Contractors World UK & Ireland
|2012 Vol 2 No 5|
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Now even the weather’s gloomy - but a ray of hope
If people in the construction and related industries are feeling the economic strain, then give a thought to those making barbeque equipment or trying to sell buckets and spades, ice creams and similar as the rains continue to pour.
It seems as if there has been no let up for most of the country with record levels of rainfall bringing to an end the official drought prevailed at the beginning of the year.
Apart from the inevitable problems for earthmovers, the construction, quarrying and similar industries are more than able to cope with such adverse conditions. And the economic outlook remains uncertain as conflicting reports from two associations in this issue highlight.
The Government continues its game of ‘dangling the carrot’ - which the industry now generally recognises as ‘pie-in-the-sky’ words without any foundations or basis for hope.
The Government last month said there would be a review of the feasibility of a Thames hub airport. Is it any surprise that the latest announcement has put back the review date? Electrification of a major stretch of railway line, at great expense, will ‘reduce travel time between Sheffield and London by 10 minutes”. I think rail travellers would rather keep the 10 minutes and see costs reduced.
Contractors and suppliers hoping to benefit from being able to promote their involvement in building the London 2012 Olympic Games venues will have to wait until all the ferver has died down so cannot promote the fact until 2013.
. . .amidst the gloom a ray of light (for two days at least)
However, anyone visiting Hillhead Quarry Exhibition in Buxton in June enjoyed not only warm, sunny weather but also an array of equipment and services. People turned up in their thousands, despite adverse weather forecasts. New records were set for number of visitors and exhibitors.
Certainly for the first two day, the weather conditions were perfect. I cannot comment on the third day as I chickened out when, on leaving my remote hotel, I could hardly see 20 yards ahead because of the horizontal torrential rain.
However, I have it on good authority from those that did brave the elements that, although numbers were down, there were some serious buyers.
Leigh Sparrow, organiser of Vertikal Days echoed similar positive comments. The largest ever attendance and record exhibitors at the annual event. And, for once, Leigh seemed to get lucky with the weather.
Perhaps things are brightening up . . .but not by looking out of my office window!
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