Monday, 30 September 2013

New initiative supports construction and building industry charities when you recruit

News from Pinnacle Consulting:  We have launched a unique joint initiative which benefits one of two leading construction industry charities each time we successfully place a candidate with one of our clients. The scheme is designed to provide long-term support and awareness of the charities’ good work. 

As a leading sales and marketing recruitment specialists to the UK construction and building products sector, we feel it is important to give something back to the whole industry, and this is why we have chosen as our partners: CRASH, and Lighthouse Club - the Construction Industry Charity. 

The initiative is very simple: from 1st October 2013 when a vacancy is filled, a donation is made by ourselves to the preferred charity of our client (the employer) who are also given the opportunity to donate. Then on a quarterly basis our charity partners will be presented with the funds generated during that period and the clients who helped us raise the money will be also be thanked for their support.

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Managing Director of Pinnacle Consulting, Steve Rogan commented, “It is vital the building industry recognises that to succeed everyone has a key role to play. It is also important the industry uses its knowledge and expertise to support those less fortunate than ourselves. This is the basis on which we have carefully selected our two beneficiaries - their causes should be close to our clients’ hearts and they are something they can be actively involved with too.”

Established in 1956, Lighthouse Club, the construction industry charity, gives financial help to construction workers’ families, plunged into financial crisis when they lose their breadwinner’s income through illness, injury or death. 

Bill Hill, Chief Executive, of Lighthouse Club said of the initiative “We are delighted that Pinnacle Consulting has chosen the Lighthouse Club as one of their charity partners. The funds raised by this programme will make a profound difference to the individuals and families within the construction industry that we support. It is initiatives like this that demonstrate that our industry has a “big heart” and cares for its people.“

For more information on Lighthouse Club please visit
CRASH is the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless men and women. It is a unique, practical charity, which works to address issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the construction and property industry. 

Kate Marsh, Development Manager of CRASH is delighted with the support received from Pinnacle and their clients, “CRASH relies on the generosity of companies within the construction and property sector, to continue to help homeless men and women. All the money CRASH receives through this fundraising initiative will go directly to help homelessness projects across the UK. We are so grateful to Pinnacle Consulting for all their support and generosity.”

For more information on CRASH, please visit

Pinnacle Consulting specialise in sales, marketing, management and executive appointments for manufacturers, merchants and distributors across the whole building, construction and interior products and materials spectrum. 

If you would like Pinnacle Consulting to fill your vacancy and help others at the same time, contact our team of expert industry consultants on 01480 405225 or visit to find out more.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Energy-efficiency incentives for homeowners a must says FMB

Small building projects, such as, extensions and refurbishment work undertaken by homeowners using small building firms still have an important part to play in the overall health of the UK building industry. It is particularly vital for independent builders and the local merchants from where they buy their products. Manufacturers who either target the self-build and renovation market or have energy-efficient products to sell are also particularly keen for this area to be given every opportunity to thrive. 

Pin Board was hoping that the Green Deal would help provide this, but it is becoming evident the Green Deal it is not attractive enough. This view is shared by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) who claim that more than half of small building firms back a requirement by government on homeowners to make energy-efficiency improvements when they extend their home. This would result in more work for their business, as long as any regulation was introduced alongside financial incentives to help pay for the work.

Brian Berry, the Chief Executive of the FMB, commented: “Following a thorough consultation with FMB member firms, we believe the Government should re-evaluate the need for a consequential improvements regulation, but only alongside a significant financial incentive for energy efficiency. This could take the form of a reduction in VAT on home renovation and repair, variable stamp duty or variable council tax.”

Berry continued: “We still want to see government introduce financial incentives to increaseuptake of the Green Deal. At present, the Green Deal is simply not attractive to most people. New government research shows that 56% of people who have had a Green Deal Assessment have already installed at least one of the recommended measures, and a further 6% are in the process of having work done. However, very few are actually using Green Deal finance to fund the work, proven by the fact there are still only 12 'live' Green Deal Plans. The Green Deal must not be left to fail, which is why additional incentives are needed to increase the number of people who have a Green Deal Assessment and alsogo on to install the recommended measures.”

