Tetris on LinkedIn

Here’s one I caught on a podcast the other day from Tekzilla. Never mind Empire Avenue or Zynga games like Farmville lets go old school and mix this with our network contacts by playing Tetris where each of the various shaped blocks contains a contact from your LinkedIn Network.

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The site is developed by DropIn and can be accessed by your LinkedIn login here is a link to the DropIn site and one to the Tekzilla review site and explanation video, as they say a picture paints a thousand words…but a video can tell you a lot more.

Links DropIn:  http://dropin.linkedinlabs.com/

Teckzilla: http://revision3.com/tzdaily/20110826linkedintetris

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Looking to increase the number of blocks in your Tetris set with more Construction related contacts then contact us at Onyx Consultants info@onyxconsultants.co.uk .

Onyx Marketing – Contract Leads – Now with Project Plans

.Following the interest made in our Contract Leads page we have found that a number of those following the page would prefer to know a few details of the projects we are involved with prior to their request to be put on the respective Tender Lists.

.So in response where we can we have added plans of the project although in most cases these are Planning Layouts, they do provide quite a bit more information about the project as they say a picture paints a thousand words.

If you are a subcontractor and are interested in being placed on the tender list of any of the projects  please contact us at info@onyxconsultants.co.uk

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Contracts Leads Page for Subcontractors in East Anglia & North Home Counties

This week we have set up our Contracts Leads Page where you will be able to find brief details of contracts about which we close knowledge due to our sister company Onyx Construction Consultants involvement.

Our sister company Onyx Construction Consultants has a number of House Builder and Developer clients which it works for in a QS , Project Management or Advisory role with a number of projects due to start within the next 6 months it has been asked by three of its clients to assist with compiling subcontract tender lists for projects in its working area.

As the majority of Onyx Construction Consultants clients work in the housing and care home markets in the East Anglia or Northern Home Counties areas the majority of leads will also be in these areas, although occasionally there are some heavy civils / groundwork projects and major refurbishment of listed buildings also due soon as well as the projects further afield.

Further details of the projects will be made available by email on request.

Updates and additions to the site page will be notified via Twitter @onyxmarketing and this Blog’s Home Page

If you know Quality Subcontractors who’s working area covers the above locations please forward this information to them via the links below.

Taylor Wimpey Increases Sites from 271 to 301 and Maintains Landbank at c.63,500 Plots

Another House Builder – Taylor Wimpey plc –  issues a trading update this month.

A full copy of the Statement can be seen by following the links at the bottom of this post but the high lights on its land / site purchases and housing stock are posted below details regarding its trading figures and profit can be seen on our Onyx Consultants blog site:

18 January 2011
Taylor Wimpey plc


Trading Statement for the year ended 31 December 2010
Taylor Wimpey plc is issuing the following update on trading ahead of its Full Year
Results for the year ended 31 December 2010, which will be announced on 3 March
2011.
Overview
• Underlying operating profit and profit before tax ahead of the upgraded
expectations set in the November IMS due to outperformance in North America
• Full year reported operating margin for UK Housing expected to be approximately
7% (FY 2009: 0.8%)
• Refinancing completed, giving the Group greater operational flexibility and
secured funding at a lower blended rate
• Strong cash generation and lower than expected net debt of c.£660 million,
despite one-off refinancing payments and pension contribution of £183 million
• Strong position to deliver further margin improvement in 2011

Pete Redfern, Chief Executive of Taylor Wimpey, said “We have delivered a much
improved performance in 2010. We are now in a strong position to add significant
value by maximising returns from our existing land portfolio and adding high quality
new land on attractive terms.”
UK Housing
Despite the ongoing economic uncertainty, trading during the second half of the year
was in line with our overall expectations, with mortgage availability remaining the key
constraint on industry volumes.

Our net private reservation rate for the full year was 0.51 homes per outlet per week
(2009: 0.55) with cancellation rates remaining in line with the long term average at
18.2% (2009: 18.7%). Selling prices remained stable through the second half of the
year, after some small increases in the first half, and we continue to be sparing in our
use of shared equity incentives. We have increased our number of outlets to 301 at
the year end from a low point of 271 in September 2010 and expect to deliver further
growth during 2011.


We completed a total of 9,962 homes in 2010 (2009: 10,186), of which 8,103 were
private completions (2009: 8,432), 1,824 were affordable homes (2009: 1,709) and
35 were joint venture completions (2009: 45). The overall average selling price for
these completions was £171k, an increase of 7% over the 2009 equivalent of £160k.
The average selling price for private completions increased to £184k (2009: £171k)
and the affordable average selling price rose to £116k (2009: £108k).

