Our company is known for championing the cause of small to medium sized building firms in the UK. And in 2018 founder Adrian Wild and the whole team are on a mission to be a significant voice for hard-working building firms up and down the country.

We listen to builders over the phone, via email, at webinars, demo days and shows. That’s how we hone our estimating, design, health & safety, contracts and project management software to meet the needs of today’s building firms.

And this year we want to give some serious Power to the Builder. So starting as we mean to go on, we’d like you to have our free practical guide with tips on setting goals for your business, including a space for notes – so why not print off and fill in – and get a fresh perspective on your business.

This is just the beginning…

And there’ll be more where this came from – guides, advice, giveaways and above all, a valuable total software solution to help take your business to the next level. So make sure you’re on our mailing list to be notified of new and useful resources.

Pricing and profit

Take a look at our guide on making a profit on every job. You can and it’s crucial. We explain why here.

The HBXL mission for 2018

We want to support builders in key areas of their construction business:

  1. Keeping everyone safe on site
  2. Winning more, better quality work
  3. Getting paid on time without dispute
  4. Making an honest profit
  5. Reducing stress caused by admin
  6. Develop additional profit centres

2017 has been a difficult year for the building trade for many reasons. And 2018 is tee’d up to be equally unpredictable if not more so. Adrian recently shared his thoughts here on the hard time the smaller builder is facing today.

Practical support

As software manufacturers we see ourselves as ‘boots on the ground’. We can make a practical difference to the builder’s lot in life. As you can see below, a number of organisations and trade bodies have a view on where the industry is currently, particularly following the last Budget announcement. We’re going to crack on and do what we do best, providing valuable tools to improve the business end of building businesses.

Adrian would welcome your input into the debate:

“The thousands of small builders desperately need to be heard. The Government’s Housing White Paper is becoming a dim and distant memory. I would be very interested to hear from others who also believe real action is required in order to get ‘Britain’s Smaller Builders Building’.”

Simply email him at Adrian@hbxl.co.uk

What they’re saying in the press…

‘Budget for builders’

“The Government has set itself a new target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s. And today the Chancellor has put small and medium-sized builders at the heart of ambitious plans to tackle the growing housing crisis. The Chancellor appears to be putting his money where his mouth is with the announcement of £44 billion of capital funding, loans and guarantees.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB

‘Sector deal should give our industry the confidence to transform its performance’

“The right skills will be critical to deliver this change, so the £34m funding for construction training is a vital investment. The focus on digital skills is essential to developing a workforce which exploits the benefits of the digital revolution, aiding modern methods of production and boosting productivity. However, there is no quick fix to the skills shortage and construction skills must be of a high standard. We look forward to working closely with employers and Government to ensure these promising new measures deliver for our industry.”

Steve Radley, Director of Policy at CITB

 ‘Focus needs to be on training routes that offer real progression’

“It is welcome to see the Chancellor announce investment in the construction workforce. I look forward to learning more detail about this plan, and I hope all decisions will be taken in consultation with those in the sector who can speak from direct experience. With the construction T-Levels coming into place soon, the focus needs to be on providing modern, high-quality training routes that offer real progression.”

Ed Shaw, industry manager for construction and utilities at City & Guilds

 ‘Good to see speech acknowledge our VAT concerns’

“With costs rising and consumer demand flagging, small firms will welcome today’s business-friendly Autumn Budget. It was good to see the Chancellor’s speech acknowledge our concerns about the VAT threshold. Dragging thousands of more small firms into the hugely complex VAT regime would have caused a significant drag on output at an already challenging time for businesses.”

Mike Cherry, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman