Thursday, 18 December 2014

All I want for Christmas is...'a new sales job in the building industry'

It is not long now and if a building products sales job is high on your wish list this Christmas, then your dream present could be waiting to be unopened. 

Visit our grotto and...CHOOSE A PRESENT FROM OUR CHRISTMAS JOB LIST!

If you are interested in any our roles or are looking to develop your career, contact us today or take a look at our website for more details.
We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas closure: Please all be advised that we will be closed for Christmas from 12.30 pm Tues. 23rd Dec. 2014 but will be open again on Mon 5th Jan. 2015 - all refreshed and ready for a great New Year!

However, please feel free to send your applications and interest to recruit@pinnacleconsulting.co.uk over the festive break.


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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sales Management Job in Focus: Regional Sales Director for Windows OTE £80-90k

Our latest Job in Focus is an excellent opportunity with a respected and high quality manufacturer of uPVC windows and doors. The role is aimed at the new build applications and targeting developers and social housing providers to generate sales and specifications.

This a fantastic role where you can create and develop a sales, operations and installations team. 

Each month our Construction and Building Industry Job in Focus feature takes a detailed look at some of the fantastic sales and marketing construction and building materials job vacancies currently on our books. Job in Focus is also promoted on our website. Visit www.pinnacleconsulting.co.uk 


Job Title: Regional Sales Director
Job Ref: J4939
Product: Windows
Location: North West
Salary: £65k

EMPLOYER: Our client are a major manufacturer of high performance uPVC Windows, Doors and Hardware, targeted specifically at New Build applications. The company have a fantastic reputation for quality, offering an innovative range of products tailored to the specific needs and performance standards of Developers and Social Housing Providers. 

JOB DESCRIPTION: Regional Sales Director - Unique opportunity to take ownership in the launch of a new region, proactively establishing business in the Northern region, targeting key Regional and Major volume Housebuilders. The role will initially focus on establishing and developing sustainable business relationships, identifying project and site builds and generating sales and specification. Once the individual has successfully made initial progress, they will be tasked with recruiting and managing a regional Sales, Operations and Installation team to drive and coordinate the growth of the region. 

LOCATION: North of the UK - Ideally located in North West - Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, West Yorkshire 

CANDIDATE: We are looking for high calibre proven sales management professionals, you will have existing experience in field sales management, leading and managing a team of field based sales professionals. In addition you will have extensive, proven track record in delivering sales within the New Build sector. Ideally you will have current, strong network of contacts with key national volume housebuilders. In terms of industry background, this role will be best suited to candidates from Windows, Doors, Roofing or related exterior building products. 

PACKAGE: On offer is a negotiable basic salary £55,000-£65,000 + Superb OTE of £80,000 - £90,000 + Company Car + Excellent secondary benefits 

For further information or to discuss your career options contact Steve Brennan on 01480 405225 or apply online.

Monday, 15 December 2014

What factors are underpinning investment in the Construction Products Industry?

A new study by the Construction Products Association has been published to help understand the economic, political and regulatory landscape facing the industry. 

The key findings in this report suggest how industry and government can work better together to develop policies that give greater certainty and confidence to industry to encourage investment, innovation and growth.


You can download the report here.


Summary of the key findings include:

  • Effective regulations are clearly defined, target-driven and not prescriptive.
  • Industry needs policy and regulation that is simple with minimal administrative burden.
  • Policy works best when government consults industry early and regularly to identify problems, review measures, provide solutions and evaluate results.
  • Government can create greater certainty for industry by providing a roadmap with a long term plan – not just over five-year parliamentary cycles – and clear goals which allow time for industry to prepare. 
  • Once the roadmap is implemented, unplanned changes should be avoided.  Delivery according to the original plan is key.  Consistency of policy helps industry to invest.
  • Cross-party consensus should be sought in advance for policies which are key drivers in major markets (e.g., infrastructure and housing), to prevent changes occurring due to party politics.
Industry also needs to demonstrate leadership and play its part in helping develop effective policy and regulation. We can do this by working together to establish a consensus and:
  • Speaking as a supply chain with a consistent voice to government.
  • Providing government with high-level, outcome-focussed, strategic input which avoids commercial differences.
  • Supporting well-considered, effective regulations with credible, practical solutions that are fact and evidence-based.
Recruitment for the building and construction sector
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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Job growth and creation are the highlights of the latest Markit/CIPS Construction PMI

The Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI slowed to a 13-month low in November but more positively it is still the 19th consecutive month of being considered in growth. 