We remain focused on enhancing the quality of our landbank, through replanning,
selective new acquisitions and promotion of our strategic plots. At the year end we
owned or controlled c63,500 plots in our consented landbank (04/07/2010: 63,291),
which represents approximately 6.4 years of supply at current completion levels. In
addition, we have maintained our consistent, disciplined approach to land acquisition
and have approved new land purchase commitments for 4,561 new plots since the
half year (H2 2009: 3,003 plots), with limited use of deferred payment terms.

A full copy of the statement from Taylor Wimpey can be obtained from their website http://www.taylorwimpeyplc.com/ or the following link Statement Report

Onyx Construction Consultants are pleased to count Taylor Wimpey as one of its valued clients working with its Bury St Edmunds, Milton Keynes and Borehamwood offices and glad to see that they are doing well in the current market conditions.

If you are a house builder and need temporary assistance with your commercial needs or a subcontractor looking for an introduction to major house builders then contact Andrew Fella at Onyx Construction Consultants Ltd

UK’s 20 Biggest House Builders by Turnover

The Top 20 house builders league table ranks the UK’s 20 biggest house builders by turnover and profit.

2010 Rank by turnover

2010 Rank by profit

Company

Latest turnover (£m)

Previous turnover (£m)

Latest pre-tax profit (£m)

Previous pre-tax profit (£m)

Latest margin (%)

Previous margin (%)

2009 Rank by Turnover

2009 Rank by Profit

1

20

Taylor Wimpey

2,596

3,468

-700

-1,970

-27.0

-56.8

2

25

2

19

Barratt

2,285

3,555

-679

137

-29.7

3.9

1

2

3

2

Persimmon

1,421

1,755

77.8

-780

5.5

-44.4

3

24

4

12

Bellway

684

1,150

-36.6

34.8

-5.4

3.0

4

4

5

1

Berkeley

615

702

110

120

17.9

17.1

5

1

6

8

Bloor *

311

335

-1.5

-51.9

-0.5

-15.5

13

18

7

17

Miller

310

646

-157

52.9

-50.6

8.2

12

21

8

16

Redrow

302

650

-141

-194

-46.7

-29.8

7

22

9

6

Bovis Homes

282

282

4.8

-78.7

1.7

-27.9

15

20

10

10

Stewart Milne

276

420

-27

25.1

-9.8

6.0

11

6

11

13

Crest Nicholson **

238

544

-50.7

-383

-21.3

-70.4

8

23

12

14

Galliford Try

235

486

-53.8

10.6

-22.9

2.2

6

8

13

3

McCarthy & Stone ***

226

457

19

114

8.4

24.9

10

3

14

7

Fairview

224

223

0.4

-32.3

0.2

-14.5

17

17

15

9

Countryside

188

518

-25.7

26.5

-13.7

5.1

9

5

16

11

Cala

168

175

-33.9

-266

-20.2

-152.0

14

11

17

5

Telford

159

107

7.3

4.3

4.6

4.0

24

12

18

15

Kier

151

312

-62.4

-21.2

-41.3

-6.8

16

15

19

18

McInerney

127

256

-164

-175

-129.1

-68.4

22

14

20

4

Morris

112

163

11.9

17.3

10.6

10.6

18

9

Totals

10,910

16,204

(1,901)

(3,410)

All companies ranked according to their most recently filed accounts.

For more details on how Onyx Consultants Ltd and its Onyx Construction Marketing can help you do more work for the top house builders contact Andrew Fella 01473 743682 or visit the Onyx Website for more details.

Key Introduction Leads to Contract Award for Quinn Brickwork

Introduction Leads to Contract Award for Quinn Brickwork

Onyx Construction Consultants Limited are pleased to announce that another introduction made by them, between a valued contact at a Southern Area House Builder and one of their clients Quinn Brickwork Ltd. led to Quinn Brickwork securing a 19 unit site contract in Peterborough last month. In addition the House Builder having seen how Quinn Brickwork has performed with regards to programme and quality now wishes to negotiate the next phase of 24 units due to start shortly.

This introduction is only one of many made in the last 4 years between Onyx Construction Consultants specialist subcontractor clients and the many key placed contacts both business and personal that the directors of Onyx have at many of the House Builders, Contractors and Developers in the East Anglia and Northern Home Counties areas, leading to tenders being issued and contracts secured by our clients.

As part of the Onyx Construction Marketing service introductions to our many business and personal contacts in the industry will be made available to those subcontractors who sign up for the service and meet the criteria needed.

More details of contract awards resulting from our introductions both recent and past together with referral and recommendation letters will be posted soon on this the Onyx Construction Marketing blog and in the near future the Onyx Consultants Ltd website.

In the meantime if you feel that you would benefit from this service or know someone that will please contact us via email info@onyxconsultants.co.uk or contact Andrew Fella on 07798 640022.

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