Batched on Site Association: Policy Impact Assessment

Question: What will be the impact of changing government regulations on the sector?

The Batched On-site Association (BSA) is the trade body for companies that deliver and mix concrete to order, on-site. The UK Department for Transport (DfT) was considering a regulatory change that would see their operating weight restricted and the BSA wanted to understand what impact the change of policy might have on the sector and wider economy.

Solution: a rounded assessment of the direct and indirect impacts on businesses

Regeneris assessed the sector’s current economic contribution to the UK, and the likely economic consequences of the proposed policy. We gathered data on the sector’s economic footprint via a survey of all operators of concrete mixing companies and modelled the direct, indirect and induced effects arising from the sector’s activities. Our team also gathered intelligence via case studies with key customers on the efficiencies stimulated by the sector for the construction industry. We modelled the potential impact of changes in operating weight on the sector, its customers and supply chain including looking at the likely environmental consequences.

Impact: high profile audience and vital input to changing regulations

The Regeneris analysis was used to make the case to the DfT, and in a briefing to the Transport Minister, for a more flexible approach to the policy and was presented to MPs at a special briefing event at the Houses of Parliament.

The Batched on Site Association was facing legislative changes which would have decimated the mobile concrete batching industry. After a recommendation, we instructed Regeneris to prepare a comprehensive report on the economic impact to the industry of those changes. We were certainly not disappointed with what we received. We were impressed by the levels of work and commitment shown by Tim Fanning, Darren Wisher and team. The report was presented to the Minister for Transport, other high profile MPs and senior civil servants at the Department for Transport and certainly made them sit up and take note of the catastrophic implications of their proposed changes. I am not certain we would have been able to get our message across to the authorities so easily without Regeneris’ report. In addition to the written report prepared by Regeneris, we instructed Tim Fanning to present his findings at the Palace of Westminster to a collection of MPs. We were that impressed with the standard of Regeneris’ work that we instructed them again the following year to prepare a further written report on a different subject.

– Jared Dunbar, National Co-Ordinator of the Batched on Site Association


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