Robin Hall takes the reins at SNIPEF

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has appointed a new president to lead the campaigning trade association as it continues to guide the sector into the recovery.

Published 25 May 2021

Exclusive: Scottish construction hit by unprecedented perfect storm of soaring costs, material shortages and lack of labour 

Scotland’s construction-led economic recovery is threatened by a combination of sharply rising prices, disrupted supply chains and a chronic shortage of labour as the consequences of a no-deal Brexit coupled with the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Published 4 May 2021

Plumbing employers seize chance to help aspiring tradespeople in Apprentice Employer Grant scheme

Campaigning trade association SNIPEF has hailed the huge and heartening effort of plumbing employers who have taken on a flood of apprentices to boost the industry as it continues to recover from the worst effects of the pandemic.

Published 19 April 2021

SNIPEF welcomes latest government move on Sustainable Tender Pricing

Plumbing trade association SNIPEF has welcomed the latest Construction Policy Note (CPN 1/2021) from the Scottish Government on Sustainable Tender Pricing after its manifesto called for more support for the plumbing and heating sector on the issue.

Published 6 April 2021

SNIJIB goes digital to help plumbers sit health and safety test

With normal operations restricted by Covid regulations, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board (SNIJIB) has moved to ensure that most plumbing and heating operatives can still sit their health and safety test.

Published 29 March 2021

SNIPEF manifesto calls for plumbing and heating sector support in move towards net zero

As the Scottish Parliamentary elections loom, the Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has issued a manifesto detailing the steps the incoming government needs to take to help create a profitable and sustainable construction industry.

Published 23 March 2021

Industry bodies back Parliamentary move to withdraw damaging Reverse Charge VAT legislation

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has joined a range of other UK trade associations in backing an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament expressing concern over the UK Government’s introduction of its Reverse Charge VAT legislation from March 1.

Published 18 March 2021

SNIPEF: CICV Forum report puts spotlight on improving public investment and supporting green recovery

Campaigning trade association SNIPEF has welcomed an in-depth report published by the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) which is aimed at helping public bodies make decisions on where public funding in construction gives the highest economic returns to help support a green recovery.

Published 16 March 2021

SNIPEF highlights plumbing professional hero for World Plumbing Day 2021

As plumbing and heating professionals around the globe prepare to celebrate World Plumbing Day today, the Covid pandemic has vividly highlighted their importance as critical workers on the frontline of public health and safety.

Published 11 March 2021

SNIPEF-backed apprenticeship equips plumber to build successful business

Anyone looking for a satisfying career, whether a school-leaver or someone contemplating a career change, should consider the benefits of undertaking a plumbing apprenticeship, according to SNIPEF chief executive, Fiona Hodgson.

Published 4 March 2021

Employers urged to seize £5,000 incentive to help redundant plumbing apprentices

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) is urging businesses to seize the opportunities offered by the Scottish Government’s Adopt an Apprentice scheme.

Published 24 February 2021

SNIPEF welcomes changes to Prompt Payment Code

SNIPEF, the Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation, has welcomed sweeping reforms to the UK Government’s Prompt Payment Code as a "major milestone" on the road to fairer payment terms for small businesses.

Published 17 February 2021

New engineering services alliance Actuate UK launched today

Two Scotland-based trade bodies are among the members of a new alliance for the multi-billion-pound UK engineering services sector that was launched today via a virtual industry event.

Published 10 February 2021

SNIPEF welcomes new grant funding to train workforce in Low Carbon Heat Skills

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has warmly welcomed an announcement of funding to help upskill plumbing apprentices and employees in the installation of ground and air source heat pumps.

Published 8 February 2021

Plumbing and heating companies urged to seize Apprentice Employer Grant opportunity

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has encouraged plumbing and heating companies to take up the opportunities offered by the Scottish Government’s new Apprentice Employer Grant (AEG).

Published 4 February 2021