Friday, 26 June 2015

Construction Sales Professionals Recruitment Clinics - July 2015

An opportunity to have a FREE evaluation of your career and also some expert guidance on your next move and to look at suitable current vacancies. Interested? Arrange to attend our PinBuild Career Development Clinics this July. This could be the most important appointment of your career so far...

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

July clinic dates
  • Wednesday 8th July: Norwich
  • Wednesday 15th July: Dartford
  • Wednesday 22nd July: Leeds
  • Wednesday  29th July: Bristol
Our current jobs: You might find one you'd like to discuss: Search for construction 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 our charity initiative 'Helping others as you recruit.'

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Bid to win a fully-signed Arsenal home shirt and support GOSH at the same time

You may remember that earlier this year we raised funds and awareness for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (GOSH), by participating in the Cambridge Half Marathon, kindly supported by our shirt sponsor, Ridgeons. 

However, our commitment to GOSH is on-going, and we now have another opportunity for you to support them.

Bid to win a fully-signed Arsenal home shirt - the 2015 FA Cup winners - and support GOSH at the same time. The shirt is supplied with a certificate of authenticity.

You could be the proud owner of an amazing item; and as well as showing your support for Arsenal, you will be supporting a fantastic cause too. 


The shirt is perfect for any Arsenal fan and would look great framed. So, give yourself the chance to own a fantastic piece of Arsenal football memorabilia from their record breaking FA Cup season.

The person who makes the highest bid will win the shirt. Bidding starts at £50. Bids can be placed until 1st August 2015*. The winner will be informed shortly after the closing of the auction and the shirt will be shipped to you within 1-2 days (UK delivery addresses only) after payment has been received.

Why do we support GOSH?
If you have been wondering why we have been promoting the GOSH Charity and specifically the much needed funds required for Badger Ward so much, you should spare a few moments to look at the below video. Although this video was created in support of a British Gas initiative to help Badger Ward, it sums up everything you need to know.


Steve Rogan, our Managing Director's nephew suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and receives amazing care at GOSH Tom (Steve's nephew) and his mum are featured in the video.

Steve and his nephew are huge Arsenal supporters; hence the shirt is a perfect way to raise funds.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do so here…

*if we receive an exceptional offer, we reserve the right to end the auction.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a life shortening, inherited disease, affecting over 10,000 people in the UK, for which there is currently no cure.

The lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.

Each week, five babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis and two people die from this disease. There are many treatments now available to help those who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis, making it even more important to support hospitals such as Great Ormond Street where their Respiratory Ward and Team do such marvellous work in helping children who suffer from this horrible disease.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Pinnacle shows the heart of the Building Industry as it donates to 'CRASH' and 'Lighthouse Club'

We have made our latest donation to our construction and building industry charity partners, 'CRASH' and 'Lighthouse Club', as part of our ‘Helping others as you recruit’ initiative.

Our Managing Director, Steve Rogan commented, “We are delighted to have made a sizeable donation to both CRASH and Lighthouse Club, which we hope will help to make a difference. We feel it is vital the building and construction industry recognise the importance of everyone in the industry, as it has its dangers to those working in it. It is also important the industry uses its knowledge and expertise to support those less fortunate than ourselves in our communities.”

As a leading sales and marketing recruitment specialists to the UK construction and building products sector, ‘Helping others as you recruit’ is a unique joint initiative designed to benefit leading construction industry charities each time they place a candidate. The scheme is designed to provide long-term support and awareness of the charities’ wonderful work. 

The initiative is very simple: when a vacancy is filled, we donate to the preferred charity of the employer or at the discretion of the Consultant dealing with the placement after discussion with the successful candidate. 

Lighthouse Club
Established in 1956, Lighthouse Club, the construction industry charity, gives financial help to construction workers’ families, plunged into financial crisis when they lose their breadwinner’s income through illness, injury, or death.  

