Could this be the end of recent positive market activity, impacted by Brexit uncertainty? Barbour ABI data shows that all construction contract activity increased 28.9% in August compared to July 2018, with the value of contracts awarded in August now standing at £6.0bn. This data indicates a continuation of the positive conditions experienced in July, […]

Mild decline forecast for construction, despite mild recovery in Quarter 2 Moderate fall in construction growth forecast for 2018 Construction is expected to experience a moderate fall in growth for 2018, following five years of consecutive growth. According to The Construction Products Association’s Summer Forecasts growth for the whole of 2018 is anticipated to fall […]

Mixed figures reported for construction as government announces Construction Sector Deal to transform productivity. Government have announced their Construction Sector Deal. The deal sets out an ambitious partnership between the industry and the government to transform the sector’s productivity. It covers five areas: ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and places. The deal aims to: Invest £420m […]

Subdued construction output reported, with falls in new orders The ONS report Construction output fell by 3.4% during the three-month on three-month period to April 2018, the biggest fall seen since August 2012. This was mainly driven by falls in both repair and maintenance and new work. Despite this the April RIBA Architects’ Future Trends […]

Following the publication of new research by BIM4M2 and the recent Barbour ABI Twitter chat with Steve Thompson Chair of BIM4M2, many interesting points have been raised around the challenges of BIM adoption faced by construction product manufacturers. The government’s 2016 deadline is just around the corner. The BIM4M2 research states just under 50% of respondents […]

Recent research by BIM4M2 with 188 product manufacturers states that over half who have BIM consider their investment to have been worthwhile. So what can be learnt from product manufacturers that have already adopted BIM? How can you make your investment worthwhile? In this blog I take a look at the findings from the research […]

At Competitive Advantage we are strong believers in applying research findings. Yes conduct research and stay in touch with changing market dynamics, learn what your customers think, how you compare to the competition but importantly take the time to use your research information effectively. Having conducted a survey the process of developing competitive advantage can […]

If your organisation has not yet decided to offer BIM content, be aware that in a very short time your business will be disadvantaged. In a recent article for RIBA Insight I look at the Growing BIM Community. When the BIM Task Force was first formed, and the government announced that it wanted all of its buildings […]

The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a loyalty metric developed by Fred Reichheld. In his book ‘The Ultimate Question’, NPS is presented as the most important metric for business. Developed for consumer marketing, the Net Promoter Score tracks how customers represent a company to their friends and associates. Working with some of our clients, Competitive […]

The construction industry has complex interrelationships between buyers and decision makers which are becoming increasingly complicated, as it faces new demands and pressures such as sustainability and the introduction of BIM. With a cautious return to growth it is important to keep informed of changes in the construction market and its sectors. Monitoring changes and understanding industry forecasts can […]