Industry associations launch major Brexit survey

Published:  11 August, 2016

A new survey on the impact of the Brexit vote on the building services engineering sector has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT.

The survey aims to identify the key issues within the sector following the UK's landmark decision to leave the European Union. The survey covers the likely implications of Brexit for the sector, including the UK government's exit negotiations with Brussels.

The results of the survey will inform the representational work of the ECA, BESA and SELECT as the government develops its Brexit negotiating position and establishes new approaches to domestic and international policy and legislation.

Rob Driscoll, director of commercial and legal at BESA, said: "The referendum vote has created business uncertainty and knocked confidence just when the economy was showing signs of gradual recovery after the financial crash. However, there is a lot of misinformation and scaremongering out there - the UK is in danger of talking itself into a recession.

"It is vital, therefore, to gather good quality, accurate market intelligence at a time like this so businesses can make investment and recruitment decisions based on what is actually happening. We need to build up a picture of what Brexit could really mean for our sector and which issues most concern our members so that we can provide useful advice and guidance."

Paul Reeve, director of business services at the ECA, added: "The Prime Minister has famously said that 'Brexit means Brexit’. She quickly added that the UK is going to 'make a success of it', and so it's now up to our sector to help shape UK government policy and to identify the opportunities, and solutions to the challenges ahead."

The survey has just 12 questions and will usually take around five minutes to complete. It is open to all contractors in the BSE sector, and most notably ECA, BESA and SELECT members. The survey findings will be shared with member-firms and key stakeholders from across the industry, this autumn.

The online Brexit survey, which runs until Tuesday 6 September, can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJWQ5WY.

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