Construction growth continues to be fuelled by house building

Stable growth for the construction industry is shown by figures from the Office for National Statistics as output rises 4.1% over the year to Q3 2013.

 

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 Housebuilding continues to be the main source of fuel for much of the growth– private housebuilding rose by 15.6% in the same period. This growth in activity is assisted by the Help to Buy scheme which enables homebuyers to obtain a new home by only putting down a 5% deposit.

Julia Evans, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders, said:

“Help to Buy has given a much needed shot in the arm to the housebuilding sector. Activity is increasing, but we started from a low base. We are still building around 40% fewer homes than we were building in 2008; nowhere near enough to meet demand. We need to ensure that the industry is on a sustainable footing before the three-year Help to Buy scheme ends so we don’t see that level of decline again.”

Output in the repair and maintenance sector fell by 0.6%, but despite this drop has remained fairly steady. In contrast to the Green Deal which is struggling to catch the public’s imagination, The Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) continues to generate a significant amount of retrofit work with almost 50,000 installations in August. Cutting funding for ECO would reduce available work at a time of rising costs and further depress activity in this sector.

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Build-Zone strengthens team with new appointment

Build-Zone has strengthened the team by appointing Grant Sykes.

Grant Sykes is the newest member to join us here at Build-zone. Graduating from Loughborough University in 2009; Grant went on to gain experience in logistics and financial operations before joining us.

After a five week introduction and training in the Self-Build Zone team; Grant’s role within the team is varied and involves him dealing with direct clients, private individuals and developers. His involvement takes him from warranty enquiries through to issuing final certificates of insurance.

Grant is currently studying for the CII Certification and plans to continue with additional qualifications to further enhance his knowledge and understanding of the industry.

You can contact Grant on grant.sykes@build-zone.com or on 0845 230 9873

Grant Sykes, commented on his new role:

“The training provided has opened my eyes to a number of construction methods and techniques, along with building regulations, and as a result I cannot look at a building in the same way again!

“The role is varied and allows me to deal with sales, rating of premiums, quotes, claims, administration and customer service.”

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Structural warranty provider makes key appointment to strengthen insurance team

Insurance broker Sennocke International has appointed Ashleigh Poore to take charge of its intermediary business within its specialist latent defect unit, Build-Zone with immediate effect. He will be responsible for handling and expanding the current wholesale business portfolio, which continues to grow on the back of Build-Zone’s expansion into the latent defects market.


Poore is an internal promotion from sister operation Self-Build Zone where he was Team Leader, responsible for customer accounts, latent defect and construction underwriting. He was also heavily involved in the delivery of an important white labelled solution to a key partner in the self-build sector.

Director Simon Middleton who heads up the units said:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Ashleigh into the Build-Zone 10 Year Warranty team. He joins with a growing reputation and has an impressive track record of achieving results in his previous role. His proven underwriting skills and excellent broker relationships will further strengthen our Broker team as we continue to expand into the latent defect market”.

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Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone Structural Warranties exhibiting at Grand Designs Live

Grand Designs Live, the UK’s leading contemporary home show, will open its doors from 12th – 14th October 2012 at Birmingham’s NEC.

Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event will be packed with over 500 exhibitors, across six different sections, covering interiors, gardens, home improvement, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping.

Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone Structural Warranties are delighted to be exhibiting, this event will provide expert advice on all the things you need to know when it comes to your home.

A great opportunity to speak to us and have us help you with any questions you might have about site insurance which is essential for anyone planning an extension, renovation, conversion or new build.

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Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone Structural Warranties exhibiting at the National Home Improvement Show

The UK’s leading event for home improvers, the National Home Improvement Show, brings together high quality suppliers and experts in one place and Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone Structural Warranties are delighted to be exhibiting again.

Self-Build Zone is providers of site insurance which is essential for anyone planning an extension, renovation, conversion or new build. Whilst Build-Zone has been providing structural warranties since 2003 and is a major force in the provision of structural warranty products in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The show attracts many visitors from the self-build sector, not just those actively engaged in a new build, but also those people using self-build as a route to completing a home extension or major remodelling project – all of which require our bespoke range of insurance and warranty products.

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