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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbys...ic-outlook.html

New figures out today show that the nation's tradesmen are becoming more confident about their business prospects and are increasingly upbeat about the economic outlook in general.

Builders, plumbers, electricians and carpenters are reporting an improving outlook for future business activity as conditions at the sharp end of the UK economy show tentative sings of improvement.

Trade Pulse, a business and economic confidence index compiled by Screwfix, which supplies tradesmen with everything from drill bits to screws to nails and power tools, has reported that expectations for business activity among the White Van Man community is at its highest since before the recession.

The monthly survey of 250 professional tradesmen reveals a more optimistic outlook for the next 12 months. It shows that 38pc expect the economy to improve during the next year, compared to just 5pc in July 2008.

However, while prospects are looking up only 13pc said their financial situation had improved over the last 12 months, reflecting the severity of the recession. The past year has left tradesmen cautious about spending money with just 14pc expecting to spend more on a major purchase than a year ago.

John Mewett, Screwfix marketing director, said: "While they may be positive about the next 12 months, this optimism does not follow through to their own spending habits. When asked about their own finances, only 14pc said they expected to spend more on major purchases than last year."

"This caution among the trade is perhaps explained when we look at the feedback on activity levels. There is clearly some concern about keeping the pipeline of work full. Many tradesmen are telling us they're working week to week rather than having work booked up for months ahead as previously. They've also seen a need to be a lot more competitive when they quote."

Considering how we've all been spoon fed happy clappy recovery stories it's not surprising.

However what is interesting is that these people aren't prepared to spend on major purchases but yet feel confident about the future. Something doesn't add up!!

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thats 62% think its going to get harder.

the white van man may become the bike man.

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for the first time in nearly a year, our Joinery business is fully booked for Sept/beginning of October. we're contractors mainly but have been doing a small amount of domestic work as it's been so dire in the Pub re-furb orders. there doesn't seem to be any real reason for the sudden rush of orders, a real mix of work inc. 1 large pub contract & the rest are smallish jobs.

there's definitely no return to the big contracts for the forseeable future, we've been repeatedly told that all the funding has dried up...

nearly all the Tradesmen we deal with are in the same boat, just managing to exist from month to month & no idea what's around the corner :unsure:

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Same in logistics. Our client has been told they have to save >3m over four years and Im sure you can guess their first move. On top of that we as a company have a recruitment block on and pay freeze in place for the next 12 months..nice

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Which sub-species of White Van Man are we talking about?

White Van Man Transitus Claptoutius is very different from White Van Man Sprinterius Brandnewius!!!

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbys...ic-outlook.html

Considering how we've all been spoon fed happy clappy recovery stories it's not surprising.

However what is interesting is that these people aren't prepared to spend on major purchases but yet feel confident about the future. Something doesn't add up!!

Repeat the same old crap long enough and people will believe it - recovery? Yeah, right. :rolleyes:<_<

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My Mum & Dad live oppsite a public park...........there is car park there & every Sat/Sun the unwashed come to play "FootiE"...........I visit Sat afternoons & Sundays where requied (Dad's 81 Mum 77).....heavy lift stuff, garden dutys etc.

I noticed this year the unwashed are now:-

NOT IN NEW/LEASE HIRE BMW/MERC :)

Not in company vans, none what so ever today.

Mike

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbys...ic-outlook.html

Considering how we've all been spoon fed happy clappy recovery stories it's not surprising.

However what is interesting is that these people aren't prepared to spend on major purchases but yet feel confident about the future. Something doesn't add up!!

Screw Fix is part of B&Q and as such are property V.I's. During the boom they made a lot of money from trades people on the back of property, now with lean times ahead, why not talk up the market!

I'm a unemployed electrician, as is my mate and former colleague, we both can't find work, unless you are a well established company with public sector work forget it, boom times are not ahead.

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Architectural engineering myself, with a very bare order book................i hope you made hay while the sun shone............it could be sometime.

Mike

BTW Are you in a Lease Hire MERC/BMW?

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