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New Product Launch: Hall Clips Plus & Hallhook
We are pleased to announce the launch of two new products - Hall Clip + and Hallhook which will join BLM’s extensive ancillary product range.

The Hallclip + is a larger version of the standard Hall Clip, for securing Lead flashings into a wider chase. The Hallhook is a permanent hidden device for use when replacing a broken slate.

Russ Taylor, Sales Development Manager at BLM said: “We are pleased to make these additions to our range. The Hallhook is a great product and although not directly related to Leadwork, it will add value and convenience for our customers.” 

The new products will shortly be available from the BLM stockists. To find the outlet nearest to you either contact us direct or download the BLM Get Lead App - http://blmgetlead.co.uk/

Find out more about Hall Clips Plus at http://www.britishlead.co.uk/hall-clips  

More information on Hallhook is available at http://www.britishlead.co.uk/hallhook-replacing-broken-slate

Hallhook & Hall Clip +
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New Product Launch: BLM Site Wipes
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our product range – Site Wipes, specially formulated cleaning wipes to help reduce Lead particles on hands and surfaces.

Working with Lead can leave microscopic traces of metal on your hands even if wearing gloves. Keeping blood-lead levels under control is one of the most challenging aspects of being a Leadworker, especially when you are usually up on a roof and nowhere near proper hand washing facilities.

To help tackle this problem, we have developed Site Wipes, a unique solution that is specifically designed to help remove lead particles from skin, or any other surface.

BLM Site Wipes can also be used in combination with soap and water to provide a robust “belt and braces” cleaning routine. With the benefit of an added grime remover, they also offer all-round general purpose use, removing grease, lubricants, adhesives and oils to name a few.

We recognise that nothing will beat a good scrub under running water for getting lead particles off your hands, but when that’s not possible BLM Site Wipes have been proven to be the next best thing.

BLM Site Wipes will shortly be available from all BLM stockists. To find the outlet nearest to you either contact us direct or download the BLM Get Lead App - http://blmgetlead.co.uk/  

Find out more about this product at http://www.britishlead.co.uk/site-wipes

      

 
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Announcing our new app - Get Lead!
We are delighted to announce the launch of GetLead! App, designed to offer a one stop solution for any roofer or builder using BLM’s products.

On this project, we have worked with AppGeeks to develop an easy to use app with powerful features providing a convenient reference tool for contractors.

The Get Lead! app offers full product information, installation guides with exclusive video content, weight and roof pitch calculators and a stockist locator, enabling users to search for their nearest British Lead supplier by current location or postcode. Search results are listed by closest proximity, with additional information including contact details, web address and directions and the ability to call or email the branch directly from the app.

The exclusive videos cover some common Leadwork applications including soakers, step flashing, step & cover flashing, apron & linear flashing and hip & ridge flashing. In addition, a range of installation videos of some of the BLM’s key ancillary products are also available on the app.

GetLead! app enables contractors to check the weight of lead and allow them to find the minimum lap required by measuring the roof pitch degree.

The users of the App can also find answers to the most frequently asked questions about lead production, technical aspects of Rolled Lead Sheet such as quality, weight, sizing and correct use, as well as orders and delivery.

Russ Taylor, Sales Development Manager at BLM British Lead, said: “The BLM Get Lead! app is the first of its kind for the Lead industry. We gave the features and content considerable thought to ensure it offers a one stop solution for any roofer or builder using BLM’s products.”

Whether it’s the installation guides and how to videos, stockist locator, calculators or product information, we are confident there is something here for everyone and it will provide a convenient reference tool for the future”, added Russ Taylor.

The app will be available free of charge for both Apple and Android devices. You can download it from either iTunes or Google Play by searching GetLead!
 

 
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Call for entries: Our Photo Competition is now open
At BLM, we are passionate about where our products are used and what an amazing difference they make to your project.

Whether you’re a leadworker or a roofing contractor, we invite you to participate in our Photo Competition.

The theme of the Photo Competition focuses on unique and striking Lead photography from impressive and inspiring projects. Either installed on traditional or contemporary buildings, Lead Sheet, in its many roofing applications, exudes a beauty which we are looking to find in your images.

We would like to see pictures of unusual and interesting detail from the hidden to the well-known, small to significant volume projects. Similarly, more common application detailing shot from unusual angles or in an unusual setting.

The judging panel consists of BLM employees together with independent judges from the Lead Sheet Association (LSA) – the foremost independent authority on the design, specification and application of Rolled Lead Sheet for the construction industry. The panel will choose one winning entry and two runners-ups.

