Sector trends

What particular trends are affecting specific types of business (such as a hotel, or a printer, or a taxi firm)? We explain some of the key trends for 200 types of business.

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Sector trends - overview

What particular trends are affecting specific types of business (such as a hotel, or a printer, or a taxi firm)? This overview gives five examples of how seemingly small changes can have a major impact on a sector for years to come.

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Accountant sector trends

This trends summary explains that demand for accountancy services is affected by the health or otherwise of the economy - during times of recession many clients become bankrupt and survivors reduce the amount they spend on accountancy services to a minimum.

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Aerial installer sector trends

This trends summary explains how the aerial installer sector is broadly connected to the economy and ever changing technology.

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Architect sector trends

This trends summary explains how the architectural sector is closely linked to the health of the economy and the state of the construction industry and the housing market.

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Art gallery sector trends

This trend summary explains that art has become more important as interest has grown in interior design and decor - and in art for art's sake.

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Art shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the amount of money that artists and hobbyists spend on artists' materials is affected by the state of the economy.

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Beauty salon sector trends

This trends summary explains how the beauty salon sector has grown considerably over the last decade as consumers have become more and more conscious of the way they look.

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Blacksmith sector trends

This trend summary explains what has been happening in recent years in the blacksmith sector.

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Book shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the last two decades or so have been a turbulent time for the book trade.

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Bookkeeper sector trends

This trends summary explains that because businesses are required by law to keep records of their financial transactions there is always a demand for the book-keeper's services. However, it is broadly connected to the economy.

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Bridal shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the bridal wear sector has had to adapt to a number of developments over the last decade or so.

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Builder sector trends

This trends summary explains that the building sector is largely affected by the state of the economy.

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Builders merchant sector trends

This trends summary explains how the building supplies sector is closely linked to the housing market and economy in general.

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Butcher sector trends

This trend summary explains the changes in the butcher sector over recent years.

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Cafe sector trends

This trends summary explains how the popularity of eating out has helped the cafe sector to grow enormously in recent years.

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Car alarm fitter sector trends

This trends summary explains how there continues to be a high demand for car alarm fitters to sell security upgrades and tracking devices as vehicle-related theft is still a problem in the UK.

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Car bodyshop sector trends

Demand for car body repairs depends to a large extent on the accident rate. Accident damage is likely to remain a big source of work for the foreseeable future with insurance work accounting for around 80% of repairers' workload.

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Car parts shop sector trends

This trends summary explains that the demand for items to customise or individualise cars remains strong whereas DIY servicing has declined.

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Car repairer sector trends

Despite the large number of vehicles on the road, the car repair sector as a whole has not had an easy time. Demand for repairs continues to fall with the improved reliability of new cars and many motorists choose to skip scheduled services and ignore minor damage to their vehicles in order to save money.

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Car valeter sector trends

This trends summary explains that the amount of money that people spend on their cars is linked to the state of the economy.

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Carpet shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the amount of money that people spend on carpets and floor coverings is affected by the state of the economy and the housing market.

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Cheese maker sector trends

This trend summary explains that there has been a revival of traditional cheese making to meet demand.

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Childminder sector trends

This trends summary explains how the demand for childcare services has grown steadily over the last few years.

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Chimney sweep sector trends

This trends summary explains how modern chimney sweeps now offer a wide range of chimney services as the trend changes from traditional coal fires to oil, gas ad solid fuel appliances.

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Chinese catering sector trends

This trend summary explains how the trend of eating out has benefited Chinese restaurants, while also resulting in a huge increase in competition.

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Chiropodist sector trends

This trends summary explains that in the chiropodist sector in recent years there has been an increase in both NHS and private provision.

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Chiropractor sector trends

This trends summary explains how the chiropractor sector is one of the most popular complementary and alternative medicines.

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Classic car restorer sector trends

This trends summary explains how classic car values (especially sports cars) dictate whether it is financially worthwhile to rebuild badly deteriorated vehicles, but in general there is steady demand for restoration and repair services.

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Clothes hire sector trends

This trends summary explains how the clothes hire sector is continuing to grow whilst changing with the times.

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Clothes shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the clothing sector evolves as consumer interest in branded fashion labels increases.

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Clothing manufacturer sector trends

This trend summary explains that recent years have seen a significant contraction in the UK clothing and knitwear manufacturing industry.

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Computer shop sector trends

This trend summary explains the huge changes that have occurred in the computer industry since the development of the personal computer.

