B&ES president commits to innovation and improvement

B&ES, Jim Marner

The president of B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) Jim Marner has stressed the key role the association plays, and will continue to play, in addressing what he described as ‘the challenges of an increasingly demanding marketplace’.

Speaking to guests of the association at its annual luncheon, Mr Marner confirmed its crucial role in providing ‘guidance, support and leadership’ to ensure that UK construction remained ‘wholly fit for purpose’ — while at the same time reducing its costs and remaining profitable.

He said, ‘We live and work in an ever more globalised marketplace in which initiative, innovation and continuous improvement are essential to our prosperity and survival — and in which fair dealing and security of payment are crucial to the strength and stability of the supply chain.’

He added that it was the duty of any responsible industry organisation to establish and maintain quality, promote co-operation, collaboration and teamwork, and ensure that its members provided ‘the best possible service to their customers and clients.

He also commented on the debate that continues to surround energy efficiency, the reduction of carbon emissions from buildings and the creation of a genuinely sustainable built environment.

‘There has been some concern over the recent evidence of a potential weakening of resolve on the part of the UK Government in its commitment to the creation of a low-carbon economy,’ he acknowledged.

‘But we remain absolute in our own commitment to the development of sustainable building services, to the integration of renewable and environmental technologies in buildings — and to the achievement of emission reduction targets that will place the UK in the vanguard of the environmental revolution,’ He insisted.

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