Construction industry suppliers say they expect a slight dip in the market following Brexit, but reveal they are prepared thanks to contingency plans, according to a survey by MRA Research
As part of a larger survey which included merchants and other construction industry stakeholders, MRA Research asked construction industry suppliers what they considered the impact of Brexit would be on the UK, the building industry and the company they worked for.
Like voters and MPs, construction industry suppliers were split in their expectations for Brexit. Almost half of the suppliers interviewed (49%) thought Brexit would be either bad/very bad for the UK as a country, while 27% think the effect on the UK would be good/very good. Nearly one in five (18%) think it will have no impact.
Many respondents commented separately that, although there may be a slight dip in the short term as a result of leaving, they thought there would be less of a negative impact in the longer term.
Reviewing the potential impact on the building industry, 18% of suppliers surveyed said Brexit would be good/very good for the building industry, compared to 45% who thought it would be bad/very bad. 28% thought it wouldn’t make much difference either way.
Interestingly, suppliers felt less strongly about the potential impact on their own company than they did about the effect on the UK. 18% expect the company they work for to be better off as a result of Brexit, compared to 27% expecting the same for the country.
Respondents were also asked about changes they expected to see as a result of Brexit in sales, prices, stock levels and other issues in the next 12 months.
Mike Rigby, who started MRA Research, said: “Although 49% of suppliers expect their company to be worse off in the short term because of a dip in confidence due to Brexit-related uncertainty, and despite concerns around the supply chain and international trade, most suppliers have made contingency plans, feel well prepared for any negative effects Brexit might bring and have a positive outlook in the longer term”.