The good news was that job creation remains strong and UK construction companies indicated a positive expansion of business activity. However, construction and building products manufacturers are still under pressure with demand still exceeding supply and lead-times suffering. Although frustrating, we at Pinnacle Consulting take the view that it is better there is demand than not.

All three broad areas of construction activity registered reduced rates of expansion in November, led by a marked slowdown in civil engineering. The latest expansion of civil engineering activity was the weakest since July 2013. Meanwhile, residential building was the strongest performing area of activity in November. However, house building and commercial construction activity both expanded at the least marked rates since October 2013.

November data pointed to a rise in new business volumes for the 19th successive month. Reports from survey suggested that strong competition for new work and greater uncertainty about the economic outlook had weighed a little on client confidence.

Great News for Employment
Despite reduced rates of output and new business growth, the latest survey pointed to steady and strong job creation across the construction sector and the pace of employment growth picked up a little since the previous month and was still relatively close to the survey-record high seen in July. 

Meanwhile, increased workloads contributed to a solid rise in sub-contractor usage in November. Latest data also signalled the fastest rise in sub-contractor charges since the survey began in April 1997.

Building and construction materials still in short supply
Survey respondents generally commented on strengthening demand for construction materials and pressures on capacity at suppliers. Latest data also pointed to a steep lengthening of vendor delivery times, although the rate of deterioration was the least marked since June 2013.

Looking ahead, construction firms remain optimistic about the prospects for output growth at their units over the year ahead.

There was also evidence of improving underlying demand, strong pipelines of residential building projects and a general rise in new invitations to tender across the UK regions.
However, the overall degree of optimism eased slightly in November to a 13-month low, with some construction firms citing concerns among clients regarding the wider economic outlook.

Commenting on the report, David Noble, Group Chief Executive Officer at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, said:

“The sector continues to enjoy strong recovery and higher levels of activity, even if the rate of expansion has slowed a little compared to recent months.

“Led by an increase in residential housing activity,new orders and the accompanying rise in levels of staffing, the sector’s growth is no longer confined to the south of the country and is becoming more widespread.

“The flipside of this coin is the rise in demand for construction materials, which has resulted in capacity issues amongst suppliers. As the UK Government announces more detail around road expansion plans, this may add to the pressure on suppliers and their ability to meet the needs of the sector. Though delivery times from suppliers have lengthened, procurement and supply chain managers paint a picture of general optimism amongst the economic doomsayers as the index remains well above the no change mark.

“The one dark spot on the horizon is the danger of prolonged skill shortages across the construction sector. As sub-contractors are currently in high demand and becoming increasingly costly, the recruitment difficulties experienced by many firms in the sector may need to be addressed sooner rather than later; as the sector has some catching up to do to develop more available skilled labour.”

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Housebuilding figures continue to grow but momentum must be maintained say NHBC

October saw the highest number of new home registrations recorded in a month since 2011, according to figures released by NHBC.

A total of 13,950 new homes were registered over the month - 11,151 for the private sector and 2,799 for public housing. The last high point during a month was in June 2011 when 14,565 homes were registered. October's figures were also a 10% improvement on October 2013, NHBC said.

NHBC commented that the figures were in part strengthened by the registration of 539 new units during the third phase of the Battersea Power station project.

Growth in the quarter of August to October - at 14% against the same period last year - was led by the private sector, where registrations grew 20% to 29,341. Public sector registrations dipped 7% to 7,799. In total, 37,140 new homes were registered during the three month period.

