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Sustained construction growth but concerns about rising costs

The latest Construction Trade Survey, published on Monday 18th August by the CPA and other leading building and construction industry associations, highlights that activity rose in the second quarter of 2014 across all areas of construction, including building contractors, SMEs, specialist contractors, civil engineers and product manufacturers. Future growth, however, may be put at risk by rising costs.

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Commenting on the survey, Dr Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said: “Firms across construction reported rises in output during Q2 and the majority of the industry is expecting activity to rise over the next 12-18 months. Unsurprisingly, private new housing was the key driver of construction activity. On balance, 41% of contractors reported that private housing output rose in Q2 compared with a year ago.

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Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ roadshow goes the extra mile

Bristan’s ‘Shower to the People’ van has now clocked up an impressive 10,000 miles. Having kicked off on the 2nd June 2014 at Bristan’s head office in Tamworth, the ‘Shower to the People’ roadshow — the largest of its kind — is seeing the brand visit almost 150 merchant stores across the width breadth of country.

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Everyone’s a winner with Hep2O Big Match

Plumbers up and down the country are once again being given the chance to win V.I.P tickets to an English Premier League, Scottish Premier or Aviva Premiership game of their choice, thanks to Wavin’s Hep2O Big Match promotion which is returning for its second year.

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Baxi crowned Northern Star at Plumb Center Awards

Baxi has scooped the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award for the Northern region at this year’s Plumb Center and Parts Center National Supplier Conference.

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Gledhill arrives in Luton with biggest ever depot

Gledhill has opened its largest ever depot, just off Junction 10 of the M1 at Luton. The company’s investment in the new 6,000 sq ft ‘depot of excellence’ follows Gledhill’s continued growth in market share.

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Installers enthusiastic about the year ahead, says Uponor

With rising optimism in the construction and house building sectors, research by Uponor has shown that the heating and plumbing industry is following suit with 90% of installers enthusiastic about the year ahead.

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