Gripple presents next generation of wire rope suspension solutions


The construction products innovator, Gripple has developed in-house a complete solution for the installation, in all applications, of HVAC, mechanical and plumbing services, also delivering increased speed, higher load performance and easier adjustment.

Replacing the Gripple Trapeze and Trapeze Plus products, the UniGrip combines their functionality and best features and adds to them. With three models, UniGrip boasts an increased load rating performance up to 33%, each with a greater safe working load (SWL) of 5:1.

Salamander scoops prestigious industry award

      Salamander awarded with ‘Quiet Mark’ prize at the ‘Noise Oscars’

Salamander Pumps, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of shower and domestic water pumps, has been awarded the Quiet Mark Award of Distinction at the prestigious annual Noise Abatement Society John Connell Awards.


Held at the House of Commons last week, the ceremony saw Salamander presented with the prestigious accolade for demonstrating outstanding commitment in pioneering new noise reduction solutions in the industry.


Heating Installer Awards Returns For A Third Year

Heating Installer Awards Returns For A Third Year

The industry famous Heating Installer Awards has returned for a third year in an attempt to once again find the Best Heating Installer in the UK.
In an industry often plagued with cowboy horror stories, the awards recognises the efforts of tradespeople who go above and beyond for their customers each and every day. Open for entry from the beginning of October, the Heating Installer Awards celebrates outstanding work within the plumbing and heating sectors.

RGB launches 2017 Christmas Present Appeal

RGB launches 2017 Christmas Present Appeal

Following the success of RGB Building Supplies’ Christmas Present Appeal last year, the builders merchant is delighted to bring it back and is once again inviting the local community to donate gifts that will be given to families being supported by Children’s Hospice South West over the festive period.

Until Friday 1st December, RGB’s branches in will be displaying Christmas Trees and inviting people to place a gift suitable for a child of any age, or their parents, underneath them. The hospice will then distribute the presents to families in time for Christmas Day.

Four join Fabdec as manufacturer launches new apprenticeship programme

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Heating and cooling specialist Fabdec has kickstarted a new apprenticeship programme with four talented young people joining the business.


Fabdec, which manufactures heating and cooling products, is looking to support a new generation of engineers and commercial leaders as part of its long-term growth plans.


The business will be working local colleges and training providers to develop the apprentices, who are: Tom Rowlands, 19, and Sophie Tyrer 19, (welding apprentices); Daniel Fullerton, 21(engineering Apprentice) and Sophie Jones, 23  (commercial apprentice).


All four live within eight miles of Fabdec’s headquarters in Ellesmere, which is home to all of the business’s manufacturing, engineering, commercial and R&D divisions.

Easily overcoming common kitchen installation issues

The average homeowner in the UK will spend more than £4,000 on a fitted kitchen. Here Donald Miller, general sales manager at power tool accessories and hand tool specialist, Starrett, explains how contractors can make the most of the boom. 


With such a rise in demand, kitchen installers are increasingly faced with challenging design requirements and materials that can often feel like an impossible jigsaw puzzle. Choosing the right jig saw blade can be the missing piece to improve installation methods and quality of finish.


Wolseley Plumb Center announces top Zombie Boiler hunter

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Wolseley Plumb Center has announced London Gas Services as the winner of its 2017 Zombie Boiler competition.


Zombie Boilers were being targeted by the plumbing and heating specialist during October to raise awareness of inefficient boilers and their costs to homeowners, as well as the effects they can have on the environment.


Taking out the warming dead with the most zombie boiler slays, London Gas Services has won four tickets to its very own Zombie Infection experience. Their chosen team will be tasked with exterminating a zombie apocalypse using only instinct and intellect for survival.


Professional body warns of rise in Legionnaires’ cases as outbreak claims grandmother of four


The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has issued a warning on the growing number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease, in the wake of the death of Elaine Brown, a 69 year-old grandmother of four, from Liverpool.

Mrs Brown died in August, following a fatal stroke triggered by Legionnaires’ disease (LD). She had contracted the illness while staying at The Feathers Hotel in Ludlow, Shropshire. It has now come to light that another guest, a woman in her 70’s, had also contracted LD from the same establishment back in April. It is estimated some 10% of those contracting LD die from related complications.

Wolseley ramps up heating stock for winter


Wolseley Plumb Center is supporting the industry by ensuring it has all the essential heating products and support needed to see installers through this heating season.


To cope with the increased demand during the season, Wolseley Plumb Center has increased its range profile with over 500 heating products and over 200 of the most requested spare parts available across all branches. What’s more, when ordered before 5:00pm a further 50,000 products are available for next-day delivery from as early as 7:30am.


Whether installers are located in inner cities or rural areas, there are over 500branches to choose from; as far north as Thurso in Scotland, and as far south as Truro in Cornwall.