Sales of domestic gas boilers bounced back from the Covid downturn, according to new figures from the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC). The latest figures show that 2021 looks set to be a record year for gas boiler sales, with year-to-date sales up 41% from 2020, with a 12-month average sales figure increasing by 14%.

Commenting on the figures, the Director of HHIC Stewart Clements says: “Sales have certainly bounced back from 2020, and consumers are once again investing in home renovation as they see the light at the end of the dark Covid tunnel.

“We expected this April to be better than last year, when sales fell off a cliff, but the whole year so far has seen a massive increase in sales. This is great news for the UK manufacturers who make the appliances, for the whole supply-chain that gets them ready for the home and for the 130,000 gas safe registered installers who fit them. Finally, it is also good news for the consumer as they get new high-efficiency products in their homes, helping to keep bills down. If 2021 continues this way, our UK-based industry will see a record breaking year.”


Nearly half (49%) of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work-related issues, a new study has found. Plumbers rank in the top five trades most likely to experience issues.

The research, commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10th-16th) by IronmongeryDirect, found that nearly three in five (58%) experience some form of mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, at least once a week.

Money worries cause the most stress, with 38% of tradespeople blaming financial situations for giving them anxiety.

Other issues, such as tensions with customers (31%) and suppliers (29%), are also major causes of concern for tradespeople.

Vaillant comments on the UK’s new target to slash emissions by 78%

This week the Prime Minister announced another stepping stone to the UK’s net zero target; to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. Mark Wilkins, Director of Technologies and Training comments:

“We welcome this bold and ambitious target from the UK Government. Climate change is a huge concern and we need to work together to ensure we strive to reduce our carbon emissions. In the UK we know that 31% of household emissions comes from central heating, so as a leading manufacturer of heating and hot water solutions, we need to take action now for a more sustainable future.

“It is crucial that the Government ensures the eagerly anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy aligns with this new announcement in order to help us reach various other targets such as 600,000 heat pump units in 2028. We are already working with trade associations to develop new training courses, but we still need a way to encourage installers to upskill and increase the awareness amongst consumers. Moving towards this new target, there is now a real opportunity to introduce stable, longer term incentives and clearly defined communication channels to educate homeowners on low carbon solutions. We look forward to receiving further details on the 78% carbon emissions reduction and working with the Government and trade associations to help successfully deliver on this agenda.”