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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BESA AND ECA LAUNCH ENGINEERING SERVICES MANIFESTO

Leading trade bodies issue industry manifesto ahead of June 8 poll. An engineering services manifesto has been launched by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), ahead of the upcoming general election on 8 June. The five-point industry manifesto, which adds to a recent submission by the ECA and BESA on the government’s industrial...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CONSULTATION ON VAT FRAUD IN CONSTRUCTION – HAVE YOUR SAY

VAT fraud in labour provision in construction sector The Government have launched a consultation on options for combatting fraud on labour provision in the construction sector. The consultation is likely to affect many BESA Members. We are encouraging Members to take part and have their say. The consultation will consider a range of policy options to prevent supply chain fraud in the sector,...

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beware the bogus bailiff

We have recently been informed of a number of scam calls from people purporting to be bailiffs in order to scam the company out of, in some cases, thousands of pounds. The scam usually begins with one of the false ‘bailiffs’ telephoning a business claiming that they have a warrant and a bailiff is on his way to your business property, they then offer you the opportunity to settle the debt via a...

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Under fire apprenticeship levy is ‘not a numbers game’

This month’s launch of the Apprenticeship Levy has coincided with a critical report from the all-party parliamentary Education Committee, which dubbed it a “blunt instrument” that would do little to tackle the skills gap without significant changes. The Committee said the Levy would drive up numbers of apprentices, but not necessarily in the industry sectors and regions where they were most...

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

BESA appoints new head of Wales

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has appointed Cat Griffith-Williams as its new head of Wales following the retirement of Andrew Marchant. Cat joins from the communications agency Grayling, where she was responsible for its overall strategy in Wales and charged with enhancing the agency’s offer to existing and new clients.  She oversaw public affairs, strategic partnerships...

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