News Trade Bodies Launch Survey Quiz Construction Firms Impact Brexit

A trio of trade bodies have launched a survey aimed at identifying the construction industry’s key issues following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU).

The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Scottish SELECT hope results from the survey, which covers the likely implications of Brexit on the building services engineering (BSE) sector, can help them negotiate with the government on domestic and international policy and legislation.

Paul Reeve, director of business services at the ECA, said: “The prime minister has famously said that ‘Brexit means Brexit’.

She quickly added that the UK is going to ‘make a success of it’, and so it’s now up to our sector to help shape UK government policy and to identify the opportunities, and solutions to the challenges ahead.”

Rob Driscoll, director of commercial and legal at BESA, agrees and says due to the amount of scaremongering in the sector, it is vital to get some good quality and accurate feedback.

He said: “The referendum vote has created business uncertainty and knocked confidence just when the economy was showing signs of gradual recovery after the financial crash. However, there is a lot of misinformation and scaremongering out there – the UK is in danger of talking itself into a recession.

“It is vital, therefore, to gather good quality, accurate market intelligence at a time like this so businesses can make investment and recruitment decisions based on what is actually happening. We need to build up a picture of what Brexit could really mean for our sector and which issues most concern our members so that we can provide useful advice and guidance.”

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While Newell McGuiness, managing director of SELECT, added: “This survey will help us more clearly understand the concerns of businesses in the BSE sector so we can concentrate our representative activities in the areas of most importance to them.”

The 12-question BSE sector Brexit survey, which can be accessed
here, runs until Tuesday, September 6, and is open to ECA, BESA and SELECT members and all contractors in the BSE sector.

The findings of the survey will be announced in the autumn.

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