FMB calls for delay to ‘disruptive’ VAT changes to avoid construction chaos

The UK Government has been urged to delay the implementation of major changes to VAT in October to avoid chaos in the construction sector.

Published 16 July 2019

Cautious welcome to modest increase in construction output

Output in the UK construction sector increased by 0.6% in the month-on-month all work series in May 2019 but flatlined on a three-month on three-month basis.

Published 10 July 2019

FMB sounds alarm bells for construction over no-deal Brexit

The UK construction sector could be subject to soaring material prices and lower workloads and enquiries as a result of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned.

Published 3 July 2019

Main contractors face fines under moves to change payment culture

New UK Government measures aimed to change the payment culture of large companies have gained a mixed reaction from the business and construction sector.

Published 20 June 2019

SME firms and Unite agree 2.75% pay rise for workers

The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a 2.75% pay increase for SME construction employees following successful pay negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Unite union.

Published 17 April 2019

Brexit uncertainty causes another drop in construction output

The Federation of Master Builder (FMB) has called on the UK Government and Parliament to break the Brexit deadlock and find a way forward after new figures revealed another drop in construction output.

Published 2 April 2019

Plummeting output figures should ring ‘alarm bells’ across construction sector

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has blamed rising costs and uncertainty relating to Brexit after new figures disclosed a sharp drop in output growth in January 2019.

Published 4 February 2019

Homeowners told to plan seven months ahead for home improvement projects

Homeowners must plan up to seven months ahead if they want a successful home improvement project, according to new research.

Published 21 January 2019

Brexit uncertainty fails to dampen construction output

Calls against complacency have been sounded regarding the potential impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit after the UK construction sector recorded an all-time high in rise in output.

Published 11 January 2019

Sector issues warning as construction output flat-lines

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has blamed rising costs and continued uncertainty over Brexit for a drop in construction output.

Published 10 December 2018

More Airbnb landlords spend profits on holidays than refurb work

More landlords who rent out their homes on ‘Airbnb-style’ websites spend their takings on holidays than reinvest their earnings in home improvement projects, according to new research.

Published 3 December 2018

Builders passing increased skip and diesel prices on to clients

Nearly two-thirds of builders have had to pass skip price increases on to clients and a fifth have had to pass on diesel price rises, making home improvement projects more expensive for home owners, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 12 November 2018

Tool theft plaguing sector with half of builders falling victim

The construction industry is being plagued by thieves with more than half of builders in the UK having had their tools stolen, according to new research.

Published 18 October 2018

Co-living and micro-homes ‘most popular solutions to housing crisis’

Building more co-living developments and micro-homes in urban areas top the list of people’s preferred solutions to the housing crisis according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), while building on the greenbelt is the least favoured solution.

Published 15 October 2018

England: ‘Victory for common sense’ as PM lifts council housebuilding borrowing cap

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the abolition of a cap on what local authorities in England can borrow to build houses.

Published 4 October 2018