Category Archives: Industry News

After 51 issues of Oil Installer, Jane retires as editor

With vast experience of the downstream oil industry, Jane Raphael became editor of the Oil Installer’s debut edition in 2007. Fifty-one issues later, she has now retired from the position and now reflects on the industry’s ups and downs during her tenure. It was a conversation with Richard Gales, then CEO at OFTEC, which led […]


Tank safety – extra checks recommended!

Many consumers and businesses have taken advantage of the recent low cost of heating oil and some may even have purchased new and/or second hand tanks to store the fuel in. These tanks are likely to have been placed in rear gardens adjacent to an existing tank, with little thought given to the tank base, […]


Chancellor meets apprentices during visit to Worcester Bosch

At the beginning of July, Worcester Bosch welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, to its Worcester factory. During his visit, Mr Sunak met with employees, including a number of apprentices, and toured the Worcester Bosch facilities. The Chancellor was also given an overview of the company’s innovative prototype hydrogen boiler. Martyn Bridges, […]


Industry needs to fill thousands of roles to achieve ‘net zero’ by 2050

More young people are being encouraged to take up a career in the heating sector following a report which estimates 400,000 energy related jobs will need to be filled to create a workforce fit to achieve net zero by 2050. According to the National Grid findings, 260,000 of the roles will be new, including skilled […]


Grant presents Wiltshire Air Ambulance with £10,000 donation

Over the course of 2019, Grant UK’s staff were busy completing fundraising activities in aid of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, resulting in the company presenting the local charity with a donation of £10,000 to help support its essential work. At the beginning of last year, Grant UK announced that its chosen charity to support in […]


Supporting registered businesses during the lockdown

Information for OFTEC registered heating technicians The unprecedented lockdown period in the UK and Ireland has been extremely testing for many people. Decisions that would normally be unthinkable have transformed our daily lives, presenting a range of challenges – whether it’s juggling work and childcare, or getting used to the isolation, lost income or patchy […]


Changes are coming to the heating sector

With the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions increasingly taking centre stage, the new decade is likely to bring changes to many aspects of our daily life. But what will it mean for the heating industry? Ahead of Futurebuild event, where MCS will be working with key partners to create the Future Installer Zone, we […]


What could be coming down the road? OFTEC dusts off its crystal ball!

To drive through the changes needed to reach its carbon reduction targets, the government will need to shake up the current way that things are done in the heating industry. OFTEC has dusted off its crystal ball and here considers a few of the most likely policy options the government may consider. The last decade […]


Celebrating the opening of a €14 million facilities expansion

Grant Engineering welcomed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to officially open its newly expanded facilities in Birr, Co. Offaly, representing a capital investment of €14 million. The major expansion plans were announced in 2016 in response to increased demand for the company’s heating products on a local and international level. In recent years Grant has enjoyed further […]


OFTEC comments in its response to ECO3 ‘Improving Consumer Protection’ consultation

“OFTEC believes PAS2035 and Trustmark do not provide the answer to overcoming the quality and compliance issues which have been associated with the delivery of ECO funded installations.” These were the comments of OFTEC registration director, Adrian Lightwood, on the trade association’s response to the Energy Company Obligation ECO3): Improving Consumer Protection consultation, which closed […]