Bill Hill, Chief Executive, of Lighthouse Club said of the initiative, “It is vital that the industry is able to support individuals and families within the construction industry that need our help due to injury, death, and hardship; the donation from Pinnacle Consulting truly demonstrates that our industry has a “big heart” and cares for its people. Our work has never been so relevant or so urgently needed.“ 

CRASH is the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless men and women. It is a unique, practical charity, which works to address issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products, and goodwill of the construction and property industry. 

Emma Brophy, Communications Manager of CRASH, is delighted with the latest support received from Pinnacle, “CRASH relies on the generosity of companies within the construction and property industry so that we can continue to support homeless people. All the money CRASH receives through this fundraising initiative will go directly to help homelessness projects across the UK. Thank you to all at Pinnacle Consulting, their clients and candidates for their support.”  

Pinnacle Consulting specialise in sales, marketing, management, and executive appointments for manufacturers, merchants, and distributors across the whole building, construction, and interior products and materials spectrum. 

If you would like us to fill your vacancy and also help others at the same time, contact our team of expert industry consultants on 01480 405225 or visit to find out more.  

For more information on CRASH, please visit and for more information on Lighthouse Club please visit

Thursday, 11 June 2015

UK Flat Roofing market is showing encouraging signs of improvement

There has been encouraging news for the flat roofing market in the latest AMA Research report, which indicates improvement during the last two years. It has grown by around 3.5% and reached around 28 million m sq. in 2014 (in terms of area of waterproofing membranes fitted by metres sq.)

It also showed that some flat roofing products, e.g. PVC single ply membranes and liquid roofing systems, fared better than others, due to factors such as greater ease and speed of installation, lower cost and wider ranges of colour finishes available to specifiers. All key areas that produce development and marketing professionals should take heed of.

Are you a sales or marketing professional looking for a new job in the roofing market? Find our more >>>

Which sectors are showing growth?
Mirroring many of the vacancies in the flat roofing market that we have filled on behalf of our clients, since 2012, key areas of growth in demand have included commercial offices, schools, leisure facilities, warehouses and infrastructure buildings. 

However, maintenance and repair work is also a key area of activity. Basic repair work by jobbing builders, using traditional bitumen felts, as opposed to higher performing reinforced bitumen membranes (RBMs) is a significant factor in the market and has also helped to sustain the market in recent years.

Type of product selling
Waterproofing membranes are the most extensively used product on flat roofing works as they are used on all applications from basic repairs to complete new installations. Bitumen products have the largest share although these range from basic, single layer felts used on garage roofs to higher performance, triple layered reinforced bitumen membranes (RBMs) used on large newbuild developments.

Distribution trends
The supply of waterproofing membranes is concentrated among relatively few suppliers, which are also key suppliers of vapour control layers, and the supply of insulation products is also limited to a relatively small number of UK manufacturers. While there is significant production of bitumen membranes and felts in the UK, import levels are significant, in particular within the single membrane and liquid waterproofing sectors.

Distribution is largely split between the specialist roofing merchants and general builders’ merchants, typically supplying smaller contractors and general builders, and also direct sales to contractors working on large projects. The contracting sector is polarised between a large number of very small, local firms and a relatively small number of national and large regional businesses.

Future outlook
Over the medium term, to 2019, it forecast that demand will increase owing to growth in the development of key new build markets, notably industrial buildings and commercial offices, internet warehousing, free schools & city academies, university buildings and leisure facilities.

In the industrial sector, it is anticipated that there will be a surge in growth in advanced manufacturing and R&D, with universities and property developers pushing forward with developments in Enterprise Zones, where there is a focus on building factories and research facilities.

“Contractors output in the education sector is also expected to grow, mainly due to greater capital commitments among universities and Free schools and also Academies” said Keith Taylor, Director of AMA Research. “Budget reductions in public sector capital programmes will impact on the market, however, with the public sector schools and healthcare sub-sectors mainly affected”.

The ‘Flat Roofing Market Report – UK 2015-2019 Analysis’ report is published by AMA Research. The full report is available now and can be ordered online here.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Britain's Construction industry soars to 9 year high!

