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Positive start to 2017 for hard services providers

08 May 2017

Turnover increased or stayed the same for 79% of engineering services companies in the first quarter of the year, according to the Building Engineering Business Survey.

Conducted by industry bodies Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and the Scottish electrical trade body SELECT, the survey showed that strong business activity is continuing.

There was further good news for the sector, with 88% of respondents also stating they expected turnover to either increase or remain steady in the second quarter of the year.

The survey received 370 responses from companies across the engineering services sector and was sponsored by Scolmore.

BESA chief executive Paul McLaughlin said the engineering sector was continuing to perform well.

"We should be extremely heartened by these results," he said.

"We continue to live through a period of unprecedented political upheaval, yet the building engineering services sector remains on track."

The upbeat response showed the industry's ability to continue to perform, despite an uncertain economic climate, said Mr McLaughlin.

ECA chief executive officer Steve Bratt said the sector was continuing to "power ahead, against a backdrop of enormous political volatility".

He referenced new business opportunities continuing to emerge in areas including energy supply and storage.

"We remain cautiously optimistic entering into a period of further change with the upcoming general election," said Mr Bratt.

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