NHBC's CEO Mike Quinton said: "The October figures show that the UK housebuilding industry is continuing to build on the strong new housing volumes seen in 2013. All the signs are that 2014 will be another encouraging year with growth being registered across all parts of the UK.

"While this is obviously positive news, we know that the industry is working from a historically low base so there is still much work to do to ensure this momentum continues."

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

What happens when your customers and employees start to lose faith in previously successful management?

When management becomes stale
If your customers start to lose faith in your product and your workforce no longer fully believes in the direction your product is being taken, it is obvious you have a problem to address. 

This is particularly crucial if your product has the potential to be the market leader and is being prevented from doing so by poor management decisions, especially when this is also one of the reasons your workforce is not fully motivated. The solution to the problem seems obvious, doesn’t it?

If the same management is enshrined within the whole ethos of your product and past glory but is also one of the main reasons why you still have such a potentially successful offering, it makes the issue harder to address. If it is not addressed, you’ll always be wondering what could have been achieved if action was taken.

However, the fear of removing the management and the possible negative consequences can create indecision. Business owners become conflicted between loyalty and making sound business decisions. They may think the situation is salvageable within the current management structure, but even then, sensitive but decisive action is required to change the status quo.

These situations are often allowed to develop during the good times, as too much power is given to one person and their decision-making eventually becomes clouded, stubborn and narrow minded with no sense of reality. What seems obvious to most is just not on the agenda and when a growing number of people point this out, it makes things worse, because the management tends to want to prove they’re right and almost deliberately do not take the required actions. 

Football often provides us with good analogies and an obvious example is currently happening at Arsenal Football Club. 

Since becoming the manager in 1996, Arsene Wenger quickly turned a struggling team into a winning one and revolutionised football in England. He made the right decisions in the transfer market, tactically on the field and for the image of the club off the field. He became a legend and rightfully so.
Is your management
showing leadership?

He also led the club to financial stability, creating a thriving business and a platform for sustained top-level success. However, in the last few years the silverware has dwindled; world-class players have been allowed to leave and replacements on the whole have been inferior. As a result, the positions which needed addressing have not been. 

The club’s customers – its supporters – have become frustrated and less supportive, the team has lost that inner belief that they are winners and an air of complacency has set in. 

The team continues to entertain and qualify for the lucrative Champions League and the global brand remains strong. However, Wenger and the club appear reluctant to make those key decisions which would make them on top of the world again. 

Sooner rather than later, that lucrative income from the Champions League will not be achieved and it could be a position which is hard to recover from.

It’s almost as if they don’t want real success again (other than on the profit and loss account). Or perhaps Wenger is just so stubborn and blinded by criticism that his judgement no longer has what it takes to be a winner, and nobody has the guts to tell him.

It is made more difficult for the owners, as the team is not showing spectacular failure; the person in charge has brought them a lot of previous success and taken them to the brink of yet more success – but that brink never seems as though it’s going to be breached. 
A couple of years ago we compared Wenger with Ferguson and discussed what skills are needed to achieve success over a prolonged period in your job. It seems Wenger has not really listened to the warnings. It makes interesting reading in hindsight…. Read more here.
Many manufacturers in the building and construction industry face this situation. The longer they wait, the stronger the competition gets, the lower down the market leaders’ table they go and the harder it is to return to that leading position. 

Ask yourself: would you allow the following to happen? 
  • Potential customers no longer consider your product as a viable and preferred product
  • The demand in your product to be reduced, so you sell less product at a lower price
  • Allow your best sales, marketing and product development staff to leave for your competitor and benefit them rather than you
  • Not being able to recruit the best replacements 
  • Your workforce to no longer be as passionate about selling your product
  • Reduce your ability to attract investors and business partners
  • Run the risk of not having the kudos to effectively invest in product development 
  • Lose touch with, and the faith of, your supporters
  • Receive negative trade press and social media coverage
  • Not have the right people to move the company forward
  • Continually make the wrong decisions 
  • Give all the power to one person and allow them to become unaccountable
This is exactly what Arsenal Football Club is allowing to happen and it needs sound recruitment and management decisions to halt the slide. 

