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Major labour force issues for the construction industry

The construction industry had a total labour force of 2.15m in Q2 2023, equivalent to some 7% of the total UK labour force. This compares […]

Construction company balance sheets and business models

Just as you can’t judge a book by its cover or guess a packaged gift from its shape, assessing the commercial risk of trading with […]

P2P lenders’ wind-down plans are in the FCA cross hairs: what should firms be mindful of?

On 25 May 2021, the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) wrote to all of the UK’s authorised loan-based peer-to-peer (“P2P”) crowding platforms, to express its concern […]

Housebuilders – Profit margins, finances and interest rates

The housing market is a key part of the UK national psyche. The inexorable rise in house prices has enriched baby boomers, but now unaffordable […]

February 2024 economic and business overview

More mixed signals on the economy mean uncertainty for UK businesses We finished 2023 with arguments raging on whether the UK was already in a […]

Present and future workforce challenges for UK manufacturers

Near the top of the list of worries that keep many manufacturing bosses awake at night is hiring and retaining the right talent for an […]

Artificial intelligence – friend of foe for manufacturers?

The manufacturing sector has more experience of significant non-human involvement in its research, operations and administration than almost any other after decades using data analysis, […]

Road Haulage – the HGV driver shortage rolls on

A driver shortage in the trucking industry is nothing new. From the very start, the job has been seen as an unattractive option with its […]

How can the road haulage sector best approach ESG change?

The road haulage industry has a significant environmental impact. The transport sector is responsible for more than a fifth of total global CO² emissions, of […]

Will the Autumn Statement boost inadequate business investment?

December 7, 2023

Last month’s Autumn Statement was heavily focused on boosting the UK’s poor level of business investment, rightly identifying that without much higher investment, the productivity […]