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Contract awards plummet 24% in November

Contract awards plummet 24% in November

5 Dec 2016: The value of new construction contracts signed in the UK fell by a quarter last month. more »

Carillion tops BCLive contracts league for September

Carillion tops BCLive contracts league for September

6 Oct 2016: September 2016 saw a 37% fall on new construction contracts signed, according to data collected by the Builders’ Conference. more »

Steady as she goes

Steady as she goes

1 May 2016: May brought with it a continuation of the inertia established in April as the nation, and more specifically construction, holds its breath ahead of the Brexit referendum. Neil Edwards reports more »

Déjà vu all over again…

Déjà vu all over again…

1 Mar 2016: This month’s tally of contract wins has a strangely familiar flavour – in fact it’s a lot like last month’s, says Neil Edwards more »

A flying start

5 Jan 2016: The UK construction industry has started 2016 in much the same buoyant mood as it finished 2015. Neil Edwards reports more »

M&E contractors bounce back

M&E contractors bounce back

26 Oct 2015: Our analysis of the financial health of the UK’s largest M&E contractors finds that they have bucked the industry trend of shrinking profitability by almost doubling their margins and improving their overall financial rating in the past year.
Nick Hood reports: more »

The incredible shrinking profits of commercial builders

The incredible shrinking profits of commercial builders

14 Jul 2015: This month’s Company Watch report analyses the financial health of the larger players in the commercial building sector. The picture that emerges is far from a pretty sight, says Nick Hood more »

Uncertain outlook

Uncertain outlook

11 May 2015: Our latest Company Watch report analyses the financial health of the larger players in another of construction’s specialisms: earthmoving and site preparation. A year after our first analysis of the earthmoving and site preparation sector, revenue is rising but profit margins are falling back and balance sheets are showing some signs of strain. Nick Hood reports. more »

Scaffolders erect stronger finances

Scaffolders erect stronger finances

16 Mar 2015: A year on from our last analysis, Company Watch returns to take another look at the financial health of the UK’s leading scaffolding firms " and finds the overall picture distorted once again by the financial challenges of the largest player. Nick Hood reports more »

Bonanza time for house builders

Bonanza time for house builders

1 Jan 2015: Over the past year, much has changed in the house-building sector and all of it is positive. Nick Hood of Company Watch reports. more »

Laing O’Rourke tops October league

Laing O’Rourke tops October league

8 Nov 2016: A single contract brought some colour to the cheeks of the recently pale-looking Builders’ Conference BCLive contracts league table in October. more »

So what now?

22 Jul 2016: With the post-Brexit machinations still being played out in the halls of Westminster and Brussels, what does life outside the EU mean for the UK construction sector? In the absence of facts, Neil Edwards looks at the figures more »

Brexit casts a long shadow

Brexit casts a long shadow

1 Apr 2016: Economic uncertainty fuelled by the Brexit debate is inhibiting contract awards and – more worryingly – tenders. Neil Edwards reports more »

Cuts both ways

Cuts both ways

1 Feb 2016: With the Office for National Statistics suggesting the possibility of an economic slump, contract awards for the month of February eased back slightly. But Neil Edwards is not sounding the alarm just yet more »

More of the same

1 Nov 2015: Contract award levels look set to remain strong till the end of the year. Neil Edwards reports more »

And Britain’s most profitable building company is…

And Britain’s most profitable building company is…

4 Sep 2015: Robertson Group has emerged as Britain’s most profitable builder after an exclusive analysis for The Construction Index by corporate health specialist Company Watch. more »

Life in the fast lane

Life in the fast lane

18 Jun 2015: Our third annual review of the financial health of the road building sector reveals a sustained improvement over the previous two years: profit margins and overall financial health have risen while gearing has fallen. But PFI contractors have seen a sharp reduction in their return on capital employed. Nick Hood reports more »

Tough times in the demolition industry

Tough times in the demolition industry

16 Apr 2015: From the world of demolition and site clearance, a disturbing picture of deteriorating finances emerges. Nick Hood of Company Watch analyses the finances of the larger players in the sector. more »

Utility contractors powering ahead

Utility contractors powering ahead

20 Feb 2015: Major contractors in the water and utility sectors are showing a startling improvement in profitability and return on capital. Nick Hood of Company Watch reports. more »

A steady improvement for plant hire

A steady improvement for plant hire

17 Nov 2014: Compared to some of the other sectors we have examined, the overall picture in the plant hire business is one of high borrowings but much higher profit margins - the product of a business model with a far better balance between commercial risk and reward than elsewhere in the construction industry. Nick Hood reports. more »

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