Clearview Midlands February 2014 - Issue 147 - Page 74

BUSINESSNEWS Smart marketing keeps fabricators busy BANKS FORCE ONE IN FIVE SMES TO ABANDON GROWTH PLANS One in five of UK construction SMEs has been forced to abandon plans for growth and investment because they are unable to raise sufficient funds from banks, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed. Brian Berry, FMB Chief Executive, said: “In our latest FMB’s industry survey, 19% of our members reported that bank lending policies had led to them putting aside growth plans. The danger is that the continuing refusal of the main high street banks to lend to viable building companies will hold back future growth for years to come.” Berry continued: “The FMB has been making it very clear to policymakers that until the banks change their lending policies, growth will continue to be hampered and the industry will not be able to deliver the improvements to our housing stock and the increased number of new homes that politicians of all parties say they want to see.” Berry concluded: “Any measures that will improve the flow of funds on reasonable terms to small firms will be welcomed by the industry. We want to see all the main parties placing access to finance for SMEs at the heart of their manifestos for the next parliament.” 74 FEB 2014 Kevin Harvey, Managing Director of New Wave Doors, is so convinced New Wave’s Slide & Swing doors will revolutionise the market for multi-pane doors, he’s taken the door on tour. He’s aiming to show insta \