On the surface, the construction sector in the UK looks to be among those that are recovering best from the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies have seemingly sussed out how to operate within the confines of social distancing restrictions and business appears to be growing again despite the ongoing pandemic.
Figures for February show that activity in the sector is up, with the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI rising from 49.2 to 53.3, well over the growth threshold of 50 and the biggest rise in activity since September last year.
Meanwhile, the spring budget brought with it a raft of stimuli, from the super-deduction tax break to the £12bn apprenticeship fund, that will be of direct benefit to the construction sector.
However, beneath the surface a triple threat of factors means that this fledgling recovery may be standing on far shakier foundations than it seems – and that could spell valuable acquisition opportunities for those with the cash to do deals.
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What are the main acquisition opportunities?
The e-commerce retailer that sells goods imported from China and India through eBay and Amazon. Following a change in circumstances, the owner is now seeking to sell the business and retire. The business sells a wide range of imported products throug...
Highly profitable and fast growing business in the home décor segment. Strategic acquisition for a synergy buyer. Staff in place if required or would be suitable for relocation. Lots of opportunities for expansion. Turnover increase YoY 2020-2021 was...
Based in the West Midlands, they provides above ground plumbing and heating installation services for national and regional house builders, with the capability to carry out works on large domestic housing projects comprising hundreds of newly-built d...
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