When choosing the winner and runners ups, the judges will be looking at leadwork’s technical excellence, originality, composition and overall impact that evoke the best interpretation of the Competition’s theme.

The overall winner will have the option to choose from a Virgin Experience Days Gift Card to the value of £250 or LSA Training Gift Voucher worth £250. The winner and the two runners-up will each receive a set of BLM Lead tools and tool bag and a copy of the latest LSA manual.

The winning images will be published on BLM’s website and social media channels.

The Competition runs until Friday 29th September 2017 and is open to all residents of the UK, aged 18 or over.

If you would like to take part in the contest by entering photograph(s), please refer to the T’s & C’s on our website.

For guidance on the lead roofing applications you may want to consider and to submit your entry, go online at http://www.britishlead.co.uk/photoupload.

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Congratulations to our DAB Radio winner!
 
The lucky winner of our recent contest to win a DAB Radio is Ann Whitby from Wrexham, Wales.

Want to win a great prize like Ann? Look out for details of our next competition in promotional rolls of Lead Sheet and flashings!

And don't forget to check out our website for details of our upcoming photo competition. 
BLM Competition - DAB radio
 
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Meet us at the 2017 NMBS Exhibition
We are delighted to announce that BLM will be exhibiting at the 2017 NMBS Exhibition at Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Wednesday 5th April.

We will be showcasing our wide range of British Standard Rolled Lead Sheet and Lead ancillary products on stand 94 where visitors can find out more about the products their customers require to install anything from basic flashings to the most complex detailed Leadwork.

Exclusive offers will be available on lead and ancillary products ordered at the exhibition.

Are you an NMBS member? Please come and visit us at stand number 94 to benefit from the offers available on the day and to pick up our latest product guide.

NMBS (National Merchant Buying Society) represents independent builders, plumbers and timber merchants throughout the UK.

For more information and to register, go online to NMBS Exhibition.

BLM at NMBS Exhibition 2017
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MEET THE TEAM: Hayley Cotterill - Area Manager
We recently welcomed Hayley Cotterill to the team at BLM as North West Area Manager.

Hayley is looking forward to bringing a fresh approach to supporting builders’ merchants and is highly committed to provide the best service possible to BLM’s clients across the Midlands and North West England. 

We caught up with Hayley to find out a bit more about BLM’s newest recruit.
 
What role were you doing before joining BLM? 

I had spent a short period away from the industry but prior to that I was an Account Manager at Schneider Electric for six years looking after key electrical product distributors, dealing with returns, POS, product training, informing customers on new products, discussing new company policies, organising events, attending trade shows/breakfast mornings and inspections of products to make sure contracts are fulfilled.

Why did you decide to join the team at BLM? 

It was a case of being in the right place at the right time when the opportunity to join BLM presented itself. BLM is a known reliable quality brand within the industry. Account management is what I was doing before in many ways, which is something I really enjoy.
Meet the Team BLM

What does your role at BLM involve?

I look after BLM’s merchant outlets within the Midlands and North West area, helping with price enquiries, stock profiles and updating on new products. I aim to grow the business within the area of both lead and ancillary products. Keeping up to date with who branches are selling to and meet with any contractors who may be a potential BLM customer is also a major part of my job.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? 

I love meeting people and being out and about, as opposed to sitting in one place. I thrive on helping customers and building relationships.

What do you like to do outside work?

I like walking my dogs, meeting with friends and going out for food, shopping and reading. Going to the gym and fitness is a passion of mine.  I have also started Ballroom and Latin dancing classes. 

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

I went on X factor. 
 
Tell us more about that…

The 1st auditions are with judges made up from people within the industry and radio, I didn’t get past them. I sang a song called ‘I Wanna Be Down’ by Brandy. I had never been a singer, only worked as a dancer and I think the dancing was best for me to stick to!

Where would you like to travel to?

Kenya, to work with orphaned elephants.

What is the best advice you ever got?

Don’t worry about making a mistake. It is all part of learning.

 
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Q&A with Darran Phillips, Operations Manager on how Milled (Rolled) Lead is manufactured
Having started his career as a Finishing Operator in Production, Darran Phillips has risen through the ranks to become Operations Manager for refining and manufacturing at BLM.

We talk to Darran about his role and responsibilities to learn more about the process of refining Lead and the manufacture of Rolled Lead Sheet.
 
How did you get into the Lead industry?

I came from a roofing background where we used Lead a lot and I always had an interest in how Milled Lead was manufactured. Now my understanding of how and where the product is fitted is a major help to know what our customer wants and I try my best to ensure we deliver that.

What is a typical working day for you as an Operations Manager?

