Following the release of CAB’s 2012 Annual Report at Ecobuild in March 2012, members’ feedback on the market has been positive overall for the year to date despite concerns about liquidity in the market.
Reflecting on a particular tough 2011 for members, CAB President, Mo Panam believes the Association has continued to develop its technical and marketing influence with clear evidence that more members than ever were engaged in CAB's added value services. While concerned about the year on year fall in public and commercial orders in Q4, 2011 and the effect that this would have on members over the next 18-24 months, Mo was delighted that membership showed continued growth and that CAB's profile in the marketplace both in the UK and Internationally had never been higher.
Mo commented on the year ahead, “Like any business in the current climate, we need to be closer than ever to our members and they must see that we are there to offer practical help and support when they need it. As a Board we are ensuring we balance important committee and project work with a visible resource for our members throughout the year. With a small but dynamic team this is a real challenge, but one that we will rise to in 2012.”
CAB reports that there are growth areas which are of particular interest. Refurbishment of existing properties is on the rise in both the commercial and residential sectors and there is clear evidence that aluminium is increasingly the material of choice. The residential home improvement sector has also seen significant rises in the material’s use especially in sliding folding doors and ‘sun room’ extensions.
For further information about CAB, its team and membership take a look at the Association’s website at www.c-a-b.org.uk or contact Julie Harley on 01453 828851.