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Contract cleaner sector trends

This trends summary explains that demand for contract cleaning services has grown steadily. But competition is intense as there are so many small businesses, often operating from home. This has kept rates low.

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Courier service sector trends

This trends summary explains how the courier delivery service sector has changed. Internet shopping has turned it into a huge sector.

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Cycling event organiser sector trends

This trend summary explains that cycling events can succeed as long as they are well run and offer the participants the level of service that they would expect from their entry fee.

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Day nursery sector trends

This trends summary explains how the demand for day nursery care providers in the UK has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

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Delicatessen sector trends

This trend summary explains that over the last twenty years or so the popularity of delicatessen, specialty and fine foods has grown enormously,

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Dental lab sector trends

This trends summary explains how the dental lab sector has been competitive for such a long time, margins are slim, wages low and there has been little investment in training.

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Dentist sector trends

This trends summary explains how the dental sector has seen an increasing number of dentists moving away from the NHS and offering private treatment to patients.

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DIY shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that consumer spending on materials for DIY projects has been falling for many years according to government figures.

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Dressmaker sector trends

This trends summary explains how the dress maker sector is broadly connected to the state of the economy.

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Driving school sector trends

This trends summary explains that demand for driving instruction is very closely linked to trends in the number of teenagers and young adults.

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E-business sector trends

This trend summary explains the changes seen in the e-business sector over recent years and probable trends going forward.

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eBay trader sector trends

This trend summary explains that buying and selling on eBay is part of the wider e-commerce sector which has seen strong growth in recent years.

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Electrical shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the number of independent electrical retailers has been falling for some years now.

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Electrician sector trends

This trends summary explains how the demand for domestic electrical services is closely linked to the housing market and the strength of the economy as a whole.

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Entertainer sector trends

This trend summary explains that this sector tends to be one of the first to feel the effects of fluctuations in the economy.

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Estate agent sector trends

This trends summary explains how the estate agent sector continues to grow with the internet providing a powerful marketing tool rather than a threat.

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Factory based sector trends

This trend summary explains the developments that in general terms the manufacturing sector has seen in recent years.

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Farm shop sector trends

This trends summary explains that shopping in farm shops has become increasingly popular with UK consumers, with the number of farm shops growing in recent years.

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Farm supplier sector trends

This trends summary explains that the performance of the farm supply sector is closely linked to the fortunes of the farming sector as a whole, which itself is dominated by commodity prices

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Farrier sector trends

This trends summary explains that the farrier market stays broadly in line with the economy as a whole

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Fish and chips sector trends

This trend summary explains that while other fast food sectors have prospered in recent years, fish and chips have been left behind.

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Fitness centre sector trends

This trends summary explains that while the fitness sector has experienced steady demand, the chains have benefitted more than the independents.

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Florist sector trends

This trend summary explains that in recent years there have been many changes to the structure of the flower growing industry.

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Food manufacturer sector trends

This trends summary explains how the changes in the lifestyles and eating habits of consumers have affected the food manufacturing sector.

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Funeral director sector trends

This trends summary explains how the funeral director sector is directly affected by the number of deaths each year and these have been falling over many years.

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Furniture maker sector trends

This trend summary explains that the amount of money that people spend on furniture and furnishings is affected by the state of the economy and the housing market.

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Furniture restorer sector trends

This trends summary explains how the demand for antique furniture restoration reflects the antiques market, the economy, and fashion.

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Furniture shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that during the past 20 years or so the number of independent furniture retailers in the UK has fallen steadily.

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Garage sector trends

This trends summary explains that there have been many casualties in the petrol retailing sector as a result of intense competition and very low margins on fuel sales.

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Garden centre sector trends

This trend summary explains that there has been a steady long term increase in demand for garden products, for a number of reasons.

Graphic designer sector trends

This trend summary explains that in recent years there has been strong growth in demand for graphic designers' services

Hairdresser sector trends

This trends summary explains the difficulties that hairdresser face within this competitive sector

Haulier sector trends

This trends summary explains how the haulier sector is broadly connected to the economy, but the shift to more home deliveries has seen the sector grow in recent years

Health shop sector trends

This summary explains how health shops have grown considerably over the last decade as consumers have become more and more conscious of their wellbeing.

Homeopath sector trends

Recent years have seen a huge increase in and use of complementary and alternative medicine. This summary explains why the homeopath sector is growing and the treatment is now becoming mainstream.

Hotel sector trends

This trends summary explains why the catering industry changes rapidly in line with the economy.

