Small and medium-sized building companies make up 99% of the firms in UK construction. We have summarised the ways in which their contribution to the economy, employment, and training has real impact. 

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  • The construction industry contributes 9% of the UK’s GDP and is worth £117 billion per annum
  • Nearly 300,000 companies are connected to the construction industry
  • 99% are SMEs
  • UK construction employs 2.7 million people
  • Almost three-quarters (71%) of construction apprentices are trained by SMEs
  • Almost one in five small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are construction companies
  • For every £1 invested in construction, 92p stays in the UK
  • For every £1 invested in construction, £2.84 is generated in the wider economy

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