Industry News & Insight

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April 2024 economic and business overview

Green shoots of recovery or another false dawn? The chart of the UK’s monthly GDP movement over the past thirteen months, published in mid-March by […]

The threat from disruptors in the world of architecture

2023 ended with a very mixed mood for the architectural sector. Some of this feeling was driven by a new and, in some traditional parts […]

Opus opens new Manchester office with local Partner

Opus Business Advisory Group continues to support the thriving North West business community by opening a new office in central Manchester. Frank Ofonagoro joins Opus […]

What is the impact of AI on architectural firms?

Earlier this month we published a detailed report into the architectural sector in the UK. Now we are concentrating on the most significant new development […]

Turning recession into a time of opportunity

March 7, 2024

The Office for National Statistics has finally put an end to speculation and confirmed that the UK was in a technical recession in the second […]

March 2024 economic and business overview

What next for the UK economy now we’re in a recession? Economists need ponder no longer, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) finally confirmed that […]

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 […]

Scottish insolvency stats – There may be trouble ahead

The Insolvency Service reported recently that 88 company insolvencies were recorded in Scotland in January 2024, which is 19% lower than the number in the […]

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 […]