FMB Scotland

Builders’ workloads rise but material availability falls, says FMB Scotland

A ten-year high in workload levels for builders in Scotland is being matched by steep increases in material prices and a growing struggle to secure labour causing a "perfect storm" for future building work, according to a trade body's survey. The

Published 3 August 2021

Scottish construction hit by unprecedented perfect storm of soaring costs, material shortages and lack of labour 

Scotland’s construction-led economic recovery is threatened by a combination of sharply rising prices, disrupted supply chains and a chronic shortage of labour as the consequences of a no-deal Brexit coupled with the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Published 5 May 2021

Builders call on next Scottish Government to prioritise SME house builders

The next government must reform the planning system so that more new homes are built by SME house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland following the launch of its Programme for Government today.

Published 16 April 2021

Help to Buy scheme extended as construction given all clear for gradual return to sites

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled a return to construction work on sites in Scotland and a 12-month extension to the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme.

Published 12 June 2020

Draft Budget fails to deliver financial certainty for housing post-2021

An increased allocation of funding for affordable homes and energy efficiency from yesterday’s draft Scottish budget has been welcomed by the sector, though “serious concerns” remain about the lack of financial certainty beyond March 2021.

Published 7 February 2020

Scottish construction SMEs 'resilient despite Brexit uncertainty'

Small and medium-sized (SME) firms in the Scottish construction sector are remaining stable in the face of continuing political uncertainty, according to a report by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland.

Published 30 January 2019

Budget: Government commits £825m towards 50,000 affordable homes target

More than £825 million is to be invested in 2019-20 to deliver on the Scottish Government’s target for 50,000 affordable homes over the course of the Parliament, finance secretary Derek Mackay has announced.

Published 13 December 2018

FMB Scotland calls for budget boost after stagnant summer for construction firms

Growth among Scotland’s small construction firms slowed in the third quarter of this year with materials prices and labour shortages continuing to squeeze margins.

Published 24 October 2018

Scottish builders stand resilient despite ‘significant headwinds’

Scotland’s small and medium-sized construction firms enjoyed strong growth in the second quarter of 2018 despite significant headwinds, according to the Federation of Master Builders Scotland.

Published 25 July 2018

Existing Homes Alliance leads 50 organisations in call for real Warm Homes Bill

The Scottish Government is in danger of failing to deliver a real Warm Homes Bill for Scotland, a group of 50 civil society and business organisations has warned.

Published 29 May 2018

Working group formed to ensure long-term future for housebuilding skills

The Scottish Government is to work with key stakeholders to ensure the right skills are available for housing and construction developments.

Published 26 April 2018

Building industry and planners give Planning Bill evidence

Holyrood's local government and communities committee will continue to examine the Planning (Scotland) Bill today as it hears evidence from organisations from the country’s builders and planners.

Published 7 March 2018

Scots decide against home improvements due to falling confidence in building industry

Scottish homeowners would invest £31,000 on home improvement work over the next five years if they had full confidence in their ability to identify a professional builder, according to new research.

Published 13 February 2018

Scottish SME builders suffer sharp fall in confidence and workloads

Confidence and workloads for small builders in Scotland took a sharp downward turn towards the end of 2017 amid continuing skills shortages in the sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders in Scotland (FMB Scotland).

Published 24 January 2018

Housebuilders look to sustain growth at annual Fife forum

Lochgelly, last year’s winner of Scotland’s Most Improved Town, was the venue of the 11th Fife House Builders Forum this week.

Published 15 November 2017