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Wolseley Plumb Center announces top Zombie Boiler hunter

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Wolseley Plumb Center has announced London Gas Services as the winner of its 2017 Zombie Boiler competition.

Zombie Boilers were being targeted by the plumbing and heating specialist during October to raise awareness of inefficient boilers and their costs to homeowners, as well as the effects they can have on the environment.

Taking out the warming dead with the most zombie boiler slays, London Gas Services has won four tickets to its very own Zombie Infection experience. Their chosen team will be tasked with exterminating a zombie apocalypse using only instinct and intellect for survival.

On winning the competition, Gary Mellor from London Gas Services commented: ““It’s great that we’ve won, we can’t wait to take down some real(ish) zombies!

“We come across far too many Zombie Boilers on jobs and think it’s really important the public and my customers understand why sometimes it’s better to replace rather than repair – ignoring an inefficient boiler will only lead to further problems down the line including costly breakdowns, higher energy bills as well as polluting the atmosphere.”

As well as the overall top Zombie Boiler hunter of the year, Drew Styles from Styles Plumbing, recently crowned Plumber of the Year also won the runners up prize for getting the most retweets of his slays, winning some workwear to ensure he is well equipped for a day’s hard work.

Wolseley Category Director Heating and Renewables Richard Harvey said: “We want to support heating engineers and UK homeowners to get rid of these old and decrepit boilers. Whilst they might look like ok from the outside, inefficient boilers emit harmful emissions, burn cash sending bills rocketing, and risk breakdowns which is a big inconvenience with the colder months approaching.

He went on to say: “The subject of inefficient boilers and the threat they pose is being talked about more and more within the industry. To see so many Zombie Boiler entries from installers across the UK is fantastic and we hope to see even more wiped out until they’re gone for good!”

To enter the competition, installers had to tweet @PlumbcenterUK photos of boiler horrors they put to rest using the #ZombieBoiler hashtag. All entries were added to a top zombie hunter leader board where installers would receive one point for all entries submitted, and a bonus point for any retweets.

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International water treatment specialist, Sentinel, has appointed Gregg Cole to lead the company’s UK residential and commercial businesses in a newly created role.

The expansion of Sentinel’s management structure is a reflection of the company’s commitment to invest in rapidly developing areas within the UK, and comes at a time of significant growth for Sentinel. Moreover, Cole will lead the UK business through a number of major innovation launches, including the introduction of the Sentinel Vortex filters and the SystemPulse monitoring system.

Appointed as Commercial Director for UK and Ireland, Cole joins Sentinel after fulfilling critical senior roles at leading boiler manufacturers Vaillant and Glow-worm. His direct influence on customer support, CRM and supply chains will be extremely valuable to Sentinel, where a partnership approach with installers is very much favoured over straightforward sales.

A well-respected and commercially astute senior leader with a wide portfolio of skills, experience and knowledge, Cole offers an entrepreneurial outlook, high integrity and an ability to build high performing teams:

“I feel privileged to join a company that is experiencing rapid growth as a business. The Sentinel brand is about integrity, innovation, trust and quality. I have a passion for growing businesses and my role will be to supercharge the Sentinel organisation and take it to an even higher level, mobilising every person in the business towards the needs of our customers,” he said.

At the core of Sentinel is a relentless drive to help installers deliver best practice water treatment services as easily and quickly as possible, thus providing a vital competitive edge. With this in mind, exciting new products are on the roadmap that will open up new avenues of opportunity.

“It is clear that installers across the industry look to manufacturers to provide solutions that allow them to exceed the professional levels of service expected of them by their clients. At Sentinel, we take pride in driving innovation that delights both our installers and their customers alike,” he said.

Beyond superior product innovation, Sentinel offers industry-leading levels of support for its customers, particularly with regard to training, which can be delivered at the company’s headquarters, online or at boiler OEM partner training centres. Sentinel is regarded as a pioneer in best practice water treatment education and leadership, and everyone from experienced installers to apprentices will benefit from the company’s comprehensive training agenda.

“Gregg’s appointment is a reflection of Sentinel’s continued success and growth in our home market. It will build further on the strong performances of our residential and commercial teams, and prepare us for an era of unparalleled innovation which will provide new value to our customers and OEM business partners,” explained Steve Goodwin, CEO of Sentinel Performance Solutions.

To find out more about Sentinel’s latest and upcoming innovations, visit us at Homes 2017 in November to hear our seminar: Delivering Value for Money in heating provision: how small changes can deliver large savings.

Wolseley ramps up heating stock for winter

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Wolseley Plumb Center is supporting the industry by ensuring it has all the essential heating products and support needed to see installers through this heating season.

To cope with the increased demand during the season, Wolseley Plumb Center has increased its range profile with over 500 heating products and over 200 of the most requested spare parts available across all branches. What’s more, when ordered before 5:00pm a further 50,000 products are available for next-day delivery from as early as 7:30am.

Whether installers are located in inner cities or rural areas, there are over 500branches to choose from; as far north as Thurso in Scotland, and as far south as Truro in Cornwall.

As part of its investment into heating season, Wolseley Plumb Center has also launched The Heating Product Guide available in all UK branches. It includes all the essential heating products needed to get the job done during this busy period. The guide is over 100 pages long and includes the Wolseley Price Promise – 200 core products, regularly used and valued by installers, always competitively priced and regularly reviewed to ensure customers get the best deal possible.

If installers are unable to get into branch, there are 200,000 products to choose from on Wolseley Plumb Center’s website – with additional online tools also available to help get the job done quickly, including the radiator selector, heat loss calculator and the ErP labeller.

Richard Harvey, category director for heating at Wolseley Plumb Center said:  “Heating season is the busiest trading period for most of our customers. To ensure our customers’ businesses run as smoothly as possible during this time, we have heavily invested in our product range and online offering to ensure products are available when and where they are needed. The Heating Product Guide is a perfect tool to have on hand to find the heating and parts products needed, all available in branch, or delivered next day.”

Visit your local Wolseley Plumb Center branch to get your free copy of the Heating Product Guide.


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