One of the key functions of any trade association is to represent Members’ interests
– and SELECT is our collective voice in Scotland’s unique business environment.

Representation and Standards

This is done in a host of different ways:

  • On the technical side we participate in the IET Wiring Regulations Committee and the British Standards Institution.
  • Industry issues are handled through the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Division and the Health & Safety Executive.
  • SELECT build’s relationships with specifiers through it’s Local Authority Forum and interaction with architects, surveyors, landlords and housing associations.
  • Our interactions with government are many and varied. In addition to a programme of individual briefings for politicians including Ministers, we are active members of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Groups on Construction, Safety and Consumer Affairs.
  • We represent the views of Scotland’s electrical installation sector through our participation in the influential Construction Scotland and membership of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group.
  • To build relationships and promote understanding of our industry, we run an important programme of ‘Chatham House’ Policy Dinners for Scotland’s political parties on a party by party basis.
  • Through these representational networks, SELECT works to shape the market environment to create the industry conditions that enable members to operate profitably.

Activities:

We undertake many activities to achieve our objectives – these come under four main headings:

Political

  • SELECT works to build contacts at the Scottish Parliament and to make ourselves available as the industry authority in Scotland.
  • Emphasis has always been placed on those non-reserved matters which most closely interface with SELECT’s key functions.
  • We brief those MSPs, MPs and MEPs with front bench spokesperson roles, those who are members of relevant committees and those with an active industry or constituency interest.
  • Communications with Parliaments and Government are always targeted, concise and considered as our objective is to be regarded as always being available to provide expert advice but never inappropriately pushy or demanding of parliamentary time.
  • A key element of our parliamentary involvement are our regular Policy Dinners conducted with the major party groups under the ‘Chatham House rule’ (anything discussed can be quoted – but not attributed).

Standards

  • In-depth involvement (meetings, correspondence and consultations) with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) to help influence shape of BS 7671 (IEE Wiring Regulations) and associated guidance documents.
  • Supporting the drafting of agreed forms of contract through participation in the work of the Scottish Building Contract Committee (SBCC).
  • Consultation with the British Standards Institution (BSI) on electrotechnical installation Standards.

Industry Bodies

  • Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group (SEC Group).
  • AIE – leading the creation of the AIE pan-European positions.
  • Health & Safety Executive – input into relevant Health and Safety standards.
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Scottish Building Standards Division

This is a Division of the Scottish Government’s Directorate of the Built Environment and is our point of contact for all Building Standards Matters.

  • We are in regular contact with BSD on BS standard all matters related to our position as a Scheme Provider for Certification of Construction and the manner in which this is discharged by local authorities.