Whilst thumbing through the various regional papers the other day I fell upon this article.
In my local (market) town there has been uproar that a chained coffee shop is shoehorning their way in. I feel for local trade, as my town is built on passing trade created by the local canal system but what cannot be ignored is the efficiency by which such units are put up, with little fuss to the surrounding area, plus the injection of local jobs.
Although I have been involved in building products for over a decade, my interest in offsite largely came from listening to the CEO of Build Offsites talk on how a certain american fast food chain (that doubles up as a purveyor of plastic tat that children gleefully bring home to store behind sofas) can now erect a site in under a week.
The house-building market appears to have ridden the disturbance of this year’s general election without suffering any damage. Persimmon Homes reports in a trading update that business has been ‘excellent’ throughout the year so far, while Gleeson Homes is planning to double its output within five years. Despite the general election taking place on 8th June 2017, with the result generating considerable political uncertainty, house-building activity during the month did not just grow, but grew at the second fastest monthly rate since December 2015, according to a survey of construction purchasing managers.