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Monday, May 18, 2020

BESA fears mental health ‘second wave’

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has warned that there could be another surge in mental health problems across the construction and building engineering sectors as more sites and buildings re-open. It said Mental Health Awareness Week was an opportunity for firms to take a proactive approach to assessing the mental health and wellbeing of all employees to avoid “a ticking time...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

BESA welcomes new government financial guarantee

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the government’s announcement of further support for businesses provided by a Trade Credit Insurance guarantee of business-to-business transactions. Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen today announced that businesses with supply chains that rely on Trade Credit Insurance and are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover...

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Monday, May 11, 2020

The industry has proved it can change, says Hackitt

The way the construction industry has responded to the coronavirus crisis shows it is capable of making the changes it must to improve building safety and quality, according to Dame Judith Hackitt. The chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety commissioned by the government in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster said the sector had demonstrated it was “capable of...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Greater focus on occupant wellbeing will emerge from crisis

Some of the changes made by the building services sector to cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic will become permanent, according to two business leaders. Swegon UK&I managing director Robin Vollert and the CEO of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) took part in a special crisis webinar to discuss the way ahead for the industry. They both identified future opportunities...

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Minister condemns ‘David versus Goliath’ payment abuse

Too many large firms have changed their payment terms during the current COVID-19 crisis to protect themselves at the expense of smaller businesses, according to the Minister for Small Business. Paul Scully MP told a recent webinar hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) that the government would be “calling out” those companies who indulged in poor payment practices during...

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