Priming the pump: Salamander Pumps launches new online training courses

Salamander Pumps new online training courses example

Salamander Pumps, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of domestic water pumps, has launched an innovative new online training tool, ‘eSchool’, featuring a host of helpful training modules, involving games, interactive imagery and animated technical videos, for installers and students alike.

The eSchool will help installers and college students learn more about Salamander’s products, their applications and best practice for installing their range of shower and whole house pumps.

Plumber Earnings Heat Up In July

Plumber under sink - Plumber Earnings Heat Up In July

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

Analysis of July payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a month-on-month rise of 0.6 per cent to an average of £1,139.

This is equivalent to an annual salary of more than £59,000, putting plumbers into the top 6 per cent of households by income.

The rise builds on the 4.7 per cent increase seen in June.

Year on year, weekly earnings showed a 2.2 per cent improvement compared to July 2018, highlighting the strong underlying demand for plumbers.

The ideal temperature for your four-legged friends revealed

Cat asleep on radiator after finding it's ideal temperature

The UK is a nation of animal lovers, with an estimated 51 million(1) pets living in British homes. But, do Brits know the optimum temperature their four-legged friends should be living in to ensure they are happy and healthy?

As well as feeding pets a well-balanced diet and providing lots of fresh water and exercise, it’s just as important that we keep the temperature of homes to an ideal setting to make sure our beloved pets are healthy.

Boiler Plan, one of the UK’s leading providers and installers of boilers, has conducted in-depth research into living temperature for the UK’s most popular pets, including the best temperature to keep their habitats during both the summer and winter.

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Pimlico Plumbers - Real Business Forum August

Charlie Mullins - Pimlico Plumbers - Real Business Forum August

‘Money makes the world go round’, Liza Minnelli once sang in the musical Cabaret. It appears though, the lyric ‘late payment makes the world grind to a halt’ would be more appropriate and chime true with a lot of SMEs.

The latest Business Confidence Monitor, released this month by the bean counters at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), reveals the stark picture that late payments are on the rise.

According to the research one in five businesses flag late payment as a challenge rising to around 25 percent especially for SME firms. This is an increase on last year.

This a problem across the board for business, but of nine sectors examined by the ICAEW, six of them are seeing late payment as a growing issue. 

Introduction of New VAT Rules to Target Fraud due in October 2019

Introduction of New VAT Rules to Target Fraud due in October 2019

Businesses which provide construction services are urged to make themselves aware of changes to the way VAT is charged prior to the introduction of reverse VAT charging later this year. Changes to VAT charging are being introduced in order to tackle the growing problem of VAT fraud in the construction industry. Tax preparation expert and director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd, David Redfern, cautioned construction contractors to be aware of the new reverse VAT charge coming into effect in October 2019 and to ensure that their businesses are prepared for any potential impact, with smaller businesses likely to be more significantly impacted.

The IPG opens new flagship stores

The IPG opens new flagship stores

The largest and fastest-growing membership group, The IPG, helps shape the future of its members by opening new flagship stores.

The IPG have united with three of their members, namely Newline Plumbing & Heating Supplies, Plumb Inn, and Gas & Plumb Bits to launch their newfound flagship stores across the UK, this Summer. 

The IPG was formed in 2013 with one vision: to bring independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists together, and in turn, to give their customers the opportunity to buy the best brands locally at great prices. Fast forward five years, The IPG’s vision is now implemented across its member locations nationwide with a multitude of excellent brands on board.

Public Vote Now Open For UK POTY

Public Vote Now Open For UK POTY

The UK Plumber of the Year 2019 competition (@UKPOTY), launched by JT, Bristan and Wolseley, has revealed the ten finalists shortlisted for the competition. Industry members and supporters are encouraged to vote for their favourite nominee. 

Watersafe, the official judging partner of the competition, was tasked with narrowing down entries from across the country to just ten finalists. The next stage of the competition is the ‘Vote for me’ round, where the individual plumbers will be narrowed down by the public to the final five.

The final ten, in alphabetical order, are:

Plumbing entrepreneur calls for Brexit extension

Plumbing entrepreneur Charlie Mullins talks about Brexit

Speaking ahead of the announcement of the next Prime Minister, plumbing entrepreneur and founder of Pimlico, Charlie Mullins OBE said:

“Isn't it about time we all stopped living in denial of a few basic facts about the 2019, pre-Brexit world that we find ourselves living in? And that goes double for prime minister elect, Boris Johnson.

Firstly, it's a forgone conclusion that Boris Johnson will be the next inhabitant of Number 10. There will be lots of paper printed in next 24 hours, but none of the speculation is worth the cover price, since the only other candidate, Jeremy Hunt, will not get close to winning.

Plumbing is the UK’s most admired skill

A man plumbing in a sink

Plumbing is the UK’s most admired skill, according to 2,000 adults

If you can fix a leak or install a washing machine the chances are you’re a hero to your friends and family, as new research conducted by property maintenance specialists Aspect.co.uk, reveals the everyday skills we admire most.

According to the nationwide poll of 2,000 adults, plumbing skills attract more admiration than any other skill, especially from women and over-55s.

Researchers asked 1022 women and 978 men to rank a range of skills for impressiveness, using a scale of one to ten, with ten being ‘extremely impressive’.

Anthracite Grey: Trendy Gutters From Marley

Anthracite Grey: Trendy Gutters From Marley

With a velvety warmth and subtle hint of luxury, the anthracite grey shade has taken the construction industry by storm. Rainwater systems from Marley Plumbing and Drainage in the popular anthracite grey now perfectly match Pantone colour 7016, allowing specifiers to create a sleek and uniform finish and ensure an exact colour match with other external fixtures and fittings, such as doors and window frames.