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  • Events | Competitive Advantage | Page 3
    featuring a VIP Westminster reception 20 October the Autodesk Leadership Conference 20 October a two day Digital Construction Show Exhibition and Conference 21 and 22 October and the Digital Construction Awards ceremony on 22 October UK Construction Week 6th 11th October 2015 Birmingham UK Construction Week is the biggest trade event for professionals working in every aspect of commercial and residential construction planning and design UK Construction Week will bring together the newly acquired Build Show and the highly successful Grand Designs Live In addition a further seven dedicated events will accompany UK CIMCIG National Construction Conference Tuesday 6th October 2015 Manchester The 4th annual CIMCIG National Construction Conference will examine the state of the built environment sector in the north and across the UK This half day conference will provide an overview of the construction industry bringing together construction marketing and business development professionals For the first time we will have Structural Timber Awards Tuesday 6th October 2015 Birmingham Celebrate the best in building with the world s leading mainstream low carbon construction material The Structural Timber Awards will reward outstanding projects innovative products and dynamic people that are promoting excellence in structural timber across the UK Building Matters 2015 22nd 23rd September 2015 London It will feature an integrated exhibition giving delegates the opportunity to find out about all the latest products and innovations that will help you to improve the performance of a building Low Energy Masterclass Wednesday 23rd September 2015 South Lakeland This free event will provide delegates with the latest policy updates and practical support to deliver energy efficient new homes Brighton SEO Friday 18th September 2015 Brighton A one day search marketing conference and series of training workshops How Key Decision Makers in Construction gather information and use social media Thursday 17th September 12

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  • Understanding your customer | Competitive Advantage | Page 7
    seminar is ideal for those with a basic marketing understanding who are new to the construction industry As well as helping the new entrant Communicating with the industry Construction industry knowledge hub Understanding the construction industry Understanding your customer Dragons for Breakfast Posted on April 15 2013 updated on April 15 2014 by Helen Leave a comment Dragons for Breakfast by Chris Hopkins Date reviewed April 2013 Founder of Ploughcroft Chris Hopkins provides an honest and straight talking account of the life lessons he has learnt and how this helped him build a strong business that has weathered our recent economic storms Recounting his early years he tells of how he faced Construction industry knowledge hub Effective specification strategies Marketing in construction Understanding the construction industry Understanding your customer Creating Winning Bids Posted on April 15 2013 updated on April 15 2014 by Helen Leave a comment Creating Winning Bids by Basil Sawczuk Date reviewed April 2013 As this recession got underway many companies response to falling business will have been to increase the number of bids they submitted probably with the same or a smaller team than they used before The result of this will have been a fall in the Construction industry knowledge hub Effective specification strategies Understanding your customer Delivering CPD Seminars Posted on April 14 2013 updated on April 9 2014 by Helen Leave a comment CPD Continuing Professional Development is probably one of the most effective means of starting relationships or enhancing an existing one When well delivered it gives credibility to the presenter the company and its products CPD has the benefit of meeting many specifiers at one time and can often end with a discussion about a specific project Communicating with the industry Construction industry knowledge hub Effective specification strategies Understanding your customer Sample Size Calculators a review Posted on February 28 2013 updated on April 9 2014 by Helen Leave a comment In market research the purpose of selecting a sample rather than the whole of your target audience or target population is to reduce cost and simplify the process When selecting a sample size it is important it represents the whole of your target population Careful consideration should be given to the selection criteria so that Construction industry knowledge hub Understanding your customer New eBook Market Research that informs your business strategy Posted on January 9 2013 updated on April 9 2014 by Helen Leave a comment Market research is an important part of business and when used effectively can inform business decisions which contribute to the success of your company Market research can help you to Improve customer retention and maintain standards Improve business processes and efficiency Identify staff training requirements Benchmark against your competitors Major on your brand s strengths and Construction industry knowledge hub Understanding your customer ROI and Measuring Success Posted on December 31 2012 updated on January 18 2016 by Helen 9 Comments Following my blog article at the end of 2012 covering How to create

