APHC asks industry to get behind Quality Plumber Week 2018


Running between 1st and 7th October 2018, this year Quality Plumber Week (QPW) seeks to debate the introduction of a single mandatory License to operate a plumbing and heating business as well as celebrating the important role that plumbing and heating engineers play in keeping people healthy and safe.

During QPW, APHC would like to explore collectively the industry’s need to look at the viability of introducing a single national mandatory Licensing Scheme to provide accreditation to operate a plumbing and heating business in order to protect public health, assist the UK in reducing its carbon emissions and provide more of a ‘level playing field’ for the bona fide plumbing and heating installer when quoting and tendering for work.

Extensive range and exclusive products feature in new Primaflow F&P bathrooms catalogue

Primaflow F&P

The UK’s largest bathroom, plumbing and heating wholesaler, Primaflow F&P, has just released its latest catalogue - Bathrooms by F&P - featuring 100 pages of style ideas and a wide range of options, as well as exclusive product lines.

New and exclusive to Primaflow F&P are the Triton shower brands Portico, Fixate, Quartier, Gyro and Granduer.

Gary Shields, Primaflow F&P’s Bathrooms and Fires Category Manager says:

Plumbing Trade Magazine joins in celebration of Quality Plumber Week

Quality Plumbing Week

Plumbing Trade Magazine is supporting Quality Plumber Week (1 - 9 October 2018) to celebrate the skilled work plumbing and heating engineers carry out every day. 

Organised by Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), the fifth Quality Plumber Week aims to recognise the diversity and range of skills plumbers have, which is often overlooked until an emergency leak or broken boiler requires attention. The week works to raise consumer awareness of using properly qualified, trained and accredited plumbers in a bid to reduce the number of rogue traders operating in the trade. 

Rothwell Plumbing taps into Fleet Dynamic’s fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz van fleet

Rothwell Plumbing Services

Wigan-based Rothwell Plumbing Services has extended its partnership with vehicle rental and leasing specialist Fleet Dynamic, by setting its skilled tradesmen on the road in a new fleet of 53 Mercedes-Benz vans.

The vehicles arrived via Roanza Truck & Van – Fleet Dynamic, which operates from headquarters in Wigan, is a supplier to, as well as a customer of, the north-west
Mercedes-Benz Dealer.

Ravenheat launch HE30S compact with new and easy-to-use pipe configuration

The Ravenheat HE30S compact boiler

Ravenheat has added the brand new HE30S compact to its range of domestic gas boilers.

The HE30S compact features the same quality components and single-coil stainless steel heat exchanger as its highly successful predecessor, the HE98S, as well as a brand new pipe configuration. It delivers 31kW to domestic hot water and has a flow rate of 12 litres a minute at a 35-degree rise.

‘HomeBoost Fittings Kit’ now available

Salamander Pumps

Salamander Pumps, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of domestic water pumps, has introduced the ‘HomeBoost fittings kit’ as a stand alone product to its extensive range of products.

The fittings kit is designed as an accessory pack for installers who are fitting Salamander’s intelligent mains water pump, HomeBoost, to ensure a smooth and efficient installation.

The kit includes high quality brass connectors and an isolating valve to ensure easy servicing in the future, as well as adapters to allow connection to either a 15mm or 22mm pipe connection, and is available to buy separately to the HomeBoost pump.

Ken Vance Training Manager at Salamander Pumps, explained:

Oftec welcomes inclusion of oil in ECO3


OFTEC has welcomed today’s (19 July 2018) announcement from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that oil boilers will not be excluded from the next phase of the Energy Company Obligation scheme (ECO3) as initially proposed.

The decision follows responses by OFTEC and other stakeholders to the ECO3 consultation that underlined that removing oil boilers from the scheme would unfairly discriminate against rural households and could lead to even higher levels of fuel poverty.

Maximising Efficiency and Boosting Productivity with Geocel®’s Trade Mate Plumber Range

Maximising Efficiency and Boosting Productivity with Geocel®’s Trade Mate Plumber Range

In today’s busy and competitive plumbing and building environment, tradespeople are searching for new ways to offer better and more efficient working.

Choosing the right products provides ample opportunities for boosting productivity, helping plumbers offer an extended range of services to their clients while maintaining extremely high standards.

Geocel®’s Trade Mate Plumber Range uses a range of technologies to offer a selection of hard-working products that make it easier than ever to achieve a perfect finish and job well done, in good time.

Including silicone seals, grease and putty it is the ultimate plumber’s mate tool kit, including products that can be stored and re-used to boost efficiency. 

How good is our tap water really?

How good is our tap water really?

As conversations continue to build and research evolves surrounding the dangers of microplastics in our drinking water, the consumers attention will begin to shift from the dangers of bottled water, to start questioning how good and ultimately how safe is home tap water to drink? A survey conducted by The Organisation of Responsible Business (ORB) in 2017, found plastic microfibres in 83 percent of the tap water tested.  Although much lower than bottled water, the issue of plastic particles entering various supply systems seems to be a problem that is only going to worsen over time.

ATAG Commercial Reports Excellent Sales Performance For XL Series

ATAG Commercial Reports Excellent Sales Performance For XL Series

With sales of its XL Series boilers increasing significantly over the last 24 months, ATAG Commercial has reported that this trend looks set to continue throughout 2018, having achieved 19% growth in the first quarter of the year. Sales had already increased 61% year-on-year from 2015 to 2016, followed by a further 7% improvement on this in 2017, prior to the latest figures being announced.

The XL Series is part of ATAG Commercial’s highly efficient range of gas-fired boilers, boasting impressive performance, high quality and reliable engineering, plus flexible cascade arrangements. XL boilers are available in outputs of 60kW, 95kW and 120kW, with all models achieving best in class NOx emissions less than 30mg/kWh – offering maximum BREEAM points.