Hopefully with UK pandemic restrictions finally coming to an end and life beginning to get back to some kind of normality in the next few months.

Our trade customers are still reporting full order books for the rest of the year. Whilst this is very positive news it does come with its own challenges.

Demand for building materials, especially landscaping and timber products has increased dramatically since the first lockdown as people spend ‘holiday’ money on projects at home. We have also seen many price increases and availability issues in the last year.

Particularly in the last few months, raw materials and chemicals used in insulation, joinery and the plastic industry have been pushing product prices up. Unfortunately this trend is only set to continue and is unprecedented in the last 40 years.