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UK tradespeople struggle to recruit due to a lack of focus on training

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More than half of tradespeople (57%) struggle to find skilled labour – 37% think apprenticeships are not respected as much as university and 31% believe school leavers are put off by a poor perception of trade careers

The UK’s plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other trades are optimistic about the future, with 82% expecting business activity to remain at the same level or grow over the next 12 months, additionally, nearly half (45%) report being busier than last year.  However, research conducted by trade retailer, Plumbfix’s umbrella organisation, Screwfix, has revealed the majority (57%) are reporting difficulties in recruiting staff to support them.  This is primarily due to:

Superior wins ‘Family Business Award’ at this year’s prestigious Dorset Business Awards

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Superior, a Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, picked up the PKF Francis Clark Family Business Award at the 2017 Dorset Business Awards.

 

The Dorset Business Awards took place on Thursday November 23 at the Bournemouth International Centre to celebrate the cream of Dorset’s business achievements. The Family Business Award category was sponsored by PKF Francis Clark, with other finalists being Harts of Stur in Sturminster Newton and Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth.

 

Superior is a family-owned business which was founded in 1972 by Terrence Brown. The first ‘transfer injection’ presses were introduced to create o-rings in house, which remains one of the core strengths of the business today.

 

Check vans now to avoid new London T-Charge, and plan ahead for 2019 ULEZ charge, expert warns

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Plumbers working in Central London were warned today to check if their vans are liable for the new T-Charge – and to prepare now for the upcoming Ultra Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ) coming into effect on 8 April 2019. 

 

The warning comes from commercial vehicle rental specialist Enterprise Flex-E-Rent. It advises that these charges could cost businesses hundreds, even thousands, of pounds if they own older vehicles and drive them into the capital.

 

Bristol bathroom company helps flush away poverty

A Bristol bathroom and plumbing company is joining forces with charity Toilet Twinning to mark World Toilet Day on Sunday 19 November, and help provide toilets in poor communities abroad.

Threesixty Services have 'twinned' their own toilet in their showroom on Zetland Road with a latrine overseas through the charity and will now be encouraging customers to do the same in their new bathrooms.

How Using Service Management Software Can Improve Customer Experience

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Only a decade ago, provision of quality customer service was widely perceived as a mere business cliché. This so-called ‘cliché’ has become one of the most important functions of businesses in this day and age. Customers are getting increasingly habituated to keeping a strict track of their online deliveries, the food they order from restaurants, and pretty much everything they ask for or purchase, in real-time. Such high standards have now become the deciding factor in customers choosing to do business with a company. Adapting to such high demands can only be possible for a business if they use a Service Management Software. Here’s how using a service management software can change the customer experience a business offers:

Gripple presents next generation of wire rope suspension solutions

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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.