Tradesmen predict business lift in 2011

Published:  15 April, 2011

UK: One-third of British tradesmen are predicting an increase in business this year compared to 2010, according to findings from the Wickes 2011 Home Improvement Report, which was released yesterday.

Despite over half (54%) of the 1000 tradesmen questioned witnessing a marked decline in their volume of work during 2010, the Report reveals that 33% believe that they will see an uplift in business in 2011. A further 32% predict that business levels will remain the same as last year.

Tradesmen are attributing the prediction of increased business to a growing consumer confidence in spending. Almost two-thirds (61%) of Brits plan to make changes to their home in 2011, including large jobs such as fitting new kitchens and bathrooms.

Of the 54% of tradesmen who experienced a drop in work during 2010, the vast majority (87%) attributed the drop to the recession, and rising numbers of homeowners opting to take on more DIY tasks themselves to save money.

However, with more people trying their hand at DIY comes an increase in potential DIY disasters. One in five (20%) homeowners questioned admitted to a botched DIY job with over a third of those (34%) then relying on the help of a qualified tradesperson to correct it.

Tradesman Craig Weatherington from the West Midlands says: “We’ve seen a marked increase in the number of call-outs we’re getting to rectify DIY that’s gone wrong. It’s a false economy – people try to save money by doing it themselves, but it can actually end up costing them much more in the long run.”

Wickes spokesperson, Tony Holdway, adds: “The feedback from the trade indicates that business is predicted to either level out or increase – which is great news for trade customers. The Wickes Home Improvement Report has shown that people are as keen as ever to improve their homes, and we’re here to provide our trade customers with everything they need to keep doing jobs they can be proud of.”

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