The inaugural Quality Plumber Week united the plumbing industry in celebrating the skilled and highly qualified work of professional plumbers. Supporters from across the sector have come together to highlight the essential role plumbers play in maintaining safe and clean services including the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), BAXI, Ideal Standard, Honeywell and many independent suppliers.
Although plumbing doesn’t grab the limelight it plays a vital role in keeping us healthy at home and at work, waterborne disease or contamination and faulty appliances can quickly become headline news for the wrong reasons.
Organised by the APHC, the week raised awareness of the skills within the plumbing and heating industry while shining a spotlight on the many plumbing businesses that contribute to communities by unblocking sinks, ensuring drinking water is safe and igniting boilers. Quality Plumber Week also stressed the importance of using properly qualified, trained and accredited plumbers in a bid to reduce the numbers of rogue traders operating in the industry.
John Thompson, APHC’s chief executive, said: “The week has highlighted the sense of community within the plumbing industry and the common goal of promoting good working practice. Plumbers are often thanked only when something breaks down and needs fixing in an emergency. Due to the positive response and feedback, we will be aiming to develop and grow the campaign for future years.”
Mike Pentecost, Ideal Standard marketing director, said: “We are very pleased to support the week and celebrate the often unsung heroes of our industry, the installer community. As demonstrated by the recent launch of our dedicated installer reward programme IdealPro, we are stepping up our efforts to acknowledge the importance of what they do, to reward their loyalty and offer long term support and benefits.”
Francine Wickham, global marketing director for chemical water treatment manufacturer, Fernox, said: “We’re constantly championing the importance of best practice when it comes to servicing and maintaining a central heating system. Initiatives such as this are really important as they not only celebrate the skilled work that quality plumbing and heating engineers carry out, but they highlight the necessity for professional training and qualifications.”
Plumbers also got involved with the week by spreading the message to customers on social media.
To find out more about Quality Plumbing Week and to learn how you can get involved in 2015, visit: www.aphc.co.uk/quality-plumber-week.asp or catch-up on the conversation at #QPW14. To search for a local quality plumber visit: www.findaqualityplumber.co.uk