Since the start of 2020 the world has been turned upside down by the global Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, and climate change. These factors have had an adverse effect on building supplies, impacting on construction projects of all shapes and sizes.
This can clearly be seen in the timber market. By the last quarter of 2020, imports of timber were already reaching record levels and there was no unsold stock in the UK. Imports continued at record levels right through Q1 2021. (1)
Demand is clearly a huge issue, but rising costs cannot be ignored. The Office for National Statistics has projected that the price of timber is expected to more than double during the course of the year (2). Which will have an impact on estimating jobs, and that’s before you consider lead times for delivery, with shipping costs on the rise too.
But it is not all doom and gloom. Everyone at National Timber Group (the UK’s largest independent timber merchant which trades online under Timberworld) is working tirelessly to help improve this situation by identifying new sources of timber and identifying quality alternatives for the most restricted products.
Timberworld in recognition of the inventiveness of its customer base, is encouraging its customers to think outside of the box as well – sharing cost saving ideas, tips that make the job easier and recommending alternative products.
Today Timberworld launched the “That Wood Work” campaign designed to help joiners, carpenters, builders and tradespeople across the land, by sharing invaluable advice on workarounds and tips in these challenging times (and having a few laughs along the way).
If you are building a stud wall, hanging a door can be a nightmare, just chisel a sliver from the top of the frame and wedge a plumb line in - That Wood Work.
When you need to accurately mark skirting boards, a small L-shaped block works a treat - That Wood Work.
Timberworld will deliver some “not to be missed tips” and, to keep everyone smiling, some examples of things to avoid for those who would rather not end up going viral or appearing on You’ve Been Framed.
Timberworld will invite their customers to share their hacks, or top tips. The weekly draw is open to anyone who submits a tip, and one lucky winner could win £250 of vouchers to spend at Timberworld. If your tip is chosen as the best individual tip of the week, you could win a £50 voucher to spend at Timberworld - so get your thinking caps on.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Source: TTF Market Statement, May 2020)
- Source: BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57247757
National Timber Group is the largest independent added-value timber distribution and processing group in the UK. The Group was created through the acquisitions of market-leading brands Thornbridge, North Yorkshire Timber, Rembrand and Arnold Laver. The Group serves a diverse customer base including joiners, housebuilders, and contractors, and is a favoured supplier of large-scale infrastructure projects. With extensive warehousing, processing and distribution capabilities the Group can provide customers across the UK with a full range of the highest quality timber, panel, decorative surfaces and engineered wood products supported by comprehensive timber knowledge and expertise. The Group has combined turnover approaching £300 million, over 1,300 employees and 55 processing and distribution sites from the North of Scotland to London and the South West.
Timberworld (t/a timberworld.co.uk) is the umbrella transactional website for National Timber Group brands Arnold Laver, Rembrand & Thornbridge.