Shopfitting (Industrial Report) - UK - June 2014
“Shopfitters will be heartened by economic indicators at the start of 2014, which suggest improved market conditions, though growth in demand is expected to be unevenly split across retail sectors.”
– Ben Harris, Industrial Analyst
This report explores the following issues facing UK shopfitters:
- What is the balance between refurbishment activity and new store fit-out in the UK and how is this likely to change moving forward?
- How are retailers’ actions affecting the price level in the shopfitting industry?
- What retail sectors will offer the most new business opportunities over the coming year?
- What trends in retail store environments will affect shopfitters in the next five years?
- What factors are influencing retailers’ decisions on shopfitting investment?
The shopfitting market includes a wide range of products and services that are used in the fitting out of predominantly, but not exclusively, retail establishments. The market involves a wide variety of skills and products, the majority of which are also utilised in other market sectors in the construction industry. These include the production and installation of:
- Internal wall cladding
- Windows and doors
- Raised access flooring
- Suspended ceilings
- Shop facias
- Electronic point of sale equipment
- Counters and furniture
- Dressing rooms
- Electronic display equipment
- Heating and ventilation equipment
The requirements of shopfitters depend largely on the sector involved, and specialist work is often subcontracted out to non-shopfitting specialists.
Shopfitters typically offer design facilities, although specialist designers and architects, who have no in-house production or installation facilities, and the work of specialist non-shopfitting companies are beyond the confines of this report.
The following criteria are mentioned in the report:
- Bespoke/standard fittings, with bespoke fittings representing custom-made products while standard products are often available “off the shelf”
- New build/refurbishment, with both sectors offering substantial opportunities for shopfitting companies
- Client sector, with different client sectors having vastly different requirements in terms of fitting, furniture, image and decor
- Materials, which differ from sector to sector, with wood, aluminium laminates and composites the widely specified finishes in the shopfitting sector
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