Navigating Skills Shortages in Construction

In the aftermath of the credit crunch, the construction industry faced severe setbacks, leading to a significant skills shortage that persists today. The repercussions of halted construction projects resulted in firms cutting back on recruitment, apprentice programs, and essential training. While the industry is on the path to recovery, a new challenge has emerged – the acute shortage of skilled staff, exacerbated by the Brexit situation.

The Impact of Recruitment Challenges

As building programs gain momentum, the construction industry struggles to meet the demand for skilled professionals. The shortfall in recruitment, especially in nurturing the next generation through graduate and apprentice programs, poses a serious obstacle. The ambitious target of 250,000 new homes per annum seems unattainable without a substantial increase in the pool of skilled workers. The dependency on overseas staff, particularly from European neighbours, becomes more pronounced as the shortage persists.

Brexit and the Hollow Bluff

With the trigger of Article 50, concerns rise over the rights of EU passport holders residing in the UK. The government’s reluctance to secure these rights under the guise of bargaining strategy raises questions. The purported threat to seek the return of EU nationals lacks credibility, as the construction industry and related sectors heavily rely on the skills of these workers. The need for skilled EU nationals is undeniable, and the UK must take a principled stance on this issue.

Build Using Development Finance

Addressing the skills shortage is crucial for the growth and success of the construction industry. BLG development finance, with its commitment to supporting development projects, offers solutions to bridge the funding gap. By partnering with BLG, businesses can access development finance that facilitates training programs, recruitment initiatives, and overall industry growth. Explore the opportunities that BLG development finance provides to overcome the challenges posed by skills shortages in the construction sector.

As the construction industry grapples with skills shortages, it is imperative to look beyond political uncertainties and focus on tangible solutions. The collaboration with entities like BLG development finance becomes instrumental in addressing the funding needs required to train, recruit, and retain skilled professionals. By securing the rights of EU nationals and investing in industry development, the UK can ensure a robust and sustainable future for its construction sector.


“We have used BLG for development finance for over 8 years. During that time we have found their knowledge and expertise in the property development industry to be second to none. Their loan process, pragmatic and flexible approach to lending and flexibility when required has supported our business needs throughout the period and provided us with support to deliver new homes in Bristol and the surrounding areas.”

“As property developers you never know the curve balls that you may get and a project that is great on paper may prove a bit more tricky.  This happened to us on a project that BLG have funded and throughout they have supported us.  Our business likes to be collaborative and when we hit those tough moments it really felt like we were working as a team with BLG.  If you have a decent project you can get it funded, but what you really need is a business that is there to support and advise you as well.  For us on this project it was BLG.”

“I approached BLG Development finance with an opportunity I had in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, to build 5 new build houses in 2021. My main contact was Anil Bains who is a Director covering Asset Management. Within very quick timescales, BLG provided me with indicative quotes in regards the finance levels they could offer me. Having considered those levels, I requested a valuation to be carried out which again was dealt with swiftly. We proceeded to completion. The build went very smoothly with monthly monitoring being carried out by BLG and monthly drawdown requests dealt with in a very timely manner. Due to a difficult time generally in the market in regards selling, I was in need of a six-month extension to the loan which again was appraised very quickly and granted. Having dealt with numerous funders over the last 20 years, I can only speak highly of my personal experience with BLG and would very confidently work with them again on any future projects. “

"From our side it has also been a pleasure working with BLG and the team there. We have found you easy to deal with, proactive in resolving any minor issues that have arisen through the project and shown great flexibility in working with us as a partner. We will certainly like to work with you on future partners."

“I really appreciate your hard work. We really like the way you communicate & I must say I haven't seen many people who are that approachable.”

“A very efficient processing team, dealing with the DD once deal credit approved, through to completion”

“Many thanks for your efforts on this one and getting it approved and sorted so swiftly, very much appreciated. I am sure I will be speaking to your over the coming months.”

“We had other funding options, but chose to use BLG again, as we work well with the team, who always provide very clear information and advice with a friendly approach throughout the funding process. Very efficient and always very helpful.”

“Many thanks Anil, it’s been a real pleasure working with BLG so far.  We’re lining up the next project too”

“We would recommend all staff we have dealt with at BLG, as we are very satisfied with the team and the initial offer/terms presented, then you and the funding team, through to the draw down team at valuation stage.”

“All documents are clear and the way you keep clients informed, all the way along the funding process, is refreshing for us”

“With regard to what should be improved at BLG, we work with many lenders in our business and we do not get the help and response we have had on the two projects with all at BLG on our funding for our developments.”

“We would particularly mention Dave Edwards and Tom Pitts as being central to having a smooth working relationship and being positive and helpful at all times. Their guidance in helping us navigate the project from inception to completion was invaluable. As was their patience, particularly at the beginning. We look forward to many future projects with the BLG team.”

“We would like to express our appreciation for your support on our development in Bristol. We were very pleased that, from the outset, you shared our vision of the project to convert a dated but classical building, that had outlived its usefulness as a school, into unique luxury apartments with views overlooking the city. We found our dealings practical and streamlined. Monthly payments were processed in an efficient and timely manner.”

“BLG are very good at communicating with clients and all documents are very clear and all at BLG are always happy to help.”

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