THE national economic news may be gloomy but the word from Solihull is that confidence is beginning to return.
At a recent get together of local builders, suppliers, architects and developers, organised by The Window Centre In Marshall Lake Road at the Town House, the mood was upbeat.
“We billed it as Build Talk and we had some big players there,” said organiser Martin Lewis of The Window Centre.
“Everyone is a bit more buoyant and there’s definitely more confidence out there,
“As a company we’ve had a great start to the new year, we’ve already done better than January last year and we’ve still got a week to go,” he added.
Nationally talk may be of a double dip recession but as the experts know it’s the building trade that is usually the first to show signs of recovery when the upturn comes.
“The general feeling is that a lot of what we’re experiencing is coming from Land Rover. We’re doing a lot of work for Land Rover workers and their component suppliers too,” said Mr Lewis.
“The money is still out there only people have not been spending but now the money-go-round is beginning to go round again and as a result we’re seeing an increase in business.”
The Window Centre is also banging the drum for Britain. “Most of the window systems people get are sourced from Germany but ours are 100 per cent British and we’re so proud of the fact we’re sticking a Union Jack on our new catalogue.”
To take part in the next Built Talk, contact Martin Lewis on 0121 745 7713.