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

Thursday, July 1, 2021

We don’t live in a cold country anymore

We used to live in a cold country, but we don’t anymore, says BESA chief executive officer David Frise. The British obsession with the weather stems from the fact we are used to living in a temperate zone with clearly defined seasons: Not terribly cold in winter, not that hot in summer and definitely varied…but all that has changed. Witness the intense thunderstorms experienced by many parts of...

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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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