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The Impact of Brexit on Construction (2018)

Regardless of the constant debate regarding Brexit, the fact remains that the UK will be leaving the European market spring 2019.

It’s a bold move and one which is laden with plenty of uncertainty; accordingly, many UK industries are experiencing a surge in anxiety regarding the potential fallout of this break from Europe. In particular, the bustling UK construction market – with a workforce rich in European workers – is set to experience a number of changes, so let’s take a look at the probable impact.

The Main Concerns of Leaving Europe

There are a number of unique negatives which are set to affect the UK’s construction industry and these are:

  • Reduction in EU Workers: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors estimate that up to 175,000 EU workers could be lost due to Brexit restrictions. This equates to roughly 8% of the industry’s workforce and promises a significantly negative outlook for the industry. Whilst this obviously presents opportunities for UK workers, the amount of training required to fulfil 175,000 vacancies will take time and this threatens to bring many major projects to a standstill.
  • No Protection from Dumping: Certain sectors of the UK construction industry face the lifting of anti-dumping policies which impose strict pricing policies to deter foreign imports. A case in point is the European tile industry which is currently protected by EU tarrifs that ensure, for example, Chinese tiles are unable to price local manufacturers out of the market. With the UK leaving the EU, though, this puts the 6,000 workers involved in the UK tile industry at a real risk of losing their jobs.

The Benefits of Brexit for UK Construction

Whilst the potential concerns raised by Brexit are troubling, there remains hope that a number of benefits will spring up such as:

  • Reduction in Prices: If the property market experiences a drop in investment due to Brexit then this isn’t necessarily as catastrophic as it sounds. In fact, with investment moving abroad then it’s increasingly likely that the cost of land in the UK will drop and, most interesting of all, huge banks of derelict land are likely to become available due to the potential interest in home grown construction projects.
  • A Drastic Cut in Red Tape: One of the major selling points of Brexit was that the UK was beholden to the bureaucratic red tape of the EU, so leaving the EU was the best option for the UK to regain control of its activities. And many major players in the UK construction industry have welcomed the impact of less red tape with Lord Bamford – chairman of JCB – stating that more than half of Britain’s trade takes place with non-EU nations and that EU red tape is strangling UK business.

Impact of Brexit on Construction: Final Thoughts

It’s difficult to tell exactly what the impact of Brexit will be on UK construction, but it’s obvious that it will send ripples through the industry. The most pressing concerns are the reduction in available labour and the impact of pricing policies on overseas materials, but these are likely to be countered somewhat by the freedom afforded to UK policies by the break with Europe.

Ultimately, it’s up to the UK construction industry to negotiate beneficial investment deals and weather the initial storm of change.


Bespoke tiles – How to Get a Truly Unique Finish on Your Next Project

Every commercial project demands investment in terms of thought and cost in order to deliver something which is truly unique and special. The materials used in any commercial project are crucial for achieving the required quality, so they need to be picked carefully to give the project the necessary innovative magic.

And when it comes to tiling, the best way to create a distinctive look is through the use of custom and bespoke tiles.

Every single component of a commercial build needs to be treated with equal importance. The right tiles, for example, can instantly transform an area into an eye-catching spectacle, but the wrong tiles can just as quickly render it an uninspiring eyesore.

Custom and bespoke tiles can be an excellent way to deliver a truly unique finish, but what exactly are the benefits?

The Benefits of Custom and Bespoke Tiles

The benefits of custom and bespoke tiles are quite fantastic, so here’s why you should consider them for your next commercial project:

  • You Get the Exact Size You Want: No two commercial projects are the same, so the need for variance and customisation is essential. Off the shelf tiles, of course, are readily available, but they are never going to be a perfect fit for your project and will require plenty of on-site modification. Bespoke tiles, however, can be designed to be the perfect fit and ensure a seamless tiling project can be completed with the minimum of fuss.
  • They Can Be Personalised: Many projects demand a strong sense of company branding to be running through something as simple as a tile. With custom and bespoke tiles, this can easily be integrated into the design by the tile manufacturers to ensure, for example, that a company logo fits perfectly in with the design of the tile and isn’t hastily imprinted on afterwards by a third party.
  • Get the perfect spec: The variance in commercial projects almost guarantees that unique problems are going to present themselves. When you go down the bespoke tile route, this need for specifics becomes a lot easier as tile manufacturers can provide a tailored option that off the shelf tiles don’t even come close to achieving. For example you may require a particular style tile, with specific anti-slip properties.

Custom tiles are a great option for any commercial project, but how do you go about sourcing them?

How to Source Custom and Bespoke Tiles

The key to getting that unique, tailor made solution to your bespoke tiling needs is, to work directly with the manufacturer.

By dealing directly with the tile manufacturers, you can foster a strong relationship which will ensure that your specific needs can be met and in a timely manner.

As global sourcing specialists we have worked with tile manufacturers across the world, and regularly work with clients to find the best tile manufacturers for their specific project.

If you’re interested in using custom or bespoke tiles in your next build and would like more information on how we can help, don’t hesitate to get in touch.