And so begins February!

I guess I should start with a comment about my team, Arsenal. After reaching the dizzying heights of the top of the league, it looks like we’ve got a nose bleed and have fallen from grace! I went to the game on Sunday and it was very disappointing but, to be fair, United were very good and we just lacked that passion. Arshavin was our best player in my opinion, but Nani played like Ronaldo did against us in the Champions League game. Don’t write us off yet though – look at last night’s result for Chelsea!

But back to the work stuff… We’ve seen a tremendous amount of activity over the last few days, so it’s back to where we were a couple of weeks ago. The projects we’ve had come into the office (for us to produce BoQ’s for) have again been for social housing, warehousing, office developments, university buildings, care homes, hotels, and schools. So a real mix of projects which is very encouraging!

We’ve also noticed some contractors starting to show an interest in temporary staff again, as they’ve reached capacity and are reluctant to take on more staff permanently, so have come to us to help them through their period of increased activity. Long may this continue!

We’ve been doing a survey of some of our contractors over the last few weeks. The aim is to see how they’re dealing with certain topical contractual issues of late. I’ll keep you posted about the results as the deadline hasn’t passed yet, but so far it’s revealed some interesting information about what’s actually happening out there – some of it contradictory to what the press are saying!

I read that construction activity fell at the slowest rate for two years yesterday with the Construction Purchasing Managers (CIPS/Markit) Index standing at 48.6. Anything over 50 and we are in growth… Which sounds like my age and waist-line as I get older!

And now you’ve finished reading my blog you need to shut your internet brower down and go and do some work, because I read earlier that excess internet use is linked with depression!

2 Responses to “And so begins February!”


  1. 1 Richard Roydhouse February 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Good to see that there are encouraging signs both in football and in business. The signs are up for business and thats good for every one and for Man U (of course), but I’m sure Arsenal will come good, lets hope its this weekend I rooting for a draw or an Arsenal win, so that will be more up signs for Man U. Sorry mate could not resist.

  2. 2 derekmynott February 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Yeah, I’m hoping we can beat Chelsea at the weekend as every neutral probably is too, it will keep things alive at the top. We’ve all got tricky games, none of them easy as they say. I just hope that business isn’t a blip and that it will continue after the election, whenever that is.


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I’m now the Managing Director of Mynott Associates Limited my own specialist measurement business. I’ve been in the industry all of my life since I left school. My first job was with Bovis Construction as a management trainee where I trained to become a quantity surveyor. I’ve worked for contractors all through my career, I am FRICS, FCIOB and MCIHT qualified and act as an RICS assessor. I’m also a keen Arsenal supporter having followed them from a young boy

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