March 2024

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In this issue

Industry mostly welcomes CMA report.

In late February, the Competition and Markets Authority published the results of its year-long study into housebuilding. Housebuilder looks at some of the conclusions and gets the industry’s reaction.

The state of play for small housebuilders.

The recent State of Play report confirms that conditions for SME housebuilders are tougher than ever. Chris Windle talks to smaller companies about the challenges they face and what they would like to see the government do to help.

The Interview

Spencer McCarthy, Churchill Retirement Living. Spencer McCarthy, ceo and chairman of Churchill Retirement Living, talks to Suzie Mayes about 30 years of fronting a firm, the challenges the business has endured since Brexit and how he is continuing to support older buyers.

Regional Builder Hub to offer lifeline to SMEs

Ben Bolgar, the King’s Foundation’s executive director, and Edwin de Silva, secretariat for the APPG for SME housebuilders, are seeking to turn around the fortunes of SME housebuilders through the creation of a Regional Builder Hub initiative. Housebuilder finds out more.

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Winning women in construction

Following the launch of an APPG campaign to improve the representation of women in housebuilding, Suzie Mayes reports on what the industry is doing to achieve a better gender balance, women’s experiences and the attraction issues that remain.

Tracking MMC trends

As part of Building for Tomorrow 2024, Chris Hall, NHBC’s technical innovation manager, gives the latest on housebuilders’ uptake of modern methods of construction (MMC).

HBF Viewpoint

Twenty years after economist Kate Barker wrote her Review of Housing Supply, Laurence Thompson, HBF policy and campaigns assistant, looks back at her findings and what progress has been made to address her recommendations.

The Interview – Grayham Tucker, Cavanna Homes

Last year, Grayham Tucker became Cavanna Homes’ md, with the century-old business now led by non-family members. He talks to Suzie Mayes about his sustainability drive, new specifications and honouring the family values.