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Ice cream parlour sector trends

This trends summary explains that the market for ice cream has expanded greatly as different types of ice creams have been introduced.

IFA sector trends

The number of financial advice firms is declining, and while the vast majority of players are still small outfits the number of larger players with over 50 advisors is on the up.This trend looks set to continue in the future.

Interior designer sector trends

This trend summary explains that the interior design sector in the UK is very much fashion led and is susceptible to changes in the economic climate.

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Internet cafe sector trends

This trend summary explains that internet cafés must offer fast internet connection and a range of other services to attract custom.

Joiner sector trends

The latest construction industry statistics show a booming and sustainable sector. Yet, rising construction costs and labor challenges in addition to new regulations are reducing the margin for error and waste.

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Life coaching sector trends

This trends summary explains how life coaching has grown rapidly as people have become aware of the potential for improving their lives.

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Limousine hire sector trends

This trend summary explains how the limousine hire industry has grown rapidly in recent years with a rise in the number of limousines seen on UK roads.

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Lingerie shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the amount of money that people spend on clothes - including lingerie - is affected by the state of the economy.

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Locksmith sector trends

This trend summary explains that the locksmith sector mainly by the general level of crime and the state of the economy.

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Management consultant sector trends

This trends summary explains how the management consultancy sector has become increasingly important but is affected by the state of the economy.

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Market stall sector trends

This trend summary explains that in common with all independent retailers, market traders have suffered in recent years from increasing competition.

Metal working sector trends

This trends summary explains how expenditure on decorative items for the house or garden reflects the state of the property market.

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Minicab sector trends

This trend summary explains what has been happening in the minicab and private hire sector in recent years.

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Mobile DJ sector trends

This trend summary explains that the mobile DJ sector tends to be one of the first to feel the effects of fluctuations in the economy.

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Mobile phones sector trends

This trend summary explains that mobile phone stores must stay on top of the constant change and evolution of mobile technology if they want to be successful.

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Motor dealer sector trends

This trends summary explains the changes in the motor industry, changes that are broadly linked to the economy.

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Newsagent sector trends

This trend summary explains how traditional newsagents have had to face intense competition in recent years because supermarkets and many other outlets have diversified and now sell the newsagent's core products.

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Nightclub sector trends

This trend summary explains the changes in the night club sector as a result of increased competition and regulations.

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Off-licence sector trends

This trend summary explains what has been happening in the off-licence sector in recent years.

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Office goods supplier sector trends

This trend summary explains that in a competitive market such as this, an independent supplier needs to be able to differentiate itself from competitors.

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Optician sector trends

This trends summary explains how the optician sector is broadly connected to the economy.

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Organic farm sector trends

This trends summary explains how the demand for organic produce is forecast to grow, but it is also greatly affected by the economy.

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Osteopath sector trends

This trends summary explains why the osteopath sector is growing. The treatment is now mainstream rather 'complementary'.

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Painter sector trends

This trends summary explains how the painting and decorating sector reflects changes in the economy.

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Personal trainer sector trends

This trends summary explains how the personal trainer sector is growing and changing, while also reflecting the economy.

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Pet grooming sector trends

This trends summary explains how the pet grooming sector has become a multi-billion pound business, while still refecting the economy.

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Pet shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that despite the fall in number of pets, the amount spent on pets increases.

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Pharmacy sector trends

This trends summary explains how the pharmacy sector is broadly connected to the economy.

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Pig farm sector trends

This trends summary explains how the pig meat sector in the UK is always cyclical, so peaks and troughs in profitability are the norm. But the troughs have become harder to weather and the peaks have become less profitable.

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Pizza delivery sector trends

This trend summary explains that pizza delivery has become a very popular takeaway meal option, particularly with students and young people.

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Plant nursery sector trends

The main factors affecting the plant nursery market trends are largely based on the economy and weather conditions.

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Plasterer sector trends

This trends summary explains how the plastering sector reflects the economy plus construction industry technology and regulations.

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Plumber sector trends

This trends summary explains how the plumbing sector reflects the economy plus construction industry technology and regulations.

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Pony trekking sector trends

This trend summary explains that many people who want to ride regularly have to go to a riding school or trekking centre.

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Pool hall sector trends

This trends summary explains how participation in snooker and pool is affected by the disposable income of consumers.

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Post office sector trends

This trend summary explains the results of a steady fall in post offices over the last 10 years.

