A strong start to 2019

Deceuninck has reported a strong start to 2019, with January sales up 12% year-on-year. This follows a record-breaking 2018 which finished 21% up on the previous year.

Deceuninck attributes this strong momentum to giving customers ‘the right products to sell in the premium sector’ and says that sales of colour and its award-winning Heritage flush sash have skyrocketed.

Managing director, Rob McGlennon, said: “Despite the political chaos and constant reports of economic uncertainty triggered by Brexit negotiations it’s not all doom and gloom. The commercial market is strong, and we are strong in commercial. The Deloitte Real Estate Crane Survey, for example, monitors construction activity in Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, as well as Dublin. In 2018, each city saw a sustained or increased level of development across a range of sectors including offices, residential, hotels, retail, education and student housing.”

Simon Bedford, partner and regional head at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “To have construction figures this healthy is somewhat of a surprise given a myriad of market uncertainties. Developer confidence is a key indicator for economic health and to have this many significant construction-starts over the last 12 months, especially in speculative office schemes, is testament to the resilience of the regions and appetite for growth.”