Martin Warnes From Essex Named 2019 Uk Plumber Of The Year

Martin Warnes From Essex Named 2019 Uk Plumber Of The Year

Martin Warnes, from Essex, has been crowned the 2019 UK Plumber of the Year, in the nationwide competition run by JT, Bristan and Wolseley UK.

The 2019 competition saw over 400 plumbers enter from across the country, with Martin taking not only the crown but also the £15,000 prize pot. Martin’s success was announced this week at national heating and plumbing trade show, Installer Scotland.

A judging panel made up of experts from JT, Bristan, Wolseley UK as well as Official Judging Partner, Watersafe, shortlisted ten plumbers across the UK based on their skills, qualifications and experience. The top ten then went head-to-head to win public votes where the five individuals with the highest number of votes went through to the final stage.

GROHE’s brand new Essence ceramics range

GROHE Essence Ceramics

GROHE’s brand new Essence ceramics range offers customers complete and coordinated bathroom solutions

GROHE, the leading global supplier of sanitaryware, has launched its premium Essence Ceramics Collection this month, an occasion that marks its first ever offering of complete and coordinated bathroom solutions. 

Pared back to its essentials to deliver a simplistically striking aesthetic perfect for creating a home spa atmosphere, the new GROHE Essence ceramics collection blends soft curves inspired by organic forms with a slim and sculptured profile.

Aqualisa kicks off Installer Club Relaunch with National Roadshow

Aqualisa Staff

To celebrate the relaunch of Aqualisa’s new Installer Club, they will be running a national radio campaign touring 65 locations throughout the UK. 

In partnership with Fix Radio, Aqualisa will be touring trade showrooms and merchants during October and November of this year.

Each event will feature live radio coverage and free merchandise giveaways. Each tour stop will be running ‘instant win’ competitions where the official roadshow van will be serving hot bacon butties. 

Government agency backs world’s first Unblocktober awareness month

Unblocktober logo

Government agency backs world’s first Unblocktober awareness month to save sewers and seas

Unblocktober, the world’s first awareness month aimed at protecting the UK’s sewers and seas has gained support from the Environment Agency as it attempts to fight plastic pollution and fatbergs. 

The campaign, which is led by Lanes Group plc, has been backed by the Love Water campaign, which includes over 40 organisations and is jointly led by the Environment Agency and Water UK.

Unblocktober challenges the British public to make small changes to their kitchen and bathroom habits for the whole calendar month of October, to establish new routines that will be much less harmful to the environment. 

Merlyn Launch New Easy-Fit Shower Enclosure

Merlyn Easy-Fit Shower Enclosure

MERLYN are constantly striving to bring new, innovative solutions to the shower door market. Following in-depth research with a target installer group, many “pain points” were highlighted.  MERLYN developed a range that addressed these issues and the revolutionary MERLYN IQ was born.

MERLYN are confident to say that MERLYN IQ is the easiest shower door that an installer will ever fit. MERLYN have worked tirelessly to remove the difficult and time consuming elements from installation:


Slot & lock system – No screws: a completely unique fitting system that requires no screws for assembly unlike standard doors, the profiles just simply slot into place.

Revealed: Simple tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home

plumber servicing boiler to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

It’s often called the ‘silent killer’, and has rarely been out of the news over the last few weeks, after the UK Fire Services revealed that carbon monoxide poisonings rose from 2,450 incidents in 2014 to 3,249 in the last 12 months - an increase of 32%.[1]

Worryingly, around 60 people are accidentally killed by carbon monoxide each year. In the short-term it can cause dizziness, sickness, tiredness and stomach pain, while prolonged exposure can lead to loss of consciousness and have a significant impact on your mental state, coordination and heart health.[2]

Key signs your home utilities systems are on the way out

Plumber fixing boiler - Key signs your home utilities systems are on the way out

By Izzy Schulman, Director, Plumbers4U

The ‘cost of living’ is a phrase that’s rarely out of the headlines, and increasing household bills show domestic spending continues to become more expensive.

In fact, the average annual household spend on home utilities is £1,654 per year, which is around 6 percent of a household’s budget.

From the relatively minor and inexpensive, to major incidents which cause severe damage to walls, floors, and personal property, problems with home utilities are inevitable at some point.

Here are the key signs your home utilities need professional repair:

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Plumb Inn successfully launch their IPG flagship store in Enfield

Staff at Plumb Inn launch

It was an exciting week for Plumb Inn (the plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists in Enfield) as they unveiled their IPG flagship store last week.  

The launch, which took place from the 2nd – 6th September, saw Plumb Inn reveal a brand-new look to their Enfield branch, following their partnership with The IPG.

Plumb Inn is one of three flagship stores that The IPG, the largest and fastest growing membership group for plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists is supporting across the UK. The store opening with Plumb Inn marks the second flagship location for The IPG, in just a few short weeks.

Reverse VAT Charge Delay Welcomed

Man using calculator to work out finances for reverse VAT charge

HMRC to Delay Implementation of Reverse VAT Charge until October 2020

The decision by HMRC to delay the introduction of the reverse VAT charge for construction services until October 2020 has been welcomed by businesses across the construction industry. David Redfern, tax preparation specialist and Managing Director of DSR Tax Claims Ltd commended the government's decision as a much-needed respite for the construction industry sector, already under pressure from uncertain economic conditions and agreed that the industry required additional guidance in order to ensure that the reverse VAT charge is rolled out without causing undue harm to the construction sector.

"OK Google, Find Me A Plumber"

Plumber on an iPad

Brits are shunning trusted and approved sources when searching for a plumber, according to new research. Just under 5 percent (4.65%) would go to their water company to find a plumbing professional, the figures have shown. 

In fact, a higher percentage (6.8%) are more likely to ask strangers on Facebook.

While more than half (53.7%) would ask friends and family for a recommendation, a fifth (17.5%) admit to blindly searching online.

The study, by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS), asked homeowners about the process they go through when seeking out a new plumber. The findings show that consumers could be failing to do thorough research before commissioning plumbing work in their home.