While H&V News is always quick to highlight instances of better trading conditions or new opportunities, we continue to receive feedback about the lack of new business opportunities within the current climate.
Although there are increasingly brighter areas, further supported by improvements within the UK economy as a whole, we are a long way away from returning to the levels of business experienced four or five years ago.
The importance of the construction sector’s contribution to the wider UK economy has been lauded on a regular basis this year and the government’s role within this is essential, as both the driver of legislation and of course a major customer.
Next week’s government spending review represents the perfect opportunity for chancellor George Osborne to provide some positive support in a number of areas to generate fresh opportunities and positive trading conditions.
But the unfortunate reality is that the review is unlikely to include much in the way of boosts for our sector, as restrictive economic measures are expected to continue for some time.
The withdrawal of companies such as Emcor and Mitie from the market is further proof of the need for action.
With the government’s focus starting to turn to the next general election, effective support for UK construction sector and its ability to stimulate the economy and job creation should be seen by it as a potential vote winner.