September 2021

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SWOT reveals soaring demand amid other concerns

Housebuilder’s annual SWOT analysis asks the views of an expert panel on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats the industry currently faces. After 2020’s Covid fears, Ben Roskrow finds a return to some level of normality, but with huge demand complicated by material shortages and planning woes. And the pandemic has left its mark

The Interview – Mark Edworthy, Peter Andrew, David Jervis, Burrington Estates

Burrington Estates is a South West-based SME with big growth ambitions. Suzie Mayes talks to three members of the team about expanding, taking on the challenges of being a smaller builder and the plan to become the “Tesla” of housebuilding

Hub of training activity

In May, NHBC launched its first Training Hub in Tamworth. Housebuilder finds out about the successes and lessons learned so far in the mission to raise quality in the industry

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Stepping stone to Future Homes

With new Building Regulations Parts F, L, O and S now in force, Suzie Mayes looks at the changes and how they are affecting SMEs

Image overhaul for a new workforce

Barbara Akinkunmi, assistant design manager at Lovell Partnerships, says the industry needs to improve its image and messaging to attract more women and young people

The Interview –Ian Jones, Backhouse

Ian Jones, md of Backhouse, talks to Suzie Mayes about leading a design-led SME that is now pursuing growth and a wider market, fulfilling the vision of the company’s late founder

Taking Pride in Quality

In June, NHBC revealed its Pride in the Job Quality Award winners. Housebuilder talks to senior regional director Paul Edwards about the meticulous awards judging and why the competition is the “Blue Ribbon Awards” of the industry