The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

BESA to Help Cut Red Tape for Contractors

BESA to Help Cut Red Tape for Contractors
04 May 2021
 

The Building Engineering Services Association has become the first trade body to adopt a new industry agreed prequalification standard that promises to cut expensive and time-consuming "red tape" for contractors.

The new Common Assessment Standard, developed by Build UK and endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council, means suppliers will only need to be certified once a year by a single recognised assessment body before tendering for work with contractors and clients who specify it.

The standard has been made possible thanks to a data-sharing agreement with the three recognised assessment bodies: Achilles, CHAS and Constructionline.

 

Costs Construction Industry £1 Billion Every Year

 

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) notes that this is a significant improvement on the current system where different clients insist on their own prequalification questionnaires being completed meaning contractors are forced to duplicate time and effort.

Build UK estimates this wasteful process costs the construction industry as much as £1 billion every year.

BESA Chief Executive David Frise said the new approach would transform the prequalification process and make it work better for both suppliers and clients.

“By streamlining the process and linking it to a pan-industry agreed standard, it will be quicker and simpler for good quality firms to demonstrate their business credentials and clients will get the reassurance they need,” he said.

Build UK Deputy Chief Executive Jo Fautley said the new system was “a huge step towards more efficient working, which is more important than ever in the current challenging economic climate”.

 

Assessing Competence 

 

BESA has also recognised the new standard as a way of deeming to satisfy the business management section of its own Competence Assessment Standard (CAS), which companies must achieve to join the Association or remain in membership.  Any company that deems to satisfy business assurance by reaching the new standard will save a significant amount of time and duplication of effort because they will also be meeting BESA’s requirements. 

However, the Association stressed that it would continue to assess the technical competence of its members.

“It is important that individual trade bodies continue to take responsibility for the specialist technical aspects of assessing competence,” said Frise. “Our organisations are best placed to oversee whether companies are keeping up with advances in technology and working practices while also investing in training to ensure their workforces are properly equipped to carry out high quality work.

“Being able to streamline the business assurance element of pre-qualification will have the added benefit of giving them more time and resource to focus on these technical aspects. This should lead to even more improvements, including better productivity, for clients.”

Picture: a photograph of a red construction workers protective helmet

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 04 May 2021

Share



Related Articles

Only 36% of Construction Workers Pay Into a Pension

Department for Work and Pensions figures show that only 797,000 employees out of a total industry workforce of 2.2 million were paying into any kind of...

 Read Full Article
Building Services Sector Backs Industry Prequalification Standard

Companies from the building services sector are encouraging the construction industry to embrace the new Common Assessment Standard, following the announcement of a...

 Read Full Article
Adam Taylor Named as New BESA Indoor Air Quality Chair

The new chair of the Indoor Air Quality group of the Building Engineering Services Association has been elected. Adam Taylor, CEO of ARM Environments will...

 Read Full Article
Building Control Officer Competence Deadline Extended by HSE

Building control professionals in England have received a 13-week extension to allow them more time to complete competence assessments. The Director of Building Safety...

 Read Full Article
BESA Urges Building Services Employers to Reset Their Approach to Recruitment

BESA’s Director of Training and Skills believes more companies need to “step up and walk the walk by committing to take on more apprentices.” Helen...

 Read Full Article
Building Services Contractors Must Consider Changes to Legal Liabilities 

The Building Safety Act is already changing the legal landscape for the building services profession, according to BESA. The association considers the extension of the...

 Read Full Article
Online Heat Pump Seller Prosecuted for Breaching F-Gas Regulations

An online retailer has been fined for selling HVAC equipment without ensuring that it would be installed by a properly qualified engineer. Appliances Direct (AD) was...

 Read Full Article
Will 2024 be the Year of Retrofit?

The Building Engineering Services Association has urged the UK government to help accelerate growth in the number of whole building retrofit projects carried...

 Read Full Article
BESA Calls Welsh Government’s Cuts to Apprenticeship Funding ‘Nonsensical’

Helen Yeulet​ from BESA has reacted to the Welsh government’s decision to cut funding for technical apprenticeships by almost 25 per cent. In collaboration...

 Read Full Article
Average Tradesperson Loses Out on Over £1,400 a Year Working at ‘Mates Rates’

A survey of tradespeople in the UK shows that they lose an average of over £1,400 a year doing work for free, or at reduced rates, for friends and relatives. 500...

 Read Full Article