What are your options?
The options open to Arsenal are pretty much those available to companies in similar situations:
  • Retain existing management and do nothing
  • Retain existing management but make sure that the business owners/directors are more heavily involved in decision-making for the good of the club, allowing the power of the club to be spread
  • Replace the current management with a new forward-thinking team and structure best suited to adapt and succeed in the modern game 
Key attributes needed
to succeed
Clearly, all three have their risks, but choosing the first option demonstrates weak executive management and is likely to end in disaster. 

The second option could be hugely successful but may result in apathy and negativity of a different kind. However, having a system in place at the outset, in which the manager has the flexibility and time to do the job on their terms but knowing that they are both accountable and not the sole decision-maker, is paramount for the future. This structural change - that may even include recruitment to support the management - is a viable solution. 

One of the main issues that frustrate Arsenal supporters is that the funds for investment in the playing staff are available and it’s not as though they are fighting against the odds to survive. There seems to be reluctance from the management to spend, even in areas requiring attention. You wouldn’t appoint a novice sales person in the most demanding and competitive geographical area or overload a sector with too many sales professionals, allowing none of them to thrive, but this seems to be Arsenal’s policy. Budgets need to be spent in the right places at the right level to improve the business and achieve success.

The third option needs to be done sympathetically and with respect to the success of the previous management and full understanding of the potential downside of the decision: loss of experience and also the loyalty of existing staff to the person being replaced. Finding the right person to take you forward is even more vital and potentially more difficult.

The board and owners of Arsenal are currently in this difficult dilemma but seem to be dealing with it by ignoring it, or perhaps they are just happy with being “the almosts” ... that doesn’t have same ring as “the invincibles” does it?. Show some ambition please Arsenal, from top to bottom.
Things can change in football very quickly and the article we did on the importance of confidence in the workplace, again relating it to Arsenal and Wenger clearly shows this. It also, looking back, shows how it needs to be sustained and built upon - one of the main problems at Arsenal today.
If you are facing some key structural decisions or need to appoint executive level management and require independent and professional advice to ensure you find and appoint the right person for your company, please contact us on 01480 405225 or visit our website at www.pinnacleconsulting.co.uk  p.s. the board at Arsenal is very welcome to pick up the phone...





Friday, 5 December 2014

Construction Marketing Awards 2014: Who won?

The winners have been announced at this year's Construction Marketing Awards and the Agency of the year for 2014 is SLG Marketing.

The CMAs are organised by The Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) and recognise marketing excellence in the built environment.

SLG Marketing was praised for working closely with its clients to produce creative campaigns. It was also crowned winner of the 'Best use of direct marketing' award.

Construction marketers are vital in developing brands and providing manufacturers, distributors and merchants in the construction products industry with both insight and competitive advantage to help deliver business objectives. Interested in a job in construction marketing?

NHBC scooped the 'Best use of advertising' prize for its 'People Power' advertising campaign, which marked a shift in focus from products and services to the value of NHBC's people. It was also awarded the 'Best mobile campaign' gong.

Eurocell won 'Best product launch' for its Modus product. H+H - alongside its PR company Ridgemount PR - was named winner of the 'Sustainability as a marketing strategy' award, with the firm promoting its contribution to sustainable housing through its aircrete products.

Celotex was triumphant in the 'Best social media campaign' category for its Insulating Britain campaign which communicated the latest changes to Part L and how Celotex could help.

And Ian Exall, CIMCIG's chair, was presented with the CIMCIG Special Award for his long term commitment to the CMAs and CIMCIG, the latter of which has seen a four fold increase in membership under Exall's leadership.

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees for some fantastic ideas and campaigns, truly doing the industry justice in terms of education, innovation and helping the construction and building industry get back on track.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

KBSA calls for SME support in Autumn Statement

The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association (Kbsa) has called for more support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) ahead of The Chancellor’s Autumn statement on 3rd December 2014.

