School pupils work with drainage company in fight against plastic

School pupils working with drainage company in fight against plastic

Lanes for Drains are empowering teenagers to lead the fight against hidden plastics by working with secondary schools to produce unique and engaging lesson plans and a set of educational resources that are now available to schools nationwide.

The company – the largest privately owned drainage contractor in the UK – aims to raise awareness of the dangers of hidden plastics and how this generation can have the biggest impact in halting the problem.

Tool theft: top tips for prevention

Tool theft from a van

As technology advances within electric power tools, unfortunately so does tool theft and tactics which thieves use to break in and steal equipment. Thieves are becoming more sophisticated and are using methods to break into vehicles which leave no sign of damage; mainly by taking advantage of a security flaw in keyless vehicles. The popular ‘relay’ method is carried out using an illegal device which replicates the signal from your car or van’s key fob. So, not only are work tools at risk, so is the actual vehicle itself. 

 Enterprise offers up to 50% off van rental to plumbers!

Enterprise van rental

Enterprise is offering up to 50% off van rental to plumbers that drive older vans into Central London regularly, if they take advantage of the Mayor’s newly announced van scrappage scheme. 

Aimed at SMEs, the van scrappage scheme means smaller plumbing businesses can save money, avoid additional charges when they drive into London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and help to improve air quality in the capital. 

Businesses and charities with fewer than 10 employees and a maximum turnover below £632,000 per year can now exchange or ‘scrap’ their existing older vans and claim up to £3,500 per vehicle to switch to the cleanest models, including electric vehicles. The £23 million van scrappage fund is one of the Mayor of London’s latest measures to tackle air pollution.

Don’t delay, book your AGM place today

CIPHE logo for AGM

Members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) are being urged to book their place without delay for the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Taking place on Friday 21st June, at United Insurance Brokers Ltd, 69 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN, the 2019 AGM is the most important date in the CIPHE’s calendar.

Kevin Wellman, CEO said, “The next 12 months is going to be incredibly important for the CIPHE. We are liaising with Government on Building Regulations and safety campaigns around scalding incidents, along with engaging the industry on issues such as education, technological change, the global water crisis, energy efficiency and raising standards.”

Methven to showcase thermostatic bath shower mixers

Methven thermostatic bath shower mixers


Methven, the global designer and manufacturer of premium showers, will be showcasing its range of thermostatic bath shower mixers at the CHIC Conference this year.

Taking place on Wednesday 12th June at the Sixways Stadium, Worcester, the conference will focus on an array of topics concerning social housing, as well as providing thought provoking workshops and inspirational speakers.

Fernox Launches Precision Engineered TF1 Omega+ Filter For Light Commercial Systems

Fernox Omega+ Filter

Fernox has extended its market leading range of high performance filters with the launch of the Fernox TF1 Omega + Filter. The new precision engineered nickel-plated brass filter has been developed specifically to meet the needs of larger systems and light commercial applications, with installation flexibility and market-leading levels of system debris capture.

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.

Fraser & Ellis Ltd celebrated its centenary in true traditional style

Fraser & Ellis Ltd centenary horses

Wednesday 15th May saw the community of South London unite to celebrate Fraser & Ellis Ltd (a South London-based plumbers’ merchant), with an open day to mark the outstanding milestone of 100 years in business.

Since 1919, Fraser & Ellis Ltd, has excelled in meeting the needs of plumbers and builders across London and its surrounding counties. It all began with two companions who chose to enlist together, fighting alongside each other through the carnage that was The Somme. With the truce, they decided to stick together and formed a business partnership and the rest (as they say) is history!