Berry added: “Further to that, government must invest the money collected via carbon taxes in a publicly funded retrofit programme. Low-income households cannot afford to retrofit their own home and are unlikely to sign up to a scheme like the Green Deal. Therefore government must commit to a public spending programme to lift significantly more households out of fuel poverty and support those who are unable to pay for this work.”

Berry concluded: “We are currently in the midst of party conference season and want to see all three main political parties make low-carbon refurbishment policies a priority. It is the only lever that can simultaneously tackle a broad range of economic, social and environmental problems.”

To read the FMB’s Strategy for the Low Carbon Building and Refurbishment Market in full, please click here

Look at the latest construction and building products sales jobs with some of the leading manufacturers and distributors of energy efficiency products; including Insulation Sales Jobs and HVAC Sales Jobs.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Featured Building Products Sales Jobs for September 2013

September 2013: We have an abundance of superb field sales vacancies available at present. Confidence within the industry is strong, and companies are starting to recruit. This month we focus on a number of fantastic opportunities throughout the UK in the building products and construction industry.

If you are interested in the KBB, Ventilation, Roofing, Heating and Plumbing, and the Structural Building Products sectors you should contact us.
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See below for full details of our featured jobs (click 'Read more' if required).

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Job in Focus for September - Superb National Accounts role - Bathroom Products

Each month we will take a more detailed look at one of the many fantastic construction, building products, and interiors' products vacancies currently on our books. This month we have a superb National Accounts Sales role in the KBB sector.  Job in Focus will also be featured on the 'new look' home page of our website

National Account Manager (Job Ref: J3562)
Bathroom Products
National Role

EMPLOYER : Our Client are a market leading bathroom product manufacturer with a superb reputation and a long established history in this sector. 

JOB DESCRIPTION : They are now looking to recruit a new Senior National Account Manager to take control of their DIY channel including the likes of B&Q, Screwfix, Wickes, Homebase etc. Responsibilities will include delivering budgeted sales target, average selling price, prime margin & profit. Negotiate cost pricing, marketing spend & trading agreements etc 

LOCATION : National - ideally living centrally 

CANDIDATE : This is a critical appointment for my Client and we are seeking an extremely high calibre individual with a proven track record of success & excellent contacts with key decision makers within the major DIY retailers 

PACKAGE : On offer is a basic salary of £50k - £58k plus excellent bonus scheme, quality car and all the normal benefits associated with a position of this seniority. 

For further information or to discuss your career options contact Colin Hoy on 01480 405225 or apply via email

Take a look at our other current vacancies here.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Operations and Sales in the construction industry

We hope you enjoyed our recent series on the relationship between Sales and Operations at a manufacturer or distributor of building products, and trust it has highlighted how important the relationship is for you to succeed in Sales. 

A positive team relationship with Operations can help you to gain competitive advantage, and with the building and construction industry now starting to increase its activity, this relationship will come under the spotlight in the coming months. So make sure it is not you that is coming under the spotlight, and invest in your relationship with Operations - just as Operations should be with Sales.

The feature on Sales and Operations is part of our regular ongoing insights into issues and job functions that affect those in the building products industry. We speak to people from the industry who kindly share their experiences so we can give you a realistic view of what actually goes on and help you in your career decisions.

If you missed our most recent series, you can catch up here:
'How to establish a team relationship between Sales & Operations'
Part one: Understanding the issues between Sales and Operations
Part two: Creating a new culture and the role Operations play
Part three: How Sales can help and gain competitive advantage
Part four: The Benefits of a close relationship

Keep checking in on the Pin Board blog for future features based on the experiences of people from the industry. Our next feature will be revealed very soon!

Pinnacle Consulting is a specialist recruitment consultancy for the building products sector. Call our expert building industry recruitment consultants for a discussion on your career on 01480 405225.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Construction sector leads jobs market growth for second consecutive month

Pin Board is delighted to bring you the news that job opportunities in the Construction and Property sector increased by 67% on August 2012 - according to the latest Reed Job Index. This confirms the construction sector is continuing to lead the way in the growth of the UK jobs market and in the recovery of the UK economy. 

It is yet more great news for the whole of the construction and building products industry - manufacturers, merchants and distributors, developers, architects, engineers, and builders and installers - and builds on a plethora of encouraging news during the last 12 weeks.

Search today for a new job in construction sales and marketing >>>.

Overall the total jobs market has continued to grow in 2013, with the Job Index now 17% higher than at the start of the year.You can download the full Reed Job Index report here.

