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New figures out today show that the construction industry continued to grow in the third part of this year.
Output grew by 0.8% in the three months to the end of September compared with the second quarter of the year.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics also showed that construction output grew by 2.9% compared with the year before - the sixth consecutive quarter of year on year growth.
A sunny September boosted output after an indifferent August, according to the figures.

It's all systems go after the team from Veness Chartered Surveyors moved into our offices in Portsmouth this week.
We officially acquired the well-established and highly-respected practice on October 1 after announcing the deal at our 25th anniversary extravaganza at the Spinnaker Tower in early September.
We've been steadily moving the integration process forward the over the past month. Now the final piece of the jigsaw is in place with Veness relocating from their Cosham offices to our headquarters at the Fairway Business Centre.

What are you up to this weekend?
Trick or treating? Halloween parties? Fireworks displays?
There's plenty going on. We're had another busy month in October after our acquisition of Veness Chartered Surveyors.
We've been steadily integrating the experienced and talented Veness team into McAndrew Martin whilst ensuring that it is business as usual on a day to day basis.
Our exciting new venture with Veness will mean that we can deliver even higher customer service, expert advice and property related help.

Interest rates look set to stay at their record low for longer than thought.
The Bank of England's deputy governor has said that weak pay rises and low inflation mean there is less urgency to raise the 0.5 % rate.
Sir Jon Cunliffe gave the insight in a speech in Cambridge.
He said that a slowdown in the Eurozone and global growth also meant that interest rates could be kept at their current low for longer than thought.

Where do you think the best place to work is?
Internet giant Google has been named as 2014's best workplace in the world in a new poll.
The search engine topped a global table of 6,200 of the world's biggest companies.
It claimed the coveted number one spot for the third year running in the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces List unveiled by global consulting firm Great Place to Work (GPTW).
Workplace culture, company policies and practices, employee trust, camaraderie and pride were all crucial factors.

We were delighted to attend the best Opportunities Fair so far at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Half a dozen of our dedicated team gave up their Saturday to man our stand at the fourth annual careers showcase.

We joined many other businesses at the popular event to show young people aged 10 to 13 and their families just what exciting opportunities there are in the area when they leave school, college and university. Hundreds of people poured through the doors on the day.

We'll be joining in the fourth annual Opportunities Fair at Portsmouth Guildhall this Saturday, October 18.

Our expert and friendly staff will be among industry and business professionals manning a stand at the event from 10am to 3pm.

The extravaganza is being held for pupils aged 10 to 13 - and their families - to showcase the exciting opportunities and wide range careers on offer in the city when they leave school.

The unemployment rate has fallen below two million for the first time in nearly six years, according to new figures.

The Office for National Statistics said that number of people out of work dropped by 154,000 to 1.97million in the three months to the end of August.

It's the lowest since the end of 2008 and means the unemployment rate is just 6 %.

In another boost, Sir Ben Ainslie has announced the first jobs at his America's Cup sailing base in Portsmouth.

What are you up to this weekend?
If you are househunting, then the good news is that interest rates have been kept at their record low of 0.5 %.
There's speculation that they make go up slightly next spring to 0.75 % although some economic experts say a rise could come as early as the new year.
So, now is a good time if you are looking to move or remortgage.
As we celebrate our 25th anniversary year, we've seen demand rocket for our surveys and property related services.

New figures show a double boost for the economy and the property market.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has placed Britain in the fast lane with economic growth forecast at 3.2 % this year and 2.7 % next year. That's faster than any other developed nation.
It augers well for the future as we move forward to put the worst recession in living memory behind us.
Also, annual house price figures from the Halifax show an increase of 9.6 % in the year to the end of September.

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