GREEN BELT, GARDEN CITIES AND GOLF CLUBS

Mark Oliver's thoughts on the Autumn Statement

For the construction industry all the excitement of the Autumn Statement has come in advance of Chancellor George Osborne’s star turn in parliament later today.

DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE – NEXT YEAR WILL BE STRONG

There are plenty of commentators starting to suggest that the much-discussed recovery in the housing market could be short lived. However, my own view is that 2015 will see a sustained growth in new housebuilding with the resultant increase in demand for merchants’ stocks.

Dealing With the Upturn by H+H Managing Director Mark Oliver

Rewind back to January 2013 and there was an air of cautious optimism surrounding the industry, but no one was expecting anything dramatic. As a company we forecast a modest 3 per cent increase in new housing starts. Come March, this cautious optimism began to wane after the country had been besieged with bad weather; the year ahead was not looking promising. Our sales in the first quarter of 2013 were lower than 2012.

Busy Summer? We Are Ready For It...

This time last year the industry was in a state of shock. With more than a respectful nod to Help to Buy, the number of new housing starts in the first half of last year was the highest for that period since 2008.

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