A key role of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) is to help its members to face up to the challenges of the marketplace and to turn them into business opportunities, according to newly-elected president Jim Marner.
Speaking at the B&ES annual general meeting, Mr Marner said: “We must address the skills shortages which, at every level of the workforce, are threatening to limit the extent to which members can take advantage of the economic recovery.
“We must continue to fight for the introduction of a fairer and more equitable payment culture that will allow businesses in the sector to operate profitably and to invest in skills, resources and technology.
“We must try to establish a more accessible and transparent pre-qualification regime.”
Turning to the construction industry as a whole, Mr Marner reminded his audience that the Association must promote “intelligent thinking” at the outset of each project – along with an appreciation of what each party can contribute to its overall success.