The UK’s domestic architects remain upbeat over opportunities for growth in 2016 despite the uncertainty surrounding the EU In/Out referendum, according to a recent survey from Houzz.
Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of architecture and design firms still have a positive outlook for the year, expecting revenue and profit growth by the end of 2016; while almost half anticipate increasing marketing spend in an effort to bring in larger-budget projects.
In addition, more than a quarter of firms anticipated an increase in their employee headcount by the end of the year.
Revenues for two-thirds of residential renovation design firms, including small architectural practices, were up last year. Meanwhile 60 per cent reported an increase in profits.
The biggest challenges facing architectural practices in 2015 were ranked as managing consumers’ fears regarding cost; the battle to find more customers; managing consumers’ expectations; and the general increased cost of operating the business.
Nino Sitchinava, principal economist, Houzz, said: “Our research points to healthy growth in 2015 among architecture, design, renovation, décor, and other small home-related businesses in the Houzz UK community, and a positive outlook for 2016.”
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