The latest mid-year forecast for 2017 from Glenigan shows that political uncertainty and doubts over the Brexit negotiations are slowing the construction industry’s prospects for the next 2 years. The forecasts suggest that the total value of underlying new project starts is set to rise by just 1% in 2017 and a further 2% in […]

The construction skills gap continues to intensify. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB says, in response to their latest State of Trade Survey 2017 ‘of the 15 key trades and occupations we monitor, 40% show skills shortages at their highest point since we started to feel the effects of the skills crisis in 2013.’ The […]

According to the report from IHS Markit and CIPS UK Construction PMI, last month saw residential building outperform commercial construction and civil engineering activity, despite the most recent increase occurring at the slowest pace in three months. A new study from Glenigan reveals the number of affordable housing units in the planning pipeline leapt by […]

Marketing is no longer just direct mail and advertising campaigns, when we think marketing we think digital, personalised emails, targeted social media campaigns, SEO, blogs and instant downloadable content. This is the same for B2B as it is for B2C and the construction sector is no exception. Our Construction Media Index shows an increase in […]

We are currently surveying construction professionals, asking them questions about their journal readership, blog readership, social media activity, use of product directories and CPD requirements. This is to inform the fifth edition of the Construction Media Index report, due to be released September 2017. Findings are currently being analysed to provide insight into how best […]

With the General Election over and done with focus turns once again to Brexit. Some experts believe that as the UK leaves the EU some of the large construction projects in the UK will be undermined by uncertainty around foreign investment, as well as the cost and availability of labour and materials. Meanwhile some of […]

A major CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) report into migration and the construction industry has revealed that a third of firms employ migrant workers. Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. […]

One way for the construction industry to learn and adapt is to learn from other sectors. Toyota, following WWII, pioneered a method known as lean production. This has been adapted for the building sector and is known as lean construction. Surely lean construction is a perfect fit for BIM? Another method pioneered following WWII is […]

A recent poll from Reuters suggests that planning regulations should be relaxed to help ease the home ownership crisis. The Reuters poll revealed that experts believe nationally prices are expected to rise 2.1 per cent this year and 2.0 per cent in 2018 and 2019. Experts polled by Reuters said loosening planning regulations is the […]

The Quantity Surveyor (QS) is possibly the most ignored influencer by manufacturers. But they are an important member of the construction Decision Making Unit. If you engage with the QS when your competitor does not you will gain a competitive advantage.   [<a href=”//storify.com/CompetitiveA/engaging-with-the-quantity-surveyor” target=”_blank”>View the story “Engaging with the Quantity Surveyor” on Storify</a>]