Expert for Lead

Kyle Hazeldine

Sales & Marketing Manager

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Kyle Hazeldine

Kyle is known for flying the flag of lead’s unique qualities within the roofing and construction sector, and actively supports the CO2nstructZero campaign that promotes sustainable practices.

Recently promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager, he is an active member of the BMF Young Merchants Group and is an ambitious, knowledgeable industry expert.

Kyle has several accolades under his belt including a BMF Postgraduate Distinction in Multi-Unit Business, Leadership and Strategy from Birmingham City University. He was also named Young Employee of the Year at the Burton Mail Business Awards in 2018 and was shortlisted for the BMF Young Supplier Achiever of the Year 2021 award. Kyle is also driving Midland Lead’s training initiative working with eighteen colleges in the UK.

Since joining Midland Lead in 2015, Kyle has been an integral member of the team and played an important part of the business growth working in several roles at the company. Being customer focussed, Kyle advocates the core values of Midland Lead, which centre around quality, service and team-working.

Midland Lead

Midland Lead is the only independent UK lead manufacturer to offer BBA approved machine cast lead, sandcast lead and BS Standard rolled lead. Founded in 1983, our quality-approved products are used in roofing projects all over the world. With a strong manufacturing heritage, we supply a diverse range of quality-approved lead products using 100% recycled lead.

Midland Lead – Quick Facts:

  • The only independent UK-based lead manufacturer that provides BBA and NHBC approved machine cast lead sheet
  • £30m+ turnover and 17,000+ tonnes of quality approved lead products manufactured per year
  • Sustainable and innovative manufacturing processes
  • 100% recycled lead only
  • 50+ employees that combine traditional skills with an innovative, technology-led approach
  • Target markets: construction, heritage and radiation protection sectors for domestic and export markets
  • 18 training colleges to support future skills and development in construction and roofing
  • Multi-award-winning company, named as one of Derbyshire’s top 200 most successful businesses
  • Affiliated with a number of industry bodies including:

Builders Merchants Federation (BMF)

National House-Building Council (NHBC)

National Federation of Roofing (NFRC)

The Institute of Roofing (IoR)

 

Visit: www.midlandlead.co.uk

Follow: @MidlandLead

Midland Lead Comment: Q1 2022

The first quarter has again been full of unpredictable global circumstances that affected every single business, not least the construction sector.

During the pandemic there was an increase in activity as people invested in making improvements to the home at a level we had not experienced before. Over the last few months things have settled down and it feels like we have returned to prepandemic levels of sales and activity. As well as material shortages, the storms in February had a negative effect as roofers couldn’t work to full capacity, although this is not unusual during the winter months.

But the sector is now bracing itself to face the ongoing challenges of rising costs in logistics, fuel and energy as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. These additional costs, along with the significant increase in container and storage prices and the instability of the situation, makes it difficult for any business to plan effectively. However, we maintain our objective to help reduce the impact on the end-user as much as possible.

Lead is a commodity that has always fluctuated in price, and the price of lead is predicted for the market by the London Metal Exchange. So, suppliers don’t have set prices. The invasion of Ukraine has caused unprecedented volatility every single day and we are seeing extreme fluctuations in the price of lead that are both sporadic and unpredictable. This unfortunately means that it’s impossible to hold quoted trade prices very far ahead.

Last year the sector had to focus on the availability of building materials. This year’s focus is on pricing, as consumer confidence will be affected by the rising cost of living and the impact of the conflict.

It isn’t possible to predict the next few months, but as long as there are projects, the construction sector will continue to maintain good levels of demand and supply.

So, let’s all take a breath and prepare for another unpredictable year. Stay calm and focus on what your business can control such as good customer service, sustainability and maintaining levels of supply.