The news that the HVCA has terminated its plans to introduce the Building Engineering Services National Agreement (BESNA), has been welcomed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) and NG Bailey have also previously confirmed they intend to withdraw from the agreement.

The ECA has stressed the importance of this announcement for the industry. In a statement the ECA claimed that ‘The ECA has consistently said that a collaborative way forward is the only way to deliver sustainable change. Now the HVCA has withdrawn BESNA, we look forward to working with our industry colleagues to find a solution that works for the entire sector.

‘This is the only approach that makes sense if we are to deliver lasting change for the sector as a whole; something the ECA, along with our colleagues from the other trade associations, is committed to achieving.’