The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) have launched an engineering services manifesto ahead of the forthcoming general election on 8th June.
The five-point industry manifesto, which adds to a recent submission by the ECA and BESA on the government’s industrial strategy consultation, calls for the following:
ECA ceo Steve Bratt and BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin said: “The next government has a great opportunity to deliver an investment and regulatory climate in which industry thrives and where buildings and infrastructure support UK growth and productivity.
“Our five-point manifesto would support business, by delivering highly skilled apprenticeships, giving SMEs the opportunity to grow, and ultimately, improving UK productivity.”
According to the government’s industrial strategy consultation, the UK lags behind other developed nations including Germany, France and the United States in terms of worker productivity.
BESA and ECA members have combined annual turnover of £10 billion, spanning building, infrastructure and maintenance activity. Engineering services fulfils 90 per cent of the costs associated with buildings and infrastructure, compared to just 10 per cent for initial building costs.
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