Clearview National January 2018 - Issue 194 - Page 13

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS IS GLAZING INDUSTRY ‘BREXIT RESISTANT’? » » A MAJOR SURVEY OF glass and glazing installers has revealed how the industry is reacting to the current economic and political climate. Improveasy commissioned leading market research company Insight Data to survey over 11,000 installers, asking them their views on many issues related to the industry and the wider economy. The survey began by focusing on issues directly related to the respondent’s businesses and showed that more respondents (64%) reported that leads in 2017 had increased – compared to year previous - than those who said these figures had stayed the same or decreased. Similarly, 41.17% of installers said they have seen the number of domestic project completions increase in the past year. Most (over 60%) respondents also stated that their cashflow and employee numbers had remained steady. Regarding the wider economy, 70.6% of respondents claimed that recent political developments had had an impact on their business. However, installers may define this effect as either negative or positive and, indeed, the statistics suggest that 2017 has been a reasonably positive year for many in the construction and home improvement industries. With Brexit on the horizon – the UK is due to leave the EU no later than March 2019 – the survey also raised questions regarding the future of the UK economy. Most installers responded saying that they believe GDP, exports, and unemployment will remain at their current levels rather than increasing or Austin Barcley, Managing Director of Improveasy decreasing, perhaps indicating respondents’ uncertainty about the current climate. By contrast, a huge 67.64% agreed that inflation will go up. Looking forward into the year ahead, just over half (52%) said they expect their business to perform better in 2018 than it has in 2017. Austin Barcley, Improveasy’s Managing Director, comments: “Frankly, we’re all probably fed up of hearing about ‘Brexit’ but it is an unavoidable issue that is impacting many sectors and supply chains in the UK. Overwhelmingly though, our industry is looking robust and installers appear to be confident about the future of their businesses.” Improveasy provide installers with finance solutions that they can offer to homeowners. Companies that partner with them can also access sales training seminars, alongside a host of innovative finance options. Furthermore, before signing up with Improveasy, companies or installers do not need to be FCA regulated. Once registered with Improveasy, installers become an Appointed Representative (AR) and can then begin offering finance options under either the Improveasy brand or their own company’s brand. For more information about offering finance to your customers call 0800 024 8505 or visit Sash Windows By Roseview Windows We might make the world’s fi nest uPVC sash windows on the market – but there’s more to Roseview than just the products. With a dedicated account management team and an uncompromising commitment to service mean that, when we win a new customer, we never lose them. Ultimate Rose Charisma Rose Heritage Rose Call us today on 01234 712 657, or email Dec 2017 (Rw) Rose Collection HP advert.indd 1 11/12/2017 11:52 C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » J A N 2018 » 13