This month

Building and maintenance company Rok has launched a new business stream, Rok Plumbing Heating and Electrical.

A £7bn primary school building programme led by the government will get under way next April.

The third stage of the HVCA/Unite three-year wage deal came into force on 6 October.

The HSE has issued a gas appliance flues in ceiling voids safety alert.

Powerminster Gleeson Services, the m&e maintenance service provider, made an operating profit of £1.1m (2007: £0.7m) on revenue of £19.5m (2007: £17.5m) and doubled its confirmed order book to £158.8m as at 30 June 2008.

The Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) and the Ductwork Group of the HVCA have finalised an agreement designed to facilitate future collaboration and to promote excellence across the sector.

The MEM brand celebrates its centenary this year. The firm still manufactures in Birmingham, less than three miles from where it all started in 1908.

Gent by Honeywell is launching a Get Fired Up apprenticeship scheme to train specialist fire and safety engineers.

Electric test equipment supplier Megger has acquired Pax Diagnostics of Sweden. Pax makes transformer-testing and insulation diagnostics units.