Have you ever thought about joining your industry's trade association?
Trade associations offer a wealth of information, such as market statistics, list of members, books and reference materials. Talking to others in your association can be one of the most valuable ways of gaining informal data about a region or customer base. You should also read your trade associations' publications to get an idea of current and future trends and buying patterns.
Below are some of the trade associations which may be linked to your profession:
Federation of Master Builders (www.fmb.org.uk)
Institute of Civils Engineers (www.ice.org.uk)
Civil Engineering Contractor Association (www.ceca.co.uk)
Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (www.cibse.org)
National Federation of Roofing Contractors Ltd (www.nfrc.co.uk)
Timber Trade Federation (www.ttf.co.uk)
UCATT - specialising in Construction (www.ucatt.org.uk)
Self Build help and advice (www.ebuild.co.uk)