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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BESA issues hard-hitting retentions plan to Government

A hard-hitting action plan to finally put the issue of cash retentions in construction to bed has been issued to the Government by leading engineering services bodies the BESA and ECA. The submission follows the collapse of Carillion last month, which has severely affected many subcontractors. In the submission, the two trade bodies called on the Government to put retentions in trust as a key...

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Friday, January 26, 2018

BESA revamps kitchen ventilation guidance

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has completely revised and updated the industry’s primary guidance document for kitchen ventilation design. The Specification for Kitchen Ventilation Systems (DW/172), which was first published by the Association in 1999, is generally acknowledged to be the most authoritative specification for the sector in the UK and in many parts of the...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Survey – Carillion sub-contractors facing huge losses

A snap poll of Carillion engineering sub-contractors shows that many companies are facing huge financial losses from the collapse of the construction giant. That’s according to new data obtained by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA. Carillion owes around £75 million to around 80 engineering services firms, who...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018


ECA and the BESA meet with liquidators PwC and Government on Wednesday Leading engineering services trade bodies ECA and BESA yesterday (Wednesday 17 January) pressed Carillion liquidators PwC to provide greater certainty to private sector contractors over the outstanding cash owed by the fallen construction giant. PwC’s David Kelly confirmed they and Carillion will provide suppliers with...

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Carillion collapse adds urgency to resolving retentions issues

The liquidation of construction giant Carillion could lead to potentially catastrophic losses for thousands of SMEs, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA.  According to its latest set of accounts, Carillion was holding over £800m in payments owed to sub-contractors. There is growing alarm that much of...

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