The Enquirer understands that major manufacturers have been informing the industry of price rises of more than 15% in the New Year.
That is on top of a near 100% rise during 2022.
One concerned contractor said: “The excuse for the price rises this year has been soaring demand and raw material price rises.
“But that’s not the case any more.
“We were expecting prices to actually come down but have now been hit with this.”
Another construction director added: “You only have to look at raw materials prices to see that virtually everything bar gas is coming down in price while container shipping rates are at all time lows as supply chain pressures ease as demand slows across the economy.
“This has left me angry and bemused so now I’m looking at sourcing board from abroad.
“The big players dominate the UK market and this smacks of profiteering at a time when the industry and the wider economy simply cannot afford it.”