Construction companies and DIY enthusiasts across the UK are facing a shortage of supplies which has caused prices to skyrocket and delays inevitable.
To add insult to injury, UK pubs could be on the verge of a beer shortage as demand is expected to outstrip supply when lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
Projects large and small across the UK were derailed by Covid, Brexit and the Evergreen tanker stuck in the Suez Canal in March.
Manufacturers travel hundreds of miles across the country in an attempt to scavenge only a small portion of the stock they need to stay in business or get their jobs done on time, the Observer reported.
Homeowners are also seeing their budgets disappear, as the cost of wood and steel joists has increased by 80%. Even painting costs a third more than in 2020.
MDF, which only took a week to arrive after an order was placed, now takes six weeks. Roof ties, previously available within a month, now have a six month wait time.
Meanwhile, UK pubs fear a beer shortage when the drinks inside return this week and thousands of revelers return home.
Patrick Dardis, managing director of Young’s, one of Britain’s largest pub chains, told The Telegraph he has contacted breweries directly to ensure beer kegs are delivered on time and regularly, as the industry British hospitality industry had already suffered enough business losses linked to the pandemic.
“I wrote to all the CEOs of all the brewers saying ‘we’ve been through enough now, we’re at the end of the tunnel and the last thing we need is a supply issue, so come together and prepare like you’ve never brewed before, “because it’s just not acceptable.” As soon as the ads restart, we expect the supply to be there, ”he said.
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