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News Archive - September 2015

EDF launches campaign to inspire girls into science 29 September 2015

New research published today (29 September) by EDF Energy (YouGov figures) has revealed that 32% of girls in the UK aged between 11 and 16 do not think they are clever enough to become a scientist.

B&ES appoints national executive for Scotland and Northern Ireland 29 September 2015

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has appointed Tom McManus as national executive for Scotland and Northern Ireland, replacing Bob Dyer, who has retired after 25 years’ service.

A-Gas Americas acquires refrigerant reclamation firm 29 September 2015

A-Gas International has announced that A-Gas Americas has bought Refri-Claim, the reclamation division of ICOR International.

Aston Group announces loss of longest-serving employee 28 September 2015

The Aston Group has announced the death in service of one of its longest-serving and most widely respected employees, Tom Skurr.

Incentive scheme linked to RWC home nations’ performance 25 September 2015

Toshiba has announced a special discount scheme linked to the performance of customers’ home nations in the Rugby World Cup 2015.A company’s home nation is defined according to where its registered office is located. Therefore, a contractor with its ...

LSBU wins grant to develop energy storage technology 23 September 2015

London South Bank University (LSBU) has secured a €7m EU research grant to examine whether cooling facilities in refrigeration warehouses and food processing plants could be used to store and supply electricity. LSBU’s School of The Built ...

The Building Controls Show puts the smart heart of buildings first 23 September 2015

Now in its fifth year, the Building Controls Show will take place Sandown Park on 21 and 22 October. As part of the event seminar programme, Stacey Lucas, Commercial Director at Sontay will be running an informative presentation on smart ...

Survey highlights lack of women in STEM careers 21 September 2015

According to a survey of 4,000 girls, young women, parents and teachers, published by Accenture, there is a perception that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and careers are better suited to boys.

Staff scale England's highest mountain for charity 21 September 2015

An 18-strong team from TF Solutions and Lawton Tubes dusted off their walking boots last weekend in preparation for completing their annual challenge in aid of the Donna Louise Trust and raised a £3.5K in the process.

IoR Annual Conference to take place at the ACR Show 21 September 2015

The Institute of Refrigeration will be holding its Annual Conference on 18 February 2016 at the ACR Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

B&ES appoints new membership director 17 September 2015

The Building & Engineering Services Association has appointed Richard Ward to the new position of membership director.

Second round of apprenticeship scheme launched 17 September 2015

Mitsubishi Electric and its partners have launched the second year of a National Apprenticeship Scheme to train the air conditioning engineers of the future.

IRS celebrates 25th anniversary 17 September 2015

IRS, the refrigeration and cooling specialist based in Bromsgrove, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with staff and customers, with a series of events including charity work with Special Needs Adventure Playground (SNAP), sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric.

Arctic Circle appoints business development manager 17 September 2015

Arctic Circle has appointed well known industry figure, Roger Hamer, as business development manager.

BRA publishes report on using replacement refrigerants 16 September 2015

The British Refrigeration Association (BRA) has published a new guide entitled Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants (PURR).

Ocado continues to grow sales 15 September 2015

Ocado’s latest trading statement for the 12 weeks to 9 August this year show a 15.3% increase in gross retail sales to £252m compared with the same period last year.

Dearman celebrates opening of new centre 14 September 2015

Dearman, the clean cold and power company, was today (14 September) joined by the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, at the official opening of its ground-breaking Clean Cold and Power Technology Centre.

BFFF backs The ACR Show 2016 14 September 2015

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has announced its support for the ACR Show 2016, which takes place from 16-18 February at the NEC, in Birmingham.

Conference call for papers 14 September 2015

The Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference is calling for papers.

B&ES president highlights commitment to innovation and improvement 10 September 2015

B&ES president Jim Marner has underlined the key role the Building & Engineering Services Association plays – and will continue to play – in addressing “the challenges of an increasingly demanding marketplace”.

HVR Awards 2015: air conditioning product finalists revealed 10 September 2015

The shortlist for this year’s HVR Awards, which takes place next month, has now been announced.

Waitrose sees first profits fall for seven years 10 September 2015

Waitrose parent company the John Lewis Partnership has reported a 26% fall in profits to £96m, for the half year ending 1 August 2015.

BSRIA launches Soft Landings guide 10 September 2015

BSRIA has launched its new Soft Landings & Government Soft Landings (GSL) guide which is available to download from its website.

Morrisons to close 11 stores and sell 140 M locals 10 September 2015

Morrisons is to close 11 stores putting around 900 jobs at risk following a 47% fall in profits for the half year to 2 August 2015.

Pipe Center appoints national sales manager for pumps 09 September 2015

Pipe Center is strengthening its position in the pumps market by boosting its technical support and appointing long-serving employee, Jim Merrills into the newly created role of national sales manager for pumps.

Güntner appoints head of product management 08 September 2015

Güntner has appointed Michael Freiherr as head of product management, succeeding Heinz Jackmann who has moved on to new tasks within the group.

Toshiba links up with rugby star 07 September 2015

Toshiba has announced a collaboration with 2003 Rugby World Cup winner and Welsh Rugby Union head of rugby, Josh Lewsey, as part of its official Rugby World Cup 2015 sponsorship.

Obituary: Kingsley Curtis 07 September 2015

The board of HRP has announced the death of chairman, Kingsley Curtis, on 3 September after a long battle with cancer.

Calorex appoints technical sales engineer 07 September 2015

Calorex has recruited Jeremy Neale as technical sales engineer.

Institution launches fund to invest in innovative companies 02 September 2015

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is launching a new fund, Stephenson LP, aimed at helping companies to bridge the investment gap between research and development and bringing a product to market.

IRS gains ISO 50001 accreditation 02 September 2015

Refrigeration and cooling specialist IRS Limited has been awarded accreditation to international standard ISO 50001.

ebm-papst agrees sponsorship deal with EXplora Science 02 September 2015

ebm-papst UK has agreed a new sponsorship deal with science education charity EXplora Science, which will help with its plans to set up an innovative new Science, Technology and Discovery Centre.

BSRIA expresses concern over new apprenticeship levy 02 September 2015

BSRIA is warning that the Government’s introduction of a new all-industry apprenticeship levy could spell the end for the current CITB system, with construction firms left in the dark as to how the new the new levy will interact with the existing construction-only levy.

B&ES members report increase in orders, workload and turnover 02 September 2015

According to research carried out among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) order, enquiry and turnover levels all increased across the board during the past six months.

Cold Store Rentals celebrates first year in business 01 September 2015

Cold Store Rentals is celebrating a successful first year in business.

Government approval for apprenticeship standards 01 September 2015

Standards which future apprentices in the ductwork and service and maintenance sectors of the building engineering services industry will be expected to achieve by the end of their training have gained government approval.

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