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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Diesel scandal is new performance gap

David Frise, BESA Head of Sustainability

For years the building engineering industry has been urged to emulate car manufacturers. ‘Why can’t you deliver the performance guarantees they do?’ we were regularly asked. ‘Why is there such a huge performance gap between how a building is designed and how it performs when cars do just what they say on the tin?’ was a common lament from clients. ‘Why’, we were asked, ‘don’t you reinvent your...

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Facing up to labour problems

Malcolm Thomson, BESA President

Our members are, quite rightly, feeling buoyant thanks to a surge in orders and much better future business prospects. However, there are a couple of clouds on the horizon that can't be ignored.  The results of the latest B&ES State of Trade Survey showed that the ‘net optimism measure’ has risen to 45% (up from 39% six months ago). Members in all parts of the country and of every size and...

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Making a real difference

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

Thirteen may be unlucky for some, but as I sit reflecting on my first 13 days as chief executive of the Association, I can’t help but think that I am actually very lucky indeed: lucky to have been appointed to a role where I feel I can make a real difference; lucky to have the full support and backing of my officer team; and lucky to have a team devoted and committed to helping me restore the...

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The start of a journey

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

Being asked to write a blog on your first day in not only a new role but a new industry is a somewhat daunting prospect. The very able staff at B&ES drafted a thoughtful, accurate and well-researched piece for me to sign that would make an immediate impression on members and staff who could not fail to note the depth of knowledge and insight that this newcomer has already absorbed. But I...

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tackle skills shortage from the inside

Malcolm Thomson, BESA President

Having been in this industry for over 30 years, I have experienced my fair share of ups and downs, but there is something particularly challenging about the current business cycle, writes Jim Marner. The last recession was longer and deeper than most and, as a result, the inevitable upswing and the accompanying skills shortages are more dramatic than the past. The skills issue is a real threat...

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