The confidence of the UK construction industry climbed to its highest in almost a decade in May as the Toriesgeneral election victory helped a "post-election bounce" in the sector.

Housebuilding led the rebound, according a survey from consultancy firm Markit, as companies that had put-off projects until knowing the outcome of May's voting started to spend again. Optimism across the sector picked up almost immediately, with the feel good factor reaching its highest level since February 2006 - over nine years ago!

The Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) stood at 55.9 in May, up from 54.2 in April. This was well above the 50 threshold that signals growth. It was also higher than economists had been expecting.

The survey showed a return to growth in civil engineering work, while commercial building work expanded at its slowest pace in almost two years. 

“May’s survey provides the first sign of a post-election bounce in the UK construction sector," said Tim Moore, an economist at Markit. “Construction firms experienced an upturn in new business growth from April’s near two-year low and job creation was the fastest recorded so far in 2015."

However, Mr Moore said it was "far from certain whether the relief rally in construction" would translate into "a lasting turnaround in output volumes on the ground".

“Despite a client spending rebound in May, all three key areas of construction activity have lost considerable momentum over the past 12 months. The scale of the construction slowdown since 2014 is such that it will not be fully reversed through the release of pent up demand after the election alone."

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Is the house building industry really bricking it?!

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) believes that the increasing shortages of bricks and bricklayers will threaten future house building plans. It seems as though the shortage of bricks and blocks has been going on for ages and is never ending.

Commenting on the results of the FMB's latest State of Trade Survey for Q1 2015, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said:

"How to solve the housing crisis has been one of the hot topics during the General Election and we welcome the renewed focus on house building by all the main parties. Although each party has its own distinct plans for how the next Government should boost house building, all of them agree it must be a priority. However, the results of our latest State of Trade Survey expose continuing threats which could undermine their plans."

Berry continued: "Half of all construction SMEs – that's one in two firms – are finding it difficult to recruit bricklayers. 62% of firms are waiting for up to two months for new brick orders while almost one quarter are waiting for up to four months. An additional 16% are waiting for a staggering six to eight months. The brick manufacturers are working hard to reignite their kilns which were mothballed during the recession. However, in the meantime, let's make sure small local house builders are not overlooked in favour of large house builders when it comes to manufacturers meeting requests for new bricks."

Berry concluded: "In terms of skills, the ever-growing lack of bricklayers is causing concern. Compared to this time one year ago, more than twice the firms are reporting difficulties recruiting these tradespeople. In the short term, many SME house builders may have to rely on migrant labour. To ensure we have an ample supply of skilled workers in the future, the next Government must ensure it sets the right framework in terms of apprenticeship funding and apprenticeship standards. Also more construction firms – large and small – need to willingly engage with training. After all, there's strong evidence to suggest that training apprentices is good for business."

Monday, 1 June 2015

Job in Focus for June: Branch Manager at Leading Building Products Distributor in South East

Our latest Job in Focus a fantastic career development role with a leading National distributor of building products. We are looking to recruit someone to lead and manage their Sales, Operations, Logistics and Warehouse functions. The position is based in the South East of England.

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. 

Job Details

Job Title: Branch Manager
Job Ref: J5732
Product: Building Products Distributor
Location: South East
Salary: £55k

EMPLOYER: Our client are one of the UK's leading National distributors of building products with a fantastic name in the industry. They offer unrivalled training as well as career and personal development. 

JOB DESCRIPTION: Branch Manager - Responsible for both the smooth running and profitability of the operation. The branch currently has a large number of employees and is highly established. Responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the branch including Sales, Operations, Warehouse and Logistics. A fantastic opportunity to join a true market leader in the sector. 

LOCATION: Kent, East Sussex, South East London 

CANDIDATE: We are seeking an experienced Branch Manager – This person would ideally have experience in managing a Distribution branch in Insulation/Drylining or a Heavyside Merchant branch with a proven track record in success and performance and strong man management experience. 

PACKAGE: On offer is a basic salary up to £55k plus bonus, company car, pension, mobile, laptop, share scheme and 25 days holiday . 

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