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Help us raise money for Crisis at Christmas

This December Midland Lead will be fundraising for Crisis, Crisis at Christmas – a UK charity that helps to end homelessness. For £26.08 a place can be reserved with Crisis at Christmas; this allows a homeless person to be welcomed at Crisis, take …

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Win the ultimate Christmas present for a roofer!

This December we are giving away 24 boxes of lead tools and goodies to our customers placing a lead sheet order with us before the 20th of December. So far, we’ve given away these fantastic boxes – filled with a range of wooden and plastic lead tools, easy …

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The selection and purchasing of lead aprons – a position statement by the British Institute of Radiology

The following is a position statement by the BIR on the forthcoming changes to protective lead aprons.   Due to changes in International Standards for personal protective equipment (PPE), it has become unclear whether current lead apron designs meet the …

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Watch now: Midland Lead’s latest construction video

Thanks to our latest video focussing on the construction industry, whether you’re a builder’s merchant, roofing contractor, buying group, architect or specifier, you can now take a look at how the lead we produce is used in this specialist area. …

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Midland Lead successfully re-certified for BSI’s OHSAS 18001

We’re pleased to announce that, following a recent audit with the BSI, Midland Lead has successfully re-certified for BS OHSAS 18001 – a framework for a management system that helps organisations achieve the best possible working conditions and workplace health …

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Green construction: ‘The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030’

Back in September, Nesta’s ‘The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030’ report was published in partnership with Pearson and the Oxford Martin School. While we’ve read many reports that focus on whether roles are at risk of automation, yet overlook …

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Lead based solutions for the Construction sector

Lead vs. lead-free alternatives: green credentials and health and safety

Lead has been the material of choice on builds for centuries, praised for its malleability, longevity and recyclability. But it’s lead’s natural, weathered appearance that’s often cited as one of the main reasons it’s specified, flawlessly complementing the built environment, …

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Ionising Radiation – What You Need to Know

In 2017, as part of our work with architects, Midland Lead Healthcare introduced a RIBA approved CPD workshop entitled: “Ionising Radiation Shielding: Principles and Practice in Healthcare”. This CPD has been specifically developed for architects and specifiers who work within healthcare, …

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Q&A with Warren Goodall

In this blog Warren gives guidance to contractors who may be wondering what affect the new changes will have on the way they work: Q. What do you believe to be the most significant change under the new legislation?  New Ionising …

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Midland Lead and IBC work together to offer excellent value to group members

Here at Midland Lead, we’re proud to be one of the 115 suppliers working with the IBC group – the UK’s fastest growing buying group for independent builders’ merchants. Representing some 215 members, IBC is always looking for ways to …

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New! Reduced width lead-lined boards available

Following research by Astins which investigated the benefits of reducing the standard width of plasterboard from 1200mm to 900mm, Midland Lead are pleased to announce that we are now able to produce lead-lined boards in the new width of 450mm …

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Changes to Ionising Radiation Regulations

In 2013, the European Union adopted Directive 2013/59 Euratom commonly known as the European Basic Safety Standard. This directive is required to be implemented within UK law by February 2018.  This requires the replacement of The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) …

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We’re hiring!

Midland Lead is looking for enthusiastic and motivated people to join our Sales Office… At the moment we have a vacancy for a Customer Engagement Officer. Your role will be to look after our existing customers and new clients the best …

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Professional roofers set – make easy work of slate and metal trimming

When it comes to tools, every good roofer knows that the quality of what you work with is one of the key elements of good work. There’s no point buying a cheap, poorly made product for it to break shortly …

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Q & A with Warren Goodall, Business Development Manager, Midland Lead Healthcare

In this blog I give my top technical tips when working with multiple trades on installing shielding within large construction projects. We’ve worked with a number of dry-lining contractors on large projects over the years, and one thing our experience has …

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The Fukushima Disaster – 6 years on

On the 11th March 2011 ‘The Great East Japan Earthquake’ triggered a powerful tsunami which lead to the deaths of over 15,000 people, the total destruction of 120,000 buildings and catastrophic damage to three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi …

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Why Midland Lead invests in employee mental health

At Midland Lead, we put our employees at the heart of everything we do and realise the importance of good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. As a family-orientated company, we see it as our responsibility to make sure …

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Pride in manufacturing

In our last newsletter, we looked into the Builders Merchants Federation’s (BMF) report on the final quarter of 2016 and offered our thoughts on what to expect in roofing in 2017. It seemed like the sector had a positive year …

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How green is your lead roof?

