UK trades businesses bounce back from Covid – says new research

Demand for UK trades has boomed since the end of the initial lockdown in July 2020. Plumbers, electricians, building-maintenance firms and other trades making up the UK’s 1.3-million-business field-service sector have seen their workloads increase by 70% year on year, according to a new report published by field service management software provider BigChange.  BigChange’s State of the […]

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ECA issues safety advice as COVID isolation relaxed in England

As of Monday 16 August, the government has removed the requirement to self-isolate for fully vaccinated adults or under-18s in England, if NHS notified of contact with a positive COVID-19 case. The change should greatly reduce the number of workers and others self-isolating as a result of NHS Test and Trace ‘pinging’, although notified individuals […]

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CICV Forum issues new health and safety guidance for construction industry

As Scotland moves towards further easing of restrictions, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has issued more timely guidance for the industry. The CICV has also sounded a cautionary note, urging the sector to focus on health and safety to protect colleagues, customers and families. The unique collaboration says the sector is “not out of the woods yet” […]

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Freedom Day: Updated advice for plumbing and heating engineers

England moved onto step 4 of the coronavirus roadmap on the 19 July, dubbed “Freedom Day” by the Prime Minister. The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has issued this updated guidance for what it means in real terms for the plumbing and heating industry. The two biggest changes coming from 19 July […]

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Looking back and going forward: How the pandemic has affected the heating and plumbing industry

With restrictions being eased this week (from Monday 19 July), this signifies a big step forward since the start of the pandemic. Dave Cook, Residential Sales Director at Baxi, discusses how Baxi has supported installers across the UK over the last 18 months and what has been achieved during challenging times. When the pandemic began, […]

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