SME construction firms report fastest rise in enquiries in more than ten years

The first three months of 2021 saw enquiries with local building firms across the UK increase at their fastest rate in a decade, fuelling significant difficulties with construction material shortages, according to new data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland.

Published 4 May 2021

England: Green Homes Grant scheme scrapped a year early

A voucher scheme that was supposed to deliver billions of pounds worth of green home improvements in England has been cancelled a year early by the UK Government.

Published 29 March 2021

FMB and RICS issue Budget plea for VAT cut on home repairs

A VAT cut on home improvement works from 20% to 5% for a temporary five year period would generate an economic stimulus worth £51 billion and create 345,000 new jobs, according to new research published today by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Published 1 March 2021

FMB pledges support to Lighthouse Club

Jan Etchells, national president of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), has today announced the FMB’s support for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity during her two-year tenure as president.

Published 25 February 2021

Industry bodies again lobby Chancellor for withdrawal of 'damaging' reverse charge VAT legislation

Scotland’s largest construction trade association SELECT has joined forces with more than 40 contractor and trade association members in writing to the UK Government demanding the withdrawal of proposed Reverse Charge VAT legislation.

Published 19 January 2021

FMB: UK Government must address supply chain issues for builders

Nine in ten builders face rising costs, as supply chain disruptions and rising product demand are making it hard for Britain to get building, the latest State of Trade survey data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has found.

Published 17 December 2020

Jan Etchells elected as FMB's first female national president

Members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have elected Jan Etchells as their new national president.

Published 21 September 2020

Sector sceptical over PM’s £5bn construction plan

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out the UK Government’s intention to build its way out of the coronavirus economic downturn with a £5 billion capital investment plan but has once again delayed the publication of a revised National Infrastructure Strategy.

Published 30 June 2020

FMB report presents blueprint to unlock construction apprenticeship training opportunities

Construction apprenticeships are needed to turbocharge economic recovery, according to new research published by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 23 June 2020

Construction output suffers largest monthly fall since records began

Output in the UK construction sector fell by 40.1% in April compared to the month before, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Published 12 June 2020

UK Government agrees another delay of reverse charge VAT

The UK Government delayed the introduction of reverse charge VAT for another five months.

Published 5 June 2020

Construction buyers report activity collapse of ‘historic proportions’

Construction activity suffered a substantial weakening in April as coronavirus-related restrictions increasingly hampered activity and construction sites were closed.

Published 6 May 2020

Chancellor 'responds to industry' with 100% state-backed loans for small businesses

The UK Government has announced that small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders.

Published 28 April 2020

ONS confirms construction’s pre-virus decline

The UK construction industry suffered a sharp fall in output even before the coronavirus lockdown took hold of the sector, new data published today from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

Published 9 April 2020

UK construction activity contracts at fastest rate since April 2009

Construction suffered its steepest drop in output for nearly 11 years in March as coronavirus-related restrictions increasingly hampered activity and construction sites were closed.

Published 6 April 2020