OK, we have all heard our fair fill of the should we shouldn't we debate on the UKs referendum in June (hope you've read the now infamous leaflet that came through the post on Monday).
As a snapshot on how the industry feels, the below report mirrors what I am hearing from the building products industry. There are some fairly glamorous reports and estimations on the market out there. Although optimism is higher than previous years, these glitter sprinkled reports don't always transpire to what I hear.
Key points include: A balance of 31% of heavy side firms and 13% of light side firms reported that sales rose during the first quarter of 2016, compared to respective balances of 5% and 38% in the fourth quarter of 2015 38% of heavy side firms and 13% of light side firms reported an annual increase in sales Exports increased for 14% of heavy side firms and 50% of light side firms compared to a year earlier 38% of heavy side product manufacturers and 29% of light side product manufacturers reported that they anticipate a rise in total sales over the next quarter and next 12 months