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HVCA to change its name

The Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA) is changing its name to the Building & Engineering Services Association from March 1, 2012.
HVCA to change its name
Members of the Association voted overwhelmingly (more than 90 per cent) for the name change at a special general meeting yesterday. They felt that heating and ventilating no longer represented the breadth of work they did and the new name reflected the 'one-stop shop' nature of many of their businesses.

HVCA president Bob Shelley explained that independent research carried out among members and their clients had revealed a widespread belief that the HVCA name no longer fully reflected the scope of services provided by Association.

He added: 'It is clear that clients do not fully recognise the ever-widening range of services our members provide – nor the increasing role they play in the integration of engineering systems in today’s buildings, especially in relation to the growing trend towards renewable and environmental technologies.

'Following many months of research, discussion, consultation and engagement with the membership, and supported by branding and marketing professionals, my fellow officers and I reached the conclusion that – as part of a much more comprehensive Plan for Change and in order fully to reflect the Association’s already broadened footprint – the time was right for the adoption of a new corporate identity.

'I am delighted that the membership as a whole has taken the same view and given their wholehearted support to this bold and historic initiative.'

The Association had long been convinced of the need for the creation of an organisation to represent the wider building and engineering services sector, said Mr Shelley – adding that 'HVCA is now ideally placed to become just such an organisation'.

This is the third time in its 107-year history that the Association has changed its name to reflect the developing character of its membership – the most recent instance being in 1963 when it was changed from the Association of Heating, Ventilation and Domestic Engineering Employers to the HVCA. 'In those days, most members thought of themselves as 'heating and ventilating contractors', a description that few use now,' Mr Shelley pointed out.

'Today, our membership embraces many other specialisms, such as ventilation hygiene, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, and facilities management services, all of which can be accommodated under the 'building and engineering services' description.'

In welcoming the decision of the membership, chief executive Blane Judd stressed that the re-branding was just one element in a 're-positioning' exercise that would enable the Association to provide its members with a wider range of services, enhance its influence on Government and across the wider construction industry, and provide a 'natural home for all specialists within building and engineering services'.

'It also acknowledges the increasing clients' emphasis on an integrated, one-stop-shop approach to the procurement of building and engineering services, and satisfies their wish for a broader-based organisation that is able to respond to ever-changing requirements,' Mr Judd concluded.

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9 December 2011


By Ron Baron
09 December 2011 00:03:00
Wonder if anyone has noticed - BESA already exists! British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) - Whoops...
By Andy Dancer
09 December 2011 00:02:00
Does this mean that new certificates of accreditation will automatically be sent to all its members?
By Bob Copeland
09 December 2011 00:01:00
Thanks for that. Will you pay for all our van logos to be changed, and our letterheads, comp slips and all the company promotion desk calenders we have just had delivered?
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