Latest industry financial performance

A significant divide has opened between supply-only fabricators, fabricators that install, and installers that don’t manufacture, according to a new report from Insight Data.

Fabricators that supply only performed the best over the last three years with an average net worth up some 80% from £280,220 to £505,047.

Fabricators that install improved from £219,093 to £265,228 – a rise of 21% – while installers that buy-in strengthened their financial position by 9%, from £49,651 to £54,280, although many companies in this category are lifestyle businesses.

Insight Data recently compared the financial performance of fabricators and installers as part of a new industry report, following research conducted with over 15,000 window, door and conservatory companies.

It analysed the financial results of limited companies and LLPs. As small and medium companies don’t need to publish turnover or full accounts, Insight measured ‘net worth’ taken from their latest published accounts and calculated industry average benchmarks.

Since companies post their published accounts in arrears, the vast majority of accounts relate to a 2016 financial year end.

“The industry has enjoyed several years of steady growth and financial success, but an uncertain market over the last 12 months has created mixed results, with some companies reporting a slow down while others, especially premium or niche product manufacturers, have maintained growth,” Andrew Scott, managing director of Insight Data, said. “2017 financial results may paint a different picture.”

The full Insight Report provides in-depth analysis of the industry, including business activity, market sectors and product information. It is available for free for a limited period, visit