ACR Journal

Volume 7 No.5 August | September 2021 ACRIB / BESA The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) is a central forum for trade associations and professional bodies from all sectors and interests in or served by the RACHP industry. Established for over 20 years, ACRIB has been involved in supporting the UK Government in implementing F-Gas legislation, providing a balanced input to policymakers and legislators, and responding to legislative consultations and meeting with Government representatives while o ering technical advice and industry guidance on good practice. Several trade organisations are members of the ACRIB Board, including the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA, previously known as the HVCA). The organisation is a trade association representing and supporting its members active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings throughout the whole of the UK. Members’ voice BESA operates several specialist groups, including the RACHP Group (Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps), who are active members of ACRIB and represent broadly the building services engineering contractors in the air conditioning and ventilation sector as well as commercial refrigeration contracting. It has three members of the BESA RACHP Group sitting on the ACRIB Board and has provided a number of prominent ACRIB Chairs from its membership – many of whom have provided leadership for the whole sector over many years, driving forward the issues that a ect contractors so much, such as education, training and technical standards. BESA feels it is essential for its members to be at the heart of the decision making process in driving the sector forward and improving the commercial landscape its members need to thrive in, in addition in representing their interests to Government departments and NGOs. BESA’s mission is to act as our member’s voice, representing the best interests of firms active within the built environment at a regional and national level. Its members range from the smallest enterprises to the largest organisations within the industry, and it o ers specialist support services, training courses and advice that is tailored to meet individual requirements. A range of member benefits will help members win work, get paid, be supported, and demonstrate competency and compliance. Free technical, HR, legal and H&S guidance is available and support from the BESA team of experts. It also o ers a range of discounted benefits ranging from industry software, employee benefits, business insurance, technical publications, free Jobs Board and Trustmark status, plus many more. ACR Journal takes a look at BESA and how it has become an active member of ACRIB, representing refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation services and contractors Members are key for BESA 44

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