The Office for National Statistics extends Barbour ABI’s new orders contract

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics, has announced it has extended its contract with Barbour ABI as its chosen partner for the provision of Construction New Orders data until the end of 2017.

As the leading supplier of construction data to the industry, Barbour ABI will continue to compile Construction New Orders Estimates on a quarterly basis for the ONS. Barbour ABI was originally awarded the contract in 2013 after a formal tender process and an analysis by the ONS on the quality of data available.

Construction intelligence experts Barbour ABI research and report on every construction project across the UK. With a team of in-house research specialists and a dedicated lead economist, it provides commercially relevant insight and unique analysis of trends and developments within the building and construction industry.

Barbour ABI is also the chosen provider of industry data and indicators for the UK Government’s Construction and Infrastructure Pipelines, which outlines future construction and infrastructure projects where public funding is agreed.

Simon Mahoney, Group Director at Barbour ABI said:

“The on-going partnership between ourselves and the ONS is a significant one, given their statistics play a vital role in helping many businesses plan for the future. We’re well equipped to provide a high level of service in researching and gathering data from within the construction industry and are delighted that the ONS want to continue with our service, after a successful two years working together.”

Kate Davies, Head of Retail Sales Index and Construction at the ONS commented:

“ONS’s ongoing partnership with Barbour ABI has enabled us to improve the quality and comparability of our new orders data, ensuring we continue to deliver high quality statistics, which allow our users to make the best possible decisions.”