Who we are

B&ES is the UK's leading trade association for building services engineering contractors. Founded in 1904, it adds value to members' businesses by providing quality services, promoting excellence and shaping the commercial environment through representation and leadership.

The B&ES represents the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (hvacr) products and equipment.

B&ES members are subject to regular, third-party inspection and assessment to ensure their technical and commercial competence.

B&ES member companies benefit from access to a wide range of services which are carefully tailored to their needs, and which help them to build better and more profitable businesses. 

In addition to Locate a Contractor, B&ES's FREE online search service designed to make it easy and quick to find B&ES members, the Association publishes The B&ES Book an annual directory of members and useful contacts. (download)

These include commercial, legal and technical advice, health and safety guidance, an employment affairs resource, promotional and parliamentary lobbying support and an infrastructure for education and training.

B&ES is itself a member of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group, which provides a united voice for engineering specialists and has representation on the Strategic Forum for Construction.

It is also a member of GCI-UICP, the European umbrella body for the hvacr and plumbing sectors, and of CEETB, which exists to represent all engineering specialists in construction.

B&ES is a member of the TA Forum. Since its formation in 1997, the Trade Association Forum has been encouraging the development and sharing of best practice among UK trade associations and promoting the role of effective trade associations to government, industry and the wider public.

B&ES runs a wholly-owned subsidiary called Welplan who provide tailored pensions and employee benefits to members and employers working in the building and engineering services industry. With more than 50 years of experience working with clients of all sizes, Welplan has the flexibility to provide bespoke benefits to meet the requirements of individual groups or single employers. To find out more about the range of service on offer, please visit the Welplan website.


THE B&ES Book 2014

An annual printed directory of members and useful contacts. (Access online)

Business Manifesto for the 2015/20 Government
The B&ES Business Manifesto has been drawn together in advance of the general election on Thursday 7 May in order to highlight the issues that the Association believes the 2015-to-2020 Government – of whatever political colour – must address if the UK construction industry is to remain genuinely fit-for-purpose in the years ahead.

Click here to access the B&ES Business Manifesto