Industry News

  • Half a million businesses support Aldous Bill

    By Sarah on May 30, 2018
    Support for the Aldous Bill continues to grow, with the significant addition of accounting body the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). The Bill seeks to end payments being withheld for unreasonable lengths of time and end the risk of losing retentions via contractor bankruptcy. AAT are the 80th body to back the Aldous Bill, bringing the businesses and self-employed professionals the […]
  • James Palmer to join global associates as head of sales

    By Sarah on May 30, 2018
    James Palmer has joined systems integrator, global associates from controls manufacturer and integration specialist, North Building Technologies. James said: “After a fantastic 23 years at North, it felt like time for a new challenge, and global associates came to me with a vision of the future that was very much aligned with my own. global’ see that the future lies […]
  • New government report backs OFTEC’s concerns over value of RHI

    By Sarah on May 25, 2018
    A damning new report on the effectiveness of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has endorsed OFTEC’s long held concerns about the carbon reduction initiative. The authoritative study, released last week by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), found the scheme failed to meet its objectives or provide value for the £23 billion expected cost to tax payers. The […]
  • Pioneering ‘happiness’ programme wins water award

    By Sarah on May 25, 2018
    Lanes Group plc has won the Health and Wellbeing category in the Water Industry Achievement Awards for its pioneering work to support its people in the workplace. It has developed a wellbeing app for measuring happiness at work combined with a practical support programme led by a qualified wellbeing and mental health practitioner. The initiative, developed by Lanes Utilities, the […]
  • Stiebel Eltron acquires Danfoss Värmepumpar CB (Thermia)

    By Sarah on May 23, 2018
    The Stiebel Eltron Group has acquired Danfoss Värmepumpar AB, known under the brand name ‘Thermia’, from Danfoss A/S of Denmark. The acquisition strengthens Stiebel Eltron’s market share and continues the group’s focus on providing heating and cooling using renewable sources. Danfoss Värmepumpar AB (Thermia) is the third largest supplier in the Nordic heat pump market with annual sales of around […]
  • Mexican ambassador opens Wavin site expansion

    By Sarah on May 23, 2018
    The expansion of Wavin’s Chippenham site has been officially opened by His Excellency, Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, Julián Ventura Valero.  The expansion follows a multi-million pound investment by Wavin’s Mexican parent company, Mexichem, and will help to ensure that the plastic pipe manufacturer remains highly responsive and competitive in a rapidly changing market. The 8,000m2 expansion is comprised […]
  • UK’s first duct cleaning training centre opts for energy recovery ventilation

    By Sarah on May 23, 2018
    When duct cleaning specialist, Hasman, relocated to Liverpool in order to create the industry’s first dedicated training centre, the company’s long-term aim was to lead from the front when it came to ventilation best practice. Having converted a dilapidated warehouse into a purpose-built training centre and office on the Sandon Way Industrial Estate, the company identified the need to improve […]
  • Former National Infrastructure Commission Chair Lord Adonis to deliver this year’s NEC Users’ Group Annual Seminar keynote

    By Sarah on May 22, 2018
    Lord Adonis, Labour peer and former National Infrastructure Commission chair, is to deliver the keynote address at the 2018 NEC annual seminar on Wednesday, 20 June, where finding a better approach to delivering high-performing infrastructure across the UK will take centre stage. A year on from the launch of the NEC4 suite of contracts at last year’s seminar, Lord Adonis […]
  • DTL trains award-winning gas industry apprentice

    By Sarah on May 22, 2018
    An SGN apprentice trained by Develop Training Limited (DTL) has scooped the first ever Apprentice of the Year title at the prestigious Gas Industry Awards. John Brady, who trained from 2015 to 2017 on DTL’s First Call Operative apprenticeship programme, was praised by the judges for making “a significant contribution to his workplace and setting a fine example to future […]
  • Building design, standards and management need radical overhaul, says the Institution of Engineering and Technology

    By Sarah on May 21, 2018
    In response to the Grenfell fire safety review Dr Joanna Cox, the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s head of policy, has commented: “The IET was greatly saddened by the tragedy at Grenfell, and is determined to support the inquiry in identifying all the causes and issues that must be addressed. Our belief is that knee-jerk responses do not save lives and can […]