Positive signs on the horizon for small builders, says FMB

The 1.1% growth in construction is welcome news after the 0.9% fall in construction output in the three months to January 2024, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in response to newly released data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said:

“The continued decline in new building work in the three months to January is deeply concerning, with an overall decrease in output for the industry being seen. However, there is positive news for small, local builders, as the figures show positive growth for the repair, maintenance and improvement sector, which increased by 4%. Worryingly, the new work from private housing saw a fall of 5.2%. With the country going through a housing crisis, last week’s Spring Budget was a missed opportunity to boost housing output.”

Berry continued:

“The construction industry has had a tough time but the 1.1% increase in growth for January suggests a more promising future for 2024. It’s encouraging for small building companies that repair and maintenance work is accounting for much of the positive growth.  SME builders have kept the industry going during this tough time and are well placed to boost economic growth if the barriers they face building more homes could be reduced.”

Berry concluded:

“As we approach the General Election the political parties should be supporting the building industry to build more homes and improve the ones we have as the best means to help turbo charge the economy in the years ahead.”