Peter Hindle MBE: construction industry needs government help.
Get Britain building again
Published: 28 April, 2009
COVENTRY: "We would like to see the Budget address a number of measures to help stimulate the construction industry whilst simultaneously contributing to the achievement of the Government's carbon emissions targets," stated Peter Hindle MBE, managing director of Jewson and chief executive of SGBD. Commenting on the eve of the April 2009 Budget statement, Mr Hindle maintained that "the primary focus should be on stimulating demand throughout all sectors and newbuild is a critical factor in generating greater movement within the housing market.
"We must not forget that 85% of the UK's existing homes will still be standing by 2050 and therefore, investing in upgrading these represents a vast opportunity which, if addressed now, would boost the construction sector, support the government's targets and contribute to the welfare of the UK.
"The Government is in a position to support the refurbishment of the UK's homes, possibly through a programme of tax measures and grants. From basic elements such as insulation to the incorporation of renewable technologies, improving energy efficiency must play a larger role in boosting the construction sector.
"The construction industry needs the Government's help; 2009 must be the year to get Britain building once again."