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The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) presented Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) with a cheque for £27,383 at its head office in London last month. Presenting the cheque was John Newcomb, chief executive officer, June Upton, events manager, and Christine Harding, former marketing manager, whose grandson Billy received excellent support and care from TCT during a battle with cancer. Prizes, including a Fiat Abarth 595 Tourismo car, auctioned at the BMF Gala Dinner held in Budapest, Hungary, helped to raise more than £62,000. The funds raised from the auction have been shared between Variety, the children’s charity and TCT, the BMF’s charity of the year. John said: “We hoped to raise an exceptional sum for two very deserving charities and I am unbelievably proud of the industry for achieving even more than we ever imagined. I’m told that this is the highest sum our industry has raised for charity in a single night.” Grace Higgins, TCT regional fundraising manager for West Midlands and Central, said: “This very generous donation will be put to excellent use by helping young people and their families deal with the many ways that cancer can affect a young person’s body, mind and life. “TCT work in partnership with the NHS to bring young people together so they can support each other, doing it from the moment cancer is diagnosed until long after treatment is over. “Right now we can’t offer our support to every young person who needs it, but thanks to donations like this, we are moving a step closer to ensuring no young person faces cancer alone,” she said. 6 N EWS D E S K A fourth generation plumbing company has been recognised, alongside major UK businesses such as RBS and Barclays, for its commitment to training and skills development. Arthur Padgett (staff are pictured above) was among 40 organisations to be awarded a Princess Royal Training award from the City and Guilds Group. The list of awardees includes public and private sector businesses of all sizes. The exceptional firms chosen from a long list of 116 will be honoured by HRH The Princess Royal for creating a lasting impact and for successfully linking their skills development needs to business performance. The awards will be presented in a ceremony at St James Palace in the autumn. Counterfeit parts warning The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and Baxi have joined forces with law firm, Emms Gilmore Liberson (EGL), to try and stamp out potentially deadly counterfeit boiler parts from entering the market and being fitted in homes across the country. A campaign by CIPHE and Baxi will try and ensure installers are aware of their responsibilities. In 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development reported that imports of counterfeit and pirated goods were worth half a trillion dollars a year, or 2.5% of global imports, so it’s impossible to imagine they’re not hitting the UK. Paul Harmer, CIPHE technical director, said: “We all like to think we can spot a counterfeit part a mile off, but false products are becoming more and more sophisticated. With the rise of the online marketplace, it can be incredibly easy to unwittingly buy fake parts or have to respond to a consumer who has done so. Unless you are buying direct from the manufacturer or a recognised UKbased merchant, that ‘genuine part’ may not be as advertised. "We are hoping his initiative will help educate all installers on the telltale signs that they may be dealing with a counterfeit product.” EGL’s Peter Adkins and Sarah Bingham have taken part in a training video produced by CIPHE highlighting the legal implications installers could face if found to be buying and fitting non-compliant gas parts. In the video, Peter covers ways to identify counterfeit products and consequences the consumer faces, in terms of warranty losses, if found to be using illegal parts. Sarah explains that it is installers who face liability if these products cause harm, and could face huge fines or even manslaughter charges. Peter said: “Many installers and consumers are not aware they are buying counterfeit goods, which can potentially cost lives. “It is so important that people are aware of the dangers and how to identify them. If packages are unmarked on delivery then this should ring some alarm bells, and so too if the offer seems too good to be true – in most cases it is. “It is unfair that installers are unwittingly buying these parts, thinking they have delivered a good service while being totally unaware they could face considerable time in prison if the boiler, constructed with illegal parts, blows up and takes lives.” In brief • Gas Appliance Spares is urging gas engineers and installers to plan ahead for the upcoming colder months by stocking up on vital gas spare parts. Manager, Ross Graham, said: “As summer comes to an end, it provides an appropriate time for installers and engineers to plan ahead for the upcoming busy months of call-outs. “By being one step ahead, stocking up on spare parts will ensure that you complete jobs efficiently and quickly, allowing you to move swiftly onto the next job. It makes business sense to be organised and provide an excellent service to your customers.” • Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is asking customers to nominate their ‘Graham Customer Hero’ as part of its ‘Graham Heroes’ Awards, which recognise members of the Graham team for their outstanding work and excellent customer service in seven categories. To nominate a member of the Graham team for the ‘Customer Hero’ Award, email: heroes@grahamplumbersmercha nt.co.uk by September 30, 2017, with a few details, including who you are nominating (name and location) and why. • The UK Plumber of the Year 2017 competition (@UKPOTY), launched by JT, Bristan, and Plumb Center, has named the 15 shortlisted finalists. With more entries than ever before, Watersafe, the official judging partner of the competition, had the tricky task of selecting 15 finalists to go into the next stage of the competition, where the public will vote for who they believe deserves to be crowned UK Plumber of the Year 2017. Information on the 15 finalists and how to vote features on: www.UKplumberoftheyear.com where you can find a biography of each. BMF raises £27,000 for cancer charity Grace Higgins, June Upton, John Newcomb, Christine Harding, and the BMF’s Hailey Amani with the cheque www.hpmmag.com September 2017


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