Clearview National April 2017 - Issue 185 - Page 28

INDUSTRYNEWS STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION » » BEN BROCKLESBY, DIRECTOR AT Origin, responds to the government housing whitepaper… “There’s no doubt that the whitepaper marks a step in the right direction for the future of the UK’s housing industry. It is hugely positive to see the government lending support to local authorities and developers to resolve Britain’s housing crisis. BRITISH MANUFACTURING While the whitepaper promises to support housebuilders, and resolve the issue of skills shortages in the construction industry, supporting British manufacturers is not mentioned within the government’s plan. Whether suppling bricks or bi-fold doors, manufacturers need to be geared up to support the new demand for building products. In addition, greater emphasis should be put on the importance of specifying products ‘made in Britain’, with a focus on the quality of new homes, not just quantity. CONSTRUCTION SKILLS SHORTAGE We’ve spoken at length about the trend in recent years for homeowners to improve their homes rather than move. It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to have to wait months until these improvements can be made, as good tradesmen are in strong demand. I’d be interested to see whether a focus on building new homes affects the availability of skilled workers for home improvements. Will this just mean the skills shortage moves away from new build, towards renovation projects instead?” ENDURANCE BOLSTERED BY RECORD TRADE ENQUIRIES » » ENDURANCE® DOORS RAPID growth over the last few years is set to continue, as the solid and secure composite door manufacturer has received a record number of trade enquiries over the last five months. In these last five months, Endurance® has enjoyed an influx of over 200 firm trade enquiries, from companies looking for a better performing en