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: Q4 2020

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

Following a turbulent 2020, the last three months have affected every business, wherever they are in the construction supply chain. With so much uncertainty, many businesses had a plan A and a plan B, and then when the time came, plan C was implemented. Impossible to plan but in practice, businesses applied flexibility and resilience. There is no better way of describing how collectively we managed and adapted.

We can’t underestimate the fact that businesses helped each other too including staff, suppliers and customers. Our staff continuously adjusted and supported each other; our suppliers kept us updated to potential supply problems; and our customers have been patient and understanding. It was true flexibility and resilience.

The construction sector remained open and reacted quickly to new working practices, even when the third national lockdown was announced. Manufacturers invested in e-commerce so customers could maintain and promote sales online.

However, many challenges that construction will face won’t be resolved quickly, including the shortage of labour, which continues to be a major problem. It’s a challenge the industry needs to address urgently.

Extended lead times and access to raw materials, coupled with the ‘teething problems’ of logistics and movement of goods has impacted the whole construction supply chain. We would expect this to settle down over the next twelve months as we continue to acclimatise.

Price increases due to Brexit, and added costs as a result of Covid restrictions, will have a knock-on effect to the supply chain and 2021 will be time to re-group and consolidate. We remain focussed on the customer, but also on the welfare of our staff, sustainability and investing in our business.

My last comment is about the reputation of our market, which shouldn’t go unmentioned as the CMA investigation is still not concluded around the two manufacturers in our sector. Competition is good for everyone – it encourages innovation, better customer service and ethical practices. But we must always uphold the integrity of best business practices and not bring our industry into disrepute, no matter what challenges we face.