ESSA members to be exempt from training levy

The association has successfully negotiated with CITB-Construction Skills, the construction industry's training board, to waiver its levy on all of ESSA members who have appealed against paying it.

Essentially it means that cost savings, particuarly for medium and large exhibition design and build firms, will be significant as the levy is annual and based upon a percentage of the wages paid to their staff.

ESSA can reveal that much of the work conducted by its members – which includes exhibition stand builders and suppliers, often working off-site – is now 'out of scope'. Essentially this means that all companies who appeal against the levy, as long they double check they are not 'in scope', will be exempt from the payment.

ESSA director Chris Skeith explained: "The debt burden for companies begins when they are identified as being 'in scope' and continues to increase whiile an appeal takes place. This can potentially end up with companies potentially owing many thousands of pounds if they should lose the appeal. We see our achievement as a real success story, because it has taken a huge finanical burden off of our members."

The association has also gained clairfication of the requirements for the scope of the CITB-Construction Skills training levy for its members.

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