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January 2023 - UK construction set to dip this year but not collapse

Experian, where Building Value is an advisor, updated its forecasts for UK Construction Output in January 2023. And, after a near 13% plunge in 2021, the bounce did come last year: i.e. +5.3% for Total Output - all in real terms - led by Industrial Building up almost 50%. In 2023, the forecast is for a reduction in Total Output of 1.7% with Housebuilding (both Private and Public) taking the brunt; and we would 'take this' as of now. Thereafter, the forecasts are for +1.1% in 2024 and +2.8% in 2025. Normal-ish service....

November 2022 - UK Housebuilding Quarterly: The Goodbye House
Q3 2022 is the last-ever BVL Housing Quarterly which has been published continuously since 2004 (and the Weekly runs until Week 43). Never knowingly undersold, too, it also means that chief scribe Tony Williams is avaliable for consideration as a Non-Executive Director candidate. And, whilst he has no incumbent roles just now, he has been an NED on a dozen or so ocassions.

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November 2022 - European construction output is forecast to be flat in both 2023 and 2024

The latest Euroconstruct Conference, the 94th, was held in London in November. It promulgated construction output forecasts for 19 nations and - for these combined - the average real growth rate in 2022 is forecast to have been 3.0% (after a post-COVID recovery of circa 5.8% in 2021). This will be followed by flat years in 2023 (+0.3%) and 2024 (0.0%). And, over the forecast period, two (Spain and France) of the Big Five do okay whilst the largest 'Fiver', Germany, is moribund. Of the smaller nations, Ireland and Slovakia are the picks of the bunch. Worst are Sweden, Finland and Hungary.

September 2022 - Biffy Clyro in concert in Amsterdam

There is only one thing better than Biffy Clyro in concert in Scotland - and that's seeing them in Amsterdam (the UK tour sold out in minutes). Indeed, it was a magical night at the AFAS Arena and the band was the bestest they had ever been. Plus, the Dutch crowd knew every word to every song - as did the Building Value CEO. Marvellous. 

January 2020 - Sam Baker in concert in Holland

On a frosty night in Wormer, in The Netherlands, the entire Board of Building Value saw an incandescent Sam Baker in concert accompanied by a virtuoso piano player in Radoslav Lorkovic. We met Sam afterwards and he said to our CEO: "I know you". Maybe, this was also the first and last concert of 2020?

August 2019 - Israel Nash
The entire staff of Building Value's Swedish office went to this one in Karlstad, central Sweden on a hot August night. Israel was in viseral form, too, and we got to hob-nob with him afterwards. It doesn't come much bigger or better. See him if you can on the next tour; and he goes everywhere.
March/April/May 2019: a musical spring

Building Value en masse saw Keith Urban ('Mr Nicole Kidman') in concert at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town and he shot out the lights. Beg, borrow or steal a ticket next time he comes around. More sedate but lovely - and full of nostalgia - were UB40 at the O2 Arena in April. it was a magical evening; and we met Astro. Nostalgia encore, too, with Daryll Hall & John Oates at Wembley, followed by sublimeness extraordinaire on four legs with Madison Violet in a room above The Queen's Head in Islington.

November 2018 - a musical autumn

The double bill to end all double bills took place at the O2 in November with The Steve Miller Band and John Fogerty (ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival) and the BVL Board was humbled to be there. Both band leaders are 70 plusers and were breath-takingly good. This was followed by Israel Nash at a tiny venue near Kings Cross - the boy is such a star (in everything that is good about that) and the incandescent Lera Lynn at the Zonnehuis in Amsterdam - and the Board met her after the show. 

January 2018 - Tony Williams of Building Value ranked Number One

Tony Williams was ranked Number One in Building & Construction in the annual Research Tree Analyst Rankings 2017.

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