Tacking the global sanitation crisis - World Toilet Day 2017

  • Did you know that right now, today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste?
  • Or that it’s estimated some 2.3 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines?
  • Of these, approx. 892 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water?
  • And did you know that at least 10% of the world’s population is thought to consume food irrigated by wastewater?


HomeServe to join forces with HHIC to boost UK heating industry

HomeServe to join forces with HHIC to boost UK heating industry

Announcement comes as industry unites for annual ‘Gas Safety Week’ campaign 2017
Leading home assistance provider HomeServe Membership Ltd is to lend its support to the domestic heating and hot water industry by joining the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).
The HHIC promotes and supports the sustained growth of the heating and hot water industry, and Walsall-based HomeServe has now become one of the UK’s largest companies to sign up to the body.

Back to work for Marlie! England World Cup star joins volunteers helping to transform community centre

soup of plumbers

Plumber Marlie Packer joins more than 100 volunteers from Walsall-based home assistance provider HomeServe on the week-long build at the Foxton Centre, in Preston


Flanker Marlie – who played for England in the World Cup final defeat against New Zealand – takes part in HomeServe’s largest ever community project


Less than three weeks after starring for England in their heartbreaking World Cup final defeat to New Zealand, rugby star Marlie Packer was back at work today as she joined an army of volunteers renovating a community centre.


HomeServe celebrates graduation of plumbing apprentices

plumbing apprentices

HomeServe recruited the apprentices in 2015, who are now fully qualified Plumbing & Drainage engineers following a two-year training programme 


Walsall-based home assistance provider HomeServe is celebrating the graduation of 16 plumbing apprentices who are now fully qualified Plumbing & Drainage engineers and receive keys to a brand new Mercedes van. 


The brand new Plumbing & Drainage engineers have now completed their two year training programme, in partnership with Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated Walsall College, to achieve a Level Two Plumbing qualification. The apprentices were also mentored by HomeServe engineers during their course. 


Exclusive Innovations For The New Season Avaliable From Plumbfix

Exclusive Innovations For The New Season Avaliable From Plumbfix

New catalogue features best ever product range, exclusives and deals!


With the summer drawing to a close and the longer nights setting in, the heating and lighting season is now upon us. Not only is leading trade supplier, Plumbfix opening a new counter at the rate of one per week to help the trade in gearing up for the busiest season, but qualified plumbers can now stock up on its biggest and best range of new and innovative products in its much-anticipated catalogue.


Full of tools, workwear and essentials, the latest catalogue features industry-leading brands and trade favourites from the likes of DeWalt, Bosch and Titan, just in time for the cooler months.


Search Engine Optimisation – why does it matter to me?

For the busy plumber or plumbing business, with a steady flow of customers and a respectable local reputation, building and updating a website can often be the last thing on the mind. However, for those looking to take the next step, drive up their customer base and grow their local reach, it pays for people to be able to search for you online.

Thanks to mobile, finding services online is changing. People search on the move, and want quick answers to their queries. So, the next time someone searches for “best plumber near me”, how can you make sure your business is in the mix?

Warning signs of a faulty boiler

Warning signs of a faulty boiler

Boilers don’t last forever and the older they get, the more faults can occur which could put you and your family in danger.

Carbon monoxide is known as the  ‘silent killer’ and the deadly gas can be released into your home as a direct result of a faulty boiler.

Did you know 1 in 10 adults in Britain have experienced carbon monoxide poisoning to some degree in their home?* Don’t get caught out at the weather turns colder and you fire up your heating. Here are CORGI HomePlan’s tell-tale signs that you may you need to get your boiler checked:

Ravenheat to release HE98S with stainless steel heat exchanger

steel heat

Ravenheat is preparing to add a new model to their range of domestic gas boilers, the HE98S.

After the overwhelming success of the HE98, the HE98S has the same high performance, but with the addition of a stainless steel main heat exchanger. It delivers 31kW to DHW, with a flow rate of 12 l/min at a 35-degree rise and outputs of 3.7kW to 26.4kW to central heating.

The HE98S has been designed with both installers and customers in mind. Ravenheat has listened to feedback from its installers, integrating a stainless steel heat exchanger and brass block, while ensuring the design remains lightweight, easy to install and service, and quiet in operation. 

Mick George Ltd are Gunning’ for Lease Success

Mick George Ltd

At first glance, a Construction Company may not seem the obvious choice when seeking to purchase or lease a vehicle, regardless of its purpose, private or business. However, when you delve a little deeper, and recognise that said’ operation already runs a fleet in excess of 400 different vehicle types, for which they are highly reliant, it starts to become visably clearer.


That said, for an organisation that functions in a completely different market to have the foresight, let alone knowledge to suitably add this service to its portfolio is another challenge altogether. For many, such conceptulisations are ditched at the first sight of an obsticle, but not at Mick George Ltd.

4 ways sole traders can reduce costs and protect their profitability


In this article, Chris Matenaers from Cromwell takes a closer look at how sole traders can reduce costs and protect profitability.

Working as a sole trader has lots of advantages: you get to pick and choose your jobs, you don't have to worry about the responsibilities of being an employer, and you get to retain all the fruits of your labour. However, because you are your own business, it falls squarely to you to make sure that your jobs are returning a profit and that you're protecting your trade from pitfalls.

Putting aside some time to evaluate all the aspects of your work can often reveal ways in which you can cut costs without reducing the quality of your work, as well as safeguard against potential losses.