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Up-to-date comment and thought leadership on key industry issues from our expert team.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Dying in plain sight

The long overdue acquittal last week of the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ who were convicted of illegal picketing 47 years ago took us back to a dark era of violent conflict between the police and trade unions. The shameful way workers fighting for better conditions were treated and denied legal justice is shocking to a modern audience, but even more horrifying is why they were striking in the first place. The...

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Out of adversity comes a united front

“Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; and working together is success” Henry Ford. BESA chief executive officer David Frise explains why this is the right time to launch a new alliance of eight engineering services organisations. “So what did you do during the great world pandemic of 2020/21?” That’s a question many of us will face from our children and grandchildren in...

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Friday, February 12, 2021

R&D tax relief: Be wary of spurious COVID advice

Recently, I was shocked to read an article from an ‘adviser’ counselling businesses that all manner of COVID-19 business responses qualify for R&D tax relief. The article's list of eligible projects included building bike storage and using a dedicated meeting room for social distancing purposes. Much of this advice is nonsense and characteristic of the untrustworthy guidance businesses often...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

CEO BLOG - THE GOVERNMENT MEANS BUSINESS

If anyone did have any lingering doubts about the government’s determination to reform the construction industry and its supporting specialist sectors; then a flurry of initiatives and strong statements in January would surely have dispelled them once and for all. The industry has a history of ‘seeing off’ previous attempts at reform going back several decades, but this time it feels different....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Guest Blog: ‘Hardening Market’ Drives Professional Indemnity Rates Up - What BESA Members Can Do

Over recent years, a number of issues have driven a continued effect on the professional indemnity insurance (PI) market ‒ resulting in a lack of supply that is driving premiums up – but help and support is available for BESA members seeking to secure efficient, cost-effective PI cover.    Why are PI Premiums Rising?    The PI insurance market has been ‘hardening’ – which means the demand for...

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