B&ES-BESA

The Association’s logo since 2012 (left) has now been transformed into the new logo (right)

UK: The contractors’ group B&ES, which changed its name from HVCA in 2012, has quietly undergone a further subtle name change. 

Originally founded in 1904, the association had operated as the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association since 1963 until in March 2012 it became the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES). The name change was said to have been made to more accurately reflect the activities of its members which had expanded beyond just heating and ventilating.

Now the association has silently dropped the ampersand and become BESA – the Building Engineering Services Association.

The name change and new logo is gradually being introduced to communications and promotional material from the Association but its website does not, as yet, reflect the change.

Jack McDavid, head of communications and public affairs, told the Cooling Post that BESA had been the preferred title when the Association last changed its name but that clashed with a pre-existing trade mark. “Since then, our lawyers have looked at it again and found that the trade mark has lapsed,” he said.

He revealed that Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) was now the official trading name and would eventually become the group’s registered title.