SMALL building companies suffered another decline in demand during the first quarter of 2011 according to the latest State of Trade Survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
First-quarter results from the survey suggest that the Wales SME construction sector has now seen three years of declining conditions.
Richard Jenkins, director of FMB Wales, said: “Although conditions are slightly better than they were in the final quarter of last year, they are still heavily negative, suggesting that small builders in Wales are continuing to struggle.
“The first quarter results have confirmed three years of declining conditions for small firms in Wales and this is why we are lobbying hard for the policies in our manifesto for the Welsh Assembly elections, Building for Success.”
He added: “In tough times like these it is more important than ever to target resources where they will be most effective. This is why FMB Wales is campaigning for the investment in the green technology required to de-carbonise our housing stock and secure our energy supply; campaigning for the investment in skills and training our young people need so that they can help drive the recovery; and campaigning for reform of inefficient public procurement processes so that Welsh taxpayers get more bricks and less paper for their money.
“The construction industry is well placed to lead a homegrown recovery and is at the heart of everything that Wales hopes to achieve in the years ahead, including more homes, improved transport, better schools and hospitals, and improved workplaces.”