FMB Scotland

Draft Budget fails to deliver financial certainty for housing post-2021

An increased allocation of funding for affordable homes and energy efficiency from yesterday’s draft Scottish budget has been welcomed by the sector, though “serious concerns” remain about the lack of financial certainty beyond March 2021.

Published 7 February 2020

Scottish construction SMEs 'resilient despite Brexit uncertainty'

Small and medium-sized (SME) firms in the Scottish construction sector are remaining stable in the face of continuing political uncertainty, according to a report by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland.

Published 30 January 2019

Budget: Government commits £825m towards 50,000 affordable homes target

More than £825 million is to be invested in 2019-20 to deliver on the Scottish Government’s target for 50,000 affordable homes over the course of the Parliament, finance secretary Derek Mackay has announced.

Published 13 December 2018

FMB Scotland calls for budget boost after stagnant summer for construction firms

Growth among Scotland’s small construction firms slowed in the third quarter of this year with materials prices and labour shortages continuing to squeeze margins.

Published 24 October 2018

Scottish builders stand resilient despite ‘significant headwinds’

Scotland’s small and medium-sized construction firms enjoyed strong growth in the second quarter of 2018 despite significant headwinds, according to the Federation of Master Builders Scotland.

Published 25 July 2018

Existing Homes Alliance leads 50 organisations in call for real Warm Homes Bill

The Scottish Government is in danger of failing to deliver a real Warm Homes Bill for Scotland, a group of 50 civil society and business organisations has warned.

Published 29 May 2018

Working group formed to ensure long-term future for housebuilding skills

The Scottish Government is to work with key stakeholders to ensure the right skills are available for housing and construction developments.

Published 26 April 2018

Building industry and planners give Planning Bill evidence

Holyrood's local government and communities committee will continue to examine the Planning (Scotland) Bill today as it hears evidence from organisations from the country’s builders and planners.

Published 7 March 2018

Scots decide against home improvements due to falling confidence in building industry

Scottish homeowners would invest £31,000 on home improvement work over the next five years if they had full confidence in their ability to identify a professional builder, according to new research.

Published 13 February 2018

Scottish SME builders suffer sharp fall in confidence and workloads

Confidence and workloads for small builders in Scotland took a sharp downward turn towards the end of 2017 amid continuing skills shortages in the sector, according to the Federation of Master Builders in Scotland (FMB Scotland).

Published 24 January 2018

Housebuilders look to sustain growth at annual Fife forum

Lochgelly, last year’s winner of Scotland’s Most Improved Town, was the venue of the 11th Fife House Builders Forum this week.

Published 15 November 2017

Two-thirds of Scottish NIMBYs ‘concerned about house prices’

Two-thirds of NIMBYs in Scotland admit to being frustrated that the next generation can’t afford to buy their own home, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Published 15 November 2017

FMB Scotland calls on government to do more over housing crisis

The Federation of Master Builders in Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to increase its efforts to solve the housing crisis.

Published 12 October 2017

Business booming as Scottish builders achieve strong first quarter

Workloads for small and medium-sized construction firms in Scotland rose faster than at any time since the 2007 financial crisis, a new survey has revealed.

Published 24 April 2017

Call to enable SMEs to reverse ‘troubling’ house building decline

The Federation of Master Builders in Scotland (FMB Scotland) has called for a "diverse mix of new homes" to make up the Scottish Government's plan for 50,000 new houses in five years.

Published 14 February 2017