Industries Meet Chancellor
According to new research released Screwfix, the outlook for UK tradesmen is looking bright, with many confident that business will continue to remain busy in 2015.
The significant majority (82%) of tradesmen questioned in Screwfix’s Trade Pulse report say they are already working and are confident they will continue to see work come in over the next 12 months – with optimism that the current boost in business is becoming the ‘norm’ rather than the ‘exception’. This compares favourably against the same time last year when only 76% of the tradesmen questioned felt this way. The monthly index also reveals that the number without work has dropped to 4%, compared to 7% only a year ago.
Last month a group of Screwfix’s ‘Top Tradesmen’ travelled to Number 11 to meet with Chancellor George Osborne to discuss how the current picture for UK tradesmen was looking and what else they felt could be done to encourage further business growth across their sectors. As 2014’s national finalists and winner of the annual search for ‘Britain’s Top Tradesmen’ by Screwfix, were delighted to have the opportunity to share their thoughts on how to keep business booming.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said: “It’s been great to welcome some of the finalists of the Britain’s Top Tradesmen competition, run by Screwfix, to Downing Street today. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and hearing tradesmen talk positively about the last year, and look ahead to 2015 with optimism, is further evidence that our long term economic plan is working.
“This government is backing businesses of all sizes and giving them every opportunity to grow and create jobs. That’s why we are reducing the burden of business rates, improving access to finance, and have introduced a new Employment Allowance – a £2,000 cash back on jobs for companies across the country. But we can always do more, and that’s why I wanted to meet with the Top Tradesmen today – to congratulate them on their success, and to hear what else we can do to back our small businesses.”