Three months ago I wrote a blog off the back of a breakfast meeting I attended fronted by the Manufacturers Organisations Chief Economist Lee Hopley.  In the talk she highlighted the perceived nervousness within British manufacturers on the news of Brexit.  Contrary to this she highlighted British exporting was, at the time, perceived to carry on an upward trajectory.

Forward wind to the start of 2017 and it was good to read the below in the Guardian this morning.  Costs of buying foreign raw materials is continuously increasing; directly affecting margins and prices to contractors.  This said, things could be a lot worse given the major news stories of 2016.