Graham Ball, Chief Executive Officer, said: “It really is time now for the Coalition Government to deliver on promises made in the past and get the banks lending more easily to SMEs. While it has improved, there are still cases where the obduracy of the past has returned, and decision-making must be returned to a local level.

“Business rates, of course, need modernising quickly as they cannot be sustained at the levels created when property prices were at their highest – that situation is just plainly daft! Like many sectors, SMEs are still being hamstrung by the amount of red tape. A classic example of this is in the new ‘auto-enrol’ pension project, where the administration process will be beyond some, leading to spend more money employing accountants or pension providers to do it for them. What nonsense!”

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Ball added: “While it is not directly the Chancellor’s role, we would support the Adonis Review in calling for a US-style Small Business Administration here in the UK, which would be run by people who genuinely understood the needs of the sector, as I believe that some of the long-standing issues SMEs have been lobbying for go unheeded because MP’s focus on big business without realising the importance of the sector to the UK economy, and increasingly they have no actual experience of business before standing for parliament.”

Well said Graham!


Monday, 1 December 2014

Job in Focus for December: International (EMEA) Director of Hospitality for Bathroom Products in Hotels

Our latest International building products industry Job in Focus is a superb Executive level sales management and development opportunity as Director of Hospitality responsible for the EMEA region. The role is with a leading manufacturer of Bathroom Products.

It is a chance to join a truly prestigious international brand and develop strategy and sales in the EMEA region to International Hotel Groups and major Architectural Practices. 

Each month our Construction and Building Industry Job in Focus feature takes a detailed look at some of the fantastic sales and marketing construction and building materials job vacancies currently on our books. Job in Focus is also promoted on our website. Visit www.pinnacleconsulting.co.uk 



Job Title: Director of Hospitality - EMEA
Job Ref: J4834
Product: Bathroom Products
Location: National
Salary: £110k

EMPLOYER: Our Client are a market leading manufacturer of high quality Bathroom products with an outstanding reputation in their market sector. 

JOB DESCRIPTION: They are now looking to recruit a new Director of Hospitality for the EMEA Region (Europe, Middle East & Africa). This person will be responsible for developing strategy & sales via the respective country sales teams to ensure our client are the premier partner for the EMEA hospitality channel. They will directly influence the sales pipeline with International Hotel Groups & the major Architectural Practices predominantly London based. 

LOCATION: International 

CANDIDATE: We are looking for extremely high calibre candidates with a proven track record of success managing sales teams selling into the Architectural / Hotel sector with excellent contacts - ideally with a successful background in a related product sector eg Bathrooms, Kitchens, Ceramics, Carpets, Furniture, Fit-Out etc although other product experience maybe considered. 

PACKAGE: On offer is a basic salary likely to be circa £100k plus excellent commission scheme, quality car, superb company benefits and the chance to join a truly prestigious brand.

Email me on colin@pinnacleconsulting.co.uk or better still call me on 01480 405225 to find out more !

Friday, 28 November 2014

PinBuild Construction Sales and Marketing Career Clinics - December 2014

This Christmas, perhaps top of your wish list is a new sales or marketing job in the construction industry. Often the best way to start this process is to get an independent evaluation of your career and guidance to help you find your next job? If this is the case, you should arrange to attend our FREE PinBuild Career Development Clinics this December.

PinBuild Clinics are for sales and marketing professionals in the construction and building products sector, providing specialist career advice and a match to the latest construction sales vacancies.

Call us and arrange to meet one of our expert construction industry consultants on 01480 405225 or contact us via to secure your booking e-mail recruit@pinnacleconsulting.co.uk

Next clinic dates
  • Wednesday 3rd December, Basingstoke
  • Wednesday 10th December, Nottingham
Our current jobs: You might find one you'd like to discuss: Search for building and construction products sales jobs

PinBuild Clinics will evaluate the job seeker’s career to date and identify the best opportunities available. The clinics provide professionals with expert advice on how to progress their career by discussing the industry sectors that have potential for growth, the skills and focus needed to ensure that they develop with the changing nature of the market and how to ensure that their career continues to progress rather than stagnating.

