Expert for Shower Enclosures & showering

Mike Tattam

Sales & Marketing Director

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Mike Tattam

Mike brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, working with leading manufacturers across different sectors to help develop and grow their business. His extensive time in the industry has contributed to Mike’s detailed knowledge and understanding of the supply chain, from merchants, stockists and contractors through to architects and specifiers.

In more recent years he’s held senior positions at Timbmet – a distributor of hardwood, sheet and panel products; Russell Timber Technology – a manufacturer of energy efficient, sustainable and precision engineered timber and alu-clad windows and doors; and Jablite Ltd – a leading manufacturer and supplier of EPS (expanded polystyrene) products for insulation and civil engineering applications. Mike joined Lakes as Sales & Marketing Director in October 2017 at an exciting time for the business. Working with the Board, Mike is helping to implement and drive a new strategic direction that will guide the business to its next growth phase.

Lakes

Lakes is a leading manufacturer and supplier of showering spaces, which includes shower doors and bath screens. The company sells exclusively through builders’ and plumbers’ merchants, and retail bathroom stockists.

Established in 1986, the family business has a long-standing reputation for top customer service, stock availability and speed of delivery, backed by a unique ‘no quibble guarantee’ for added customer reassurance. Its products range from timeless classics to contemporary designs catering for all market requirements. Innovations include Lakes’ optically superior PureVueHD glass and AllClear® stay-clean coating.

PureVueHD glass was introduced with low iron content to remove the green hue found in standard glass, ensuring clearer, lighter and brighter glass. AllClear® is a protective coating applied to both sides of the glass so your showering space stays looking great, for longer and with minimal effort. Uniquely, both innovations are available as standard across Lakes’ Classic, Coastline and Island Collections.

Visit: https://lakesshoweringspaces.com/

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Lakes comment: Q1 2019

Mike Tattam, Sales & Marketing Director Lakes, is BMBI’s Expert for Shower Enclosures & Showering.

Much as we’d like to, it’s hard to block out the effects of Brexit on our lives and businesses. The public has had enough, according to polls. They’d like a quick conclusion one way or another so they can move on. Businesses too are in limbo. Unable to plan with any certainty and faced with a confusing array of potential outcomes with unknowable consequences – and with no means of controlling the end game – businesses are just getting on with what’s in front of them.

They’re frustrated by having to divert their time and focus from helping customers compete more effectively and grow, to focusing on minimising the potential disruption and delays from one of these outcomes so they can compete at all.

Whether shower enclosure companies have their products made for them, or they manufacture as Lakes does in its own factory, most companies import, mostly from China. So, all brands have to factor in shipping, long lead times, port access, currency movements – and road haulage for the final leg of the journey – so customers can sell without disruption.

Compared with March, there have been fewer delays caused by ships being diverted from UK ports, but it can take 48 hours getting through French ports as customs officials start flexing their muscles. The Road Haulage Association says there are not enough HGV drivers in the UK, and many EU nationals are returning home because their markets are good, wages are improving and there’s plenty of work.

Many companies built up their stocks in Q1 to unprecedented levels to ensure continuity of supply in time for an unruly EU exit on 29th March. But carrying and funding up to five and half months’ stock, for example, in the short term is quite different from carrying it through to October 31st, the postponed exit date or beyond. Will brands unwind their stocks and rebuild them again for October, or maintain them at these levels? What will people do, and how well prepared are they for the financial after-effects? That could be the elephant in the room.

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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