The 17th Edition of the Builders Merchants Market Report – UK 2021-2025 has been published, incorporating original input and primary research, the report contains an in-depth analysis of the UK builders’ merchants sector, including market structure, recent market and future trends, along with supplier and regional analysis.
In 2020, merchant sales accounted for 8.5% of total construction output in the UK. Although this was down from almost 9% four years earlier, it represented a slight increase compared with 2019, with many merchants having been able to stay open and continue trading during lockdown periods.
Environmental legislation remains at the forefront of much of the UK’s construction activity, with the continued emphasis upon more efficient forms of energy within buildings, as well as the use of sustainably sourced materials and eco-friendly construction methods.
Prospects for the builders & plumbers’ merchants’ market remain broadly positive over the next five years. However, the performance of the market remains heavily dependent upon construction activity and the UK economic situation, as well as whether the vaccination programme can halt the potential spread of new strains of Covid-19.
Advances in technology are also set to change the way supply chains operate as far as construction and building materials are concerned, specifically those existing between merchants and their suppliers. Greater digitalisation is expected to ensure greater traceability of building materials moving throughout the supply chain, as well as use of artificial intelligence (AI) to predict future product demand.
Nevertheless, opportunities should continue to emerge for merchants, especially given the current enthusiasm for building projects at government level. Those embracing the switch to online sourcing and purchasing are likely to represent the best performers over the next five years.
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