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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Large companies facing digital death

Large construction firms are missing the digital revolution - and it is killing them, says Tim Rook*. It is incredible in this day and age and after the way digital technology has transformed our lives that the construction industry still thinks about IT as a separate part of the business and is still discussing its ‘potential’. The industry’s leadership do seem to be aware that a digital...

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why diversity matters

Rob Driscoll, BESA Director of Legal and Commercial

Is diversity a purely moral and social issue that we have a duty to address – or is it actually the key to our sector’s future prosperity? BESA’s legal and commercial director Rob Driscoll explains. For BESA and our members, it stands to reason that in order to have the best possible sector; we must attract new entrants from a diverse talent pool. Businesses perform better when they reflect the...

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here we go again…

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

I suspect quite a few people reacted in a similar fashion to the latest internet sensation ‘Brenda from Bristol’ when the PM shocked the nation with her announcement of a snap General Election. “What…not another one!” has been adopted as a slogan by many voters wearied by two years of unprecedented political turmoil, but will another election really make that much difference to us as an...

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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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