The clinics will also assist those that attend to map out a realistic and achievable career path, including any potential training requirements. Assistance will also be given to evaluate their CV and also their interview technique and where they should focus to ensure they realise their true potential in the building and construction industry.

We specialise in external and internal sales positions, marketing and management roles and director and board appointments with manufacturers, merchants or distributors across the whole building, construction and interiors product spectrum.

Take some time out to read about CRASH the construction industry's charity for homeless people and one of our industry partners for our charity initiative 'Helping others as you recruit.'

Friday, 21 November 2014

Latest housing stats released by DCLG/HCA

The latest housebuilding statistics released by the government reveal a mixed set of results, but generally the figures show how far the sector has come in the last 12 months.

Private starts in England reached 27,300 in the three months to September 2014, this is 4.6% up on the same quarter in 2013.

But the figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) revealed that against the previous quarter (April to June 2014) private starts dropped 8%.

In total, private and public, 33,000 homes were started in the September quarter, a 10% drop on the previous quarter.

Private completions in the September quarter increased 9.6% to 24,280 against the same quarter last year. Compared to the previous quarter of this year, they climbed 3%.

Annual private starts in the 12 months to September 2014 climbed 19% to 112,270 compared to the 12 months to September 2013. And annual private sector completions increased 8% to 93,000.

Overall annual housing starts in the 12 months to September 2014 rose 16% to 138,640 against the previous 12 months.

The Homes and Communities Agency also released its latest housing statistics. During the first six months of its financial year (April 1 – September 30), the HCA saw a 26% rise in market home starts to 3,229 against the same period last year. The number of market homes completed increased 41% to 3,545.

If you're interested in a sales job in the building products industry, find out more here.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Sales and Marketing Management Building Industry Featured Jobs - November 2014

November 2014: We have seen an abundance of fantastic Executive level Sales and Marketing Management opportunities recently in the construction and building industry and we feature some of them in detail here.

If you are interested in any of these roles or are looking to develop your career, contact us or take a look at our website for more details on our construction sales jobs and recruitment services.
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Growth extends to all sectors of the construction industry despite private housing dip

Good news for the whole construction industry has been revealed in the latest Construction Trade Survey. The survey reported that construction activity rose for the sixth consecutive month in Q3 and showed growth in all sectors other than private housing, where output slowed a little. However, the news that firms across right across construction, from SMEs to the largest contractors, reported increased output in the third quarter is very healthy for the long-term strength of the industry.

Commenting on the survey, Dr Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said, “Construction firms reported growth once again in the third quarter of 2014, the sixth consecutive rise in activity for the first time in six and a half years.  Activity rose in the third quarter according to 60% of contractors, on balance.

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“Private housing activity slowed in Q3 with 35% of firms, on balance, reporting that private housing output rose compared with 57% in Q1 and 41% in Q2.  This slower growth in private housing, however, was offset by significant growth in other sectors.  On balance, 43% of firms reported growth in private commercial, the largest construction sector, which covers offices and retail work.  A further 41% of firms, on balance, reported work growing in the private industrial sector, which covers factories and warehouses construction.

“Construction firms also reported rises in forward looking indicators such as orders and enquiries, which clearly indicate that activity will rise throughout 2015.  A rise in Q3 order books in private housing was reported by 15% of contractors, on balance.  A further 13% and 12% of firms reported rises, on balance, in orders books across private industrial and public non-housing (education and health) respectively.

“The only dark clouds in construction were seen around margins, which continued to be hit hard. Construction firms had to suffer rises in costs in Q3 once again and although tender prices also rose in Q3, the benefits of these tender price rises are only likely to be felt when the work from these contracts occurs in 2015.”

