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WaterSafe and Welsh Water to sign up plumbers in Wales to protect water quality

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WELSH Water and WaterSafe, the national body for approved plumbers, are launching a campaign to sign up qualified plumbers in Wales to the UK’s plumbing register to help keep customers’ tap water fresh and healthy.

When water leaves Welsh Water’s mains and enters the pipes supplying a property, it becomes the owner’s responsibility to keep it safe and free from contamination.

However, poor plumbing in the home or workplace can easily create problems – such as strange tastes and smells, discoloured water, leaks, or in the worst cases contamination with bacteria.

That’s why Welsh Water supports the UK-wide plumber approval scheme WaterSafe. Plumbers on the register are fully trained in the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations, designed to keep water safe, and not waste it, as well as being appropriately insured and having a customer redress scheme in place.

As an added bonus, plumbers on the WaterSafe register can self-notify their work to Welsh Water – and issue a certificate stating that the plumbing work complies with the regulations, which protects customers from any legal comeback.

James Lees, of Welsh Water, said: “The water we supply is consistently top quality and we want to ensure it stays that way when it reaches our customers’ taps. For this reason, we always recommend to our customers they use a plumber or plumbing business approved by WaterSafe.

“This makes it easier for everyone in Wales to know how to quickly find a trusted, qualified plumber near them. So we’re calling on plumbers who think they meet the criteria to sign up to WaterSafe and be listed on its online register.”

Julie Spinks, director of WaterSafe, said: “Being a member of WaterSafe is a great way for competent plumbers to provide immediate reassurance to their customers that they are qualified to do the job and keep their drinking water safe.

“WaterSafe is supported by all the water companies in the UK, as well as the water industry regulator, the Drinking Water Inspectorate. Membership comes with many benefits and in many cases it’s free to join.

“We’d urge plumbers who are proud of their work and want to find out more about joining, or taking the final training steps to join, to get in touch today.”

Members of WaterSafe benefit from:

1. Free promotion and branding – a listing on the largest online directory for approved plumbers in the UK – which is promoted by Welsh Water

2. Customer reassurance – that you’re qualified and trusted to work safely with water by Welsh Water and the drinking water regulator

3. A direct link to Welsh Water – to self-notify plumbing work and access free advice on the water regulations.

Paul Williams, a Master plumber and member of WaterSafe based in Carmarthenshire, Wales, said: “Being part of WaterSafe has been great for my business. It’s a transparent way for the public to know that I am certified and hold the relevant qualifications and insurances.

“I get frequent calls from the public who have used the online search facility and found my company details.”

To join WaterSafe, plumbers must be qualified and have a water regulations certificate. Plumbers interested in finding out more can visit watersafe.org.uk/howtojoin or call 0333 207 9030.

Anyone looking for an approved plumber can search the directory at watersafe.org.uk.

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The Range’s Swansea Store Shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’

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Christmas has arrived early for The Range stores in Wales, boasting gigantic displays of all-things festive! The Range is well known for going all out during the Christmas season to create a fun and magical experience full of trees, lights, decorations and much more for their customers to enjoy and this year is no exception. The Range in Swansea surpassed expectations with a display so great, it’s left them shortlisted for ‘Best Christmas Display’ out of all The Range’s 182 stores.

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Swansea Building Society unveils bespoke mortgage product for medical professionals

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Following extensive consultation with mortgage brokers and customers, Swansea Building Society has unveiled a new mortgage product specifically designed to offer medical professionals enhanced terms and a better deal.

The Medical Professional Mortgage Product is designed specifically for cases where the applicant, or one of the applicants in the case of a joint mortgage, is a medical doctor, surgeon or dentist. They might be looking to purchase a property, re-mortgage from another lender, or raise capital against equity in a property.

This new product also allows customers to borrow a higher amount against their income compared with standard mortgage products, subject to meeting affordability rules. Sole customers will be able to borrow up to 5.5 times their sole income (the standard criteria is a multiple of 4.5) while joint customers will be able to borrow up to 5.0 times their joint income (the standard criteria is a multiple of 3.5).

The new product was made available to customers from October 1, 2020.

Alun Williams, chief executive of Swansea Building Society, said:

“We are constantly reviewing what we do based on feedback from customers, brokers and our wider analysis of the mortgage landscape to ensure we are competitive where relevant in the current market.

“In this case, we wanted to develop a product that would reflect the current and future earnings potential of some of our clients who work in the medical profession. We are delighted to be able to roll this product out; we have already had very good feedback from our network of brokers.”

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Simon Mayo to join Swansea local radio

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BAUER MEDIA is proud to today detail a new local initiative that Greatest Hits Radio and The Wave will launch within Swansea and South Wales aimed at helping local workers, charities and businesses as they deal with the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Swansea Sound will lead the ‘Getting You Back to Work’ campaign, as it relaunches as Greatest Hits Radioin September. The scheme, which will also run across sister station The Wave, aims to promote local job opportunities both on-air and online. Local employers will be encouraged to submit vacancies for inclusion, allowing them to reach a wide audience of local job-seekers free of charge. Job vacancy bulletins will be broadcast four times a day to local audiences and will be promoted on the relevant Greatest Hits Radio and The Wave websites.
As Swansea Sound gets set to join the Greatest Hits Radio Network, it is also announced today that it will welcome esteemed broadcaster Simon Mayo to its line-up. The former BBC Radio 2 host currently hosts a daytime programme on Greatest Hits Radio’s classical sister station, Scala Radio. However, with this move he’ll be returning to his popular music roots as he presents a new weekend show. ‘The Album Show with Simon Mayo’ will be a weekly three-hour programme dedicated to the greatest albums of all time, including features that explore listeners’ record collections and a weekly Classic Album Countdown. This show aims to celebrate the good times and great memories albums bring as Simon plays their Greatest Hits.
Greatest Hits Radio, which will officially launch across Swansea and South Wales on 1st September, offers listeners the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s, celebrating music from iconic artists like Blondie, Queen, George Michael, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Elton John and Whitney Houston. The station’s presenters will include a local weekday line-up as well as legendary broadcaster’s Mark Goodier, Paul Gambaccini, Simon Mayo, Janice Long and Pat Sharp on weekends.
Online applications for the ‘Getting You Back to Work’ campaign will open on the 1st September 2020. Employers looking to participate should email jobs@greatesthitsradio.co.ukfor more information on how to apply.
Graham Bryce, Group Managing Director – Hits Radio Network Brand,said, “As we look to the future, we’re very excited to add Simon Mayo to our weekend line-up. Simon’s track record speaks for itself and to have someone of his experience and status join the network adds a new dimension to the Greatest Hits presenter line-up.
“Alongside this, our stations continue to be committed to the local community and we’re proud to launch this initiative to provide a valuable boost at a time of great uncertainty and hardship. We know the pandemic has hit communities across the UK hard, and we want to use our privileged position to promote opportunities.”

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