Following a raft of announcements proclaiming growth in both the economy and our industry over the past few weeks, it seems that we can look forward to increased levels of business in the future.
While this will inevitably mean playing the waiting game for some, especially where commercial projects are concerned, the fact that most of the recent studies cover this year’s second quarter means that some sectors have enjoyed improving conditions for several months.
We are obviously a long way off the trading conditions we saw before the crash in 2008, but there is now considerably more reason for an optimistic outlook than in the previous five years.
The mood among many contractors and installers around the UK is better described as cautious optimism rather than all-out celebration, but this is by far the most sensible approach.
A glance at this week’s Opportunities section shows that although Glenigan’s forecast for the offices sector is positive, activity continues to vary quite dramatically from region to region.
As I’m always critical of the national media and various doom mongers that I believe make difficult economic conditions even worse, I feel duty bound to counter this by hailing the recent signs of improvement.
A full recovery might not yet be a reality, but we are at least moving in the right direction.