Stephen Ratcliffe, Director UKCG, said, “These figures are encouraging, especially since growth is now apparent in all sectors of construction.  They are in line with ONS data and paint a better picture than earlier this year.  Labour cost rises do signal the need for the industry to attract new recruits and emphasise the importance of our campaign ‘Born to Build’, which is trying to entice young people to consider a career in construction.”

Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders, added, “The industry is in recovery.  The good news of across the board rises in reported output makes it tempting for us to take our eye off some of the industry’s structural issues.  With more work around, we have a little breathing space, an opportunity to address access to finance, tender costs, skills and security of materials’ supply to ensure a more sustainable recovery.”

Key survey findings include:

  • 60% of building contractors, on balance, reported that construction output rose in the third quarter of 2014 compared with a year ago
  • Private housing output in Q3 rose according to 35% of building contractors, on balance
  • 43% of building contractors, on balance, reported that private commercial output rose in the third quarter of 2014 compared with a year ago
  • Private industrial output in Q3 rose according to 41% of building contractors, on balance
  • 68% of firms reported labour costs rose and 74% of firms reported that materials costs rose in Q3 compared with the previous quarter
  • 11% of building contractors, on balance, reported a fall in margins in Q3 compared with Q2
  • 41% of building contractors reported difficulties recruiting bricklayers in Q3 compared with 47% in Q2
  • 39% of building contractors reported difficulties recruiting carpenters in Q3 compared with 47% in Q2


Monday, 10 November 2014

Building and Construction Industry Job in Focus (Nov 2014). Superb Export KBB role

Our latest construction products industry Job in Focus is a superb opportunity as a Export Sales Manager for a manufacturer of Bathroom Products.

You would be in charge of four Export Sales Managers and the internal team at the head office. You should expect to spend one week per month travelling overseas.

Each month our Construction and Building Industry Job in Focus feature takes a detailed look at some of the fantastic sales and marketing construction and building materials job vacancies currently on our books. Job in Focus is also promoted on our website. Visit www.pinnacleconsulting.co.uk 



Job Title: Head of Export Sales
Job Ref: J4754
Product: Bathroom Products
Location: National (plus international travel)
Salary: £60k
Sector: Management

EMPLOYER: Our client are a market leading manufacturer of Bathroom products with a fantastic reputation in their sector. 

JOB DESCRIPTION: Due to promotion they are now looking to recruit a new Head of Export sales. This person will manage a team of 4 Export Sales Managers who are based around various parts of the globe plus an internal team consisting of Internal Export Sales Executives, Order Processing, Administration, Shipping & Despatch etc. It is likely this person will spend a reasonable amount of time in the office managing the head office team although some of this time can be spent working remotely from home etc. They will also be expected to demonstrate a "hands on" approach to supporting & managing the Export Sales team which is likely to mean approximately a week per month on average travelling to various destinations - this will certainly include the Middle East & Africa. 

LOCATION: National - preferably living or prepared to spend time in Southern England 

CANDIDATE: We are looking for extremely highly calibre candidates with a proven track record in managing an Export Sales team supplying via distribution / agents. Ideally with solid experience managing sales in the Middle East & Africa you will need to demonstrate your ability to adapt to the working methods & cultures in different regions and support the team. 

PACKAGE: On offer is a basic salary likely to be between £50,000 to £60,000 plus excellent bonus scheme, car and other company benefits. 

For further information or to discuss your career options contact Colin Hoy on 01480 405225 or apply online

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Finally a major contractor focused exhibition and at the right time of year too!

Another new building industry exhibition is set to hit the UK next year, but this one has been needed for sometime and it will also relate to long lost lovers of Interbuild, who will be delighted to see a major building industry trade exhibition taking place in the late autumn/early winter period again. 

The Build Show, the first comprehensive builder and contractor focused exhibition and forum to take place for a decade will provide an opportunity for the building, construction and related industries to network, to join together to share ideas, learn new information, skills and working practices, to trade and to grow together.

