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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

M&E profitability tumbles

17 Oct 2014: This month we return to take another look at the financial health and performance of the top M&E contractors. In contrast to the positive mood across the industry as a whole, many key performance ratios have moved sharply into reverse. Nick Hood of Company Watch reports. more »

Analysis: Top 100 Contractors 2014

1 Sep 2014: In our 2014 look at who’s up & who’s down among UK construction contractors, we find that Dawnus has the best profit margin, Geoffrey Osborne is the highest climber but Thomas Armstrong Group is financially the healthiest. Kier and Galliford Try, however, may need to take action. more »

A sharp financial reverse for commercial building contractors

15 Jul 2014: Company Watch revisits the commercial building sector a year after we first ran a rule over it. And what a difference a year makes. Unfortunately, its not a change for the better, either. Nick Hood reports more »

Accelerating finances for road builders

16 Jun 2014: Company Watch returns to take another look at the financial health of the road building sector a year after we first reviewed this vital recipient of government infrastructure spending. Nick Hood reports. more »

Where there's muckshifting, there's brass

15 May 2014: Contractors who specialise site preparation work display above average profitability, facilitated by relatively high but acceptable debt burdens. Nick Hood reports. more »

Demolition margins coming down

15 Apr 2014: We shine a light on the financial health of the larger players in the demolition and site clearance. Nick Hood reports more »

Shoring up the scaffolding sector

24 Mar 2014: This month’s Company Watch report analyses the financial health of the larger players in the highly fragmented scaffolding market and reveals an overall picture distorted by the financial travails of its largest player. Nick Hood reports more »

Testing the water in the utilities sector

20 Feb 2014: This month’s Company Watch report looks at the financial health of the major players among contractors specialising in the utility and water sectors. more »

Safe as houses

15 Jan 2014: Company Watch report examines the financial state of the house-building sector and finds the overall profile sits neatly between the healthy profits made in the plant hire industry and the wafer-thin margins and caution of some other less fortunate parts of the construction industry. Nick Hood reports more »

Checking the pulse of the plant hire sector

21 Nov 2013: A Company Watch analysis of the plant hire sector reveals a picture of high borrowings but much higher profit margins than other parts of the industry. Nick Hood reports. more »

Taking the pulse of M&E contractors

7 Oct 2013: The weight of positive statistics for the construction sector is accumulating with such speed that the industry’s doom-mongers may be forced at last to admit that the tide has turned. more »

Top 100 construction companies 2013 / Full Tables

26 Sep 2013: For the first time since the credit crunch of 2007/8, economists are daring to breathe the word ‘recovery’. more »

A spark of optimism in commercial building

15 Jul 2013: An exclusive analysis of commercial building contractors for The Construction Index reveals a sector in better healthy than five years of recession might lead one to expect. Nick Hood of Company Watch reports. more »

Road builders’ finances in surprisingly good health

19 Jun 2013: An analysis of the financial health of road building contractors, conducted exclusively for The Construction Index by Company Watch, has revealed that they are proving surprising resilient. more »

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