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RCI July 2017

INDUSTRY NEWS April’s Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) showed builders merchants’ sales to roofers, builders and contractors were 6.3% lower than in April 2016, due to three fewer trading days. All but two categories sold less. However average sales per day in April were 9.3% up, the highest year-on-year increase since the BMBI started 22 months ago. All categories showed gains. With a difference of five trading days between April and March, absolute sales dropped 13.1% month-on-month but average sales per day were 11.1% higher. Heavy Building Materials, the largest category, was in line with merchants overall. The BMBI index for April was 106.7. Six categories had indices over 100, led by Landscaping (138.1). Adjusted for trading days, April’s Index was 123.0. All but two categories exceeded 100. Andy Williamson, group MD IKO and the BMBI Expert for Roofing Products, explained: “The lack of the UK’s usual winter storms in the first quarter of 2017 means there’s been a lot less demand for roofing felt in the domestic market, with the result that this sector is significantly down year-on-year. However housebuilding has remained resilient and 012 JULY 2017 RCIMAG.COM the milder weather has allowed some commercial specification RMI work to start earlier than it would do normally. “According to RICS, the construction industry could lose nearly 200,000 workers from the EU if we fail to maintain access to the single market. EU workers make up around 8% of the construction industry – possibly more in roofing. They make up a much higher proportion in central London too, so this could threaten some major infrastructure projects and exacerbate our current skills crisis. “We’re seeing a growing trend in the market for flame-free flat roofing solutions, particularly for self-adhesive options. This trend could be linked to the skills shortage, as general builders are being asked to tackle projects that might typically have come under a specialist roofer’s remit. “Finally, despite the re-emergence of inflation, stagnating wages and anxiety over overenthusiastic borrowing, consumer confidence has remained surprisingly stable in the UK in the past year, but it is a concern moving forward. GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index dropped in April, with forecasts for personal finances and the general economic situation down year-on-year.” www.bmbi.co.uk Zink Copper Stainless 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk “We’re seeing a growing trend in the market for flame-free flat roofing solutions” Above: Andy Williamson group managing director, IKO. BMBI Experts speak exclusively for their markets, explaining trends, issues and opportunities Image: BMBI April 2017 Monthly sales chart adjusted for trading days “Merchant sales down in April but sales per day reach a new high” The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) The BMBI is a brand of the BMF. The BMBI report, which is produced and managed by MRA Marketing, uses GfK’s Builders Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data which analyses sales out data from over 80% of generalist builders’ merchants’ sales across Great Britain. The full report is on www.bmbi.co.uk. Every vote counts for Britain’s Best Cafe! Voting opens on the 17th July for SIG Roofing’s search for Britain’s Best Cafe, and cafes up and down the country will be doing all they can to gain their customers’ support in the national competition where every vote counts! Running for a second consecutive year in response to 2016’s hugely popular competition, SIG Roofing is working hard to rally support for this year’s aspirational entrants and is keen for everyone to get involved, whether they are a roofing contractor, builder or member of the public. With the company’s branches, customers and local cafes all playing an important role in each other’s day-to-day lives, Britain’s Best Cafe is SIG Roofing’s way of continuing to recognise and thank cafes on behalf of all those that enjoy the tasty food and excellent service they provide to their local community. In November, once all the votes have been counted, 14 regional winners will be announced and cafe owners will attend a celebratory lunch at The Brewery, one of London’s most stunning venues, where the national winner will be revealed. The lucky winner crowned as the nation’s favourite will win a glorious 7-night holiday to sample the sun, sea and rich and diverse flavours of cuisine in Cuba. SIG Roofing’s marketing manager Janine Brady is looking forward to supporting this year’s cafes and welcomes the opportunity to strengthen the links between SIG Roofing’s customers and the cafes that make a positive difference to their working day. She explained: “Service with a smile and a warm welcome is key to the longstanding relationships we’ve developed with our customers in branch – something they also The lucky winner of Britain’s Best Cafe 2017 will win a 7- night trip to Cuba to sample the sun, sea and food! “Many of our customers visit the same cafe as part of their daily schedule” experience when they visit their favourite local cafe. Many of our customers visit the same cafe as part of their daily schedule during their working lives, which is why our branches are making every effort to support their local cafes and their own customers’ favourites.” Votes can be placed in any of SIG Roofing’s 120 branches or online at www.britainsbestcafe.co.uk from 17th July and the cafe receiving the most votes will win the competition. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, so be sure to get involved and vote for your favourite!


RCI July 2017
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