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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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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The ‘ayes’ have it! Retentions Bill passes first reading

The so-called Aldous Bill, which seeks to amend the 1996 Construction Act and ensure that retentions are held in a deposit scheme, passed its First Reading in Parliament yesterday unopposed. This means that the Construction Retention Deposit Schemes Bill will now move to its second reading, scheduled for 27 April. The Bill was presented by Peter Aldous, Member of Parliament for Waveney, and had...

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Aldous launches retentions bill

Proposed parliamentary legislation designed to dramatically reform the controversial practice of payment retentions in the construction industry was formally unveiled at a House of Commons briefing today. The Bill, which is being introduced under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’ by Peter Aldous MP and will have its first reading in parliament tomorrow (January 9), has attracted cross-party support with the...

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

BESA backs Hackitt’s call to action

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the interim report issued by the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety following the Grenfell Tower fire. The need for future regulations to focus on the whole lifecycle of buildings and for the industry to “sharpen up” on skills and competence were particularly welcome, the Association said. The Review,...

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