September 2015 – The Top 100 Construction Companies
If I remember correctly, what we used to call National Construction Week was five or six days of sundry awareness-raising activities organised and hosted by various organisations around the UK.
To my shame, I never attended a single one of these events, so I can’t comment on the amount of awareness raised. I personally hadn’t given it a thought for years…until this year when the similar-sounding UK Construction Week appeared on my radar.
But this appears to be something completely different – a series of exhibitions with a commercial edge, hosting numerous seminars, discussions and workshops.
Admission is free and, unlike previous efforts, this
Construction Week promises to be quite memorable. We preview the event over four pages in this issue.
This is a good time to be championing the UK construction industry. While still in growth mode, we’re nevertheless struggling to make any money, as our annual analysis of the Top 100 contractors and their recent performance illustrates (see pages 23 to 37).
Despite rising workloads and revenues, profit margins are under pressure and some contractors are notching up eye-watering losses. Like the recurrence of a chronic illness, this is an old, familiar problem and one for which we still can’t find a cure.
UK Construction Week