Polypipe saddles up for sponsorship of fledgling female cycling team

Polypipe's fledgling female cycling team

Polypipe has signed on as principal sponsor of a new all-female competitive cycling academy. The Doncaster-based manufacturer of plastic above and below ground drainage and water management systems will continue its support of developing talented sportspeople by backing the new Racescene Female Development Academy (RFDA) for the 2019 race season.

The RFDA is a Yorkshire-based female youth cycling team for young riders aged 12 to 16, who will be competing in regional and national road and town centre series races throughout 2019. 

The riders will receive expert racing and team management coaching, with access to sports nutritionists and psychologists, as the organisation looks to develop the female talent that can go on to compete in professional events.

New research reveals construction industry's image problem

New research reveals construction industry's image problem

Less than one in ten young people would consider a career in construction, even though more than half are interested in subjects that qualify them for the industry, new research by L&Q has revealed.

L&Q, one of the UK’s largest housing associations and developers, surveyed 1,095 16-18 year-olds about their career aspirations.

Around 50 per cent of the young people said that they were interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). However, only nine per cent stated that they would consider a career in housebuilding.

McDermott Group awarded £4 million district heating upgrade

The new McDermott Group Tower blocks in Falkirk’s Callendar Park, viewed from The Helix.jpg

Because of McDermott Group 125 additional homes, three local schools and Falkirk Council offices are all set to benefit from a newly announced £4 million project to extend an existing district heating system and create a private wire network at Callendar Park.

Falkirk Council has appointed specialist contractor McDermott Group to reconfigure and extend the existing district heating network which currently serves six tower blocks at Callendar Park. The upgrade will extend the network to a further three tower blocks while doubling its heat generation capacity from 3 to 6 Megawatts. Electricity generated from the plant will serve three local schools and nearby Falkirk Council offices at The Forum via a new private wire network.

Inta shortlisted for eight years running in prestigious industry awards

Inta X Mag

Leading Staffordshire manufacturer Inta has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award for the eighth year running.

Hixon-based Inta, which manufactures heating, plumbing and bathroom products, is a finalist in the 25th anniversary Heating & Ventilation News Awards 2018, which celebrate excellence and innovation across the building services industry.

It has been shortlisted in the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Product of the Year - Heating Peripherals category for its Inta X-Mag filter system, which was introduced at the Ecobuild show last spring to huge interest from the plumbing and heating sectors.

Sandhurst Group Celebrates first year of trading at the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London

Sandhurst Group Celebrates first year of trading at the Honourable Artillery Company

On Thursday 8th November 2018 the team came out in force to meet their clients and celebrated the night away with canapés and prosecco, renditions from Lyric Tenor, Yuri Sabantini, wine tasting experience from GS Wines and a presentation from Blesma, The Limbless Veterans charity which is very close to CEO Steve May’s heart and one the company supports.

BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 secures deal with The IPG

BC Designs Bathroom

BC Designs and Bayswater London W2 have become the latest manufacturers to join The IPG; the UK’s largest and fastest growing membership group of independent plumbing, heating and bathroom specialists. 

The IPG was founded on the belief that independent merchants should have a better voice in today’s market, and a better opportunity to compete with the generic chain stores and companies dominating the market.

The move will see independent merchants being able to purchase the companies’ products, along with access to marketing materials and distribution channels to better support their business. 

Saras Hope Foundation set to benefit from Flame's support

Flame staff supporting Saras Hope Foundation

Flame Heating Group is hoping to build on the £25,000 it has raised for good causes in the North East, after announcing Saras Hope Foundation as its chosen charity for 2019.

The Boldon-based heating and plumbing merchant will support and fundraise for the Foundation over the course of the year, having previously supported Fighting All Cancers Together (F.A.C.T.) in 2018.

Established in 2007 by Ged and Julie Hoburn, Saras Hope Foundation offers respite for children and young people with cancer and their families, which includes providing fully-funded holidays to create lasting memories with loved ones. 

Trustmark Joins The Fight Against Criminals

CEO of Trustmark and team manager

TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, has joined the ‘Friends Against Scams’ campaign to protect and prevent vulnerable people falling victim to scams. 

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams team welcomed TrustMark’s Chief Executive Officer, Simon Ayers, as a SCAMbassador to help them to protect everyone from scams and the damage they cause.   Together with the organisation, Simon will encourage all TrustMark employees, Scheme Operators and Registered Firms to become 'friends' and empower them and their wider communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’. 

Mind your step!

Mind your step!

Protecting your feet while you work is important, but will a bog-standard pair of safety boots be enough, or is investing a few more pounds worth it to protect your feet in the long-term? Hyde’s John Dabb investigates.

Safety boots are an essential part of PPE which no installer should be without, but all too often we can be led by price rather than comfort when choosing footwear for work. However, choosing footwear that you will spend upwards of 8 to 10 hours a day walking, standing, bending and stretching in should mean that you take time and invest the necessary cash in ensuring your feet will be comfortable all day long. In the long-term, making do with ill-fitting and comfortable footwear can slow you down and even be detrimental to your health.

Enter the Joblogic prize draw to WIN a £200 Amazon voucher!

Enter the Joblogic prize draw to WIN a £200 Amazon voucher!

To celebrate the new year, Joblogic service management software is giving away a £200 Amazon voucher to one lucky installer. All you need to do is tell Joblogic how you currently manage your jobs.

Joblogic allows plumbing services to manage their jobs, invoices, quotes, assets, purchase orders and more from an all-in-one system. Your field workers can stay compliant with jobs by using Joblogic’s easy-to-use Mobile app. Moreover, your customers can feel confident with having real-time job status updates with Joblogic’s Customer Portal.