Best Tradesman City
Use this interactive tool to explore the best UK cities to be a tradesman in 2017 based on local trade company competition, advertising costs and start-up survival rate among others.
Tool Trickster 2016
IronmongeryDirect have launched an exciting new campaign to try and find the ‘Tool Trickster of 2016’. The campaign is open to any tradesperson and they are invited to show off their best tool tricks.
More Skills Required!
We surveyed 1,000 people to find out what effect the skills shortage is having on the UK’s ability to find skilled tradespeople, and look at suitable solutions to attract more people to the industry.
Are You Safe In Your Home?
The number of burglaries in the UK is falling, down a full 71% since 1995. While this may sound like good news, as you’ll find out in our new home security infographic, your home could still be at risk. There are an estimated 1.33 burglaries each minute in the UK – with seven occurring per 1,000 people!
Are Mobile Workers The Happiest Workforce?
By utilising tablets, laptops, mobiles and apps it is now even easier for tradespeople to become mobile workers. But does this make their job easier and more enjoyable? We surveyed 500 mobile working trade professionals from a range of trades and also 500 non-mobile workers from other industries across the UK to draw comparisons.
Annual Industry Review - 2015/2016
The construction industry is often a good indicator of the health of the wider economy. To gain a snap shot of how the industry currently stands, we conducted some research using our database of tradespeople to find out what the industry has been like for trade professionals in 2015 and what predictions this holds for 2016.
10 Downing Street's Famous Front Door
British politics has seen many changes over the past 300 years, with 76 Prime Ministers overseeing the fortunes of the UK during this time. One thing nearly all of these leaders have in common is having resided at 10 Downing Street. Here we take an in-depth look into the fascinating history of Number 10’s iconic shiny black entrance.
Are UK Homes Safe and Secure?
IronmongeryDirect.com invited 1,000 people to take part in a survey about home security. The survey aims to build a comprehensive picture of how safe people feel in their home and how secure their home really are.
The Real Face of Britain's White Van Men & Women
We invited 10,000 people to take part in our annual survey of UK tradespeople. The research shows our nation's tradespeople to be hard working, highly skilled, successful entrepreneurs who are the backbone of the British economy, as far away from the tabloid myth of the White Van Man as it is possible to get!
Tradespeople Around The World
The construction industry is the backbone of development around the world. It regenerates current structures as well as bringing to life new concepts. Each construction site has its own unique challenges; environmental factors, regional costs, and even local traditions can impact the work carried out by tradespeople around the world.
Songdo - Blueprint For The Future?
It's no secret that our cities today are facing some serious challenges, from congestion to waste disposal to energy consumption. Starting with a blank canvas and calling in some of urban planning's smartest minds, Songdo is a new 'smart city' under construction is South Korea which proposes to solve many of those problems.
How Is Technology Shaping Construction?
How are new tools promising a world of safer, cleaner and more efficient construction? How is the cutting edge of modern technological development shaping the way we build the world around us?