group, leads the way for better system care and has welcomed the latest revision of the British standard for heating and cooling systems, BS 7593:2019, as it takes a whole system care perspective to the health of heating and cooling systems and not just at a component level.

BS 7593:2019 came into effect on 31st May 2019 and includes a number of significant key changes for those installing, specifying and maintaining domestic heating and cooling systems. For the first time, the fitting of a permanent in-line filter is mandatory in addition to a fresh water flush and extensive chemical clean before the inhibitor is added. Furthermore, an in-line filter must now be fitted to all systems.

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.”

Plumber Earnings Rebound In June

Plumber Earnings Graphs

Weekly earnings for self-employed plumbing contractors rebounded last month, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract.

Analysis of June payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a month-on-month increase of 4.7 per cent to an average of £1,132. The rise reverses the 3.2 per cent fall seen in May.

Year on year, weekly earnings showed a 4.3 per cent improvement in June compared to the same month in 2018, illustrating the strong underlying demand for plumbers.

Plumbing remains the second-best paid of all 17 construction trades covered by Hudson Contract. Shop-fitters retained top place for the second month.

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:

Survey reveals high job satisfaction amongst UK tradespeople

Tradespeople at work

Almost three quarters of tradespeople in the UK are happy in their work, despite working long hours and regular weekends, according to a new survey carried out by the country’s largest online supplier of ironmongery, IronmongeryDirect.

The poll, completed by over 950 tradespeople, saw 72% of respondents rate themselves as ‘happy’ or ‘very happy’ in their current role, with 70% saying they would recommend their job to others. This was despite almost half (46%) of those surveyed working over 45 hours every week, 54% regularly working weekends and almost a third (29%) taking less than two weeks holiday a year.

How the plumbing trade can attract more women to STEM roles

Plumbing trade – female engineer with a male co-worker

Jacqueline Gallazzi-Ritchie is the director of boiler cover provider All England Gas. Here, she discusses what the plumbing trade can do to get more women into STEM positions.

Historically, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects have been largely dominated by men. Although, research has shown that the number of women graduating in core STEM subjects is slowly rising. From 2017–2018, the percentage of STEM graduates that were female increased from 25% to 26%, but this amount is still far too low when you consider that women make up half of the world’s population (WISE).

Deadline Extended To Enter UK Plumber Of The Year Competition

Happy plumber

Due to huge demand, the nationwide plumbing competition has extended its deadline for busy plumbers to bag their entries by TWO WEEKS!

UK Plumber of the Year 2019 has extended its deadline by two weeks to allow for Britain’s hardworking plumbers to apply to win the prestigious title. The competition was due to close this Friday (28th June) but due to high numbers of applicants, the deadline to submit entries is now Friday 12th July.