The Building Engineering Services Association is the UK's leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors – representing the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings.
The BESA has a proud heritage, having been established in 1904 as the National Association of Master Heating and Domestic Engineers. BESA has been known by several names through the years, most notably as the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) for nearly 50 years. We have evolved to reflect the changing needs of our members and the sector, and in 2012 we rebranded to the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) to reflect the growing range of specialisms covered by our members. Now trading as BESA, our name highlights the fact that first and foremost we are an association, and our members will always be our primary focus.
BESA’s headquarters are in London, but we are active throughout the UK. We have a separate presence in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as eight regional offices across England. This regional presence facilitates member networking and sharing of best practice, business opportunities and advice on local and national developments.
Membership of BESA Scotland comprises around 200 companies with a combined turnover of £400m. While very much an integral part of the association as a whole, BESA Scotland has its own chairman and executive committee.
BESA Scotland is a member of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Scotland, which represents the interest of the wider specialist contracting sector, and provides the secretariat for SEC Group Scotland’s Safety Forum.
BESA NORTHERN IRELAND
Membership of BESA Northern Ireland comprises around 60 companies. While very much an integral part of the association as a whole, BESA Northern Ireland has its own chairman and executive committee.
BESA Northern Ireland is a member of Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Northern Ireland, which represents the interest of the wider specialist contracting sector, and provides the secretariat for SEC Group Scotland’s Safety Forum.
Membership of BESA Cymru/Wales comprises some 85 companies. While very much an integral part of the association as a whole, BESA Cymru/Wales elects its’ own Officers, including a dedicated Council Representative.
BESA Cymru/Wales in its’ own right, also being a founder and active member of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group Cymru/Wales, each of which have developed ongoing relationships with Welsh Government Ministers and Officials, representing the interest of the wider specialist contracting sector in general whilst also seeking to promote the interests of SME’s to Welsh Government.
One of the key requirements of membership is the demonstration of technical competence, commercial capability and adherence to health and safety best practice.
This is assessed through regular, third-party inspection and auditing, ensuring our members are upholding what is affectionately referred to as the association’s ‘badge of quality.’
BESA membership means that clients can be sure they are employing firms who work to the highest standards, giving reassurance that their project is in safe hands.
The online Find a Member facility allows clients who require the services of a building engineering services contractor to identify and select members of the BESA according to the range of services they provide and their geographical location.
Every year we publish The BESA Book, a comprehensive guide to members including full contact details for each.
BESA members benefit from access to a wide range of services and support that is carefully tailored to their needs, and which helps them to build better and more profitable businesses.
To find out more about the benefits of BESA membership, visit our Join Us page.
If you are interested in joining, please visit our How to Apply page.
BESA is committed to lobbying on behalf of its members on a wide range of issues that affect their businesses and the commercial environment in which they operate.
Priority topics of current concern include:
Visit our Lobbying page to find out more.
BESA is itself a member of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group, which provides a united voice for all engineering specialists working in construction, and of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), which provides a central forum for matters of specific interest to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
BESA provides the secretariat for the Building Services Engineering Employment Agency Alliance, a voluntary grouping of employment businesses that supply personnel to contractors across building engineering services.
The BESA works closely with other bodies throughout the sector – including the research organisation BSRIA, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Electrical Contractors’ Association and the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA), and is a member of the CIBSE Patrons corporate supporters’ network.
In Europe, the BESA is an active member of GCP Europe, the umbrella body for the building engineering services sector and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration European Association (AREA), which represents refrigeration and air conditioning contractors.
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Jim Marner, president of BESA for 2015/16
Jim joined national contractor Shepherd Engineering Services as an apprentice in 1982, and is now the company’s business development director.
He has been chairman of the North West Region – which he also represented on the BESA Council – and of the Yorkshire Region, and was elected president of the Association on 9 July 2015.
Malcolm Thomson, president elect of BESA for 2015/16
Malcolm is managing director of Berkshire-based Enigma Environmental Services.
He is a former chairman of the South Midlands Regional Branch and vice chairman of the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Group, and was elected president elect of the Association on 9 July 2015.
Tim Hopkinson, vice president of BESA for 2015/16
Tim has been managing director of Hargreaves Ductwork since 2011, and has extensive experience in engineering, construction and building services.
He is chairman of the BESA Ductwork Group – having previously served two years as vice chairman – and was elected vice president of the Association on 9 July 2015.
Andy Sneyd, immediate past president of BESA for 2015/16
Andy is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and has an MSc degree in building services engineering.
Following his presidential term in 2014/15, he became immediate past president of the Association on 9 July 2015.
Paul McLaughlin, has been chief executive of the Association since 25 August 2015
An honours graduate in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Glasgow, he is a former chief executive officer of the Scotland Food and Drink trade association and commercialisation director for Coca Cola in North West Europe.
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