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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Feasting upon false dawns

In a month in which all political, economic and seasonal indicators pointed towards a downturn, the UK construction industry chose to self-identify as upward and upbeat.   Builders’ Conference CEO Neil Edwards looks on disbelievingly. In March this year, the month in which the UK was originally scheduled to bid a not-so-fond adieu to the European Union, construction contract awards rose to...

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Help Stop Cartels

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued three firms with fines totalling more than £36 million for breaking competition law in supplying certain concrete drainage products for building projects. These companies took part in an illegal cartel covering the UK, where they secretly shared out the market for important building products and agreed to keep prices artificially...

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Friday, October 18, 2019

What we learnt from the 2019 Party Conference Season

BESA was pleased to represent members for another year at the two main political party conferences in Brighton and Manchester. The political landscape has radically altered and the fortunes of both parties appear to have reversed since 2018. We saw high drama and big pledges as the Government and Opposition prepared for the final showdown over Brexit and drew up the battle lines for an imminent...

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A False Alarm?

A False Alarm? BCLive league table bounces back after August downturn.  But is this a return to form or merely a last-minute push to secure work before the Brexit curtain falls?   Builders' Conference CEO Neil Edwards reports. Those of us - and we count ourselves among this number - that raised the alarm about the immediate future of the UK construction sector last month may have done so...

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Monday, August 12, 2019

My internship at the BESA

As a French engineering student looking to improve my English and my work experience abroad, the city of London was an immediate first choice. Trying to expand my knowledge in various business fields, I was looking for a placement in the construction industry, which could provide a certain breadth for my professional profile. So what better way than to target one of the UK’s top trade bodies for...

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