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Outlook brightens for civils contractors

2 May 2018: Civil engineering contractors say that their workload was marginally down in the first quarter of 2018, overall, but orders were up. more »

Rising costs stymie growth for SME builders

2 May 2018: SME building firms are continuing to get more business but the price of their materials is rising across the board. more »

Brexit fears deepen among Scottish construction employers

30 Apr 2018: Scottish construction employers are getting less and less confident about their business prospects, citing concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on industry labour costs. more »

Concern about trade conflicts hits merger activity

27 Apr 2018: There has been a drop in the value of mergers and acquisitions in the engineering and construction sector amid increased concerns about potential trade conflicts. more »

More than 60,000 construction companies trading on the brink

25 Apr 2018: The number of UK construction companies in significant financial distress has risen by a quarter in the past year and doubled in the past 18 months. more »

Builders' merchant sales keep rising

22 Apr 2018: The latest data from the Builders Merchants Federation shows sales up 4.0% in February 2018 compared with February 2017. more »

Construction output flatlining in 2018

22 Apr 2018: Latest economic forecasts from the Construction Products Association reiterate its view that 2018 will see virtually no growth in industry output but the picture for 2019 looks a little better. more »

Surveyors report market resilience

19 Apr 2018: Construction workloads appear to be holding up rather well, judging by the latest market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). more »

FM costs set to escalate

19 Apr 2018: Facilities management contractors working on long-term fixed-price contracts could be in for a shock as their costs are forecast to surge in the next five years. more »

Carillion effect sparks surge in bad debt and construction failures

19 Apr 2018: Corporate failures among UK construction firms increased by more than two thirds in first quarter of 2018, according to a new report. more »

Brick production on the rise

18 Apr 2018: Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics indicate that UK brick production continues to rise. more »

Construction output slides again

11 Apr 2018: February 2018 saw another substantial fall in construction output, according to the latest Office for National Statistics data. more »

Product manufacturers endure slow start to year

9 Apr 2018: Manufacturers of construction products suffered a slow start to 2018, with snowy weather and the liquidation of Carillion both being blames. more »

Despite snow, March sees upswing in new business

5 Apr 2018: Although the snow weighed down on construction productivity last month, there was no let up in the amount of new business being signed. more »

March snow blasts construction into reverse

4 Apr 2018: It was a case of snow stop play in March 2018 as the UK construction industry went into reverse. more »

Price inflation lifts builders’ merchants’ turnover

26 Mar 2018: Builders merchants saw an 8.4% increase in sales in January, compared to January 2017, lifted by one additional trading day. more »

Eastern Europeans lose interest in UK jobs

15 Mar 2018: The number of eastern Europeans searching for UK construction jobs online dropped by roughly a third last year more »

Irish construction adds more jobs

13 Mar 2018: The rate of job creation in Ireland’s construction industry has quickened amid a further sharp rise in activity. more »

Confidence running high in M&E sector

12 Mar 2018: A survey of building engineering services contractors across Great Britain has found that 80% maintained or increased their turnover in the fourth quarter of 2017. more »

Construction output sees steepest fall for six years

12 Mar 2018: Latest official statistics show that construction output in Great Britain fell by 3.4% in January 2018, its worst monthly performance since June 2012. more »

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