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Pottery sector trends

This trend summary explains how the pottery sector is connected to the economy.

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Poultry farm sector trends

This trends summary explains how intensive poultry production has changed in line with sensitivity to animal welfare issues.

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Printer sector trends

This trend summary explains that the demand for printing services has reflected the state of the economy as a whole.

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Public house sector trends

This trends summary explains developments in the public house sector, such as more pub chains and new regulations.

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Record label sector trends

This trends summary explains that the music industry as a whole has had to adapt to changes in the way that people buy and listen to music.

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Record shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the music retailing business in the UK has seen many changes over the past two decades.

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Reflexologist sector trends

This trends summary explains how reflexology and other complementary and alternative medicines are gaining popularity.

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Removals sector trends

This trend summary explains that the removals sector is heavily dependent on the health of the housing market and the economy as a whole.

Residential lettings sector trends

This trend summary explains how the architectural sector is closely linked to the health of the economy and the state of the construction industry and the housing market.

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Roofer sector trends

This trends summary explains how the roofing sector reflects changes in the construction sector and the economy as a whole.

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Rural crafts sector trends

This trend summary explains that demand for hand-made and unique craft products has increased over the last couple of decades or so and is connected to the economy.

Sandwich bar sector trends

This trend summary explains that the sandwich industry has seen strong growth in recent years and is continuing to grow, although very much faster in London than in the rest of the country.

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Scaffolder sector trends

This trends summary explains how the scaffolding sector is connected to the construction sector and the economy as a whole.

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Scrap metal dealer sector trends

This trend summary explains that demand for scrap metal is directly affected by the demand for steel worldwide, which is closely linked to the state of the global economy.

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Shoe repair sector trends

This trends summary explains that the shoe repair sector has to provide other services, as demand for footwear repair declines.

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Shopfitter sector trends

This trends summary explains how the shopfitting sector is affected by the retail economy and construction sector.

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Sign writer sector trends

This trends summary explains that technology in the sign making sector has increased competition and expanded the market.

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Skip hire sector trends

This trends summary explains how the skip hire sector is broadly connected to the economy.

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Smallholding sector trends

This trends summary explains how the smallholding sector reflects price and legislation changes in the agricultural sector.

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Staff agency sector trends

This trends summary explains that more firms are using temporary labour and staff agencies to fill vacancies quickly and easily.

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Surf shop sector trends

This trend summary explains that the sport of surfing in the UK and the image and lifestyle that surrounds it is currently very popular and fashionable.

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Tattoo studio sector trends

This trend summary explains how hygiene regulations and tattoo conventions lend to the increased popularity of tattoos.

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Taxi firm sector trends

This trend summary explains what has been happening in recent years in the taxi trade.

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Thatcher sector trends

This trends summary explains how the thatching sector changes with modern technology, regulations and the economy.

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Tool hire sector trends

This trends summary explains how the tool hire sector is broadly connected to the economy.

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Toy shop sector trends

This trend summary explains the fluctuations in the toy shop sector in recent years.

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Tree surgeon sector trends

This trends summary explains how the tree surgeon sector reflects the housing market and disposable income of households.

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Turf supplier sector trends

This trends summary explains that the turf supply market reflects the housing market and weather conditions.

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Tyre fitter sector trends

This trends summary explains that the tyre fitting sector suffers from increased competition, but the demand for tyres remains high.

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Upholsterer sector trends

This trends summary explains how the upholstering sector reflects the housing market, fashion and the economy as a whole.

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Used car dealer sector trends

This trends summary explains developments in the used car sales sector, such as connections to the economy and new legislation.

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Vet sector trends

This trends summary explains changes in the vet sector reflecting the increase in small animals and a decrease in farmed livestock.

Woman holding DVD  in rental shop with woman in background looking for DVD
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Video renting sector trends

This trends summary explains changes in the video renting sector as buying DVD's and using streaming services gains popularity.

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Waste collection sector trends

This trend summary explains that the waste collection sector will grow as new legislation and recycling requirements increase.

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Web developer sector trends

This trends summary explains that web developers must have up to date skills, as the sector becomes more competitive.

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Wholesaler sector trends

This trend summary explains what has been happening in recent years in the wholesaling sector.

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Window cleaner sector trends

This trends summary explains changes in the window cleaning sector as demand and competition increase, lowering rates and wages.

Man in red shirt fitting new double-glazed window
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Window fitter sector trends

This trends summary explains how the window fitting sector reflects the housing market and the broader economy.

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