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Follow us on Twitter: @HPMMag 900 jobs at risk as solar company goes into administration Durapipe invests Flogas Britain creates specialist team HomeServe on the acquisition trail Flogas Britain, the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) provider, has strengthened its portfolio by creating a specialist LNG team, dedicated to offering LNG solutions to UK businesses. Part of DCC Energy, the leading oil and LPG sales and distribution business in Europe, Flogas is one of the first in the market to supply LNG for industrial applications, providing low cost, efficient energy solutions to UK industry. The launch sees Flogas bring its vast experience in supplying creative 8 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com BUSINESSNEWS PEOPLENEWS NOVEMBER 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY Architect promoter arrives at Bristan Bristan has appointed a new architect promoter to support the continued growth of its commercial division. Jennifer McDowell has been recruited in the newly created role, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the architect realm. With a first class degree in furniture and product design, she spent the last four years specialising in interior design and retail. Eric Aylesbury joins Stelrad Stelrad has welcomed Eric Aylesbury to the sales team as business development manager for the north east and Cumbria. Eric, who joins after eight years with Vaillant, has vast knowledge in the heating and plumbing sector with particular experience of working closely with large contractors and social housing providers. New appointment for Rayburn and AGA Rayburn and AGA Stoves has appointed Stuart Allaway as its new business development manager for East Anglia and the south east of England. Stuart is responsible for developing the business in a key region, while expanding its product range. Stuart brings with him a wealth of experience in the sector, having worked in the home appliance industry for over 18 years. WWW.HPMMAG.COM Mark Group, a solar installer based in Leicester, has announced that over 900 jobs are at risk as the company goes into administration. The company employs around 1,165 people across the UK, and says that the government is to blame for the move with its recent proposal to cut the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for residential solar by 87%. Mark Group was established in 1974 and is one of the largest employers in Leicestershire, with the amount of job losses expected comparable to the loss of 1,000 jobs at the Redcar steel works. Paul Barwell, CEO of the Solar Trade Association (STA), said: “This is terrible news for the UK solar industry. The consultation has not even closed, and businesses are already going under – despite the fact that the government claim this is a ‘real’ consultation. Mark Group going into administration will also cause serious knock on effects in the supply chain. “Surely this will set alarm bells ringing for the government? We are preparing alternative solutions and be working with decision makers to discuss our alternative proposal for more structured, steady and workable reductions to support.” Dave Sowden, Sustainable Energy Association chief executive, said: “This is disastrous news for the 1,000 or so employees that have left Mark Group buildings to tell their families they no longer have a job, and could easily have been avoided if the government had paid attention to clear signals about the need to instil confidence in the market. “Ministers were warned long before the election of a confidence problem in the sector due to lack of clarity on policy and frankly could have easily prevented this. “Energy measures in buildings are by far the most cost effective way of meeting our energy policy objectives and the best way for the energy sector to help deliver Chancellor George Osborne’s long-term economic plan. The government’s rhetoric on meeting climate change targets, on placing energy efficiency at the heart of energy policy and the effusive support given by Ministers for solar, today feels hollow and empty. The Mark Group news follows the release of analysis by the STA that showed that up to 27,000 solar jobs could be at risk nationwide due to the proposed cuts to the FiT. Durapipe UK has spent more than £250,000 in enhancing its customer experience to ensure it continues to retain its market leading position and reputation for exceptional customer service. New initiatives, improvements and systems across the pipe manufacturer’s delivery, customer service and manufacturing facility have been developed. Investment in a new high-tech forecasting tool, upgrades to the sales and ordering processing system and the integration of project information into a new CRM system has resulted in improved stock availability, a streamlined and more robust sales order entry process and increased the efficiency of the customer services department. HomeServe Membership, the UK home assistance company, has acquired Nottingham-based Home Energy Services, a major gas service and repair business, formerly part of E.ON, for an undisclosed figure. The combined business will have over 600 directly-employed specialist engineers, supported by a panel of third-party service providers and a growing gas franchising business, covering the full range of heating, plumbing and drainage and electrics services, serving over two million customers. The Home Energy Services hub will work with HomeServe centres in Walsall, Preston and Banbury to become a vital part of HomeServe’s service deployment network. energy solutions to the growing UK LNG market. The team’s core focus is helping high-volume oil-burning businesses convert to LNG, which would enable them to reduce their energy costs by up to 40%, and their carbon output by up to 50%. The new Flogas LNG offering will provide bespoke, turnkey LNG solutions for both industrial and transport applications, with full project management to ensure a seamless transition from oil and optimum long-term performance. Gregg Cole returns to Vaillant Gregg Cole has been appointed as Vaillant commercial director taking responsibility for all its domestic heating sales throughout the UK. Gregg, who has previously worked in a number of areas within the Vaillant Group UK business, moves from Glow-worm where he was employed in the same role. Six hundred engineers will be employed


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