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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.

Monday, April 1, 2019

BESA announces Welplan pension and benefits revamp

BESA’s welfare benefit and pensions subsidiary, Welplan Ltd, is to begin to close its master trust pension scheme, which has operated successfully in the H&V and associated industry sectors since 1988. The company will re-focus on increasing investment in and growing its long-standing employee benefits schemes providing sickness, accident, death and other benefits to a wide range of...

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Monday, March 25, 2019

British Standard, BS9009:2019  – Public sector procurement

BESCA, which acts as a certification body as part of the wider BESA Group, is a member of the Association of British Certification Bodies (ABCB). As such it has had early sight of the proposed new British Standard, BS9009:2019  – Public sector procurement – Generic requirements for organizations providing products and services. In essence, if a company wants to tender for a public sector...

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Friday, March 15, 2019

National Living and Minimum Wage Increases 2019

The National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) are as follows with effect from 1 April 2019: National Living Wage (workers aged 25 and older) Increased from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour. National Minimum Wage workers aged 21 to 24 increased from £7.38 to £7.70 per hour. workers aged 18 to 20 increased from £5.90 to £6.15 per hour. young workers (non-apprentices aged...

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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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