‘Crossing Borders’ with New 2018 Brochure PRELUDE by Vogue (UK)

New 2018 Brochure PRELUDE by Vogue (UK)

The UK’s largest British manufacturer of designer radiators and towel warmers, Vogue(UK), redefine the markets need for pioneering heating design with the launch of its continental inspired Brochure, PRELUDE: available from 1st October 2018. 

With many customers already benefitting from its luxury heating portfolio worldwide,Vogue (UK)has created a dedicated international Brochure, specifically designed for European / ROW market audiences: you can even send enquiries in your preferred language to exportsales@vogueuk.co.uk

Vogue (UK) win 'Best Bathroom Heating & Accessories Supplier 2018' 

Vogue winners with their award

The UK’s largest British designer and manufacturer of premium radiators and towel warmers, Vogue (UK), win SME News 2018 Midlands Enterprise Award for ‘Best Bathroom Heating &  Accessories Supplier 2018’.  

The SME News Midlands Enterprise Awards recognise ‘industrious and hardworking individuals and businesses’ located in the Midlands region to reward ‘innovation in business practice and outstanding overall performance’. 

Highlighting local traders and businesses in the area for driving innovation and maintaining healthy competition between sectors, Vogue (UK)were awarded the accolade of‘Best Bathroom Heating & Accessories Supplier’ for 2018.

Expansion sparked at Flame thanks to HSBC support

Managers of Flame and HSBC outside Flame Heating Offices

Flame Heating Group is to realise its ambitious expansion plans after receiving significant financial backing from HSBC UK.

The Heating & Plumbing merchant is expecting to more than double its workforce with the creation of at least 60 new jobs after securing a £4m funding package from HSBC UK.

The deal will also see the Gateshead-headquartered company, which currently employs 59 staff, launch several branches in the North East and enter new regions over the next three years. 

Established in 2011 with a single branch in Gateshead, Flame has grown to become the North East’s fastest-growing Heating & Plumbing merchant, which currently operates 11 trade counters across the region and in Scotland.

Pimlico Plumbers - Business Column

Pimlico Plumbers' Charlie Mullins

Pimlico Plumbers - Business Column written by Charlie Mullins

They do say that being an entrepreneur is a young person’s game.

When I founded Pimlico Plumbers, I was I was in my 20’s, and this is a trade which often involves lots of hard graft and stamina.

It’s probably no coincidence that the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg were also in their 20’s when they founded their respective business empires.

Although this might be where any comparison with yours truly ends - as I’m more at home fixing a leaky pipe or installing a downstairs lav than getting involved in the world of tech!

Maybe it’s just the media image of entrepreneurs as young and thrusting but, it seems, the times they are a changing.

Continued awards success for fast-growing North East merchant

John from Flame Heating happy about awards success

Gateshead-headquartered Flame Heating Group is celebrating further success after being recognised at the Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence 2018.

Flame was a finalist in the Heating & Plumbing Merchant of the Year category at the awards, following another strong year. 

The Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence recognise the achievements of companies and their staff operating across the building services sector and is regarded as one of the most prestigious award ceremonies within the industry.

Since Flame was established, in 2011, it has achieved year-on-year, double-digit growth, and employs in excess of 60 staff.

Fabdec launches 3S Pre-Plumb water heater at PHEX Manchester

3S Pre-Plumb water heater

Stainless steel heat transfer product manufacturer Fabdec is introducing a pre-plumb version of its pioneering WXI range of unvented water heaters.

The pre-plumb version is aimed primarily at the residential sector, allowing for a simple and fast installation, even in enclosed spaces.

The launch marks a further step in Fabdec’s commitment to simplifying the installation process and follows a partnership with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers to utilise virtual reality models of the inner workings of Fabdec products to streamline installer training.

How UK companies are approaching the ageing workforce issue

Ageing workforce – two mature workers at computers

News of Japan’s plans to increase the age of retirement to 70 years old will have UK workers anxious about our own plans. The Asian country’s government are hoping to pave the way for workers to stay in their role longer following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s desire to encourage companies to increase their self-imposed retirement age.

The EU’s pension system has been described as creating a ticking time bomb for finances, with campaign group the TaxPayers’ Alliance claiming that around £1 in every £5 of council tax in the UK is already spent to cover the local authorities’ workers’ pension scheme.. On top of this, Russia’s President Putin has appealed for his nation to accept ‘painful’ pension changes and a five-year increase on the age of retirement.

75% of plumbers at risk of losing out on work due to knee problems

Plumbers knee vs Office Workers knee

Everybody has heard (and seen) the builder’s bum, but what about the plumber’s knee?

New research released today has revealed that nearly 75% of working plumbers experience problems with their knees, yet only 41% have discussed the issue with their GP.

The study conducted by The IPG - a leading group for plumbing, heating and bathroom  specialists - also discovered that 57% of plumbers surveyed felt that they would need to undergo knee replacement surgery in the future due to the hardships of the profession. 59% also felt that they would be forced to retire early because of the injuries they pick up in their work.

Tough Comfort for Your Feet: SOLE Work Footbed

SOLE Work Footbed

Performance insole specialist SOLE has been giving athletes and fitness fans an edge since 2001. Now, SOLE has taken their award-winning design and created the Work Footbed, specifically for work boots, rubber boots or safety shoes. Launched in March this year, the footbeds are built to endure long days of high impact while retaining cushioning and support over the long haul.

The Work Medium footbed provides immediate step-in comfort with no break-in required, increased arch flexibility and 1.6mm of high-resilience cushioning for the perfect balance for all day comfort. 

Leading South West builders merchant coming to Dawlish

Dawlish plumber under sink

RGB Building Supplies is delighted to be opening a new dedicated plumbing and heating branch on Dawlish Business Park on Monday 19th November. 

Local tradespeople and members of the community are being invited to join the RGB team from 7.30am to enjoy a tasty treat while having a look around. The branch will also be giving away t-shirts, hats, radiator keys and more throughout the first week of trading, and those who open an account and spend £10 will receive a free Rothenberger Pipeslice.