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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Confused? You will be.

The fact that the BCLive league table topped the £6.0 Billion mark for the second month in succession is surely cause for celebration.   But the facts underlying those figures are complex, confusing and – in many instances – counter-intuitive.   Builders’ Conference CEO Neil Edwards tries to explain. For the tenth month in succession, the BCLive league table of new construction contract awards...

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Budget summary

This budget is a good indication that the Chancellor feels freer to use Government funds ahead of Brexit more than we expected. There are a few noteworthy developments for BESA members, including tax cuts on equipment, changes to the Apprenticeship Levy and new rules on developments and housing. Growth estimated 1.6% in 2019, 1.4% in 2020, 1.5% in 2021 and 2022 and 1.6% in 2023 OBR forecast...

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Friday, October 12, 2018


For another year, BESA was pleased to represent members at the two main party conferences in Liverpool and Birmingham. In 2017, the party conference season did not disappoint for drama, intrigue and even comedy. Raucous renditions of ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn,’ unexpected P45s and political uncertainty were the main points to remember from last year. 2018, however, has been quite different.   In...

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Monday, September 24, 2018

BESA President Tim Hopkinson looks to the future of construction

In the October edition of Modern Building Services, BESA President Tim Hopkinson looks to the future of construction – and predicts that offsite methods will trigger a new era for our industry. Offsite methods bring many benefits, but building services engineering will have to take a leaf out of the manufacturing industry’s book as it strives to deliver an increasingly challenging workload. To...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

MAC report not in favour of unskilled EU workers

In July 2017, the Home Secretary (at that time, Amber Rudd) commissioned a report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to analyse current patterns of European Economic Area (EEA) migration to the UK and the impact it has on the economy and wider society. Publishing their findings earlier today, under a new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, the MAC have released their final report, with some...

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