I always attend a team meeting with all the managers and supervisors in the morning to review yesterday’s performance and discuss our workload for the day and week ahead, and to make sure materials, machines and personnel are in place to give us a steady and efficient workflow. Otherwise, each day really is different but my duties include managing and developing the team, improving and implementing changes in our processes and working on projects concerning future improvements.
         Q&A Milled Lead

Can you give us a general overview of the production process?

The aim of our refinery is to turn scrap Lead into refined Lead that meets the British Standard (BS EN 12588). So, the idea is to create a high standard quality casting. Refinery Operatives will move the castings over to the mill shop where a Mill Operator will roll the Lead. Once the Lead is rolled down to its desired thickness, they will test it for thickness consistency all the way through until it comes off the rollers and wraps up into logs. The Lead logs are then cut to length and width by Finishing Operators to our customers’ requirements.

What is the process of refining the Lead and what is added to the Lead to achieve the right alloy for British Standard?

Scrap Lead is delivered to us by our suppliers and is emptied in to the scrap bay. We transfer the scrap into a hot kettle and burn it down. All the rubbish and impurities from the scrap Lead float to the top and are removed by the Refinery Operatives to leave us with a pot of molten Lead. We then pump this across to our refining kettles where it’s refined to the alloy required for British Standard.

To do that, we have to add chemicals and test for its composition. We test for copper and may need to add tiny amounts to bring the alloy up to spec. Depending on how much tin and antimony we have to take out; we will add further chemicals that draw these impurities out. These are removed and further tests and analysis are carried out in our on-site Laboratory until we get to the right alloy for British Standard Milled Lead.

How do we ensure that we achieve thickness consistency for British Standard Rolled Lead?

We have a gauge on our Rolling Mills which measures the thickness of the Lead sheet when it is being rolled throughout the whole process. We also gauge it by hand as well. We double check and triple check all the time.

What is the most critical factor in producing Milled Lead?

All factors in the process are critical.
 
How much emphasis goes in to H&S from a production perspective?

H&S is integrated in to all our procedures. It’s our No 1 priority. We give incentives for the team to report safe and unsafe acts through our Near Miss Award. If there is an unsafe act or even a safe act, team members submit details after a safety discussion of what they have seen which we keep record of so we can follow up on any resulting actions. A winner is chosen by a panel of judges (managers) who vote each month and the winner receives a prize, usually an Amazon voucher.

We also motivate people to challenge unsafe acts and also praise them for safe acts. Everyone’s working towards a healthier and safer environment.
 
What do you like most about your role?

Developing, motivating and engaging the operations team as well as offering flexible solutions for the business.

What part of the job do you find most challenging?

Introducing new effective procedures and processes…. I like to be challenged.
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We are happy to announce the launch of our new Facebook page!
We are very excited to officially announce our new company profile on Facebook.

We will be sharing a variety of useful content to keep our friends and visitors on top of all the latest BLM and industry news, upcoming events, competitions, special promotions and more!

Please check out our page, and be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW us!

You can find us here: https://www.facebook.com/BLMBritishLead/

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Jewson Live Prize Draw winner announced!
We are pleased to announce the winner of our prize draw at this year’s Jewson Live Show.

Congratulations to Wayne Jackson from W Jackson Plumbing and Heating who receives a £100 Love2Shop voucher.

Thank you to all who participated.  And do not forget to check out our website for details of upcoming events and competitions in the new 2017.  

BLM Prize Draw
 
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And the winners of BLM’s In time for Christmas competition are…
We are delighted to announce the 10 winners of our In Time for Christmas competition: Jane Lewis, Joanne Scaife, Dave Morris, Mark Jones. Veronica Dixon, Craig Barnes, Malcolm Hilton, Alan J Burgoyne, Martin Harvey, Lindsey Robson.
 
Each lucky winner receives a £50 Argos voucher. Thank you to everyone that entered and many congratulations to our winners!

Winners In Time for Christmas
 
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BLM at Jewson Live Show
We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s Jewson Live on 15th December 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Attendees of the show will be welcomed at BLM’s recently redesigned exhibition stand where our team of knowledgeable sales representatives will be on hand to receive enquiries, answer questions and discuss all things Lead.

Visitors will also be able to find out more about our wide range of Rolled Lead Sheet and Lead ancillary products providing them with everything required to install anything from basic flashings to the most complex detailed Leadwork.

To compliment BLM’s new visual identity, our recently launched product guide will be available for collection from the stand.

