Plumbing News TV Launches Competition To Find 2019 Plumber Of The Year

Steve Bartin holding Plumber Of The Year sign

Plumbing News TV, the go-to station for all things plumbing, has supported the launch of the 2019 competition by tracking down previous winners in an action-packed special report, which can be viewed here. The infamous UK Plumber of the Year competition returns for its fifth year, with the stakes higher than ever!

The competition will again see trade giants JT, Bristan and Wolseley come together to recognise the remarkable level of talent from plumbers across the UK and search for the nation’s number one.

Top 5 Lies Customers Tell To Obtain Cheaper Van Insurance

White van driving through a city

Top 100 Insurance Brokerage Reveals the Top 5 Lies Customers Tell Staff in Attempt to Obtain Cheaper Van Insurance also reveals that in some instances customers potentially do the opposite of what they intended and end up increasing their premiums by avoiding the truth 

Top 100 insurance brokerage,,has created a top 5 list of fibs told by potential customers on a mission to get cheap van insurance, the South Wales Company has revealed. 

Weekly Earnings For Self-Employed Plumbers Slip In April

self-employed plumber plumbing in a sink

Weekly earnings for self-employed plumbing contractors edged down in April, according to the latest figures released by Hudson Contract. Analysis of last month’s payroll data for more than 2,200 construction companies in England and Wales reveals a marginal decrease of 0.5 per cent to an average of £1,117 for plumbers.

The regional breakdown shows a more detailed picture. Plumbers in the South West saw the biggest fall with average weekly earnings down 18.2 per cent to £1,441, followed by those in Wales, who were down 13.1 per cent to £938, and the North West, down 10.1 per cent to £789.

The only regions to record growth were the East of England, where earnings rose 1.4 per cent to £1,349, and Yorkshire and the Humber, up 0.9 per cent to 681.

Teddington Systems develops advanced controller

Teddington Systems advanced controller - The Sapphire

Teddington Systems develops advanced controller for next generation of domestic heating boiler

Electronics design and manufacturer Teddington Systems has developed an advanced controller for a new generation of domestic heating boilers.

Working closely with Cambridgeshire-based EOGB Energy Products, the controller provides a sophisticated method to manage the heat output of a boiler’s burner unit, delivering significant improvements in energy efficiency. The controller also has a first-of-its-kind OpenTherm interface to enable the heating system to utilise advanced sensors and controllers in the home.

Growing bathroom retailer set to open stores in Bradford and Glasgow

Bathroom retailer Easy Bathrooms and their fleet of delivery vehicles

Rapidly-growing bathroom retailer, Easy Bathrooms, is set to open an additional two stores within the next two weeks, after signing leases on units in Bradford and Glasgow.

The move triples its bricks and mortar presence on the UK high street, within just two years. Founded in 2013, the retailer now has 33 showrooms nationwide – compared to the eleven stores it had in April 2017. 

Within a two-year period, the firm has also created over 90 jobs, seeing it open showrooms across the south of the UK, including a network of seven locations across Hampshire and Berkshire.

The Bradford and Glasgow stores will create an additional nine jobs, totalling £300,000 investment – and are both set to open in mid-May.

Fast And Convenient: New Fernox Water Quality Test App

New Fernox Water Quality Test App

Fernox has launched the Fernox Water Quality Test app, aimed at streamlining its laboratory postal sampling service; making it easier for installers to submit test samples and access their results quickly through their mobile. Launching this May, installers will be able to register on Android and IOS platforms to download the app and start enjoying the timesaving benefits of this paperless service.

Lack Of Skilled Worker Is Biggest Threat To Plumbing Sector

Skilled plumbing workers around a table

Hep2O, the UK’s leading plastic push-fit plumbing manufacturer, has revealed the findings of new research into the plumbing profession, which promises to stimulate further conversation about the future of the industry.

Hep2O invited top industry advocates including Pb Plumber, Andy Cam, Mr London Plumber, Wayne Bettess and Heather Clark to attend a roundtable at the Water Poet in Shoreditch, London, to discuss the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the sector. The company then turned to the wider industry, and carried out a survey to get plumbers’ thoughts on the state on the trade based on the themes identified by the industry influencers.

Please are more likely to ask friends & family for water saving advice, rather than their plumber 

Water saving advice

- Only 6% of Brits ask their plumber for water saving advice

- One in four admit they have no idea how much water they use at home

- More than half of UK homes now have a water meter installed


Only 6% of Brits ask their plumber for water saving advice, with people more likely to ask friends and family (18%) or social media channels (13%) - with the majority (40%) seeking advice from their water company.

A new survey, commissioned by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme, found that 38% of Brits do not actively look for water saving advice, despite almost a quarter of Brits (24%) admitting they have no idea how much water they use.

Unpredictable weather driving 278% increase in boiler breakdowns

A man fixing bolier breakdowns

Britain’s increasingly changeable and unpredictable weather is driving a rise in callouts for emergency, boiler breakdowns and boiler repairs, according to

The leading boiler repairs and servicing company, with over 700 nation-wide gas safe engineers, has seen dramatic increases of up to 278% in emergency boiler repair callouts during cold and snowy weather events over the last two years. The data shows a 71% increase in emergency call outs during the snow earlier this month (1st to 5th April) and a nearly three-fold increase during last year’s ‘Beast from the East’ weather event*. London saw the largest increases in emergency call outs during cold periods, followed by Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh and then Manchester

Uptrend Distribution Limited

Uptrend Distribution Warehouse

Uptrend is based in Exhall, just north of Coventry and handy for the M6 motorway. They have a 35,000 square feet warehouse and the company was 40 years old in 2017.

They have always worked with bathroom distribution companies such as Laufen, Vitra and Trojan Baths.

In March 2014 Jeremy Bailey took over as Managing Director, together with Lorraine Taylor as Finance Director and Ray Reynolds as Logistic Director.

Jeremy has always been forward thinking and feeling dissatisfied with the computer system he inherited, in August 2014 he ordered a 10 user modern Microsoft SQL system from Sharp-aX Computer Systems of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.