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)? We explain some of the key trends for 200 types of business.

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Accountant market 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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Architect market 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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Ariel installer market trends

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

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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 market 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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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 market 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 market trends

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

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Builders merchant market trends

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

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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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 making sector trends

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

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Childminder market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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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Dress maker market 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 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 market 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 market 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 market 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 manufacturing 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 market 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 manufacturing 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 market 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 market 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.

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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.

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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.

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Life coaching market 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 market 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 counsultant market 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.

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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 phone 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 market 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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Night club 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 market trends

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

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Organic farm market 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 market trends

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

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Painter market trends

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

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Personal trainer market 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 market 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 market trends

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

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Pig farm market 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 market trends

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

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Plasterer market trends

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

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Plumbing market 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 market trends

The complexion of the poultry sector has changed as consumers have become increasingly concerned with the animal welfare issues raised by the intensive, battery production methods that were so popular and this has led to the expansion of free range, barn and perchery systems.

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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 trend summary explains that during the last decade or so there have been a number of important developments affecting the licensed trade.

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Record label market 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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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.

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Roofer market trends

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

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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.

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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 scaffolder sector is broadly connected to the economy.

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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 repairer market trends

This trends summary explains that the shoe repairer sector has had to evolve in the last couple of decades as demand for its core service - footwear repair - has fallen.

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Shopfitter market trends

This trends summary explains how the shopfitter sector is broadly affected by the economy.

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Sign writer market trends

This trends summary explains that the sign making sector has altered in recent years as technology has enabled signs to be produced more quickly and easily.

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Skip hire market trends

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

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Smallholding market trends

This is a summary of the main trends in the market for smallholding, which like so many sectors, is connected to the economy.

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Staff agency market trends

This trends summary explains how recent years have seen many more firms turning to temporary labour as a means of filling vacancies quickly and easily and ensuring that the business remains highly flexible.

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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 market trends

This trends summary explains how the tattoo studio sector has seen a huge increase in the number of people of all ages and from all walks of life getting tattoos.

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Taxi hire sector trends

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

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Thatcher

This trends summary explains how the thatcher sector is broadly connected to the weather and the economy.

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Tool hire market 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 market trends

Much of the 2000s saw a steady rise in interest in landscaping and gardening and in turn a higher demand for tree surgeons.

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Turf supplier market trends

This is a summary of the factors affecting the turf supplier market. There is generally a healthy demand but like many agricultural sectors it is affected by the economy and the weather.

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Tyre fitter market trends

This trends summary explains that independent tyre fitters have had to face increasing competition in recent years from the national chains of fast-fit outlets. Economies of scale enable them to offer very competitive prices, which can be difficult for the independent to match.

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Upholsterer market trends

This trends summary explains how the upholsterer sector is connected to the state of the economy.

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Used car dealer market trends

This trends summary explains that the structure of both the new and used car trades has changed a great deal in recent years. The internet has become an ideal tool for advertising and searching for used cars and is used by traditional dealers, online 'virtual showrooms', small home-based 'dabblers' and private classified advertisers to sell vehicles.

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Vet market trends

Despite an overall increase in demand for veterinary services some types of practice have not fared as well as others. Many veterinary practices no longer offer large animal services as a result of reduced sizes of farmed livestock and farmers wanting to cut costs. However, the small animal sector has increased hugely.

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Video rental sector trends

This trend summary explains that the video rental industry has seen some huge changes in the relatively short space of time since the days when video rental shops were a common feature on the high street.

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Waste collection market trends

This trends summary explains that the disposal of all types of waste are being increasingly affected by new laws. These controls have led to fresh opportunities for businesses offering a specialist waste collection service.

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Web developer market trends

This trends summary explains how the web development industry has become very competitive in recent years due to more people being able to do basic web design and maintenance themselves, using easy-to-use software tools.

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Window cleaner market trends

This trends summary explains that the window cleaner sector has generally grown over the last twenty years or so.

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Windscreen services market trends

The level of demand for windscreen services is closely linked to the number of cars and other vehicles on the road. According to government figures there are now around 38.0 million vehicles in the UK, 31 million or so of which are cars. With so many vehicles being used there is a large and steady demand for repair or replacement of broken glass.

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