Expert for Lead

Lynn Street

Sales & Marketing Manager

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Lynn Street

Lynn has been involved within the roofing and construction sector for more than 20 years and has worked with a number of leading roofing brands throughout her career. Her time-served knowledge and passion for the sector has seen her drive a number of initiatives over the years.

Lynn is a director for the initiative Women in Roofing and works with a number of industry bodies to continue to influence positive change in the roofing and construction sector. Wherever she can, Lynn champions inclusion and opportunities for all to help create a sustainable and diverse future for the industry.

Since joining Midland Lead in 2018, Lynn has also been a driving force behind an initiative to promote future skills and diversity to help bridge the increasing skills gap that roofing and construction faces. She has led a team at Midland Lead that has established connections with a number of colleges and apprenticeship schemes in the UK. Together with the support of customers and suppliers, Lynn hopes to continue to promote the benefits and sustainability of working within the roofing sector.

Being customer service focussed, Lynn advocates the core values of Midland Lead, which centre around the customer and team.

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

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Midland Lead Comment: Q1 2021

Lynn Street, Sales & Marketing Manager Midland Lead is BMBI’s Expert for Lead.

Looking back over Q1, the construction sector saw continued recovery from the previous quarter. It was better than we could have hoped for.

Last year was all about having a plan A and plan B, but we activated plan C. In the event, it wasn’t as bad as we anticipated, despite continuous price increases, new import and export legislations, and Covid restrictions.

Turning our attention to the near future, this is summed up in the Spring edition of the latest Construction Product Association State of Trade Survey. The report predicts growth of 12.9% in construction output for 2021, largely driven by increased activity in private housing, infrastructure and repair and maintenance sectors. It also predicts additional growth of 5.2% in activity into 2022*.

This is positive news for construction, but it comes with its own challenges. For example, a major project like HS2 can have a knock-on effect on the availability of labour and skills, and hit the wider supply chain, as it can easily dominate resources.

Larger scale projects also bring into focus the overall shortfalls of the labour market. As an industry, we must increase the pipeline of skilled labour through structured training, job opportunities, and keeping the focus on a reliable supply chain.

We must continue to work at increasing diversity and encourage recruitment from other industries. It is crucial that construction is promoted as a resilient industry, providing many opportunities and a range of career prospects.

There is also a need for more specialised training facilities. As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the next generation of roofers, Midland Lead works with a number of training facilities all over the UK. It is this kind of encouragement that we need to build on.

As we are based in an area with low unemployment, we continue to invest in our people by providing transferable training and qualifications – as ever, leading by example when it comes to investing in skills.

We are all becoming experts in making key decisions in these ever changing and challenging times, so let’s work together and make the next few months really count towards bridging the future skills gap.

*Source: https://www.constructionproducts.org.uk/