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Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Friday, March 1, 2019

SKILLcard applications go online

Applying for Engineering Services SKILLcards has been made easier and quicker following the launch of a new, online service. The Engineering Services SKILLcard is operated by BESA and is held by more than 60,000 people working in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration sectors. It provides evidence that they have the required training and qualifications for the type of work...

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Friday, February 22, 2019


BESA has urged the government to make urgent provision to avert potential workforce shortages in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit next month. It backs recommendations made by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to review the rules governing the 165,000 EU citizens currently employed by the construction industry to ensure valuable skills are not lost to the UK economy. In particular, BESA...

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Perfect storm for engineering services in final quarter of 2018

ECA, BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF study shows a slowdown in growth, along with increased material and labour costs The latest sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore, has revealed that a quarter (26%) of businesses reported increased turnover, while another quarter (26%) said turnover had fallen, in Q4 2018, compared to the previous quarter. Outlook for the first...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

EU Exit and Trade update from the BEIS Infrastructure and Materials team

UK’s immigration arrangement for EEA nationals in a no-deal situation On 28 January, the Home Secretary announced the plans for no-deal post exit migration and movement arrangements, including ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’.  This will apply to people arriving in the UK after 29 March in a no-deal scenario, not to those already here at that date.  For EEA nationals already in the UK at that...

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Thursday, January 24, 2019


New supporters revealed as Aldous Bill is moved to Friday 8 March A number of the most senior MPs in Parliament are now backing reform of retentions, according to leading engineering services bodies ECA and the BESA. Newly announced supporters of the Aldous Bill include 15 select committee chairs from the four largest political parties, namely: Rt Hon Nicky Morgan - Chair, Treasury...

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