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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Scottish contractors plead for help on payment abuse

Scottish member companies of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) say the current practice of withholding cash retentions is hugely damaging for many Scottish construction SMEs and is leading to widespread insolvencies. Retentions are usually charged at 5% of the total contract value with at least half of the amount often withheld until two or even three years after completion....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Coronavirus advice for members

BESA have prepared guidance for its members on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance has been prepared by BESA's Head of Compliance & Standards and their in-house Legal & Commercial team of specialists.  The guidance brings together sources of latest and reliable information, describes best practice and provides an example incident response plan template and...

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Monday, March 9, 2020

BESA calls for renewed focus on diversity

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) marked International Women’s Day on Sunday by renewing its calls for a government strategy to diversify the workforce in the construction and engineering sectors. At the 2019 general election, BESA lobbied the major political parties with its own Manifesto of policy proposals to create a better built environment and construction industry. One...

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Survey: Almost four in 10 SMEs suffer mental health problems due to pay issues

Almost four in 10 small and medium-sized businesses (37 per cent) across all industry sectors are  encountering mental health issues among staff due to unfair payment practices, according to a new YouGov poll. The survey, commissioned by engineering services bodies BESA and ECA, identified mental health issues in SME staff due to late or unfair payments including: stress (29 per cent), depression...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Toshiba joins growing list of manufacturers backing REFCOM Elite

REFCOM has welcomed the announcement that Toshiba Air Conditioning have raised the bar in the awarding of their top-tier warranty scheme to insist on the contractor being a REFCOM Elite registered company. REFCOM Elite is a voluntary best practice company registration scheme that has been running since 1994 to promote environmentally responsible refrigerant management and compliance with the...

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