Matt Grellier, head of construction at Slater Heelis, issued the warning on the back of the latest UK Construction PMI figures which show the construction sector shrinking for the third month in a row.
The sector has now been in decline for five of the past six months with commercial construction the worst performing category.
Matt commented: “The PMI figures point to a dip in business confidence amid Brexit uncertainty and the prospect of a general election.
“We are seeing a slowdown in purchasing activity and delays to contract agreements. Businesses in the UK construction supply chain need to act now in order to safeguard their futures and be ready to take advantage when the market does, inevitably, upturn. There are many reasons to be optimistic for the future.
“Businesses in the construction sector can manage risk by taking appropriate professional advice to ensure they are protected as best they can amid political and economic uncertainty.
“For example, contracts and supply chains can be checked to see if there is exposure in the event of a no-deal Brexit due to price increases and delays in procuring imported materials or labour shortages.
“We are in a critical period for businesses across the construction supply chain and those who take the necessary precautions and plan strategically will be best placed to flourish in the future.”
The PMI figures are derived from a survey of 170 construction companies. The current UK Construction PMI score of 45.3 rose slightly from June’s ten-year low of 45.1 but below market expectations of 46. Any score less than 50 is considered in decline.
Matt added: “The track record of the PMI has seen some significant fluctuations over the past 10 years and the sector came back strongly after the 2016 dip so there remains much to be positive about.”
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