Commenting on the latest figures, James Reed, chairman of, said:
“The jobs market has certainly been buoyant this summer. The construction and property sector continues to lead the charge for the second consecutive month and this is no great surprise given the current level of support for buyers. But will this be just another bubble that bursts?”

“The picture across the UK is certainly an interesting one, with Scotland ranking top for growth for the third consecutive month, which is in stark contrast to the situation in Northern Ireland where the index has gone backwards. Overall, salaries remain static, which means households continue to be under pressure. I expect this will lead to more people entering the jobs market this autumn to look for new opportunities to increase their earnings.”

Steve Rogan, Managing Director of Pinnacle Consulting, leading construction sales and marketing recruitment agency, was full of optimism with the news: 
"We are encouraged to see the increase in opportunities does not seem to be just a blip, and the industry is showing sustained growth in the labour market. 

"The industry is now entering a traditionally key part of the year, and what is now a vital period for its long-term future. We must all remain focused and not become complacent - the whole building and construction industry has felt the full impact of the recession, and everyone really deserves to reap the benefits of a sustained recovery over the coming months." 

Call Pinnacle Consulting on 01480 405225 to discuss our current UK wide sales, marketing and management opportunities in the construction products and building materials industry. You can look at our latest construction sales and marketing jobs here.

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Construction industry is growing at its fastest pace since 2007!

Shout about it from the rooftops, the
construction sector is on the up!
We should never grow tired of good news and should not be afraid of shouting about it from the rooftops either - at least we are building rooftops to shout from! After years of negative news being pushed down our throats, the construction and building industry is striking back.  Pin Board learns that activity across Britain's building sites grew at its fastest pace for nearly six years last month. This is news to spread, share and be proud of. So do it!

The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers’ index is something we update you on every month, and we are pleased to inform you that it jumped to 59.1 in August from 57 in July. Any reading above 50 signals growth, and the index is now at its highest level since September 2007.

The increase has even surprised some analysts, who had predicted a small decline, but were encouraged that the figures confirms the healthy signs of a continuing and accelerating economic recovery.

“A new dawn is breaking in construction” said David Noble of CIPS. “Builders have seen a step change in recent months, and are now starting to show their true potential to the UK economy”.

The rise in construction activity last month was mainly thanks to the residential sector but civil engineering and commercial projects also helped.

The Markit/CIPS snapshot of manufacturing also showed firms’ order books were at their strongest in 20 years in August.

With news that order books are strong and with builders merchants much busier, it is also natural that the recent Reed Job Index revealed Construction as the strongest growing job sector too. Many companies are feeling more confident about recruiting, and people more willing to develop their careers, many of which have been on hold for some time due to uncertainty.

Take a look at the best construction sales jobs in the UK or contact us if you are a looking to recruit. Pinnacle Consulting 01480 405225

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Sales and Marketing Career Development Clinics for the Building Products Industry - September 2013

Are you looking for a new challenge in construction sales or marketing or just an independent evaluation of your career? Arrange to attend one of our FREE PinBuild Career Development Clinics throughout the UK during September.

PinBuild Clinics are for sales and marketing professionals in the building products, construction and interiors sectors and provide specialist career advice. Call us to arrange to meet one of our Specialist Consultants.  Tel: 01480 405225 or e-mail

September PinBuild Clinics
  • Wednesday 18th September: Nottingham
  • Thursday 19th September: Bristol
  • Thursday 26th September: Dartford

Our current jobs: You might find one you'd like to discuss:
Construction products and building materials sales jobs
Construction products and building materials marketing jobs

PinBuild Clinics will evaluate the job seeker’s career to date and identify the best opportunities available. The clinics provide professionals with expert advice on how to progress their career by discussing the industry sectors that have potential for growth, the skills and focus needed to ensure that they develop with the changing nature of the market and how to ensure that their career continues to progress rather than stagnating.

The clinics will also assist those that attend to map out a realistic and achievable career path, including any potential training requirements. Assistance will also be given to evaluate their CV and also their interview technique and where they should focus to ensure they realise their true potential in the building and construction industry.

We specialise in external and internal sales positions, marketing and management roles and director and board appointments with manufacturers, merchants or distributors across the whole building, construction and interiors product spectrum.