UK Landscape Barometer – May findings

All statistics are based on those surveyed and compare May 2021 to May 2020, with the exception of confidence; confidence is compared at the time of survey (July 2021) to the same time last year. The material shortage, perhaps unsurprisingly, continued to have a...

A wet spring dampens construction output in May

The torrential rain throughout May has been blamed for a fall in construction output as businesses lost working days. Monthly construction output fell by 0.8% in May 2021 compared with April 2021, falling to £13,960 million, and this follows the 0.7% monthly decline...

A 24-year-high in construction output growth

The bellwether IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI Total Activity Index hit 66.3 in June, up from 64.2 in May. This presenting the strongest rate of growth for 24 years (since 1997). Key findings included: a rapid rise in new business volumes during May, output growth...

House prices in April 2021

House prices UK house prices increased by 8.9% in the year to April 2021, down from 9.9% in March 2021. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices in the UK decreased by 1.9% between March and April 2021, compared with a decrease of 1.0% during the same...

UK Landscape Barometer records first confidence decrease this year

The trading month for April 2021 saw a change in the industry’s overall performance. For the first time in five months, the UK Landscape Barometer has reported that confidence across the industry has decreased. Indeed, a staggering 47% of participants have told us...

Construction output falls by 2% in April

Monthly construction output fell by 2.0% in April 2021 compared with March 2021, falling to £13,961 million, and was the first month-on-month fall since December 2020 when output fell by 2.2% according to the Office of National Statistics. This comes directly after a...

Building back: construction needs 217,000 new workers by 2025

After a rapid recovery in construction this year amid the slow easing of lockdown restrictions, the Construction Skills Network (CSN) has reported that by 2025 the sector will need to have recruited an additional 217,000 new workers just to meet the demand. According...

UK Landscape Barometer records continued high performance

Once again, the UK Landscape Barometer can confidently report there has been dominantly high performance across all sectors for the trading month of March 2021. Overall, garden designers continued to present the highest percentages in increases. This comes as no...

Average cost for skilled labour increases 20 per cent in a year

The average costs for hiring tradespeople has risen by nearly 20% since the start of the lockdown a year ago, according to Hudson Contract. Hudson Contract is a payroll firm that manages the earnings of more than 30,000 construction workers, and also supplies more...

Construction officially recovers from COVID-19 fall

Construction output grew by 5.8% in March 2021 compared with February 2021. This lifts work to be above the pre-pandemic level recorded last February. Following monthly growth in March 2021, the level of construction output recovered to 2.4% above its pre-pandemic...

Fastest rise in enquiries for building work in over a decade

During the first three months of 2021, local building firms across the UK saw the fastest increase of enquiries in a decade, according to new data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland. The latest FMB State of Trade Survey for 2021, the only survey of...

Has the pandemic sparked an increase in garden design?

Last month Pro Landscaper’s UK Landscape Barometer discovered that there has been a significant increase in enquiries, projects, and conversion rates. Overall, there was an average increase of 90% in conversion, 92% in projects, and 97% in enquires for garden...

UK tradespeople fear business could get worse

Tradespeople in the UK have expressed they are feeling less optimistic about the year ahead than their antipodean counterparts, according to recent research from Tradify. Whilst the majority of UK tradespeople believe that general business conditions will improve over...

UK Landscape Barometer records positive performance

February 2021 saw a dominantly high performance across all industry types, displaying no declines, according to our latest UK Landscape Barometer. ONS recently released statistics stating that work in the construction industry saw an increase of 1.6% in February 2021,...

New guide for sustainable house building

New guide highlights the need for biodiversity to be considered at the early stages of planning home developments in order to reduce carbon emissions, encourage wildlife, and help reverse habitat decline. The impact of COVID-19 has shown the need for more accessible...

House prices in February 2021

House price headline statistics for February 2021: The average house price was £250,341 The annual price change for a property in the UK was 8.6% The monthly price change for a property in the UK was 0.0% The monthly index figure for the UK was 131.3 House prices UK...

Double digit growth estimated for construction in 2021

Construction activity has continued to grow throughout the first quarter of 2021 as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19, and is expected to hit double figure growth this year according to the Construction Product Association. The CPA forecasts that it will be next...

Construction output records show highest month on month growth since September 2020

Construction output rose by 1.6% in February 2021, marking a second monthly rise according to the latest ONS figures. New work saw an increase of 1.5% and there was a 1.9% rise in repair and maintenance. This was the highest monthly growth in all work since September...

Construction output increases by 1.7%

Construction output was off to a good start this year – outperforming the overall economy in January 2021 despite the disappointing entrance into a third national lockdown. The sector grew by 0.9% in the month-on-month all work series, projecting a rise to...

How important is sustainability?

I think that it is safe to say that sustainability is becoming increasingly important, especially with climate change trending the way that it is. The landscaping industry could be hugely impactful on raising awareness and promoting sustainability. We asked barometer...

House Prices in December 2020

House price headline statistics for December 2020 The average house price in the UK was £251,500 The annual price change for a property in the UK was 8.5% The monthly price change for a property in the UK was 1.2% The monthly index figure (January 2015 = 100) for the...

Construction output in December 2020

Construction output in December 2020 fell by 2.9% compared to November 2020. There has not been a decline in monthly growth since April 2020 when the first national lockdown was in full force. This decline was not reflected in the performance of the landscaping...

How is the housing market?

Outdoor spaces are seemingly still a high priority for buyers in the housing market. January has seen a wave of activity that rivals that of 2020’s new-year surge, and perhaps could surpass it. The number of prospective buyers contacting agents between 2 and 12...

High performance though uncertainty looming

November 2020 saw unusually high performance, though feelings of uncertainty are looming, according our latest UK Landscape Barometer. Overall Performance Year-on-year Turnover increased by 67% on average for the industry. Each region worked on more projects. There...

Welcome to Pro Landscaper IQ, the place to find out the performance of the landscaping market. You will also find information and news from sectors that affect the landscaping market and its performance. Surrounding sectors include construction, architecture, property, economy, interior design, and manufacturing. 

How does it work?

Each month, we contact businesses within the landscaping market to find out their performance. We ask about their confidence in the market and their turnover.  We ask about their number of enquiries, projects, full-time staff and more. Furthermore, we gather comments from businesses of the trends, activities, and their thoughts in the landscaping market to get an insight behind the data.

How is it used?

Then, we use all of this to create easy to digest statistics, an IQ and UK Landscape Barometer section in the Pro Landscaper magazine and a full report of the findings. The information found in the magazine is only of the top-level statistics.

Why is this important?

Pro Landscaper IQ and the UK Landscape Barometer are essential tools for measuring the landscaping market performance. This is important for several reasons and useful for many businesses and people.

For the participants, they get to focus on these important business performance markers monthly, some of which they might not have looked at previously. They also get to easily compare their performance to the market average in their region and/or sector.

For businesses in the industry that are not participants, they still get to see the headline statistics and performance. They can figure out and compare their own business performance to the market average.

For suppliers, they can find out if their sales are in line with the landscaping market performance. They can also plan and improve their business strategy using the historical data.

For the surrounding sectors, they can understand exactly how the landscaping market is performing and see the other sectors news.

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