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Up-to-date comment on key industry issues from BESA president Malcolm Thomson, chief executive Paul McLaughlin and head of sustainability David Frise.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Farmer report makes the case for digital payment

Rob Driscoll, BESA Director of Legal and Commercial

The current industrial revolution caused by the disruptive nature of integrated technology is not a new subject to BESA, but it is interesting that in the last six months construction as an immature market in this area seems to be emerging from the place of denial into the epiphany. Inevitably this is leading to the next big challenge – CHOICE! – how does any organisation make the right choices...

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Time to get serious about diversity

Malcolm Thomson, BESA President

Business leaders have savaged a proposed policy championed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd that would force UK employers to discriminate in favour of local job applicants against workers from overseas. She unveiled her foreign workers’ proposal at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, but was on the defensive just 24-hours later in the face of widespread accusations of racism. Adam...

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Friday, September 16, 2016

HINKLEY POINT GO-AHEAD IS WELCOME BUT MORE IS NEEDED

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

BESA welcomes the news that the government has, after all the delays and uncertainty, given the green light to building Hinkley Point C, the UK’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation. The go-ahead, confirmed on 15 September, is economic good news because Hinkley Point will become the largest construction project in the UK. The company behind the project, EDF, says it will provide 25,000...

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Friday, August 5, 2016

The Hinkley debate must be about energy

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

The political furore over the proposed new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset threatens to overshadow the real debate about the UK’s energy future. Theresa May is coming under increased pressure to give it the green light on the basis that she has to demonstrate that Britain is “open for business” in the wake of Brexit and committed to its infrastructure goals. All of that, frankly,...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A time for calm heads brexit

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister promises a period of calm as we recover from the storm of the ‘Brexit’ vote. However, there isn’t much breathing space as businesses need reassurance that the economy is robust and can bounce back from the shock.   The building engineering services sector has a key role to play in ensuring the economy moves forward. Making buildings perform better is...

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