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The increase in output in the construction sector nationally is now filtering down and starting to positively affect smaller specialist contractors, claims a Suffolk based company which is enjoying an encouraging start to 2014.

Lowestoft based Apex Scaffolding and sister company Apex Roofing have seen a significant increase in orders so far this year, as well as a hike in the size of contracts available and the opportunities for smaller locally based businesses to work on larger scale projects.

Jackie Biswell who runs Apex Roofing said: “The year has started really well for us, with a noticeable increase in enquiries coming in for planned refurbishment works. As the construction sector output grows there becomes more opportunities for specialist contractors like us, who tend to be small businesses. The signs are good so we’re extremely positive for the year ahead.”

“Based on the start of the year and predicted sector growth figures we’re roughly estimating that our business will grow by 30% this year.”

The latest Construction Trade Survey, shows that construction activity rose in Q4 2013, marking the first time in over five years that the industry recorded three consecutive quarters of growth.  Regional forecasts from surveying organisation Leading Edge are predicting that London and the East of England are the only two regions in the UK expected to be larger in output terms in 2015 than they were in 2005.

Jackie continued: “The construction sector is such a big driver for economic growth in this country that any increase in output is going to be positively felt right through the supply chain and it’s especially good news for the smaller specialist contractors looking to build some stability after a tough couple of years.”


Notes to editors

  1. Apex Scaffolding was set up in 1999 and is one of Anglia’s leading scaffolding contractors
  2. Apex Roofing was set up in 2012 due to demand and has enjoyed a successful first year