BMF and FMB reaction to Spring Statement

The Chancellor’s announcement of a new consultation on late payment should be the beginning of the end for unfair payment practices which hit small businesses across the UK, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement. Commenting on the Spring Statement 2018, Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB said: “The Chancellor’s announcement of a consultation to tackle the scourge of late payment today should mark a turning point on this issue. We should use this opportunity to bring…

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Customer Feedback

Do you want to receive great customer service from knowledgeable and friendly staff? One of our customers has received this service from our Kidlington Plumbing branch and has written in to tell us about his experience: “Please pass on my praise for your staff at Kidlington Plumbing. They were really helpful today and went the extra mile to solve the problem I had with a leaking pipe. All three of the chaps were courteous, knowledgeable and friendly.” Our branches cater for all your needs, so…

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John Guest has announced it is extending the guarantee on its core plumbing range from 25 years to 50 years.

Its Speedfit products are said to be assessed at every stage of production to ensure they meet the standards expected, through weighing, measuring and checking all fittings using robotic and visual technology. Other tests  include subjecting pipes and fittings to fluctuating temperatures and pressures, in excess of the operating pressure, as well as products being verified for resistance against water hammer, force, impact and chemical exposures. Lee Flood, Director of Quality at John Guest, commented: “John Guest products have long been synonymous with quality and…

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Knauf Insulation reveals new brand identity

Knauf Insulation has launched a new brand identity: ‘challenge. create. care’. The supplier says the move is designed to underpin its customer-centric approach and commitment to driving innovation in the built environment. The new brand identity, which is being rolled out globally, reflects the business’ expanded aspirations and ambitious vision for the future, building on its successful past. Vanessa Rae, Marketing Director at Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, said: “Our aim is to be the world’s most trusted insulation partner, providing high performance, smart insulation solutions and…

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NMBS achieves Investors in People Gold accreditation

NMBS has gained independent recognition of its progressive employment practices. Following an external audit conducted by third party assessors, the buying society for independent builders’, plumbing and heating, timber, and hardware merchants has secured Investors in People Gold certification. Second only to Investors in People Platinum status and surpassing the standards demanded by Accredited and Silver statuses, Investors in People Gold is held by only a select number of employers in the UK. It places NMBS amongst some of the nation’s leading organisations when it comes…

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Number of Empty Homes Rises for First Time in a Decade

The number of empty homes across England has risen for the first time in a decade to represent £50billion worth of vacant stock, analysis by online estate agent HouseSimple.com revealed today.  There has been a gradual decline in the number of long-term vacant homes since 2008 when the figure stood at 326,954 as the financial crisis began to unfold. But last year the numbers swelled again by 5,148 to reach 205,293 – a rise of 2.6% – according to latest DCLG figures. It comes as the stock…

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The rise of DIFM v DIY

Over the past five years, the number of homeowners opting for projects to be completed by trade professionals has increased considerably, with younger generations demonstrating a clear demand for DIFM rather than DIY projects. In fact, recent research by SAGA among 2,000 homeowners has shown that only 1% of the 25- to 35-year-olds it talked to would choose to take on any form of home improvement project, from clearing the garden to painting the walls. Instead they would prefer to enlist the help of a…

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Tool Lovers: Have Your Say and Get Your Opinions Heard!

A leading global supplier to the building industry wants builders and tradespeople to share their views and opinions at an exclusive face to face event and be rewarded for their time and input. The event will investigate a wide range of topics from what and why you buy certain products, what challenges you face on a daily basis, through to what would make your life easier as a tradesperson or builder. The results of the event will be used to shape the supplier’s product and service…

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Top 10 Tips to Improve Your Van’s Security

Unfortunately van tool theft is rapidly on the rise in the UK and thieves are jumping at the chance to steal anything they can get their hands on. Confused.com has compiled an informative list of van security tips which you can check out here. 1. Keep it locked Probably one of the more obvious solutions but always lock your van. Even if you’re only popping into the shop for a few minutes it’s still enough time for thieves to make off with your property. Security locks are a great way…

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Warning signs of asbestos poisoning

Asbestos was officially banned in the UK in 1999, but it still remains a serious risk to our health. As a building material used for insulation, flooring and roofing, asbestos is often present in older buildings and warehouses. If asbestos is exposed and small fibres are inhaled, they can remain in your lungs for a long period of time and can cause scaring and inflammation. This can lead to directly related medical conditions, including asbestosis poisoning, lung cancer and mesothelioma. It is often difficult to…

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WaterSafe is talking toilets for Water Saving Week

WaterSafe is helping homeowners make sure that a leaky loo isn’t flushing potential savings in water, energy and money down the pan. WaterSafe is partnering with Waterwise for Water Saving Week, which runs from 19–23 March. The national campaign encourages everyone to take action and save water with daily themed packs containing challenges, tips and resources. These can be downloaded at watersafe.org.uk. As toilets are one of the most common leaks – with around 1 in 10 homes and businesses having a leaky loo – this…

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