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  • Construction industry knowledge hub | Competitive Advantage | Page 8
    the value of your offering In a recent Twitter Chat hosted by Barbour News I answered questions on how to establish effective specification selling amp amp amp lt a href storify com CompetitiveA effective specification target blank amp amp amp gt View the story Do you have Effective specification strategies Secret Confessions of a Telephone Researcher Interview No 2 Posted on April 24 2015 updated on March 30 2015 by Rachel Ward Leave a comment In a series of Secret Confessions blogs Nichola Martland Research Team Leader at Competitive Advantage reflects on her experience and her tips for successful telephone interviews Second in the series in this blog Nichola reveals the tools and support mechanisms critical to the success of her research programmes Q Your pivotal role in the Market Construction industry knowledge hub Marketing in construction Understanding the construction industry April construction market overview Posted on April 15 2015 updated on April 15 2015 by Michael Prince 1 Comment The ONS have released their Output in the Construction Industry figures for February 2015 Output in February 2015 was estimated to have decreased by 0 9 compared with January 2015 with all new work and repair and maintenance being the main contributors to the fall When compared with February 2014 output in February 2015 showed a decrease of 1 3 Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Construction industry update April Posted on April 15 2015 updated on April 15 2015 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment With the upcoming election the construction industry is keen to have their say Glenigan have published a special report reviewing the construction specific issues that will directly impact the industry The Construction Industry Council are providing regular election briefings demonstrating that Construction is a key engine for UK economic growth The long awaited 2015 editions of several Approved Documents Construction industry knowledge hub Understanding the construction industry Sustainability update April Posted on April 15 2015 updated on April 15 2015 by Chris Ashworth Leave a comment As part of his announcement on Planning update on 25th March Eric Pickles confirmed that the Code for Sustainable Homes has been withdrawn The Government has announced an extra 3m funding for low carbon heat networks will be awarded to 55 councils across England and Wales Heat networks are designed to provide heat to clusters Construction industry knowledge hub Sustainability BIM update April Posted on April 14 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Michael Prince Leave a comment The NBS Launched their New BIM Toolkit at BIM show live 2015 The New Toolkit is free to use and provides step by step help to define manage and validate the responsibility for information development and the delivery of BIM The NBS also provide a summary of the session and presentations for the launch of the Toolkit Building Information Modelling Construction industry knowledge hub Marketing round up April Posted on April 13 2015 updated on January 18 2016 by Helen Leave a comment Building product sales and marketing

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  • December Construction Market Overview | Competitive Advantage
    than Q3 in 2011 To reinforce these depressing figures the Markit CIPS survey of construction activity reported that the construction industry contracted in the month of November with a figure of 49 3 compared to October s figure of 50 9 The Nationwide House Price Index reported that in November the price of a typical house remained unchanged against October meaning that house prices are now just 1 2 lower than a year ago Also the Halifax House Price Index has reported that house prices in the three months to November were 0 7 lower than the previous 3 months making the average house price in November 2012 almost identical to November 2011 These slightly positive figures came as George Osborne announced that economy and property growth predictions released in the autumn statement are downgraded compared to 2011 On a more positive note an announcement to come out of the autumn statement was a planned capital investment of 5 billion to stimulate construction growth over the next 3 years This follows Nick Clegg s pledge at the beginning of December that 50 000 new homes will be built in 2013 as the government attempts to unblock stalled projects Finally I have not included comment on the Chancellor s autumn statement as it has been well reported elsewhere If you did miss it then it is available on the treasury website Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Post navigation Previous Next Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Learn more about Building Information Modelling Communicating with the industry Construction

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  • November Construction Market Overview | Competitive Advantage
    now at its lowest level since the second quarter of 1999 commenting on this Noble Francis of the CPA said The private sector which it was hoped would offset public sector falls and lead the construction recovery is now also falling sharply with the private commercial sector the largest construction sector 17 4 lower than it was one year ago This bleak view has been reflected by large companies such as Hanson who announced that they will be cutting 250 jobs and closing plants in a major restructure If you really want to be depressed read Castles in the Air a report published by RSA which says that Britain s commercial real estate market will not return to pre crisis levels until 2023 having experienced a staggering 13 billion drop in output values since 2007 The Nationwide House Price Index reported that in October house prices rose by 0 6 But this still leaves house prices 0 9 lower than a year ago In contrast to this the Halifax House Price Index fell by 0 7 According to Halifax this makes house prices in the three months to October 1 2 lower than in the preceding three months A more positive note is that the National Specialist Contractors Council released their state of trade survey at the end of October showing that 30 of firms have reported an increase in orders in quarter 3 of 2012 and specialist contractors are the most positive about their prospects for the next 12 months Nick Clegg announced that there will be 1 billion boost into the Regional Growth Fund which will help manufacturing firms small businesses and local partnerships secure investment It is to be hoped that this will take effect sooner than some of the government s other initiatives Construction industry knowledge

