In September 2021, Buckinghamshire businesses highlighted the following issues and trends to Buckinghamshire Business First business advisors..

  • Rising costs
    • The construction sector report that concrete and steel costs have risen by a third, due to a surge in demand.
    • High shipping costs are leading to some firms having to put up prices, and some deciding to seek UK suppliers to negate the need to import,
  • Material shortages
    • Particularly within the construction sector.
    • Some shortages attributed to HS2
  • Staff shortages
    • The construction sector report shortages of bricklayers with 1-3 years experience
  • Recruitment
    • Increased levels of recruitment
    • Increased interest in taking on Apprentices
  • Low carbon agenda
    • Businesses prioritising survival / recovery over low carbon investments.
  • Brexit
    • EU suppliers refusing to ship goods due to paperwork difficulty

BBF use this intelligence to inform local business support activity, and share it with central Government (BEIS) on a weekly basis to inform national strategy.

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