Monday, 27 April 2015

FREE Construction Sales Career Development Clinics for May 2015

If you are looking to make a move in sales or marketing in the construction and building products industry, an evaluation of your career and some expert guidance is a great idea. Arrange to attend our FREE PinBuild Career Development Clinics this May. This could be the most important appointment of your career so far...

PinBuild Clinics are for sales and marketing professionals in the construction and building products sector, providing specialist career advice and a match to the latest construction sales vacancies.

Call us and arrange to meet one of our expert construction industry consultants on 01480 405225 or contact us via to secure your booking e-mail

May clinic dates
  • Wednesday 6th May - Stoke
  • Wednesday 13th May - Dartford
  • Wednesday 20th May - Newcastle
  • Wednesday 27th May - Glasgow

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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.

Take some time out to read about CRASH the construction industry's charity for homeless people and one of our industry partners for our charity initiative 'Helping others as you recruit.'

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

CPA predict construction output will rise by 5.5% in 2015

The construction industry continues to grow and according to the latest figures from the Construction Products Association (CPA), it is doing so at twice the growth of the UK economy. 

It is predicted to increase by 5.5% in 2015, according to the latest forecasts. However, growth is expected to slow in the following two years due to the impacts of election uncertainty.

Key highlights from the forecasts include:

  • Private house building forecast to rise 10.0% in 2015, 5.0% in 2016 and 3.0% in 2017
  • Commercial construction expected to increase 6.4% in 2015, 5.2% in 2016 and 4.4% in 2017
  • Infrastructure activity forecast to rise 7.6% in 2015, 9.2% in 2016 and 10.6% in 2017

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Dr Noble Francis, Economics Director, commented: “Construction output is forecast to increase 5.5% in 2015, which is more than double the rate of growth for the UK economy, due to growth in the three key sectors of construction; private housing, commercial and infrastructure.

“There has been a slowdown in the general housing market but house building continues to drive construction industry growth. After rising 13.3% in 2014, private house building is forecast to increase a further 10.0% to 142,000 new homes in 2015. Commercial construction, worth £22 billion each year, is forecast to rise 6.4% in 2015 due to work on major towers in London and also large offices projects in Birmingham and Manchester.

“Over the following two years, however, construction output is forecast to be adversely affected by the UK’s most uncertain election in more than 40 years. The lag between construction contracts and work on the ground means that construction activity in 2015 probably won’t be impacted, since the majority of work for the year has already been planned. Instead, we expect a break in private and public investment this year for future projects, which in turn will lead to slower construction growth of 4.0% in 2016 and 3.4% in 2017.”

Dr Francis continued: “Although fewer homes are being built than we need each year, private house building growth is forecast to slow to 5.0% in 2016 and 3.0% in 2017. Again, this is primarily due to uncertainty regarding government policy such as Help to Buy, which has otherwise stimulated house building in the last two years. This means that despite five years of recovery projected to 2017, private house building at that time is still forecast to be 19.2% lower than at the pre-recession 2007 peak.

“Similarly, increases in commercial activity are likely to be constrained by a hiatus in business investment this year due to the election, with growth in the sector expected to slow to 5.2% in 2016 and 4.4% in 2017.

“One area expected to be largely unaffected by the election is infrastructure activity, which is anticipated to increase throughout the forecast period to 2018. Strong growth of 7.6% this year is expected to accelerate to 9.2% in 2016 and 10.6% in 2017 owing to the £466 billion pipeline of work under the National Infrastructure Plan. This includes large projects such as the £1.5 billion A14 redevelopment, the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel and, eventually, the £16 billion Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.”

“Overall,” Dr Francis concluded, “the Construction Products Association forecasts construction output surpassing the pre-recession peak next year, and expect output in 2018 to be 17.9% higher than in 2014. For this to materialise, however, industry will need to work together with the new government to address the need for greater investment in capacity and skills.”

The Construction Products Association represents the UK’s manufacturers and distributors of construction products and materials. The sector directly provides jobs for 300,000 people across 20,000 companies, has an annual turnover of more than £47 billion and accounts for over 1/3 of total construction output. The Association acts as the leading voice to promote and campaign for this vital UK industry.

The Construction Industry Forecasts is one of a range of economic publications produced by the Association, including the Construction Trade Survey and the State of Trade Survey.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The top 50 most popular #selfie locations have been revealed! - where does the KBB sector rank?

Get ready to smile
 for a 'selfie'!
We seem to want to take photographs of everything and anything these days, including ourselves, especially vain selfies in front of the mirror, for some reason!

The on-line retailer has revealed the top 20 'selfie' hotspots, and the kitchen ranked fifth with 21,900 photos taken but the bathroom was a surprising 25th.

The on-line retailer conducted the study to see if there was a correlation between the selfie trend and a 25% spike in sales of bathroom mirrors it has seen in the last two years.

After analysing Instagram photos tagged ‘selfie’ over the last five years, it found that although 13,700 selfies were taken in front of mirrors, the bathroom ranked 25th in the list, with just 4,790 snaps. So not as much free promotion as hoped for all the bathroom retailers and manufacturers!

