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The housebuilding sector is thriving, according to figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF). NHBC reports that 42,470 new homes were registered in Q1 of this year – a 10 year high and a 17% year-on-year rise. Affordable housing has seen a significant growth in registrations, increasing by […]
The latest State of Trade Survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) reveals that confidence continues to grow in the construction industry. The research shows that construction SMEs are optimistic about their workloads, employment levels, and enquiries, with 50% of businesses surveyed expecting higher levels of work in the next three months. In Q1 […]
Staff retention is a big issue in a labour market where skills are often short, but the answer does not lie just in last-ditch attempts to dissuade employees from leaving. In this article, we explore the impact of construction management software on staff retention in the construction industry. While the last few years have brought […]
Costs are rising in the construction industry, but here we explore how investing in the right construction accounting software can help you take control. The UK construction sector has been expanding in recent months, but the issue of rising costs remains as a negative threat to companies who fail to take the right action. The […]
Recent research by Eque2 which explored the biggest concerns amongst senior finance professionals at construction firms showed that Brexit is surprisingly low on the list. It is not that nobody is giving it any thought, but with only nine per cent raising it, it seems that, at the very least, the prospect of Britain leaving […]
The economic turbulence of recent years has been a major wake-up call for the construction sector in the UK. After the biggest recession in a generation there has been a general recovery, but if anyone thought that the road ahead would be a smooth one, Brexit changed all that, but as yet nobody knows exactly […]
Brexit may mean Brexit, but it also means the government investing more in infrastructure. Six months on from the historic referendum in which Britons voted to leave the European Union, many are none the wiser about the consequences. While the government has given a deadline of when it will invoke Article 50 – court cases […]
The publication of the Construction Leadership Council’s ‘Modernise or Die’ report this year highlighted a range of areas in which the sector needs to adapt to the future if it is to remain fit for purpose. Given the lingering effects of the economic crisis and the uncertainties of Brexit, it would be unwise for any […]
The Brexit vote has caused plenty of uncertainty for the construction sector, but it has also opened up some potential opportunities. The referendum outcome in June has left plenty of uncertainty for businesses around the country, including those in the construction industry. Concern has centred on how Brexit could impact on activity, and whether the […]
This month’s biggest news was the government’s decision to select Heathrow as the site of a new runway to expand Britain’s airport capacity. Other major transport projects include the green light being given to an extension of Manchester’s Metrolink. One of the places it will serve is the new Trafford Waters development, for which Peel […]
This month has seen the government finally giving the go-ahead to Hinckley C, while the airport expansion debate has taken a new twist with Heathrow publishing revised plans. A major redevelopment of the area of central Birmingham featuring the HS2 hub station has been detailed, while the world’s largest offshore maintenance hub is set to be constructed in Grimsby.
This month has seen the unveiling of a range of major new projects, from the road tunnel between Manchester and Sheffield to a new bridge across the Menai Straits. However, the new prime minister appears to have doubts about the Hinkley C nuclear power station. Energy round-up Theresa May has been defended by two Tory […]
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