‘Beast from the East’ fails to slow pace of construction in Scotland but causes havoc across UK?


‘Snow causing havoc for construction sites across UK’

(Building Specifier, March 2nd 2018)

From ‘Insider’ today:

Construction workloads remained resilient despite bad weather in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey published today. The results of the RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey for Scotland found that in the first three months of 2018, 11 per cent more chartered surveyors reported that workloads had risen, not fallen. While 67 per cent of respondents across the UK noted bad weather conditions as a limiting factor, the “Beast from the East” was not enough to slow the pace of growth. RICS said its quarterly series suggests the construction sector has largely enjoyed a period of steady growth since the early part of 2018 as the industry has geared up to meet the demands of a stronger economy.’


Note the last sentence? I’m not the only one who knows we have a stronger economy despite the contrary reporting from our mainstream media.

I sometimes imagine readers having debates with a Unionist and wishing they could remember something from this blog, to win the argument with, so I commonly list related earlier posts. So, on the economy, the above report can be reinforced by:

Hard evidence of a robust economy further undermines media doubts based on unreliable and meaningless GDP statistics

Scottish economy is thriving on innovation as patent filing runs at 4 times the UK rate

And more evidence of a strong economy: starting salaries in Scotland increase at quickest rate for more than 3 years

17% increase in number of Scots planning to start a new business as Scottish economy strengthens

Scotland’s economy continues to show signs of good health and growth

Reports of a strong Scottish economy just keep coming. Now debt decrees down 93% in the last three months

More evidence Scottish economy is strong: Demand for office space in Glasgow highest for ten years

Clear signs of a robust economy? 15% increase in Edinburgh office take-up in 2017 and Glasgow set for a ‘stellar 12 months.’

Scottish businesses continue to show signs of health with insolvencies down 23% as the Scottish economy holds strong

The Auditor General strongly, with no qualifications, commends the Scottish Government on its ‘sound’ management of the economy. The lowest under-spend since devolution.

With only 8% of the population, Scotland’s maritime sector accounts for 25% of the UK maritime sector’s (GVA) contribution to the economy and is 17.5% more productive than the UK marine oil and gas sector. Once more, too wee, too poor?

12% increase in the formation of social enterprises in Scotland over only 2 years leads to a £2 billion economic contribution to Scottish economy.

England runs massive trade deficit. Only Scotland has a viable sustainable economy, exporting more than she imports thus requiring no national debt

As for GDP, see:

When will Scotland’s economics correspondents catch up with current thinking on GDP? When they can find something else to attack the SNP with.

Apologies to those not requiring this list.

Footnote: Scottish builders are more used to snow? Are tougher?


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