Installers set to benefit from new Salamander website


SALAMANDER Pumps has launched a new user-friendly website at, designed to make life easier for installers, householders, distributors and stockists.  It includes a range of innovative additions including a noise section where users can listen to a pump in action, see it rated against everyday noises such as a boiling kettle, and find more information around dBA ratings across the range. 

The company worked with Newcastle-based Hippo Marketing on a six-month project to create a new website based on a combination of feedback from installers and other users, plus analysis of traffic patterns on its previous website.

Clydebank plumbing and heating engineer is the best in the uk!

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We have a winner! Lluis Dalmau, a plumbing and heating engineer from Clydebank has just been announced as Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2017.

The 42-year-old beat thousands of entries to land this year’s most coveted award in the trade, organised by omnichannel retailer Screwfix. And as well as being crowned the best of the best, he also receives the keys to a brand new Toyota Hilux or PROACE vehicle worth £32,000 (OTR).

Average tradesperson needs to work 6,864 weeks or 132 years to earn an equivalent wage

It would take the average tradesperson 132 years on site to earn an average English Premier League (EPL) footballer’s annual salary, according to new research.

The average British tradesperson, earning £355 per week*, would have to work for 132 years or 6,864 weeks to earn the equivalent of £2,438,275**, the average EPL wage, revealed new research by, an interactive website which collates earnings information from hundreds of top flight players, created by, a leading betting offers and tips website.

Don’t fear the frame


Wall hung bathrooms are the future – and the latest generation of support frames make installation trouble-free.

The growth in the availability of wall hung fittings has been the biggest revolution in British bathrooms since we all went mad for colour in the 70s. Wall hung only became viable in the UK when valve flushing was allowed in place of the siphon. Before that every product coming into this country had to be adapted – so many world famous bathroom names could only offer a very limited product range in this country. Initially wall hung products were only available at the upper end and were very expensive but now wall hung – and the frames needed to fit it – can be found at all price levels.

Latest news from Sirius buying group!


Sirius helps raise money in aid of RUH Cancer Research Hospital

In the wake of Sirius’ 7th International Conference held on 21st to 24th May 2017 at The Lake Spa Resort in Portugal, major buying group in the electrical appliance and kitchen retail industry yet again took the opportunity to ‘give back’.

Sirius Buying Group’s Annual Charity auction raised an impressive £10k this year, all thanks to Sirius suppliers bestowing a range of products that were bid for on the night of the Awards Gala Dinner and then won as a prize.

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‘Hidden Depths’ with NEW Downdraft Extractor by V-ZUG

Innovators in the design and manufacture of high quality steam appliances, V-ZUG, introduce a brand new Downdraft Extractor Hood, available to UK retailers with immediate effect.

Defying all logic, V-ZUG’s new Downdraft Extractor Hood disappears when not in use to allow full retraction into any kitchen island or worktop to then materialise again when needed. Designed with a natural finesse, its slow automation and telescopic function creates essential ventilation in an open-plan kitchen scheme where discreet design is paramount.  

HomeServe taps into talent of the future with its largest ever apprenticeship recruitment drive

HomeServe taps into talent of the future with its largest ever apprenticeship recruitment drive

Leading national home assistance provider to recruit 30 apprentices – ten new gas engineers and 20 new plumbing and drainage engineers as it grows its UK engineer network

Apprenticeship drive is the biggest in company’s history

One of the UK’s leading home assistance providers, HomeServe, is recruiting 30 new apprentices over the next six weeks – ten new gas engineers and 20 new plumbing and drainage engineers.

The Walsall-based company, named in the UK’s top three places to work by one of the world’s largest job sites Glassdoor earlier this year, is embarking on its biggest ever apprentice recruitment drive to support an increasing number of Customers based across the UK.

Industry leaders back new tradespeople comparison service


HaMuch, a new, pioneering comparison service for tradespeople, has partnered with a group of industry’s leading companies as it prepares its official launch.

The London-headquartered company has received support from 11 manufacturers and companies, which serve the various trades, including Grundfos, Danfoss, Fernox, Franke, Polypipe and WAGO.

Representatives from HaMuch, as well as a number of its partners, gathered at Grundfos’ Leighton Buzzard head office for a pre-launch event for HaMuch’s sponsors, as well as an introduction to the service.

HaMuch is set to be launched throughout the UK to the general public in October.

Focal Point Fires appoints new managing director


Focal Point Fires, the UK’s largest manufacturer of fuel effect fires, has appointed Phillip Wicks as its new managing director.

Phillip (pictured), who has been working with Focal Point Fires for over sixteen years, will oversee all aspects of the company’s operations including sales, design, research and development, finance, production, quality control, and personnel and customer service.

Ladders and swings top creativity table for #FlexYourPex competition

 #FlexYourPex competition

Ladders, swings, mug holders, and dumbbells are just a few of the creative uses plumbers and merchants have found for Speedfit connections, as part of JG Speedfit’s ‘Flex Your Pex’ competition.

The initiative, which ran from March to June 2017, challenged plumbers, installers and Speedfit stockists to make a video showing how many Speedfit connections they could make in under 60 seconds, with extra prizes awarded for the most creative ideas. Whilst Peter Booth, owner at Peter Booth Plumbing and Heating, won the overall challenge for his mug holder made from Speedfit connections, this was just one of many creative entries which included all manner of items from models of football pitches, to bikes.