Despite its age-old use, lead is not old news and is more relevant in the construction industry than ever before. Often specified for its aesthetic merits, it’s also in high demand with contractors, architects and roofers for its long-lasting and …

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How apprenticeships can help address the skills gap

At Midland Lead, we believe that one of the key ways to address the current construction skills gap is to support apprenticeships. It has been reported that between 2015 and 2020, the industry will need an extra 230,000 construction workers …

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Go hands-free with your hammer

Many a building professional will tell you that the hammer is one of their most frequently used tools. But no matter how pivotal they are to projects, there’s no denying they’re not the easiest of things to move around with. …

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SRP Annual Conference – Aberdeen

We headed to Aberdeen in May for the annual SRP Conference. It was the second time we exhibited at the conference and it didn’t disappoint with enquiries including personal protective equipment in healthcare, the development of workstations within nuclear medicine, as …

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Inside the world’s largest hospital

Healthcare in China has traditionally been the monopoly of the central government.  However, recent reforms to the healthcare system and relaxed rules on private investment has seen an explosion in the number of private facilities and the building of super …

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The plugging chisel – no roofer should be without one

Plugging chisels are an industry staple, used by roofers for over 100 years to chase an accurate slot in a masonry wall or mortar course. Small but sturdy, the chisel is best used for jobs where accuracy is key. As …

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Product of the month May: Slate ripper

Slate removal made simple When it comes to removing damaged slates from a roof, the professional tool for the job is a slate ripper. But like all tools in a roofers’ toolkit the quality of the product has a large …

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Q & A with Warren Goodall, Business Development Manager, Midland Lead Healthcare

In this blog Warren will answer some of the most frequently asked question regarding lead bricks Q: When do lead bricks provide a better solution than other materials? A: When a qualified Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA) has specified a lead …

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Product of the Month April: Slate cutter c/w hole punch

Slate cutting made easy At Midland Lead, we work hard to support our merchants and want to help them boost product sales as best we can. One way we do this is to regularly enhance our offering of ancillary products. …

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Product focus – LEAD BRICK

The new datasheet for our lead brick product range is now available to download from our website. Lead bricks can be used for a number of shielding applications across multiple industry sectors including healthcare, veterinary, nuclear, research and non-destructive testing. Lead …

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Midland Lead supports new builders’ merchant depots

At Midland Lead, we like to work with our merchants to ensure we’re not only providing them with high quality products, but also supporting them in developing their business. With this in mind, we’re delighted to showcase a range of …

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Keeping pace with the demand for imaging

Diagnostic imaging has come a long way since the discovery of x-rays in 1895 by Wilhelm Rontgen, a German professor of physics. Indeed, the new discovery was put to diagnostic use very early on, before the need for protection against …

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Positive signs for 2017

With the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) recently releasing a report on the final quarter of builders’ merchant sales for 2016, we at Midland Lead thought we would offer our thoughts on last year’s industry results and what to expect for …

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Tim Fuge Leadwork utilises Midland Lead’s diverse product range

At Midland Lead, we pride ourselves on being the only UK lead manufacturer to offer all three lead sheet types. Offering our customers machine cast lead, sandcast lead and rolled lead, as well as a wide range of lead ancillaries, …

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It’s a woman’s world

It could be argued that women have made huge steps towards equality recently. With a female Prime Minister for the UK and female First Ministers of Scotland and Northern Ireland, 2017 could become the year women catch up with men. …

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Come and see our sandcast lead at Ecobuild this week!

