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Friday, March 15, 2019

SPRING BUDGET 2019 - HIGHLIGHTS

Below are the key highlights of the Spring Budget set out on 13 March 2019 by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond. Economy The economy continues to grow despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit although this year dipping slightly from 1.6% to 1.2% since October’s budget. However, there is a general sense of optimism for 2021/2022 with predicted growth to increase to 1.6% as opposed to expected...

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Monday, March 4, 2019

BESA LAUNCHES AWARD FOR WOMEN IN ENGINEERING

We're supporting the campaign to attract more women into engineering professions by launching an award to mark the centenary of the Womens’ Engineering Society (WES). BESA believes engineering professions in general – and building engineering in particular – will not be able to meet their future business goals without a far more gender diverse workforce. According to the Office for National...

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Friday, February 22, 2019

HISTORY MATTERS

As an organisation, BESA believes in the importance of looking to the future; of always moving forward. However, there is also huge value in pausing to reflect on our past – it is because of our incredible HVCA heritage that we are able to serve our members and the sector so effectively. From labour disputes to ground-breaking legislation; from wage agreements to professional qualifications –...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Payment reform should be Carillion legacy

Punishing the guilty is important, but there must also be a positive long-term legacy from Carillion, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Carillion went into compulsory liquidation exactly a year ago, with a reported £7bn of liabilities and just £29m left in the bank. It now seems that the company may have been trading insolvent for some years and there continues...

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Friday, November 9, 2018

COMPLACENCY AND COMPLEXITY BLAMED FOR GRENFELL FIRE

The BESA Conference 2018 also heard that technical incompetence was likely to blame for the Grenfell Tower tragedy, but the disaster was also a culmination of growing complacency across the fire safety industry. “Before Grenfell, the number of fires and deaths in fires were in decline. This led to complacency and a race to the bottom on price,” Conor Logan, technical director at Colt...

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