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Monday, March 23, 2020

Sites should accept expired SKILLcards during COVID-19 crisis, says BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has joined calls for site managers to show leniency towards staff with expired SKILLcards, because operatives are unable to sit their tests due to the closure of testing centres last Friday to help stem the outbreak of COVID-19. This follows the recent CSCS statement asking employers and those responsible for site access to use their discretion...

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Survey: Over 9 in 10 engineering services firms fear impact of coronavirus

Over nine in 10 engineering services businesses (93 per cent) say they are ‘concerned or very concerned’ about the impact of coronavirus on their business over the next six months, according to initial responses to a major new ECA / BESA / SELECT engineering services survey. Over sixty percent of respondents are ‘very concerned’ about coronavirus while perhaps remarkably, one per cent of...

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Trade body welcomes IR35 delay

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the decision made yesterday by the government to delay the start date for IR35. In response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the government announced that the new off-payroll tax reforms (IR35), due to be extended to medium and large businesses in the private sector in April 2020, will be deferred to 6 April 2021 to...

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus impact survey launched by engineering services bodies

Given the developing situation regarding coronavirus, a new engineering services industry survey has been launched by BESA, ECA and SELECT. The survey aims to obtain an early picture of the current and anticipated business impact in the engineering services sector and its supply chain, to enable effective representation and advice on important issues. The survey can be completed here -...

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

BESA welcomes Budget infrastructure boost

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the additional £175 billion infrastructure investment over the next five years and SME support measures as part of the government’s response to the Coronavirus crisis announced today by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak in his 2020 Budget Speech. The Chancellor announced the GDP growth forecast was 1.1% in 2020, but...

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