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

Friday, April 6, 2018

A new tax year - what is changing?

With the new tax year starting today many rumours of a large a shake-up in the tax system have been thrown around. As with everything when money and politics are involved, some of these are true and some are not. From the controversial new sugar tax to the ongoing fuel duty freeze, here is a quick summary for BESA members of what is actually changing:   National Living Wage – UP The National...

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What is a Ten Minute Rule Bill?

There is to be a Parliamentary Bill on retentions, to be introduced by Peter Aldous MP, that will be backed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services body ECA. This will be a ‘Ten Minute Rule Bill,’ looking to amend the 1996 Construction Act to ensure that retention monies are held in a third party trust scheme. Members may be...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Will the Chancellor build up, out or not at all?

A number of housing providers are calling for the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, to relax planning laws in the upcoming budget announcement next week, if the UK is going to have any chance of tackling the housing shortage. A group of housing associations and companies have written to the Chancellor asking him to allow developers to increase the height of buildings without seeking special planning...

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Innovation in the built environment

As part of this new commitment, within the BEIS Energy Innovation Programme, there is expected to be around £90 million invested in low carbon heating and energy efficiency options for UK homes and businesses. We are pleased to update members on this new investment, and how members can get involved and apply for funding. Low Carbon Heating Technology Innovation The Low Carbon Heating Technology...

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017


The 2017 Party Conference season may go down as one of the most influential in British politics for decades. Labour Party conference in Brighton enjoyed an energy and enthusiasm that the party hasn’t seen for years, while the Conservatives in Manchester were perhaps generating headlines for reasons that they didn’t anticipate.  Regardless of the scenes of comedy, grandstanding and rhetoric the...

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