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EU Referendum Uncertainty

referendum uncertainty

Glenigan, a leader in UK construction market analysis and forecasting, has reported that new project startsĀ for the three months to May, 2016 are 5{8ee99a90b51e2217d12101096daf2ee9e40c43b9c2fa413e32f91dd0a196a214} down on a year ago as referendum uncertainty creeps in.

Glenigan also suggests that developers are now delaying their commitment to new projects starts until after the EU referendum.

You can see the report at Glenigan – Project starts dip

Estate agents are also reporting that people are holding back buying and selling houses until they know the result of the referendum.

Whatever business sector we are in, referendum uncertainty, may be giving us an uncomfortable ride at the moment. Consultants and freelancers may be finding it harder to get new projects and existing ones may well be on hold until after the 23 June, EU referendum.

Whether the vote goes in favour of remaining in the EU or leaving, things can’t improve until after 23 June.

If we remain in the EU, things may settle down fairly quickly as we may be able to continue as we did before.

On the other hand, if we vote to leave, there may be a further two years of uncertainty whilst we withdraw from the EU and trade deals are negotiated between the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

To help get through this rocky period, it is probably a good time to look at trimming any excess fat from our overheads and concentrate on efficiencies and effective marketing so that we keep ahead of the pack to win work.

The businesses that survived the 2008 economic crisis are the ones that tightened their belts but continued to market themselves to win what work there was to be had.



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EU In or Out?

The EU has been part of our lives for more than forty years, but is it now time for a divorce or for reconciliation?


I am reading a book that I feel will help me decide whether or not to vote ‘In’ or ‘Out’ in June’s EU Referendum.

Here is a link to the book Europe In or Out: Everything You Need to Know

What will happen if Britain leaves the EU – and how will it affect you?

Europe: vital for Britain’s economy and global standing or a bureaucratic monster hell-bent on destroying our national sovereignty? And why is no one talking about what leaving Europe would actually mean?

Addressing the real issues surrounding a potential exit from the EU – including jobs, travel, immigration, investment, sovereignty and justice – this fully updated and revised edition of David Charter’s essential guide investigates the consequences both for the country and for the person on the street.

A clear, comprehensive and compelling account of the impact of the EU and the implications of Brexit, this definitive, unbiased handbook, from an expert in the field, is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Britain’s future.

I hope the right decision is made by the British public in June, for business and our lives in general.


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