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  • October Construction Market Overview | Competitive Advantage
    project starts is 11 lower than a year ago The Construction Products Association published its latest construction industry forecasts These are more pessimistic than the Summer edition predicting a 6 3 fall in construction output this year followed by a further fall of 1 4 next year They expect construction output will return to growth in 2014 Despite the bleak forecasts for construction output the national housebuilders have been able to make the market work to their advantage and grow profits Latest to announce are Redrow PLC showing an increase in pre tax profit of 70 and Bellway with a 57 increase in pre tax profit The Nationwide House Price Index shows that in September house prices fell by 0 4 This means that house prices are now 1 4 lower than one year ago according to Nationwide The Halifax House Price Index has reported that house prices were 0 5 lower in the three months leading to September than in the preceding 3 months Like construction activity the averages hide the divide between the area inside the M25 which is showing stronger performance compared with the remainder of the country Mark Prisk has made several noteworthy announcements over the last month The first is that 1billion will be used to help boost the economy by spending it on improving sub standard council homes this has the potential to create immediate demand unlike many of the previous infrastructure announcements with long lead times Another announcement is that there have been the first allocations of 240 million to help first time buyers and National Housebuilders benefit from the FirstBuy scheme Mr Prisk has also said that 40 million will go to 41 developers to help first time buyers Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Post navigation Previous Next Leave a

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  • September Construction Market Overview | Competitive Advantage
    to a year ago The Nationwide House Price Index has reported that house prices have rebounded slightly in August showing a 1 8 increase According to Nationwide this brings the typical price of a house to 164 729 Whereas the Halifax House Price Index has reported that during August house prices fell by 0 4 In addition to this the NHBC has shown some promising figures for private sector housing starts as these are now 2 higher than last year Despite the recession not easing some large companies are still announcing large profit increases such as Costain reporting a 52 pre tax profit jump due to a strong performance in its infrastructure division Also Lend Lease announced its European construction profits rose by 28 However Laing O Rourke despite a recently announced 8 increase in revenue reported a 20 drop in profits compared to last year Following David Cameron s Government reshuffle there have been several changes that could affect the construction industry Mark Prisk has replaced Grant Shapps as Housing Minister and Michael Fallon has become the new Construction Minister Another new appointment is Paul Deighton currently Chief Executive of LOCOG who will join the Treasury with responsibility for infrastructure development A positive announcement to come from the government is support for new housing in the form of 10 billion of underwritten loans to build homes for rent and 300 million of additional funding for 15 000 affordable homes A new agency will be formed to broker the loans supported by the Homes Communities Agency There will also be an additional 280 million of funding for the FirstBuy scheme Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Post navigation Previous Next Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website

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  • August Construction Market Overview | Competitive Advantage
    4 6 compared to Q1 Most sectors of construction activity shrank considerably over the last year and overall construction activity contracted by 9 5 in a year Echoing this Glenigan reported that the total value of construction output fell by 5 2 in Q2 of 2012 In July the Nationwide House Price index reported a 0 7 fall in house prices and the Halifax House Price index a 0 6 fall over the month The RICS UK Housing Market Survey has reported that London is the only region recording rising house prices and that prices are expected to fall further in the coming months Some of the larger organisations in the sector have been able to weather the storm with Taylor Wimpey s half year results showing profit has increased by 170 against last years Laing O Rourke announced their full year results which saw total group revenue increase by almost 8 to 4 3 billion last year as their earnings improved slightly Despite the tough outlook they have a strong pipeline of contract opportunities in key sectors and remain on track to deliver 2012 13 financial targets With most industry representatives calling for the government to take action to stimulate the construction sector there have been some initiatives including the announcement of financing for the Green Deal and an initiative to try and get stalled housing sites unblocked Construction industry knowledge hub Construction market activity Post navigation Previous Next Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Learn more about Building Information Modelling Communicating with the industry Construction market

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