Constructors building up bigger workloads
Workloads of small construction firms across Northern Ireland are continuing to grow, but at a slower rate than in previous quarters.
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) maintains that builders in Northern Ireland have had their fifth quarter of growth, according to the FMB.
Services and public affairs executives Louise Ward said: "Builders in the province have endured extremely testing economic conditions over the past six years and it's reassuring to now see consistent growth in the sector.
"However, while the results of our latest survey remain positive, they indicate that the province still has a long way to go before it reaches pre-recession levels.
"Consumer confidence is fragile and policy makers must do all they can to help stimulate growth in Northern Ireland."
But she warned that rising utilities and materials prices meant that many companies were facing increased costs and overheads.