The new government has been congratulated on its general election victory by leading engineering services trade bodies, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA).
ECA and BESA are now urging the government to use its new parliamentary majority to deliver much-needed reform and investment for the engineering and construction industries.
The two associations are calling for a new a five-point plan, notably to:
BESA chief executive, David Frise, and ECA chief executive Steve Bratt, said: “SMEs and the skilled engineering workforce are vital to the delivery of a dynamic, low carbon UK economy. So, we particularly welcome the government’s pledge to ‘clamp down on late payment’. Ending poor payment practices remains one of the biggest concerns of our members and it is an essential part of changing the industry’s culture.
“Our recent industry-wide survey has shown these practices have serious economic and financial downsides, along with putting mental health burdens on SME owners and their staff.
“Furthermore, if done correctly and in close consultation with the industry, the proposed new building regulation regime could cement a better culture of competence and compliance within the industry, and crucially, save lives.”
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