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Wednesday, June 20, 2018


BESA welcomes today’s news from Network Rail, the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the UK’s railway network, which has announced new policies to greatly improve payment practices. Network Rail will include in their standard contract terms that suppliers must pay their subcontractors within 28 days and not withhold a retention. Being paid promptly, within 28 days of completing work,...

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Destination Downing Street

It is not every day that you can say you are planning to drop in on the Prime Minister, but these are not ordinary days. As BESA chief executive, I am privileged to be part of a very special coalition backed by almost 350,000 businesses. We will be delivering a petition on fair payment and retentions to 10 Downing Street on April 23rd – making your voice heard in the corridors of power. I,...

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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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