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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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