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Surprising, the 'market' topped the list with 31,300 selfies - must be lots of great quality fruit and veg pics in the background of people's pics!, followed by photos taken on a plane at 30,600. The lounge was the third most popular location with 27,300 selfies, while less than 800 photos were taken in the bedroom - or those which people are admitting anyway!

We are not even going to start thinking why over 1000 choose to take toilet selfies! CEO Ian Monk said: “We never expected markets around the world to be the number one spot for taking selfies, however considering the popularity of markets in general as well as their cultural significance in many countries, it’s not as unusual as people might first think."

“Reflecting’s 25% increase in mirror sales over the last two years, we weren’t surprised by the number of vain selfies taken in front of mirrors. It was however interesting to see rooms in the home ranking as popular selfie spots too, with the kitchen and lounge making the top 10, with bathrooms lower down the list," added Monk.

Here is the full list: Top 50 selfie spots

1. Market selfie (31,300)
2. Plane selfie (30,600)
3. Lounge selfie (27,300)
4. Farm selfie (24,800)
5. Kitchen selfie (21,900)
6. Gig selfie (19,800)
7. Zoo selfie (19,100)
8. Pub selfie (18,200)
9. Gym selfie (15,700)
10. Vet selfie (15,400)
11. Dentist selfie (14,900)
12. Mirror Selfie (13,700)
13. Changing room selfie (11,400)
14. School selfie (9,520)
15. Tube selfie (7,830)
16. Beach selfie (7,330)
17. Desk selfie (6,960)
18. Doctor surgery selfie (6,940)
19. Rooftop selfie (6,770)
20. Countryside selfie (6,430)
21. Queue selfie (5,870)
22. Balcony selfie (5,480)
23. Park selfie (5,330)
24. Car Selfie (4,980)
25. Bathroom selfie (4,790)
26. Shop selfie (4,050)
27. Loft selfie (3,960)
28. Shopping Centre selfie (3,610)
29. Hotel selfie (3,600)
30. Train selfie (2,710)
31. Theme Park selfie (2,550)
32. Bar selfie (2,480)
33. Football selfie (2,450)
34. Supermarket selfie (2,340)
35. Office selfie (2,070)
36. Lift selfie (1,910)
37. Concert selfie (1,540)
38. Pool selfie (1,380)
39. Restaurant selfie (1,360)
40. Hospital selfie (1,310)
41. Bus selfie (1,090)
42. Toilet selfie (1,060)
43. Car Park selfie (982)
44. Cinema selfie (961)
45. Museum selfie (893)
46. Spa selfie (850)
47. Garden selfie (842)
48. Bedroom selfie (745)
49. Shower selfie (736)
50. Cloakroom selfie (10)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Featured Sales and Marketing Jobs for April in Building and Construction Sector

Featured Jobs for April 2015
April 2015: Now the summer is almost here, as well getting set for the summer, it is also an ideal time to get set for a new building industry executive management, sales or marketing job. We have some superb job opportunities on our books at the moment and we feature some of them here.

If you are interested in any of these roles or are looking to develop your career, contact us or take a look at our website for more details on our construction sales jobs and recruitment services.
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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

You may also want to enter our spot the difference competition...

Thirteen years ago, Pinnacle Consulting was founded, but it is not just Pinnacle that has a special birthday... 

One of our founders also celebrates his birthday today - this 50th birthday - so, here is Steve, back in the day...

Happy Birthday 'Steve Rogan'....still dreaming of that role in The Inbetweeners...

Please enter our caption competition...just for fun!

Thirteen years ago, Pinnacle Consulting was founded, but it is not just Pinnacle that has a special birthday today... 

One of our founders celebrates his 50th birthday today, and to mark the occasion of the old boy, here is a picture of him when he was 13 years old.

Happy Birthday to Steve Rogan....still dreaming of playing for Arsenal.

Please enter our caption competition for this photo (just for fun).

Supplying the trade with high quality product and service since 2002!

It is our birthday! - 13 years ago today we took those first steps and started Pinnacle Consulting. During this time our industry has seen good times and not so good times, but one thing that has remained is the reason behind our formation in the first place. 

Having worked in both recruitment and the building products industry ourselves, we knew that there was an opportunity to provide expert industry-specific recruitment services to the sector but with a real difference.

We wanted to bring some integrity back to the recruitment industry by providing a professional, fair and personal service to both clients and candidates. Our mission was to build long-term relationships for long-term gain; guiding candidates through their career and helping clients add real value to their business by providing them with high quality candidates that would develop with their business.


"We would like to thank all our clients and candidates for their business and continued support over the last 13 years. We are delighted to have played a small part in your development."

It has never been about just filling a vacancy for us - that would be the easy fix and not fair on either the candidate or the client. This is where our philosophy of integrity and professionalism plays a vital role.

We want to earn our fee by finding the right person for the right job by selecting from a pool of high quality candidates. We are able to give clients access to candidates not available elsewhere and save them time, effort and money during the process. However, we are always available to offer specialist advice whether the company is in recruiting mode or not.

