News Archive - March 2016

Contractors bodies back construction strategy 30 March 2016

Industry organisations representing specialist engineering contractors have pledged their support for the government’s newly-published Construction Strategy.The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group – representing the largest industry ...

SBS relocates Leicester store 30 March 2016

Over 70 customers and suppliers attended the opening of Smith Brothers Stores newest branch in Leicester on 4 March. The new branch, based in Freeman’s Common Industrial Estate, has been relocated from the company's founding headquarters based in ...

WorldSkills UK confirms competition for 2017 24 March 2016

Following a successful and comprehensive tender process, WorldSkills UK has confirmed that a Refrigeration Air Conditioning competition will be included in the WorldSkills UK Competitions portfolio in 2016.

BSRIA launches white paper 23 March 2016

BSRIA has published a white paper entitled ‘Retrofit & Refurbishment & the Growth of Connected HVAC Technology’.

Pentland Wholesale offers free standard delivery to Ireland 23 March 2016

Pentland Wholesale Limited, a leading importer and supplier of commercial refrigeration and catering equipment, has announced that it is offering free standard delivery to its customers based in Ireland.  

Sustainability takes centre stage in Hoshizaki Gram debate 22 March 2016

In February Hoshizaki Gram hosted the first of its 2016 Go Green Debate webinars, at the Hotelympia trade show.

BSRIA celebrates national apprenticeship week 21 March 2016

BSRIA says that it is encouraged by the news that construction apprenticeships are up to pre-recession levels, according to figures from the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), released last week, to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016).

CIBSE Annual Lecture challenges engineers to save civilisation 21 March 2016

At the CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) Annual Lecture on 16 March, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Fiona Cousins, PE, CIBSE, ARUP and LEED Fellow, set out a vision for engineers taking the lead in the fight against climate change by working with policy makers and the public to champion sustainability.

JS Air Curtains appoints area sales manager 21 March 2016

Chris Prentice has joined JS Air Curtains as area sales manager for the Midlands and North of England.

BSRIA reacts to Budget announcement 17 March 2016

BSRIA chief executive, Julia Evans, has responded to Chancellor George Osborne’s 2016 Budget, which was delivered yesterday (16 March).

Oldest working YORK chiller tracked down 17 March 2016

A competition to find the oldest working YORK chiller in the UK and Ireland has been won by a Born Warner YORK machine that has been operating round-the-clock for more than 32 years.

Professor Brian Cox backs IET campaign 17 March 2016

Professor Brian Cox OBE is supporting a call from the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) president, Naomi Climer, to help attract more young people into engineering careers.

Ocado reports rise in sales 15 March 2016

According to Ocado’s newly released trading statement for the 12 weeks to 21 February this year, gross retail sales grew by 13.8% to £286.7m.

Sainsbury’s sees increase in fourth quarter sales 15 March 2016

Sainsbury’s has released its fourth quarter trading statement for the nine weeks to 12 March, showing a 1.2% increase in total retail sales.

Toshiba’s VRF lands second major industry award 14 March 2016

Toshiba’s SMMS-e VRF system has won its second top industry award this year, being crowned Air Conditioning Product of the Year at the recent ACR News Awards 2016.

BESA North West recognises talent 14 March 2016

The North West region of the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) recently presented this year's North West Training Awards during its annual ball held at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.

Construction sector needs women as well as men 14 March 2016

This week marks National Apprenticeship Week but according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of construction apprentices in the country is in decline, despite there being a national need for more construction workers.

Construction output falls in January 14 March 2016

According to the latest ONS figures published on 11 March, in January construction output was down by 0.2% and by 0.8% compared with a year earlier.

ASHRAE UK gets positive feedback at ACR Show 14 March 2016

ASHRAE UK Midlands Sector president Steve Gill says he is delighted by the interest generated through its stand at the ACR Show in February.

US commercial refrigeration system market to reach $6bn this year 14 March 2016

The US commercial refrigeration systems market, which was valued at $5.73bn in 2015, is projected to expand at a healthy CAGR of 3.2% to reach $5.92bn by the end of 2016, according to a new report by Future Market Insights (FMI).

Airedale releases video of Rawdon reconstruction 14 March 2016

Airedale International has released a video looking at the reconstruction of its Rawdon facility following a fire in September 2013.

J S Wright Academy builds sustainable workforce 14 March 2016

J S Wright, the building services provider, has increased its workforce by 50% over the past decade and has now welcomed the 40th new recruit to its Apprentice Academy.

Budget: more support needed for SMEs say BESA and ECA 10 March 2016

The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) have issued a joint statement ahead of next week’s Budget on a number of the key topics affecting members of both organisations.

Morrisons reports profits fall 10 March 2016

Morrisons has reported a decline in profits in its preliminary results for the year ending 31 January 2016.

Occupational health survey launched by the BESA and ECA 09 March 2016

The Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) has launched a major initiative on occupational health, in collaboration with the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and Constructing Better Health.

BESA members positive despite slowdown in growth 08 March 2016

According to the latest state of trade survey by the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA), building engineering services contractors saw turnover increase in the six months from July to December 2015.

IET launches Awards on International Women’s Day 08 March 2016

Today (8 March) the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched its 2016 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards (YWE) and is urging successful young female engineers to enter.

BESA appoints head of Scotland and Northern Ireland 07 March 2016

BESA (the Building Engineering Services Association) has appointed Iain McCaskey as head of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

CAREL UK names new MD 07 March 2016

CAREL UK has appointed Nigel Hiller as its new managing director.

DCI celebrates 25th anniversary 07 March 2016

DCI Refrigeration & Electrical Limited is celebrating 25 years in business.

Obituary: Gareth Vaughan 07 March 2016

Gareth Vaughan, past president of the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA), has died at the age of 62.

AirSource recruits two new apprentices 03 March 2016

AirSource, the rapidly expanding ventilation specialist has appointed two new apprentices.

A-Gas unveils new UK website 03 March 2016

A-Gas has launched a new UK website making it easier for engineers to access refrigerant data.

Find a Future becomes WorldSkills UK 02 March 2016

From 1 March Find a Future has been renamed WorldSkills UK.

ACR Show hailed a success by exhibitors 02 March 2016

Exhibitors at last week’s ACR Show at the NEC in Birmingham reported multiple leads and orders and there was a notable increase in the quality of visitors.

ADCAS points to link between ductwork and indoor air quality 02 March 2016

ADCAS (the Association of Ductwork Control Contractors and Allied Services) is urging facilities and building managers to focus on ductwork as central to the importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Chemours refrigerant gains preliminary ASHRAE classification 02 March 2016

The Chemours Company has announced that its Opteon XL55 refrigerant has passed a major milestone towards commercialisation by completing the flammability and toxicology review required by ANSI/ASHRAE.

FG Eurofred becomes Fujitsu General Air Conditioning (UK) 02 March 2016

FG Eurofred will start to trade under its new name, Fujitsu General Air Conditioning (UK) Limited, with effect from 7 March.

CBI says UK growth still muted but outlook is upbeat 01 March 2016

According to the latest CBI Growth Indicator, there was a small improvement in UK private sector economic growth in the three months to February.

Mitsubishi Electric launches free guide to MEES 01 March 2016

Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, CPD-accredited guide to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which take effect from April 2018.

Climalife appoints new UK head of sales 01 March 2016

David Richards, regional sales manager at Climalife IDS Refrigeration Ltd, will be promoted to a new role, UK head of sales, with effect from 1 April 2016.

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