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Friday, March 16, 2018

BESA appoints new chief executive

David Frise has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). He has been combining the roles of head of sustainability at BESA and chief executive of the construction fit-out body FIS for seven years. He takes over as CEO of BESA with immediate effect, but will also continue in his role at the FIS for a short period to help manage the...

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Monday, March 12, 2018

More than 60 trade bodies unite behind ‘Aldous’ Bill in Carillion aftermath

Industry are uniting behind Peter Aldous MP’s efforts to reform damaging payment practices and abuse in the construction industry In the wake of the Carillion collapse an industry coalition of over 60 construction and maintenance trade bodies now back the ‘Aldous Bill;’ proposing cash retentions owed to the supply chain be held in trust. By far the largest industry coalition ever formed on the...

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Friday, March 9, 2018


Eight in 10 (80 per cent) engineering services firms say turnover increased or remained steady during the final quarter of 2017, according to new findings from the sector-wide ‘Building Engineering Business Survey’, sponsored by Scolmore. The survey, run in partnership by leading engineering services trade bodies BESA, ECA, SELECT and SNIPEF, received 416 responses from companies across the...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018


The Building Engineering Services Association has been appointed as a Registered End Point Assessment Organisation (RoEPAO), which allows it to assess new training standards in England. This follows its appointment late last year as an officially registered New Standard apprentice delivery body able to operate across England, Scotland and Wales with Northern Ireland soon to follow. BESA members...

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BESA issues hard-hitting retentions plan to Government

A hard-hitting action plan to finally put the issue of cash retentions in construction to bed has been issued to the Government by leading engineering services bodies the BESA and ECA. The submission follows the collapse of Carillion last month, which has severely affected many subcontractors. In the submission, the two trade bodies called on the Government to put retentions in trust as a key...

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