The Build Show will showcase every aspect of the building and construction industry and a wide ranging programme will explore every key issue and work with key industry leaders and organisations to address policy issues, develop skills and personal development, seek out, recognise and reward talent and ability. The event will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th October 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Paul Godwin, Managing Director of Build Show said: "Autumn is a far better time for a contractor-focused event,” explained Godwin. “With increasing order books, SME builders and contractors especially might be hard pressed to take time off site in the spring." 

He added: “We recently conducted a significant piece of research amongst construction professionals and it was skills shortages, more than a lack of materials that was highlighted as the biggest obstacle in the way of industry growth. A key part of our seminars and content programme at the Build Show will be focussing on skills, learning and development."

The exhibition seems to be planning to address something appropriate to the needs of the industry and will give exhibitors a better chance of addressing and meeting users of their products and services in what is first major business-to-business event for builders and contractors for a number of years.

Build Show will bring together contractors, specifiers, builders, suppliers, house builders, architectural technologists and clients, all under one roof and will be an event designed for an industry that is crucial to the success of the UK as it sheds the shackles of recession. 

Are exhibitions still worth it? Read our feature.

More than 400 exhibitors occupying 35,000 feet sq.of space will be joined by an estimated 25,000 building and construction industry contractors and professionals who may choose from a mix of seminars, demonstrations, debates and discussions to make the Build Show a powerful and stimulating event at all levels.

Lets hope it is a success and along with Ecobuild will provide the UK with two excellent large and valuable exhibitions to serve the needs of the industry in the 21st century.

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Construction Sales Career Development Clinics November 2014

Do you need an independent evaluation of your construction sales career and guidance to help you find your next job? Then, why not arrange to attend one of our FREE PinBuild Career Development Clinics this November at a UK location near you.

PinBuild Clinics are for sales and marketing professionals in the construction and building products sector, providing specialist career advice and a match to the latest construction sales vacancies.

Call us and arrange to meet one of our expert construction industry consultants on 01480 405225 or contact us via to secure your booking e-mail recruit@pinnacleconsulting.co.uk

Next clinic dates
  • Wednesday 12th November, Kings Cross, London    
  • Wednesday 19th November, Taunton
  • Wednesday 26th November, Crawley
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PinBuild Clinics will evaluate the job seeker’s career to date and identify the best opportunities available. The clinics provide professionals with expert advice on how to progress their career by discussing the industry sectors that have potential for growth, the skills and focus needed to ensure that they develop with the changing nature of the market and how to ensure that their career continues to progress rather than stagnating.

The clinics will also assist those that attend to map out a realistic and achievable career path, including any potential training requirements. Assistance will also be given to evaluate their CV and also their interview technique and where they should focus to ensure they realise their true potential in the building and construction industry.

We specialise in external and internal sales positions, marketing and management roles and director and board appointments with manufacturers, merchants or distributors across the whole building, construction and interiors product spectrum.

Take some time out to read about CRASH the construction industry's charity for homeless people people and one of our industry partners for our charity initiative 'Helping others as you recruit.'

Monday, 27 October 2014

UK Construction Industry set to grow by 23% over next 3 years

According to the latest Autumn forecasts from the Construction Products Association, the UK construction industry is expected to grow 23% by the end of 2018. In the short-term this will be driven by private housing.

Construction industry output is forecast to increase 4.8% this year and 5.3% in 2015 – up from the predictions of 4.7% and 4.8% made earlier in 2014.

Private housing starts are predicted to grow 18% this year and 10% in 2015, “leaving starts at 148,000,” CPA said. Beyond 2015, private housing growth is set to slow, but CPA said that it predicted a total of 171,000 starts in 2018.

General construction growth is forecast to continue throughout 2018. But CPA warned that “several risks” remained, namely the strength of the UK and Eurozone economies, the outcome of the general election and supply constraints.

Noble Francis, CPA’s economics director, said that the forecast for private housing was also dependent on certain factors. He said:

“We forecast starts to rise 18.0% in 2014 and 10.0% in 2015. In order for such projections to be met, however, increased capacity is necessary, particularly from SME housebuilders. In addition, there remain serious questions about affordability and higher mortgage repayment costs.”