Kitchen dealer sees success with plumbing scheme

Advantage Catering Equipment has revealed that two of its engineers have recently become certified on the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS).

The scheme was set up in response to changes in regulations governing the installation of water systems and the government’s ongoing campaign against ‘cowboy building’.

As well as demonstrating that the plumber is suitably qualified, members of the scheme can undertake certain types of work without giving prior notification to the water supplier — something a plumber cannot do under current regulations if they are not approved.

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Simon Critchett, owner of Advantage Catering Equipment, told Catering Insight there were a number of benefits to ensuring staff attain the certification.

“It shows we are up to date with the training and it means our engineers are able to demonstrate to the customers that they are installing the systems properly. It is very much a customer confidence thing,” he said.

Critchett added that responsibility for the correct installation of a system was also increasingly shifting from the manufacturer to the fitter, giving the approval scheme added significance.

Kent-based Advantage Catering Equipment specialises in the sale of a wide range of equipment brands including Classeq, Lincat, Maidaid, Winterhalter and Robot Coupe.

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