Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of Plumb Parts
There can be few things more upsetting for installers than having tools or equipment stolen from vans.
Not only does this incur huge cost in having to replace them, it also deprives victims of their livelihood. Our cover feature this issue looks at what is a growing problem, and how you can help ensure you don’t become the latest to fall foul of what is certainly not a victimless crime.
One area where there are opportunities is the childcare and nursery sector, on the back of the rise in families with two parents working and increasing government funding. This has created opportunities in properties being converted into nurseries. Our piece outlines where these are, and how you can get involved.
Elsewhere, we look at how changing buying habits in the bathroom market mean installers need to adapt their offering, providing more in the way of advice and guidance. Our bathroom showrooms are designed to help you do just this.
Make sure, too, that you don’t miss our piece with former Newcastle Falcons rugby star Jason Oakes, who has returned to the trade, building up a successful renewables business.
There’s also an interview with Nick Watchorn of the Landlords National Property Group, outlining a different model for installers looking to work with private landlords, as well as offers and deals to help you stand out in a competitive marketplace.
When most people think of universities their focus is on students – but universities are huge operations, combining accommodation with libraries, research labs and catering facilities.
This quarter we take a look at one of the most important – but often overlooked – issues for those working in the sector: health and safety.