Trade advice

Tips for trades websites

Tips for trades websites

/ March 8, 2013 11:10 am

A big hurdle for trades people trying to get online is creating their website. Some more dedicated trades people will try and do it themselves, others will go to a local website designer or even a big agency for the creation of their website. The question is though – what makes a good website for a company in the trades? To break it down in a easier way to understand, [...]

Trade advice: Tweaking your website

Trade advice: Tweaking your website

/ January 27, 2012 2:29 pm

Today’s blog article comes directly from the PGS online marketing specialist, Guy. Over the past year and a half, Guy has been working on keeping PGS at the forefront of online social and digital marketing within the London plumbers industry. The focus of the PGS online marketing strategy is to keep it totally legitimate (aka “white hat”), ensuring longevity in our efforts and more of a trusted social following. A large [...]

What is the NICEIC?

What is the NICEIC?

/ January 9, 2012 11:01 am

For Electricians across the country, the NICEIC is seen as one of the most well-known accreditations to have. With over 25,000 currently registered contractors, the NICEIC is widely seen as one of the must-have accreditations to strengthen trust in customers. So what does the NICEIC actually do? For a contractor to get NICEIC accredited you need to pay for them to come and assess your business and workplace. They will [...]

‘Ghost’ plumbers arrested

‘Ghost’ plumbers arrested

/ August 17, 2011 9:23 am

For quite a while the HMRC were trying to convince self-employed plumbers and heating engineers to submit their tax returns and stop bypassing income tax. Up until the end of May this year, the HMRC were offering the Plumbers Tax Safe Plan (PTSP) that let plumbers who hadn’t declared all of their income to do so without facing the full wrath of the HMRC. On the PTSP, plumbers could inform [...]

What is the CIPHE?

What is the CIPHE?

/ April 18, 2011 10:35 am

At PGS we often get asked about our industry accreditations and often it’s about the CIPHE and what it actually is. The Chartered Institute of  Plumbing and Heating Engineers is a body committed to raising standards in the plumbing and heating industry, making sure that the consumer is getting an authentic and well accredited engineer to fix heir plumbing or heating job. Its website can be used as a resource for the [...]

Insurance for Plumbers

Insurance for Plumbers

/ April 6, 2011 9:13 am

If you work as a self employed plumber you will need to make sure you’re covered incase something goes wrong. For example, if you were to spill your tea on some electrics, or have a customer trip over your ladder and injure themselves then you need the insurance to cover any potential claims that might be pressed against you. The type of insurance that covers these events is called Public [...]