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SURVEY REVEALS OBSTACLES TO BUSINESS


Nearly nine out of ten UK construction firms expect public spending cuts to act as a drag on operating conditions, says the CBI.


Responding to the first CBI/Speedy


Services national construction survey, close to two-thirds of firms described the UK’s planning system as an obstacle to business, while four out of ten have seen a deterioration in the availability of finance over the past year. However, the Chancellor’s autumn statement contained encouraging news for the sector, including details of the Funded Construction Pipeline and infrastructure spending. The survey portrays a sector well-placed to boost skills and create jobs, with more than three-quarters of firms planning to maintain or increase spending levels on training and investment in apprentices in the coming year.


The survey was conducted online between 30th September and 21st October 2011, with responses from CEOs, managing directors, and senior managers from firms across the UK, employing close to a million people in all areas of construction, ranging from design and materials supply to civil engineering and house building.


Among the findings: small and medium- sized businesses have been particularly affected by a lack of finance, with nearly half reporting a deterioration in availability in the past 12 months, and more than a third expecting a further deterioration in the coming year. Over the next five years, a large majority of firms expect public spending cuts to have a significant or very significant impact on their business. Given these tough operating conditions, a quarter of firms expect business to decline in 2012. While two-fifths expect growth, the vast majority of these anticipate growth will be weak.


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Steve Hancox. 20 « Clearview NMS « January 2012 « www.clearview-uk.com


NETWORKVEKA’S GOLIATH INTRODUCES NEW


FINANCE PACKAGES


Staffordshire-based Goliath Homeworld has introduced a range of finance packages for its customers from Network VEKA recommended, Shermin Finance.


The new packages have already helped the home improvement company sign two new deals with homeowners. MD Steve Hancox said: “After many years of not offering finance packages, we decided to start offering it again using Shermin Finance, and we cannot praise it highly enough.


“By offering a varying range of finance


packages to our customers, we're able to convert more leads and open up new avenues of business.”


There are lots of finance packages available through Shermin, including Interest Free Schemes, Buy Now Pay Later, Interest Bearing and Low Rate Finance; all of which are available to customers choosing home improvements with Goliath Homeworld.


T » 01282 473170 www.networkveka.co.uk


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EUROCELL: BIG ON PRODUCTS, BIG ON SERVICE


Eurocell plc, part of Tessenderlo Group, is the UK’s leading supplier of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, offering the widest product range of any systems supplier.


Eurocell Profiles Ltd supplies a national network of fabricators and installers with a comprehensive range of PVC-U systems including windows, doors, inline patio doors, bi-fold doors, conservatories, cavity closers and curtain walling systems.


Eurocell Building Plastics (EBP) is the sister company of Eurocell Profiles Ltd and operates over 115 branches nationwide stocking roofline, windows trims, conservatory roofs and most other items required by trade installers and DIY customers.


Orders can be placed online at www. rooflineonline.co.uk - which provides a quick, easy and convenient way for customers to source its building plastic products.


To find out how closed-loop recycling from Eurocell can help grow your business with environmentally responsible consumers and specifiers, call us today on 0800 988 3049, or visit: www. eurocell.co.uk / www.roofline.co.uk


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