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      08-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #334
Dr Dave
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Drives: '06 330D Le Mans Blue
Join Date: May 2009
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Originally Posted by jjbirch View Post
bloody quite, got worst these few months and people havnt got any money,
got 4 months work to start in oct building a new campsite for lodges,just a field at the moment,
i am a driveway-groundwork contractor,
I'm in a very similar trade to you JJ - the first 4 months of this year were very quiet - we did in 4 months what we would normally do in 4 weeks!

But ever since May it has been very busy, we haven't had time to stop - but we are very careful not to become busy fools and not get paid for the work.

People have money but are keen to hold onto it - payments (from both the private and commercial sectors) are quite slow. If it weren't for the few who pay up in a timely manner, we'd be in trouble.

Rates for our work dropped through the floor the early part of this year - it takes a lot of work to keep tarmac gangs busy - many of the surfacing-only contractors were 'buying work' in order just to keep busy.

But I don't think we've seen the worst of it yet.

We were fortunate enough to have been able to build this outfit just before things went quiet......the one it replaced lasted us 20 years!

And this was the view at a recent very wet job at 3.50am

and dawn............