To our candidates, we want to offer the best sales, marketing and management jobs with manufacturers, merchants or distributors across the whole building, construction and interiors product spectrum. The roles need to match the person's skills and potential and always be beneficial to their career - not just another placement fee for us.


We do this by really getting to know our clients and candidates, so we intuitively know what they need, resulting in confidential advice that is invaluable and hard to find elsewhere.

Put simply, over the last 13 years, we have lived and breathed the industry and feel like a supplier of a building product ourselves - the product that helps to build successful businesses.

From everyone, past and present at Pinnacle Consulting.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Confidence in construction industry is at its highest for 9 years

The latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers has found business confidence is at its highest level in the industry for over nine years with only 3% of respondents expect construction output to fall over the next 12 months. 

Although the headline seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) had a score of 57.8 in March, down from the February figure of 60.1 and the lowest for three months, but still well above the 50.0 no-change value.

All three main areas of construction activity saw a loss of momentum since February. Housing remained the best performing sub-sector, followed by commercial construction. Meanwhile, civil engineering output growth eased markedly since the previous month and was the weakest performing category of activity.

New business volumes continued to rise at a strong pace in March, although the rate of expansion eased from February’s four-month high. Companies that reported an upturn in new orders generally cited improving economic conditions and greater underlying client demand. However, some construction firms noted that uncertainty related to the forthcoming general election had encouraged clients to delay spending decisions.

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Strong cost pressures persisted across the UK construction sector in March. There was evidence that suggested that stock shortages at suppliers and robust demand for construction materials had led to increased input prices. Moreover, delivery times from vendors worsened during the latest survey period, with firms reporting extended lead times for a range of inputs (especially bricks).

The marked upturn in business confidence was underpinned by improving order books and sustained rises in new invitations to tender. More than half of the survey panel (57%) forecast a rise in output over the year ahead, while only 3% expect a fall, which is the strongest sector optimism since February 2006 - over nine years ago!

Markit senior economist Tim Moore, author of the Markit/CIPS Construction PMI, said: “UK construction output growth has settled in at a strong pace so far in 2015, although the recovery has lost some of its swagger since last year. All three main categories of construction activity saw a growth slowdown in March, in part reflecting softer new business gains as some clients delayed spending decisions ahead of the general election.

“However, UK construction companies are highly upbeat about their prospects for growth over the course of the next 12 months, helped by improving economic fundamentals, strong order books and a healthy pool of new invitations to tender.”

David Noble, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, which sponsors the report, said: “The construction sector’s strong recovery took on a gentler, quieter pace, with the housing sector continuing to lead the way ahead – but only just, and with the commercial sector a close second.

“A hint of restraint prevented employment levels rising much further. Some firms attributed slower momentum to concerns about the looming general election, but new business still rose at a respectable pace compared to the average over the last few years.

“Strong demand for construction materials was a key development and though major shortages are not yet apparent, there is some evidence that suppliers of construction materials must up their energy levels to quicken delivery times and raise capacity.

“The main takeaway from this month must be the highest levels of confidence seen in the construction sector for almost a decade. Though there may be some low-level obstacles still to come, the sector gets the green light as there is evidently belief that the future for the construction sector is a sustainable one.”

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Construction Sales & Marketing Job in Focus: Building Services 'Marketing/NPD' Job in West Yorkshire

Our latest Job in Focus is a New Product Development Manager's position in the domestic Building Services sector (Ventilation products). The person should be a high calibre marketing professional required to be responsible for the entire NPD process and the internal product development team. This is a fantastic opportunity.

Each month our Construction and Building Industry Job in Focus feature takes a detailed look at some of the fantastic sales and marketing construction and building materials job vacancies currently on our books. Job in Focus is also promoted on our website. 

Job Title: New Product Development Manager
Job Ref: J5411
Product: Ventilation
Location: West Yorkshire
Salary: £50k + benefits

EMPLOYER: Our client is an innovative manufacturer of high quality building services products designed for domestic applications. A forward thinking business offering superb opportunities for career progression and professional development. 

JOB DESCRIPTION: Product Development Manager - Responsible for leading the company's efforts in new product development and growth opportunities, managing projects to tight timelines throughout the entire NPD process. In addition, you will manage the Internal product development team. The core aim of the position is to deliver innovative, high quality products to maximise sales and profitability improving product performance.

Further to new product development you will be responsible for reviewing the existing product offering ensuring compliance with legislative and safety requirements and regulations. 

LOCATION: Based at Head office in West Yorkshire, Candidates would ideally be based in Leeds, Sheffield, Harrogate and surrounding areas. 

CANDIDATE: We are looking for a high calibre marketing professional with experience in new product development and product management. You will ideally have experience in the HVAC, Ventilation, Building Services or related markets, however this is not essential. To be considered for the role you will have experience in team leadership and management. As an individual you will have a passion and flair for innovation. 

PACKAGE: On offer is a basic salary of up to £50,000 + Excellent company benefits including contributory pension scheme. 

For further information or to discuss your career options contact Chris Easom on 01480 405 225 or apply online.