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

Chancellor announces further coronavirus support for UK businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced further action to support firms affected by the coronavirus crisis by bolstering business interruption loans for small businesses and announcing a new scheme for larger companies.

Published 3 April 2020

80% of builders ‘left in dark’ by banks on coronavirus loan

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is calling on the Chancellor to address the blockages in the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), as small builders across the country are struggling to keep their businesses afloat.

Published 2 April 2020

Sector welcomes relief for construction’s self-employed

Support measures for those who are self-employed and hit by the coronavirus outbreak have been roundly welcomed by the construction sector, albeit with a degree of caution.

Published 27 March 2020

Disparity of advice causing ‘two-tier’ construction system in Scotland

The Scottish Government has issued more guidance on what construction work is considered to be ‘critical’ at the moment but a leading trade body has warned of a two-tiered system due to a disparity of advice across the UK.

Published 26 March 2020

Sturgeon and Johnson at loggerheads over continuation of construction sites

The construction and housebuilding industry is struggling with mixed messages today regarding whether building sites should close or remain open following the latest restrictions on public movement.

Published 24 March 2020

Construction bodies form coronavirus forum to call for urgent help for firms

A group of respected construction industry bodies has issued a joint call for a number of simple actions which it claims the Scottish Government could introduce immediately to help with cashflow and protect jobs against the “crippling” background of coronavirus.

Published 23 March 2020

FMB issues plea for immediate government help for Britain’s builders

Small and medium-sized construction building companies need urgent and immediate additional support from the government to prevent wide-scale insolvencies and job losses, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Published 20 March 2020

FMB: Two-thirds of builders ask Chancellor to cut VAT

Ahead of the Chancellor’s first Budget on Wednesday, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is calling on the UK Government to cut VAT on home repair and renovation works to boost economic growth nationwide and help level up across the country.

Published 9 March 2020

Immigration restrictions ‘threaten construction delivery’

New immigration plans unveiled by the UK Government today will hamper the construction industry’s capacity to deliver on key projects, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Published 19 February 2020

Positive construction figures mask fall in repair and maintenance output

Output in the UK construction sector grew by 2.5% in 2019, compared to 0% growth in 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 11 February 2020

FMB: Construction apprenticeships lead to well-paid career

New research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to mark National Apprenticeship Week has revealed that tradespeople can earn more than £50,000 a year. 

Published 5 February 2020

Construction begins recovery as optimism hits near two-year high

UK construction firms have reported a boost from receding political uncertainty with business optimism rebounded to its highest since April 2018.

Published 4 February 2020

FMB: Scottish firms suffer late dip in fortunes in 2019

Workloads for small building companies in Scotland fell in the final quarter of 2019 with the political uncertainty in the period up to the General Election having a marked effect, according to the Federation of Master Builders Scotland (FMB Scotland).  

Published 30 January 2020