Construction industry backs Parliamentary move to withdraw Reverse Charge VAT legislation

UK trade associations are backing an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament expressing concern over the Government’s introduction of its Reverse Charge VAT legislation from 1 March 2021. The EDM, proposed by Scottish National Party MP for East Renfrewshire, Kirsten Oswald, “notes that this is of great concern to small and medium sized firms in the […]

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World Plumbing Day – Q&A with Michael Cairns from Celsius Plumbing and Heating

On World Plumbing Day  (11 March 2021), the Covid pandemic has highlighted the importance of  plumbing engineers as critical workers, on the frontline of public health and safety. While World Plumbing Day was inaugurated in 2010 to mark the link between quality plumbing and health, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity, the past year has also […]

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Kibosh rapid repair clamp – From Apprentice to inventor

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 1-5 March, Ross Dickinson explains his journey from apprentice to product inventor: Ross Dickinson, a fully-qualified plumber, has designed, developed, and patented the Kibosh, a rapid repair clamp and rapid pipe freezing clamp which helps tradespeople and householders solve the tricky problem of a burst pipe until […]

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Actuate UK – a new engineering services alliance – launched

Actuate UK is an alliance of eight trade, technology, research and professional bodies in engineering services, aiming to deliver a single, consolidated voice for the sector. As an agent for positive change, Actuate UK supports the delivery of a safer, more productive and sustainable UK built environment. Together with others in the industry, the UK […]

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SNIPEF welcomes Scottish government’s new grant funding to train workforce in Low Carbon Heat Skills

SNIPEF, the Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation, has warmly welcomed an announcement of funding to help upskill plumbing apprentices and employees in the installation of ground and air source heat pumps. The new skills will be at the heart of the green energy transformation as Scotland transitions to net zero carbon by 2045, […]

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