Scottish Building Federation



UK construction sector picks up slightly in August

UK construction firms continued to experience growth during August, led by fastest rise in commercial work for five months, according to new statistics.

Published 2 September 2015

Letter to the Editor: Vaughan Hart on the latest construction liquidation statistics

The latest figures from the Insolvency Service are encouraging, showing a 20 per cent decline in the number of Scottish building companies forced into compulsory liquidation during the 12 months to June 2015. In total, 119 Scottish construction businesses failed during that period, down from 148 over the previous 12 months and a peak of 228 over the 12 months to June 2012.

Published 31 July 2015

Planning performance has ‘major room for improvement’, says SBF

Decision times for major planning developments need to improve to prevent hampering economic development, the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has warned.

Published 24 July 2015

Scottish Building Federation calls for standardised procurement process

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has urged the Scottish Government to standardise the procurement pre-qualification processes and provide separate guidance for the construction sector, given the relative complexity of procurement practices within the industry.

Published 16 July 2015

Decoupling of construction jobs and output ‘intensifying’

Latest employment figures show that the decoupling of output and jobs in the Scottish construction sector is becoming more extreme, industry body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has warned.

Published 17 June 2015

Construction recovery ‘threatened’ by increasing output and falling jobs

A decoupling of output and jobs in the Scottish construction sector could threaten the long-term sustainability of the industry’s recovery, industry body the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has warned.

Published 28 May 2015

Scottish construction bankruptcies down 20 per cent in 2014

The number of Scottish construction companies forced into compulsory liquidation fell by 20 per cent last year, according to latest figures from the UK Insolvency Service.

Published 30 April 2015

Scottish builders’ confidence up again as domestic projects face new safety obligations

Confidence within the Scottish construction industry has reached a new record high, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor.

Published 30 March 2015

Construction action plan focuses on skills shortages and new technologies

Tackling skills shortages and developing the use of new building techniques have been highlighted as priorities in a new Skills Investment Plan for Scotland’s construction sector released by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Published 27 March 2015

Rise in Scottish apprentice numbers prompts career plea

A rise in Scottish building apprentice numbers has prompted the industry training body to call on more people to consider a career in construction.

Published 23 March 2015

Scottish construction employment ‘still slow to recover’

Today’s latest official labour market figures are further proof that rates of employment within the Scottish construction industry are proving slow to recover, according to the Scottish Building Federation.

Published 18 March 2015

Letter the Editor

By Vaughan Hart, managing director at Scottish Building Federation

Published 19 February 2015

Scottish Building Federation hails ‘solid’ construction figures

Output in the construction industry has been estimated to have increased by 7.4 per cent last year when compared to 2013, according to the latest figures.

Published 13 February 2015

Blog: Buoyant Scottish GDP figures don’t tell the full story

By Vaughan Hart, managing director at Scottish Building Federation

Published 23 January 2015

Scottish construction makes skills funding call as confidence reaches new high

Employers in the Scottish construction industry are calling for increased funding to help recruit and train more apprentices and have highlighted critical skills shortages in a number of key trades and managerial positions.

Published 22 December 2014