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

Follow: @MidlandLead

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Midland Lead Comment: Q4 2019

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

Following a generally strong 2019 for the roofing sector, a number of political challenges had a negative impact on the last three months. The general election and fatigue over Brexit almost certainly played its part.

That said, the demand and sale of lead products has increased year-on-year compared with other heavy building materials. Brexit has no direct impact on the way manufacturers source raw materials due to the fact that lead is 99.8% recycled, and therefore fully sustainable.

The roofing and general construction sectors are responding to increased demand from end-users and merchants, for manufacturers and suppliers to provide and, more importantly, prove sustainability. In this, real lead will surpass alternatives when clients and specifiers expect to see certification to evidence green credentials.

It is evident that merchants are embracing a shift in the way that their customers trade with them. E-commerce is increasing within the sector and manufacturers are having to review operations to ensure they can meet the demands of merchants. This can be challenging, but entirely necessary.

Outside of construction, most people’s knowledge of lead tends to be skewed to its use on old church roofs and X-ray radiation protection in healthcare, dentistry, veterinary and industrial environments. However, lead is used widely in construction as the material of choice. It’s impervious to weather, extremely long lasting, versatile, easy to use and can be fitted in all weathers. Due to its sustainable, waterproofing and aesthetic properties, it hasn’t been overtaken by better, newer products, it’s used to retain the traditional look of older buildings, while architects have fallen for its style in contemporary buildings.

Looking ahead to the year 2020, demand for real lead products as a sustainable building material will continue to increase, as the roofing and construction sector regains its composure, following a rocky end to 2019. Lead manufacturers will need to continue to champion lead and provide evidence about efficient processing, packaging and their carbon footprint.

Launched in 2015, the award winning monthly Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report is the only reliable measure of repair, maintenance & improvement (RMI) activity in the UK. Filling an important gap, it can be widely used in construction, and by economists, Government, national media, commentators and influencers outside the industry.

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