On the surface, the construction sector in the UK looks to be among those that are recovering best from the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies have seemingly sussed out how to operate within the confines of social distancing restrictions and business appears to be growing again despite the ongoing pandemic.
Figures for February show that activity in the sector is up, with the IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI rising from 49.2 to 53.3, well over the growth threshold of 50 and the biggest rise in activity since September last year.
Meanwhile, the spring budget brought with it a raft of stimuli, from the super-deduction tax break to the £12bn apprenticeship fund, that will be of direct benefit to the construction sector.
However, beneath the surface a triple threat of factors means that this fledgling recovery may be standing on far shakier foundations than it seems – and that could spell valuable acquisition opportunities for those with the cash to do deals.
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What are the main acquisition opportunities?
A well-established Convenience Store in a prominent corner trading position. The Shop is fully fitted out for the trade, offering for sale General Groceries, Beers, Wines and Spirits, Newspapers & Magazines, Confectionery, Fresh Fruit & Vegetables an...
Priding itself on its customer-focused approach, well-established supplier relationships and competitive prices, the business sells high-quality industrial supplies and equipment to customers in the UK and Middle East.
Products include living, dining and bedroom furniture from high-end manufacturers. All products are purchased at discounted rates, enabling the company to generate a higher profit margin than its competitors whilst retailing at lower prices.
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