Midland Lead is proud to announce a new 25-year guarantee on its sandcast lead at this year’s Ecobuild. We will be on stand C129 to discuss the new guarantee throughout the event, running from 7-9 March at Excel London. Midland Lead’s …

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March – Product of the Month: Flashing clips

Flashing clips save professional roofers time Flashing clips are genius devices invented by roofer Jimmy Hall to secure lead flashing into open masonry joints. The traditional method is to cut a strip of scrap lead, roll it and wedge it …

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Arab Health Show 2017

At the end of January, a team from our UK base ventured to the Arab Health show in Dubai. We’ve been involved in several prestigious hospital builds in the Middle East, so it was a great opportunity to catch up …

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February – Product of the Month: Cleaning gel and patination oil counter display unit

In order to carry out a high quality roofing project, those purchasing lead sheet should also be purchasing cleaning gel and patination oil; two products often deemed a roofing professional’s best friend. In fact, the use, or non-use of these …

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Come and meet us at the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai

Midland Lead, is looking to increase its export sales to the Middle East through attendance at one of the biggest events in the healthcare industry, the Arab Health Exhibition in Dubai – from 30 January – 2 February 2017. The …

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An overview of our Frequently Asked Questions from our Ionising Radiation Shielding CPDs

As experts in radiation shielding, Midland Lead has introduced a RIBA approved CPD for architects and specifiers: “Ionising Radiation Shielding: Principles and Practice in Healthcare” this year. Now we’ve held over 10 of these training modules, Warren Goodall, our Healthcare business development manager looks …

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Q&A with Andy Rogers, President of the British Institute of Radiology

What are the main aims of the BIR? “The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) is for everyone working in imaging, radiation oncology and the underlying sciences and that’s what sets us apart from other societies. We aim to support the work …

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Changes to PPE legislation & CE testing

New directives for protecting healthcare professionals from the dangers arising from the exposure to ionising radiation will come into effect in 2018. This legislation will affect the dose limit to the lens of the eye. In addition the CE marking …

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The spotlight is on – Sneaths Roofing Merchants

Company profile Business established: 2015 Head office: Surbiton, London Number of employees: 10 Branches: 1 Time working with Midland Lead: since 2016 Based in Surbiton, London, Sneaths Roofing Merchants Ltd is a new customer of Midland Lead, having recently started stocking rolled lead. …

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Product focus: CLEANING GEL transforms stained lead

Whether machine cast, rolled or sandcast, all our lead sheet begins its life with a distinct colouration and appearance; a look that, if properly treated, it will retain for decades. That proper treatment involves a combination of correct installation methods, …

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Q & A: ‘What thickness of lead do I need for my project?’

Each month we answer your product and industry questions. This month you asked: “What thickness of lead do I need for my project?” Lead is a long-life building material with the adaptability to suit many different types of structures and …

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The spotlight is on – George Hill Timber & Building Supplies Ltd

Company profile:  Business established: 1919 Head office: Oldham Number of employees: 52 Branches: 4 Time working with Midland Lead: 4 years George Hill Timber and Building Supplies Ltd is a family-run business, established in November 1919 in Oldham. The business was …

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The spotlight is on – Lliw Building Supplies

Company profile: Business established: 1991 Head office: Pontardawe, Swansea Number of employees: 23 Branches: 1 Time working with Midland Lead: 25 years This year, Lliw Building Supplies Ltd celebrated 25 years in business, serving the building trade, local authority, self-build and …

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Getting to know Wendy Pearson

Wendy Pearson has worked at Midland Lead for 16 years in a variety of different roles. She credits her long career with the company to how friendly everyone is. We had a chat with Wendy about her role as financial …

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Midland Lead supports merchants with UK Roofing Awards 2017 entries

The UK Roofing Awards, hosted by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NRFC), has become known as an industry-wide event that recognises and rewards outstanding standards of workmanship and safety within the roofing industry. In a bid to support our network …

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Where lead sheet manufacturers can establish a green USP

The recyclability of lead sheet and its green credentials as a building material have long been known here at Midland Lead. In fact, over this past year we’ve made a point of discussing lead’s environmental benefits with everyone from architects, …

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Q & A: “What are the best health and safety practices when working with lead?”

Each month we answer your product and industry questions. This month you asked: “What are the best health and safety practices when working with lead?” Much like many building materials in the construction industry, there are standard best practices that …

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