The UK construction industry skills shortage: could it enable cowboy builders to take home improvements?

Construction helmets

“Cowboy builders” and “skills shortage” are terms that have appeared regularly in news headlines over the past few years. One is a problem that is old as time and the other has been accentuated by a range of factors, including the government’s own lofty housing goals. Back in 2006, the now-defunct Office of Fair Trading received an average of 274 … Continue reading

What’s the difference between a building guarantee & a building warranty?

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When it comes to legalities within any industry, there’s no room for misunderstandings or misconceptions, which is why it’s important for you to know the difference between a building guarantee and a building warranty. What is a Building Guarantee? A building guarantee or insurance backed guarantee is something those within a competent person scheme (CPS) should look to offer. Designed … Continue reading

Is there a problem with the construction industry’s image?

How will the Consumer Rights Act affect trade?

Several new surveys conducted by third party industry bodies have revealed that a high percentage of young people have a negative view of construction. Many of the people surveyed viewed a career in construction as mainly involving manual labour with limited career progression. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With massive government investment recently announced in both … Continue reading

Half of homeowners would rather improve than move

The CPA Managing Director, Jeremy Brett

A recent survey from a reputable UK comparison site provider has found that more than half of the 2,500 homeowners they questioned would rather make home improvements than move up the property ladder. Steep moving costs, stamp duty tax and high house prices are the main contributing factors to the ‘improve not move’ trend. As of August 2016, the average … Continue reading

Why are we not building enough homes in the UK?

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It is widely reported that not enough houses are being built in Britain and this has been the case for decades. From the early 1950s to the early 1980s the UK built between 200,000 and 300,000 new homes every year. In 2016, it was around 140,000. With an ever-expanding British population and a shortage of residential accommodation this has created … Continue reading

What the glass and glazing industry predict for 2017

36% of homeowners plan to invest in a home improvement products in 2015

Since the historic Brexit vote in the Summer, consumer confidence has taken a hit. Uncertainty about our future in the EU has affected all parts of our lives. Fluctuations in the value of Sterling has seen national spending decrease towards the end of 2016. With 2017 just around the corner, what is the future looking like for the UK’s glass … Continue reading

Buying habits amongst millennials for home improvements

Happy homeowners: abolish VAT on home improvements

According to a recent study from accountants and business consultants PwC, the average age of a first-time homebuyer has now reached between the ages of 35 and 37. If local home improvement companies, tradesmen and installers are going to evolve their business, it’s this next generation of people that they’ll need to cater and appeal to. With this generation’s tastes … Continue reading

Builder, contractor or home improvement company: which is best for your building project?

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Before undertaking any sort of large scale building project, it’s important to ensure that you are employing the ideal person for the job in order to receive the best service possible. There are various options to consider but most notably; Builders, contractors and home improvement companies who each have their own unique benefits they can all bring. All three avenues … Continue reading

Moving and improving – The housing trend sparking demand for professional builders and installers

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The UK Property Transactions Count published in March 2016 by the HM Revenue and Customs shows that the residential property transaction completions with a value of £40,000 or above peaked in March 2016 – reaching 161,990 compared with 91,490 in March 2015. Jeremy Brett, Managing Director of the CPA, says the increase in properties exchanging hands is creating profitable opportunities … Continue reading

Pedmore Windows closes the sale with help from the CPA

Tim White with MP Nadine Dorries

West-Midlands based Pedmore Windows and Conservatories is celebrating 28 years in business; and 20 years as a member of the Consumer Protection Association. To mark the event, the CPA’s National Sales Manager Tim White visited Pedmore’s Stourbridge headquarters to present Founder and Managing Director Karl Girling with an engraved plaque. Pedmore supplies and installs a full range of PVCu and … Continue reading