News - The BESA


Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Nine in 10 councils breach rules on payment practices

Findings emerge on six month anniversary of collapse of Carillion Almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) local authorities are not monitoring if their supply chain is getting paid within 30 days for construction work, according to data obtained by ECA and BESA. The freedom of information request also revealed almost half (49 per cent) of local authorities do not have, or don’t know whether they have,...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

BESA praises levy changes

The government’s decision to ease restrictions on how Apprenticeship Levy funds are distributed has been praised by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). From July, large firms who pay the Levy will be able to transfer up to 10% of their funds annually to multiple supply chain partners. Previously, a levy-payer was only able to share funds with one other employer, but...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Engineering services trade bodies respond to Government Sector Deal

The Government’s newly announced Construction Sector Deal has been broadly backed by BESA and the ECA. Both bodies support the focus on more highly skilled apprenticeships, digital processes, and whole life value. The attention given to SMEs, productivity and supply chain collaboration is also welcome. However, both bodies agree with the June 2018 FSB report, Chain Reaction, that more decisive...

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Network Rail shows “exemplary leadership” on payment

Trade bodies applaud Network Rail for commitment to fairer business practices Network Rail has set a great example on fair payment, which others should now follow, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body, ECA. The two trade bodies applauded Network Rail’s decision to ban retentions and adopt project bank...

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Friday, June 15, 2018

One in Four MPs now back Aldous Bill

Second Reading moved to October, as more MPs join coalition of support More than one in four MPs now supports the Aldous Bill, in an unprecedented show of support for reforming retentions. This increased support comes as the second reading of the Bill has been moved to 26 October. The new date has been welcomed by key supporters of the Bill, as it enables the growing list of supporters to...

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