A forecast by the CBI predicting increasing growth in 2014 across a number of sectors, including construction and manufacturing, echoes a recent poll carried out by a leading installer support body.The CPA’s ‘Installer Barometer’ polled over 12,000 installers with a series of questions about how 2013 is comparing with 2012; as well as assessing confidence going forward.
The results were positive – with headline numbers revealing that 54.10 per cent of installers had seen an increasing number of leads this year; with 29.51 per cent reporting that average order values were up.The barometer also mirrored the CBI’s predictions about an upswing in 2014 – with 62.50 per cent of installers saying they expected sales to increase and 55.36 per cent expecting profits to increase.An overwhelming majority – 54.90 per cent – also said they believed growth would increase across the industry and 56 per cent expect the UK economy to improve.Jeremy Brett, CPA Director, comments: “The report found that installers are optimistic about their own businesses. Crucially, it also showed increasing confidence about the UK economy and conditions going forward – which chimes with the CBI report.“We are now seeing the sacred green shots of recovery and there is more good feeling. The UK jobless rate is at a three year low and the help to buy scheme has ignited the housing market.“Despite some remaining difficulties, our industry and the wider construction section appear to be turning a corner.”
The CPA commissioned Insight Data to carry out its installer barometer.
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