The Construction Products Association’s (CPA) latest forecasts predict activity in the construction sector will grow 18% by 2017.
The CPA’s latest Forecasts highlight that the industry recovery is becoming stronger and broader, with activity being driven by rapid increases in private housebuilding, together with growth in the infrastructure and commercial sectors.
The forecast believes construction output will rise by 4.5% this year and by a further 4.8% in 2015, while private housing starts are set to rise 18% in 2014 and 10% in 2015.
Jonathan Townsend (Right),General Manger of Dronfield-based Builders Merchants, Dunham & Sons,receives one of the two prize Android Tablet from Ashley Jones, Merlin’s Sales & Marketing Director, following the recent NMBS 2014 event at The Ricoh Arena.
While Android’s popularity continues to grow at an exponential rate, it’s no secret that Google would love for their mobile OS to become even more lucrative for business users. Thus, Google plans on taking several steps to do just that for their successor to KitKat which should be released either during this year’s Google IO, or later in the fall, coinciding with their new Nexus smartphone.
Chris Hayward, Managing Director at NMBS says. “At NMBS we are always keen to give our members the very best choice when considering purchasing their products and this is no more important than when offering our members access to the right software suppliers for their back office systems. We are therefore very pleased to welcome Merlin Business Software as a recognised supplier to our members.”
Ashley Jones, Merlin’s Sales and Marketing Director, says. “As Merlin Business Software has been supplying Merchants for over 40 years it’s interesting to note that 5% of NMBS Members, approximately 50 Merchants, already use Merlin solutions. It therefore made natural sense for us to align ourselves closely with NMBS, as we consider them to be the leading Buying Society for the Merchants sector; particularly in light of the newly formed NMBS – UNIMER “Super Group” for Independent Merchants.” Ashley continued “We look forward to developing a long and successful relationship with the NMBS and their members; as we, like the NMBS, are committed to strengthening and adding value to our customers in the sector.”
Builders merchants organisation the Builders Merchants Federation has negotiated a collective membership agreement with a fourth major buying group, LIMA.
LIMA was formed in 2008 to allow two of the largest independent merchant groups greater flexibility with customers and suppliers. It encompasses the collective buying power of MKM and Bradfords, two of the 10 largest builders merchants in the UK with a joint turnover of over £230m.