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No-deal Brexit could cost family-owned insulation manufacturer up to £85,000 per year

Brexit Superfoil MD William Bown and a colleague on site

Family owned insulation manufacturer, SuperFOIL Insulation estimates that a no-deal Brexit could cost it £45,000 to £85,000+ per year.

SuperFOIL’s estimate is based on a report published by HM Treasury at the end of 2018 which calculated that a no-deal Brexit could make the UK’s economy 9.3 percent smaller over 15 years.

The analysis also shows that the impact for manufacturers in a no-deal scenario would be the equivalent to, on average, 9 to 17 percent of the value of EU trade compared to today’s arrangements.

Arc Flash – the hidden danger facing the plumbing industry

Progarm Arc Flash protective clothing

When it comes to industrial safety, all of us understand the importance of wearing protective gloves or steel toe-capped boots. In fact, most employers wouldn’t dream of letting their teams on-site without adequate protection, and workers themselves are more than clued up when it comes to the latest safety requirements. However, the same can’t be said when it comes to the potentially fatal risk posed by Arc Flash – a relatively misunderstood, but extremely common type of electrical explosion facing a wide variety of sectors, including the plumbing industry.

The further adventures of Boiler Man…

Following the recent filming with Clive and Marjorie in the hot tub, there’s a new Boiler Man video which hit the world this week.

In this new video, we see Max the cat who lives in a cold house thanks to a faulty boiler.  Max sees that an Ideal boiler is being fitted across the road and knows that living in that house will be a far more reliable source of heat and make his life far more comfortable.  He grabs his belongings and moves in. To our surprise, the house is owned by Boiler Man! 

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

Purchasing attitudes remain intact post Brexit

Purchasing attitudes remain intact post Brexit

76% of people surveyed think country of manufacture is an important factor when it comes to purchasing. A survey, carried out by Giacomini UK, explored attitudes toward manufacturing and revealed some interesting post-Brexit insights.

When asked if the country of origin was checked before purchasing building and HVAC supplies, just 19% said that they never check which demonstrates the importance of a products’ origin when making decisions about purchasing.

83.5% of respondents said they prefer to buy products from a European manufacturer with just 8% saying that they would not ever buy a product if they knew it was made in Europe.

Neomitis welcome new regional sales manager for the South

Neomitis new regional sales manager Mark Osborne

Neomitis, a specialist in controls and heating products for residential and small office environments, have welcomed a new regional sales manager with 20 years of experience in the trade. 

Neomitis’s product range covers thermostats, programmers, timers, radiant heaters, hydraulic radiators, electric and hydronic heating towel rails and hydro-electrical heating devices for new build or renovation applications. Neomitis products are designed and developed by us in France and the UK. 

Is a Smart Home practical in 2018?

Smart Home

by Anna Kucirkova 

When we say “Smart Home,” your mind probably starts working a mile-a-minute. You probably imagine a Jetsons-like, technologically advanced home that responds to your every command.

While that concept is certainly understandable, smart homes in 2018 look less like auto-retracting walls and floors that automatically absorb messes and more like homes with convenient, easy-to-use home integration and home automation systems.

Research finds almost two thirds of consumers NEVER plumb in their new appliances

Research finds almost two thirds of consumers NEVER plumb in their new appliances

We’re all guilty of wasting money on frivolous items, but when it comes to large home appliances, most of us would like to think we avoid unnecessary expense and research all the options available. But, with a whopping three in five homeowners buying fridges featuring an ice and water dispenser that they never plumb in, perhaps not all the additional extras are considered.

While women are faster than men at getting their pipes in order and their appliances sorted, there’s still a staggering amount of UK homes whose fridge ice and water dispensers run dry. With 60% of consumers leaving their fridges unplumbed, the prospect of plumbing complexities is clearly a turn-off for consumers.

The secret to happiness? Ask plumbers!

Happy plumbers

It seems plumbers are guaranteed not to get that sinking feeling every time they go to work…

A survey has revealed that Britain’s plumbers are the happiest professionals in the country. In fact, 55% of plumbers said they were ‘very happy’ in life.

It seems tradespeople are way ahead in the happiness index because builders were next on 38%.

The survey was commissioned by Boundless, an experiences company with a 94-year heritage.