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: Q2 2021

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

The last few months have seen continued growth in the construction sector, but high demand is in stark contrast to staff shortages, logistics problems and price fluctuations.

Our industry is still in a transitional period and no company is unaffected. We’ve also yet to see the full impact of the widening gap between demand and supply, with staff shortages in manufacturing, construction and retail, and a lack of drivers in distribution companies.

Brexit was a huge disrupter in the distribution of raw materials and delivery of products, but that has now settled down as we have all got to grips with the additional legislation and paperwork. However, we are still reacting to unforeseen circumstances such as the ping-demic that recently affected workforces. Coupled with construction’s well-documented skills shortage this is extremely testing.

It is reported that the UK needs an additional 100,000 drivers, and the whole supply chain is affected. We don’t have a problem sourcing raw materials (lead), but our sector is moving towards its busiest quarter. Logistics companies, manufacturers, customers, and end-users all need to work closely together, and communicate effectively, to mitigate the challenges that we will be facing for some time to come.

Midland Lead’s sales are also continuing to increase, and we expect we will have a good year no matter what is thrown at us. Many of our customers are in the same position. But housebuilders and main contractors are still trying to drive prices down when they know that material prices are rising, and deliveries are delayed.

There is little we can do in the short term about distribution problems, but we can keep customers updated, so they can update their customers. Short term the focus is on being agile and responsive, and working together to keep the supply chain moving. However, companies must keep looking at the long term and have a solid business strategy that keeps the future in focus.