Boosting SME builders would have the biggest impact on housing delivery

Richard Jones CROP

The government must do much more to encourage smaller builders to contribute to delivery and making it easier for them to access land would be a good start, argues Richard Jones

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in housebuilding have declined significantly in the last 40 years. In this period new home delivery by SMEs has fallen from 40% to 12% of the new homes total per annum, according to the Home Builders Federation. Small businesses registered with the NHBC have reduced by about 70% in the same period.

With government recognising (apparently) that SMEs provide depth and variety to the house building sector and are essential for the economy and with one of Homes England’s key objectives being to create a more resilient and competitive market by supporting SMEs, why has this been allowed to happen?

Over the last 20 years or so there has been significant structural changes in housing delivery which , to a certain extent, has caused the sector to “sleep-walk” into the current positio

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