Archive for September, 2009

First there was the car scrappage scheme, now a similar scheme for central heating boilers has been mooted. The Boiler Scrappage Scheme would work in a similar way to the car scrappage scheme

The concept of a Boiler Scrappage Scheme was concieved within the industry and clearly homeowners replacing their old boiler with a new appliance will benefit plumbers, boilers manufacturers and suppliers.

But more than that, a householder replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new condensing boiler could save more than £200 a year in gas bills. And replacing some of the millions of old boilers with efficiencies less than 70% would save thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide emmisions every year.

A Boiler Scrappage Scheme will have all the benefits that the car scrappage scheme does, but with added clout. For example, there is nothing to prevent you replacing your old car with a new gas-guzzler. The Boiler Scrappage Scheme on the other hand would replace old inefficient boilers with new, highly efficient condensing boilers.

The scheme has attracted the support of leading figures with the industry as well as Sian Berry the 2008 Green Mayor of London candidate.

The proposed Boiler Scrappage Scheme really does make sense. You can register your support by signing the petition.

Read more about the scheme here

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Our new office is but a stones throw from our old place, here in the heart of gods own county, Barnsley.

The birthplace of notable luminary including ”Dickie” Bird, Arthur Scargill and of course Michael Parkinson, Barnsley is shaking off its industrial reputation and coal mining past and embracing the challenges of the future.

Tasked with transforming the town, Barnsley Development Agency (BDA) hope to deliver and assist existing and new businesses. Their website proudly proclaims “Barnsley is fast becoming one of the most talked about towns in the North of England. Business confidence and interest in the Borough has never been so high so there”s never been a better time to relocate to or expand in Barnsley”

The BDA have offered BHL support and guidance. Here is an article that they recently wrote about us;

A Barnsley-based supplier of heating products has been making waves in distant parts of the world, thanks to their investment in a new website, and the assistance of Enterprising Barnsley. Closer to home, their products can be found in Royal houses and stately homes.

BHL- located in Barnsley since their establishment in 1968 – has put significant investment into the redesign of its website in an attempt to enter markets previously untapped. The company sells a wide range of heating products from boilers to towel warmers, and having achieved significant sales both nationally and internationally via their previous website, further investment in online technology seemed the natural next step.

“Although we’re only a small company, we have been able to reach markets far beyond where we could have imagined just a few years ago” exclaimed Neil Bumford, of BHL. “The support Enterprising Barnsley has provided to the company has certainly added value to the business. I’d certainly recommend contacting them to anyone else who needs business support.”

Shaun Higginbottom of BDA commented “an increasing number of Barnsley businesses are now benefitting from the comprehensive, free support and advice available through Enterprising Barnsley. We are delighted with BHL’s success and look forward to continuing to work with the company in the future”.

The new website, www.bhl.co.uk, was six months in design and is now capable of holding over 1 million products, is user friendly, easy to navigate and offers significantly improved download times. Since its launch, the site receives over 1.5 million visitors annually, and has resulted in orders from as far away as Dubai and California. This development is just part of the growing online presence of BHL, who sees the future of electronic trading to be strong.

Please visit our new website

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The age old question and one we hear everyday. For every soul looking for a new Boiler asks the same questions – a variation of ”Which is the best Boiler?” or ”Who makes the best boiler?”

Trying to answer these questions can prove a little tricky, particullarly when trying to remain unbiased. Buying a boiler is expensive and can be confusing and the customer faces a huge choice of seemingly comparable appliances.

Vaillant and Worcester – the Best Boilers?

Traditionally Worcester-Bosch and Vaillant are acknowledged as the best boiler brands for which I would agree (despite the fact that I am not an installer and have never got down and dirty with such an animal). How then do I then reach this conclusion? Well, years of talking to both installers and home-owners pay homage to these brands.

In my experience most engineers and installers choose to install either Worcester or Vaillant boilers and most informed home-owners will ask for a Worcester or Vaillant boiler, partly due in part I suspect to the respective manufacturers larger marketing budgets. Glowing reports in consumer magazines also help. Which? magazine (September 2009) in their “Best and Worst Boiler Brands” rated both Vaillant and Worcester as their “Best Brands” scoring both an impressive 83%.

The Which? report asked 3,000 of it members about their personal experiences with their boiler. Just 26% of Vaillant owners have had any problems with their new boiler in the last four years.

My Worcester Greenstar 35 HE Plus

My Worcester Greenstar 35 HE Plus

Worcester is the most frequently bought boiler brand by those surveyed and just 29% of owners had experienced any problems. My own personal experience of Worcester is echoed. I am the owner of a six year old Worcester Greenstar 35 HE plus. Up to now the boiler has not once let me down!

Best Buy Boilers

Among the best buy appliances tested the following appliances scored highly. Baxi Duo-tec Combi 28 HE, the Glow-Worm Ultracom 24 hxi, the Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 824 Combi and Vaillant ecoTEC Plus 831 Combi and finally the Potterton Gold C24 HE Combi.

We found the Cheapest Boilers Online

A great shot in the arm for all online Plumber”s Merchants – all the Best Buy Boilers were found cheapest online. If proof was ever needed, this confirms that shopping online for Boilers (at a store like BHL or Boilers2go) is both fruitful and, so it would seem, the future consumers chosen market place.

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The popularity of home-makeover and interior design TV shows has introduced BHL”s Plumbing & Heating products to homes across the land. We have featured on various shows including Channel 4″s Grand Designs and Channel 4″s The Home Show. itv1_logo

60 Minute Makeover

We were recently approached by ITV1, the makers of 60 Minute Makeover. They were looking for a supplier of high quality Fireside Accessories and so naturally came to us. 

60 Minute Makeover is ITV1″s award winning interior-design daytime series. Hosted by a team of top interior designers, in each episode the challenge is to decorate the home within 60 minutes.

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Fireguards & Fireside Accessories

In the new series (starting early September) in the episode entitled Carshalton, BHL have supplied a Fireguard to the home of a family in Biggin Hill, Kent. In addition to adding an injection of charm and quality to the family home, the fireguard also became a really important part of the design, answersing practical and safety concerns by protecting little fingers and the families pets from the Gas Fire

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Colin & Justin

Property and interior design presenters Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan host the show.  Designers Colin & Justin began practicing their design skills on friends and families homes. Today Colin & Justin are familar faces on our screens having presented a range of peak-time property, entertainment and lifestyle shows.

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Be sure to watch us. Get the kettle on and the biscuits out, 60 Minute Makeover will be aired on ITV1 on Tuesday 8th September 2009 at 2pm.

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