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CP & PTS Fundraising Effort Tops £2 Million

CP & PTS Fundraising Effort Tops £2 Million

Colleagues and customers of City Plumbing and Plumbing Trade Supplies (PTS) are celebrating after their collective fundraising efforts have seen a massive £2 million donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.

From running and raft races to golf days and gala dinners, the teams took part in group and individual events across the country, culminating in the division-wide ‘Have your Cake and Eat It’ bake sale, which added more than £8,500 to the fundraising pot in just one day!

Former soldier turned gas engineer plots expansion after celebrating 5th anniversary

Former soldier turned gas engineer plots expansion after celebrating 5th anniversary

Darlington-based M.a.f Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services is targeting expansion and job creation as it celebrates its fifth year in business. Mark Fryer, owner of M.a.f, is hoping to recruit at least two gas technicians within the next 12 months after developing the company over the last five years.

Mr Fryer, 39, has been involved in the Heating & Plumbing trade since a young age as his father was a plumber. 

He previously served in the Royal Logistic Corps of the Armed Forces for more than 16 years, which included tours of Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, obtaining the rank of Sergeant, before training to become a gas technician. 

Flame supports F.A.C.T. with £9,000 donation

Flame team with charity donation

Flame Heating Group is supporting North East cancer charity Fighting All Cancers Together (F.A.C.T.) with an £9,290 donation.

The firm has been fundraising for F.A.C.T. over the course of 2018, as it is the heating and plumbing merchant’s nominated charity for this year. 

Flame hosted a series of charitable events, culminating in its annual ‘Flame The Heat Is On’ Racenight at Newcastle Racecourse. HSBC UK matched all donations from the racenight, which contributed to the total amount raised.

Flame spreads to Boldon with investment in new head office

Flame spreads to Boldon with investment in new head office

Flame Heating Group is laying down the foundations for continued growth and expansion after investing in a new head office.

The 2,821 sq.ft building, located on Boldon Business Park, will replace the heating and plumbing merchant’s existing head office in Team Valley, which will remain the firm’s lead branch.

Flame’s investment in the new head office building will support the company’s three-year expansion plan as it expects to launch new trade counters across the North East and into new regions. It is also expecting to create 60 new jobs over this period – doubling its current workforce.

Top Tips for Boosting Your Reputation

Top Tips for Boosting Your Reputation

In today’s competitive environment, reputation is everything. In years gone by, word of mouth was enough to keep most traders afloat; one satisfied customer’s recommendations could keep a trader ticking over steadily. Today, it’s not as simple: increased competition between sole traders, general handymen and larger companies; a rise in legislation governing how and when plumbers work; and the rise of the internet as a sole source of information for most homeowners, mean that simple word of mouth is not enough to ensure a trader’s survival. 

Central Heating – Controlled Properly Can Save You Money and Improve Your Health

Central Heating

It’s that time of year again. The months are getting considerably colder as we plough through autumn and winter is just around the corner. Candles and warm lighting are no longer fooling us into believing it’s warmer than it is, meaning that more and more of us are reaching towards the thermostat to indulge in a bath of warm air. However, we ought to be careful how soon and how often we’re reaching for our heating systems. Indeed, professionals advise the general public to be restrictive with their heating to prevent inflicting health related issues on themselves and costly energy bills.

Multipanel to launch Find an Installer Scheme

Multipanel to launch Find an Installer Scheme

Multipanel®, the UK’s leading brand of waterproof decorative wall panels for bathrooms is launching a new initiative to reach out to installers and to make it easier for customers to find an installer in their area who fits Multipanel products.

Around 2,000 plumbers and installers are expected to sign up in the first year of the free-to-join Find an Installer scheme, which initially will include an online directory. Also planned are improved availability of product literature, samples and technical updates, together with a range of other incentives, which the company hopes will encourage installers to keep recommending Multipanel products to customers.

How to introduce a health and safety apprenticeship to the workplace

Plumbing in a sink - health & safety apprenticeship

With over 600,000 workplace injuries recorded in 2016/17, every business could benefit from employing a dedicated safety professional. Last year the safety, health and environment apprenticeship scheme launched and in this feature Chris Pendrey, SHEQ Manager at Actavo Direct, provides advice on introducing a successful health and safety apprenticeship to your business.

Find the right scheme

Outlining the steps to take before onboarding an apprentice, including finding a relevant scheme and a training providerto complete the assessment and certification.

Looking at key considerations like how to secure funding to run the scheme and how the candidate’s hours will be broken down between work and study.

Defining the course