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The worst may be behind us

Having spent just over two years in the industry – a blink of an eye for those with 40 years-plus  service, I know – I’ve yet to experience a dull moment in the course of my daily activities, due to the constant activity in the sector.

With August behind us, we’re now into the time of year that many readers find their busiest.

Following more gloomy reports about the economy last month, many are hoping that the worst is over. While the construction sector in general is still widely seen as struggling, individual sectors continue to show encouraging signs (see H&V News 22 Aug, Opportunities).

September is always a time of increased activity, reflected in the number of pages within this issue, and many firms will be hoping for more business opportunities as we approach Q4. There are encouraging signs beginning to emerge, such as the 22,600-home Ebbsfleet housing development recently taken off ice, that offer a degree of hope for the future.

Many businesses are eagerly anticipating the launch of the government’s Green Deal, due to begin next month. With long-established schemes such as Warm Front closing, it is essential that this is run effectively and responsibly from the start.

Although the government has not endeared itself to many in the industry following the FiT fiasco and delays to the Renewable Heat Incentive, the Green Deal seems to have been given the necessary resources. These now need to be channelled effectively for the benefit of all concerned.

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