Warehouse giveaway raises money for children’s charity

Swale Heating

A leading Kent heating firm has raised hundreds of pounds for a children’s hospice by holding a warehouse giveaway of excess stock. Swale Heating opened up its warehouse to its engineers as part of a yearly clear-out. 

Staff took what they wanted in exchange for a cash donation, raising more than £500 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children, the charity based in Kent, South East London and East Sussex that provides care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. 

The UK’s ongoing headache with potholes


Potholes are a problem that the majority of drivers are aware of – a headache for anyone on the roads. According to the organisation’s figures, the RAC dealt with over 6,500 breakdown jobs between January and March 2017 which were likely attributable to poor road surfaces. The last time that so many pothole-related breakdowns were recorded in a three-month period was in the first quarter of 2015 (almost 6,900 breakdowns were recorded then). However, in the early months of 2015, the country was subjected to more days of frost and rainfall when compared to the first three months of 2017, when the nation experienced mild and moderately dry conditions.

Plumber for HomeServe ‘drops in’ on colleagues before joining up with England squad

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Plumber, Marlie Packer, named in the party for the upcoming World Cup

HomeServe plumber and international rugby star Marlie Packer has swapped her tools for her boots after she completed her final day on the job ahead of the women’s Rugby World Cup.

Flanker Marlie, 27, dropped in to see colleagues at HomeServe’s Walsall HQ on Friday before clocking off for the final time ahead of the tournament, which gets underway this week.

Superior apprentice scoops prestigious Dorset Apprenticeship Award 2017

Superior apprentice scoops prestigious Dorset Apprenticeship Award 2017

Susanna Perkins, aged 23, an apprentice in Material Science at Superior, took home the ‘Higher Level Apprentice of the Year’ at this year’s Dorset Apprenticeship Awards.
Superior is a Dorset-based manufacturer of high-integrity o-rings and seals which boasts a company-run apprenticeship Academy, offering apprenticeships to students as young as 16, through to graduates.
The Dorset Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the successes and achievements of apprentices throughout Dorset. The awards are sponsored by Geoffrey Warde MBE, and supported by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network.

HomeServe celebrates £68,000 charity fundraising efforts

HomeServe celebrates £68,000 charity fundraising efforts

From Sky dives and car washes to half marathons and bake sales, HomeServe People have been working hard during the past year to raise more than £30,000 for local charitable organisations
HomeServe Membership this year agreed to match fund employees’ fundraising totals taking donation funding to £68,000
Big-hearted staff from home assistance provider HomeServe Membership marked a major fundraising milestone by sharing afternoon tea with a range of charities from across the UK.

Pipes and drains blockages - most common causes

blocked pipes and drains

At Lanes for Drains we receive calls every day from home and business owners complaining of blocked pipes and drains. While some are caused by unavoidable situations, such as storms and flooding, many are caused by people disposing of items and unsuitable substances down the sink or toilet.

In this piece, we discuss some of the most common offenders that cause blockages of pipes and drains, which can lead to significant stress and expense for home and business owners.

Fats, oils and grease (FOG)

Million Pound Makeover of HQ with new office expansion gets Pimlico Plumbers on track

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Pimlico Plumbers has picked up the pace of its £1 million expansion programme with the £200,000 transformation of a former storage floor to increase capacity at its central London headquarters.

The 2,000 sq ft area, which has been completely refurbished with new windows and flooring will be used as a new office space for Pimlico Plumbers’ sales and estimates team. There has also been work to complete a new reception area, which has doubled in size, at the front of its Lambeth-based headquarters, as well as plans to introduce an additional storey creating a further 10,000 square feet of space, as part of the £1 million expansion project.

Scotland: £300k investment to 'spark the Flame'

Scotland investment

Flame Heating Group is gearing up for further growth with the launch of three trade counters in Scotland, following a £300,000 investment.

The fast growing Heating & Plumbing merchant has secured three sites in Scotland: two in Glasgow and another in Edinburgh, as it prepares to expand outside of its traditional North East roots.

Flame expects to create up to 25 jobs with the expansion, including directorship roles, branch management and supervisory positions at the trade counters.

The Gateshead-headquartered company currently operates throughout the North East of England from seven trade counters, having launched with a single branch in 2011.