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B&ES president stresses importance of “fit for purpose” industry

Speaking at the B&ES President’s Luncheon on Wednesday 9 September, B&ES president Jim Marner stressed the key role the Building & Engineering Services Association will continue to play in addressing “the challenges of an increasingly demanding marketplace”.

Mr Marner confirmed its crucial role in providing “guidance, support and leadership” to ensure that construction remained “wholly fit for purpose” – while at the same time reducing its costs and remaining profitable.

“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,” Mr Marner said.

Much of the association’s focus was on commercial matters – the damaging effects of late payment, the elimination of waste, the maximisation of efficiency, competitiveness and “smarter working”, and the reintroduction of partnering arrangements, negotiated contracts, two-stage tendering and preferred supply chain agreements.

Mr Marner also acknowledged the concrn over the recent evidence of a potential weakening of resolve on the part of the government in its commitment to the creation of a low-carbon economy”.

“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,” the president insisted.

Mr Marner also confirmed the appointment of Paul McLaughlin in the role of B&ES chief executive.

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