• OBITUARY: Airedale announces the passing of co-founder Peter Midgley

    By Debbie Eales on January 26, 2018
    Leeds-based air conditioning manufacturer, Airedale International, has announced the death of its co-founder, Peter Midgley, on January 11. Peter, who established Airedale in 1974 with fellow Yorkshireman, Alan Duttine OBE, was joint managing director until the sale of the business to Modine Manufacturing in May 2015. Airedale began life operating in Batley, before moving to premises off the Leeds West […]
  • Ecobuild keeps finger on the pulse of industry issues with new sustainability showcases for 2018

    By Debbie Eales on January 26, 2018
    A series of exclusive Sustainability Showcases is set to be launched at ecobuild 2018 (6-8 March, ExCeL, London) as new owner, Futurebuild Events Ltd, looks to put sustainability back at the heart of the industry-leading event. Following its acquisition of ecobuild, Futurebuild Events called on industry to provide feedback, input and support to collaboratively shape ecobuild 2018 and ensure the […]
  • Engineering specialists press PwC and government on Carillion collapse

    By Debbie Eales on January 19, 2018
    ECA and the BESA meet with liquidators PwC and Government on Wednesday Leading engineering services trade bodies ECA and BESA have this week (Wednesday 17 January) pressed Carillion liquidators PwC to provide greater certainty to private sector contractors over the outstanding cash owed by the fallen construction giant. PwC’s David Kelly confirmed they and Carillion will provide suppliers with ‘commitment […]
  • Carillion collapse adds urgency to resolving retentions issues

    By Debbie Eales on January 15, 2018
    The liquidation of construction giant Carillion could lead to potentially catastrophic losses for thousands of SMEs, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA. According to its latest set of accounts, Carillion was holding over £800m in retentions payments owed to sub-contractors. There is growing alarm that much of this money […]
  • New Building Services Forum to tackle cyber security, energy management, intelligent buildings and more

    By Debbie Eales on January 12, 2018
    Book your ticket now at www.buildingservicesforum.london An exciting new event for the building services industry, will be tackling a raft of sector-specific topics in nine CPD-accredited seminars, with break-out sessions, networking opportunities and the chance to talk directly to come of the biggest manufacturers in the business. Hosted by FETA Chief Executive, Russell Beattie, and supported by trade bodies including […]
  • FETA welcomes first reading of retentions bill

    By Debbie Eales on January 10, 2018
    The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has welcomed the first reading of a new retentions bill in parliament on 9th January 2018. The ‘Aldous Bill’ has been introduced under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’ by Conservative MP for Waveney Peter Aldous, and has received cross-party support from 12 sponsoring MPs, including Sir Henry Bellingham (Conservative), Barry Sheerman (Labour), Caroline Lucas […]
  • Trigion wins security contract for joint public and university library

    By Debbie Eales on January 10, 2018
    Trigion Security Services has won the contract to provide security at The Hive in Worcester, a community facility with 10,000sq m of public space, over five floors, which receives around a million visitors a year. Neil Ricketts, Security & Technical Services Director, at Trigion, said: “The Hive describes itself as the first joint public and university library in Europe, but […]
  • Championing success and improving skills & product knowledge

    By Debbie Eales on January 10, 2018
    Registration is now open for the 2018 SkillFRIDGE series, and any apprentice studying Level 2 RACHP upwards is now eligible to compete after the removal of the upper age limit. A growing demand for efficient and reliable refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump services and a predicted skills shortage mean it is vital to engage a new generation of engineers […]
  • Last chance to enter the BCIA 2018 Awards

    By Debbie Eales on January 10, 2018
    The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is calling on the industry to seize the opportunity to enter the BCIA 2018 Awards. Time is running out to be in with a chance to be crowned the best within the building controls sector with entries closing on Friday 26 January 2018. Categories are available for organisations, individuals or products that have provided […]
  • MP, Peter Aldous, launches retentions bill

    By Debbie Eales on January 8, 2018
    Proposed parliamentary legislation designed to dramatically reform the controversial practice of payment retentions in the construction industry was formally unveiled at a House of Commons briefing today (January 8th). The Bill, which is being introduced under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’ by Peter Aldous MP and will have its first reading in parliament tomorrow (January 9th), has attracted cross-party support with […]