Contract of self-employment upheld in boost for IR35 compliance

A plumber that has taken on self-employment fixing a radiator

Contract of self-employment upheld in boost for IR35 compliance.

Hudson Contract has welcomed the decision of an employment tribunal to dismiss “opportunistic” claims made by a self-employed heating surveyor.

The company said the judgment protects the important economic role of legitimate freelancers and preserves the ability of small and medium-sized businesses to access their specialist labour in a mutually beneficial way.

The claimant, Mrs W Lynch, was represented by Jacqueline McGuigan of TMP Solicitors, whose previous cases includes the successful Court of Appeal case against Pimlico Plumbers in 2017, which put a spotlight on the business model of the so-called “gig economy”.

Evolution of Plumbing

Evolution of Plumbing

Ever since ancient times there has been a need for plumbing. Excavating a deep well to extract water from an underground stream was one of the first examples. Water had to be transported in urns because pipework had not yet developed. The quest for providing growing towns with a convenient water supply began in earnest on the isle of Samos in 530 BC when Epaulinus, a Greek engineer constructed a tunnel with a length of 1.6km and a diameter of 2.4 metres to channel water from nearby mountains. In 300 BC the Egyptian city of Alexandria had a pumped, suction lift water supply that was primarily used for fire-fighting.

How to Keep Your Business up to Date With Health and Safety Legislation

Plumber keeping up to Date With Health and Safety Legislation

With the ever-evolving laws and legislation of modern times, it can be hard to keep up with what the latest requirements, especially those regarding health and safety. Time-consuming and complicated, legislation can often be difficult to understand -and with Brexit looming, bringing with it the uncertainty of the future, you’d be forgiven for feeling that matters of health and safety can often feel muddy, particularly for small businesses.

But however much hassle it can be, the risks of not being compliant go much further than just negative publicity. Consequences can include everything from fines and compensation payments to the closure of business, and in extreme cases even prosecution.

Cramlington expansion for Flame with second bathroom showroom launch

Staff at Flame Group's second bathroom showroom launch

Flame Heating Group has continued to develop its branch network after investing in the expansion of its Cramlington trade counter.

The North East’s fastest-growing heating and plumbing merchant has launched its second bathroom showroom in the North East with development of the Cramlington site on Atley Business Park.

Flame’s Cramlington branch, which launched in 2017, has now extended its product range and services with the addition of the showroom to the 3,600 sq.ft branch. Since its opening, the Cramlington trade counter has seen its workforce grow by 50% and plans to recruit a new member to the team in the summer. 

New premises for growing heating and ventilation insulation business

Staff stood outside new premises heating and ventilation insulation business

A leading UK and European-wide heating and ventilation insulation company which started life in the front room of a home in Solihull has moved into new premises as business grows year-on-year.

Denco Thermal was established by the then managing director Dennis Coles and company secretary Jill Coles as a start-up business in 2005 in Warwick Road before re-locating to Homer Road in the town.

With turnover growing to £6.4 million in its latest accounts, the company has a new base at the Blythe Valley Innovation Centre in Central Boulevard, Solihull, for its eight office staff including an apprentice estimator.

Gira UK shortlisted for two BKU Awards 2019

Mark Booth from Gira UK - GIRA shortlisted for two BKU Awards 2019

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management is in the running for two more awards this 2019, shortlisted for ‘BEST BATHROOM ACCESSORY BRAND’ and ‘BEST KITCHEN COMPONENT BRAND’ BKU Awards.

The BKU awards launched in 2015 and in association with Bathroom & Kitchen Update Magazine, is designed to recognise the retailers, brands, people and services that make the Kbb industry great. 

Making it as a finalist in both the Bathroom and Kitchen Award categories, Gira UK has been shortlisted for the following BKU Awards 2019:

BEST BATHROOM ACCESSORY BRAND 

BEST KITCHEN COMPONENT BRAND 

New Decor Harmonique Radiator Towel Warmer by Vogue (UK)

Decor Harmonique Radiator Towel Warmer

New for 2019 - The Decor Harmonique offers a style combination rail with integrated flat panel radiator for a considerable output and design twist! The sweeping and elegant lines of the Décor rail with flat crossbars will help to achieve a modern and sleek vibe bringing an air of sophistication to any setting.

Other finishes available, for finish & colour options see here http://www.vogueuk.co.uk/index.php/bespoke/colours-and-finishes-menu

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Product code: MD094

Mild Steel construction

6 Ways to Make Your Staff Feel Safer

6 Ways to Make Your Staff Feel Safer

Your employees spend upwards of eight hours a day at work. It’s their home away from home in a way. So, it’s vitally important that when they are there, they are made to feel safe and secure, just as they would within their own four walls.

Security systems provider, Expert Security UK, conducted a survey asking over 2000 people the question ‘has your employer taken actions to ensure you feel safe in the workplace?’

The results of the survey showed that only 1 in 3 people feel safe in their workplace due to steps taken by their employer.

Vogue (UK) win 'Best UK Heated Towel Rail Manufacturer’ 2019

Vogue (UK) win 'Best UK Heated Towel Rail Manufacturer’ 2019

The UK’s largest British designer and manufacturer of design radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), kick start the new year with a WIN, securing a 2019 Home and Garden Award for ‘Best UK Heated Towel Rail Manufacturer’ 2019.

The 2019 Home & Garden Awards is dedicated to rewarding the very best companies that specialise in technical innovation, product design and service and make-up the UK’s construction and property sector. 

In affiliation with Build Magazine, the 2019 Home & Garden Awards recognise businesses that can make a house a home and include a cross-section of industry professionals: from creative minds in landscaping and interior design, through to carpenters and leading heating manufacturers.