Sharp rise in construction firms

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There has been a sharp rise in construction firms according to new data released from the NoPalaver group indicating that construction is still growing despite some fears that there was a slip in growth during the first three months of this year.

Improving construction
Improving construction

These new figures confirm that overall there was a net gain of 5,445 construction companies  in 2013 as more new firms opened than shut down for the first time in five years which is a large turn around

During 2012 there was a net loss of 7,030 construction firms the year before which adds to the prevalence of the companies opening up and in total, 38,335 new construction firms opened in the year to December 31st 2013, 31% more than the previous year when 29,295 were set up.

Graham Jenner, who is Director at NoPalaver, commented: “These figures suggest that the construction industry has finally reached a tipping point in its fortunes, with the number of new businesses being created on the up and the number closing their doors going down.”

“Housebuilding has really picked up pace as the market has recovered. Demand for new homes is continuing to outstrip supply, moves to make the planning system more favourable are starting to have an impact and initiatives such as Help to Buy have boosted homeowners’ buying power.”

“At the same time, commercial property has also rebounded, as more businesses now decide the time is right to upgrade or expand their premises and developers press the green light on shelved projects or see more new opportunities coming on stream.”

“Infrastructure projects are also playing a part. After years of underinvestment, there appears to be renewed focus on areas such as transport and utilities. While budgets remain extremely tight, high profile projects such as Crossrail and plans for more high speed rail links are boosting confidence in the sector.”

He added, “This is good news for contractors. As the construction industry gains momentum, their specialist skills and breadth of experience are likely to be in increasing demand.”

“New construction businesses especially want to have as much flexibility as possible in terms of capacity while keeping headcount to a minimum as they establish themselves, so using contractors is likely to be a good solution for many.”