B&ES looks to the future

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Buoyant membership — Bob Shelley, B&ES president.

Membership of the Building & Engineering Services Association remains buoyant despite the continuing effects of recession — according to the association’s president Bob Shelley. Speaking at the AGMs and conference of the associations’ specialist groups, he reported that total membership had fallen by just 23 companies over the previous 12 months and that nearly a hundred companies were going through the initial process of inspection and assessment.

He also commented on the adoption of the new identity of the organisation to B&ES, from HVCA, on 1 March 2012. He reminded his audience that he and his fellow officers had never seen the exercise as simply a change of name. He explained, ‘From the outset, we were committed to a programme that would deliver a wide range of member services, further enhancement of our influence and the creation of a natural home for all specialists in building engineering services and renewable technologies.

‘We are already in the process of reviewing our independent member inspection and assessment regime to maximise its “deemed to satisfy” potential.

‘We are already updating many of our technical specifications to ensure that they continue to be regarded as “bibles” of the sector, and we are planning the early launch of a suite of new publications that will highlight the full extent of the B&ES “footprint”.’

The association is also looking at the development of a multi-skilled qualifications framework that will help meet its vision of a well trained, well qualified and multi-disciplinary workforce.

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