Lack of Innovation Causing Crisis in Construction?

Construction in Crisis!

Written by Chrissie McAnelly, Cybit Data & Analytics Consultant – Construction Sector

The construction sector is facing a storm of financial challenges.   According to Construction News , nearly 8000 UK construction businesses are filing for administration.

Begbies Traynor calculated 47,477 UK firms began 2024 in a near-bankrupt condition.

In its latest quarterly Red Flag Alert  – the insolvency practitioner added that 83,332 construction companies were in “significant financial distress“.

This paints a very bleak picture for the UK.    What are the main reasons for this alarming situation?

Experts point out several factors, such as:

  • Disrupted supply chains, delayed projects, and increased costs.
  • The uncertainty of Brexit, which created trade barriers, labour shortages, and regulatory changes.
  • The lack of innovation and digital transformation, which hindered productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness.

 In the fourth quarter of the previous year, financial woes deepened, casting a shadow over the industry.

How can we overcome these challenges and revive the construction sector?

These struggling firms urgently need strategies to weather the storm and emerge stronger. The construction landscape demands resilience, adaptability, and innovative solutions.

One of the key solutions is to take the plunge and move forward with digital transformation.     Invest now or regret it later.

Data analytics is the practice of collecting, analysing, and interpreting data to help construction firms make better decisions, optimise resources, and improve outcomes.

Some of the benefits of  utilising data and analytics tools for construction are:

  • Predictive analytics, which can forecast demand, risks, and opportunities, and help plan for success.
  • Cost and schedule control, which can monitor performance, identify deviations, and implement corrective actions.
  • Subcontractor performance analytics, which can evaluate the quality, reliability, and compliance of subcontractors.
  • Warranty analysis, which can track defects, claims, and repairs, and improve customer satisfaction.

Cybit’s Data and Analytics Services: A Beacon of Hope

Cybit, a leading provider of business intelligence and data analytics services, stands ready to assist construction firms in their digital transformation journey.

Here’s how Cybit’s expertise can help overcome the challenges highlighted in the recent report:

  • Insights for Decision-Making: Cybit’s data analytics solutions empower construction companies to gain actionable insights from their data. By analysing project performance, resource allocation, and market trends, firms can make informed decisions that drive efficiency and profitability.
  • Risk Mitigation: Identifying early warning signs of financial distress is crucial.   Cybit’s analytics tools can detect anomalies, monitor cash flow, and assess credit risk.  By proactively managing risks, firms can avoid the precipice of insolvency.
  • Operational Efficiency: Streamlining operations is essential for survival.   Our services optimise processes, enhance supply chain management, and improve project delivery.   From procurement to project execution, data-driven efficiency is the key.
  • Predictive Maintenance: Construction assets require timely maintenance.  Our predictive analytics models help firms anticipate equipment failures, reduce downtime, and extend asset lifecycles.  This proactive approach saves costs and ensures uninterrupted operations.
  • Cloud Hosting Solutions: We offers flexible hosting options for analytics platforms like Qlik Sense, QlikView, Power BI, and Alteryx.   Whether on public or private clouds, or even on-premises, we ensure secure data storage and seamless access.
  • Expert Support and Training: Cybit’s certified Data & Analytics consultants guide firms through implementation, migration, and ongoing support.   They empower teams to harness the full potential of data analytics, driving digital transformation.


As the construction industry faces unprecedented challenges, Cybit’s data and analytics services offer a lifeline.   By harnessing the power of data, firms can navigate financial storms, transform their operations, and build a resilient future.

For a free consultation on how Cybit can support your construction firm’s digital transformation, add me on LinkedIn for a chat or email