Wavin Hep2O on the search for the industry’s most amazing stories

Your customersmight see you as a plumber, but yourwork goesway beyond that. CEOs, accountants, trainers,mentors, community supports and emergency service providers, you really have to do it all in this industry. But too often these fantastic endeavours can go under the radar, until now.

This year,Wavin Hep2Owants to celebrate and share themost amazing stories that represent the best of the industry. Fromfantastic initiatives that support those in need, to going above and beyond to help the next generation. Fromgrabbing opportunity out of the claws of adversity, to simply getting through a tough timewith your business intact –Wavin Hep2O is on the search for themost inspirational stories the industry has to offer.

If you think you have the perfect story that fits the bill, you can nominate yourself or a fellowplumber to be inwith a chance of

being championed inWavin Hep2O’s upcoming Pride of Plumbing campaign. All you need to do is fill in a simple nomination formgivingWavin Hep2O a fewdetails on the story you have, and a panel of distinguished industry experts will pick out the best stories to feature in the campaign (which is due to launch in June this year).

If you’re selected as one of four championsWavin Hep2O is searching for, you (or the person you nominated)will be made the centrepiece of the campaign for awholemonth andwill be given the opportunity to tell your story to the industry in an inspiring and upliftingway. But even if you aren’t selected, don’t despair.Wavin Hep2Owill still be giving out spot prizes at randomto anyonewho makes a nomination, including five £10 Greggs vouchers, one £50 Greggs voucher winner, and of course some limited edition Hop2O beers!

UK construction output growth stays strong in December 2020

By remaining open throughout English and Scottish lockdowns, the sectors prove to be essential, providing a backbone to the economy

Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now, discusses how British construction and home improvement sectorswill fare amid further national lockdown

The UK’s construction sector sustained their rebound in December, helped by a booming housingmarket. NewPMI data has shown that the construction and trade sectors slipped to 54.6 in December from54.7 in November, but this remainswell above the 50-pointmeasure that separates expansion fromcontraction.

With England officiallymoving into its third national lockdown in response to the rapid spread of the newCoronavirus variant, the vast majority of the populationwill be confined to their homes for the foreseeableweeks. The tightening of restrictions has caused serious concerns for the UK's economy,withmany


sectors and businesses fearing that theywill have to close their doors for good. In light of these concerns, the industries that are allowed to remain openwill prove to be the backbone of the economy during these concerning times. The Construction and Trade sectors have seen particular growth following the lift in the first spring lockdown and according to recent PMI data, and this upward trajectory is hoping to continue.

Ben Dyer, CEO of Powered Now, comments on the British construction andmanufacturing sector's sustained growth and the impact the national lockdownwill have on SMEs in the trades.

“While the headlines about the PMI indexwill focus on the sustained rebound,we aremore encouraged by the forward-looking optimism. This is especially true for the SME construction sectorwith order books close to bursting. The construction and trade industry traditionally has

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a slower December thanmany other sectors. This year it this has been exacerbated by Covid-19 fears and the poorweather. However, these results go to demonstrate the importance of the trade and construction sector during this pandemic.While supply chainsmay be feeling stretched due to delays at ports, ironically Brexitworries have helped keep the industrymoving.With recent stockpiling by UK suppliers, there is no shortage of keymaterials in the UK. That is very good news given themajor issues that arose in the first lockdown.

Withmost of Britain being placed in national lockdown, thismonth and the remainder of thewinter season are of course going to present yetmore challenges. That’swhy it would be prudent to look towards sectors that remain open, such as Construction and the Trades, to provide the kind of stabilitywe need at themoment.”

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