The free-to-attend event will feature exclusive deals for all attendees throughout the day, including some special offers on Lead orders placed at the show.
In addition, bonus Juice points, Jewson’s very own rewards programme, will be available on selected BLM products.

Visit us on stand R5! To register, please click here

BLM at Jewson Live 2016
 
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UKCW Prize Draw winners announced!
We are pleased to announce the winners of our daily free prize draw at this year’s Build Show, part of UK Construction Week: Mark Glendinning from Greenoak Construction, Dave Bean from Timloc Building Products and Sarah Baldwin from Christopher Thomas architects.

Each lucky winner receives a £100 Love2Shop voucher. Thank you to everyone that entered and many congratulations to our winners!
Prize Draw winners UKCW
 
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Congratulations to our Lead Tools & Toolbag contest winner!
The lucky winner of our recent contest to win a set of Lead Tools & Toolbag is Craig Ware from Express Roofing, Brighton!

We wish him every success with his future leadwork projects!

Want to win a great prize like Craig? Look out for details of our next competition in promotional rolls of Lead Sheet and flashings!
 
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New Training Guide for Merchants Launched
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Merchants Training Guide, specifically designed to aid staff within our merchant customer base by improving knowledge and ultimately enhancing the experience for contractors and end-users.

The guide provides detailed information on the production and benefits of Rolled Lead Sheet, the company’s full range of products, recommended stock guidelines, H&S, handling and storage tips within carefully categorised tabbed sections for easy future reference. The training guide also covers the technical aspects of Rolled Lead Sheet, such as weight, sizing and the correct use of Lead Sheet, and offers further information on the British Standard as well as sales advice.

Russ Taylor, Sales Development Manager commented “We appreciate that Lead is one of thousands of products our customers have to deal with each day. Our new Training Guide is packed full of information, enabling merchant partners to gain confidence and get the most value from stocking and selling BLM’s range of Lead products.’

‘Imparting our knowledge and guidance will encourage merchants to exploit sales opportunities where possible, while ensuring contractors and end-users have the right products for the job and represents our commitment to strengthening customer relationships’, added Russ Taylor.

The 48-page guide is available as part of a training session with your local BLM Area Manager. Contact our Sales team on 0800 117 882 or email sales@britishlead.co.uk for further details.
 
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New Product Guide has landed!
Very excited to announce the launch of our new Product Guide! We took the opportunity to first presented the guide at the 2016 Build Show, part of UK Construction Week.

Russ Taylor, Sales Development Manager at BLM British Lead, commented:  “The sheer scale of UK Construction Week presented us with the opportunity to engage with a large number of key contacts and decision makers from all corners of the industry and made it the ideal time and place to launch our smart new product guide”.

The new 40-page product guide reflects the BLM’s new visual identity and features our wide range of Rolled Lead Sheet and Lead ancillary products offered, their features, appropriate applications, stunning images and technical illustrations, together with comprehensive sizing and fitting information, all presented in an easy to navigate format.

The guide also explains the importance of turning waste into new products and preventing their disposal in landfill by recycling scrap Lead. In addition, BLM’s Scrap Back scheme offers contractors the chance to return their scrap Lead at preferential rates, further underlining our commitment to recycling and sustainability.
 
Russ Taylor added: “We are very proud of our new Product Guide, its bright, sleek, modern look together with lots of helpful information for our customers is reflective of our market position.”

Get a copy of the new Product Guide by emailing marketing@britishlead.co.uk or download it online.

 
Lead Sheet Product Guide
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Gearing up for UK Construction Week
We will be showcasing our products at the upcoming Build Show, part of UK Construction Week, from 18th - 20th October 2016 at the NEC. Visitors to the show will be welcomed at BLM’s newly designed exhibition stand (B4/619), within the BMF Pavilion. Our team of knowledgeable representatives will be on hand to receive enquiries, answer questions and discuss all things Lead.

We will be using the show as a platform to launch our brand new Product Guide to the industry. The guide reflects the BLM’s new visual identity and features our wide range of Rolled Lead Sheet and Lead ancillary products, together with comprehensive sizing and fitting information.

Russ Taylor, Sales Development Manager at BLM commented: “The chance to exhibit at the Build Show in conjunction with the BMF was too good an opportunity to pass up. The show will give us exposure to key contacts and decision makers from all corners of the industry, making it the ideal time and place to launch our smart new Product Guide.”

The new Product Guide will be available to pick up on the BLM stand at the Build Show.

UK Construction Week is the UK's largest construction trade event. Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 18th - 20th October 2016 the event unites over 650 exhibitors with an audience of over 24,000 trade visitors. Get your free ticket here.
 
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BLM launch new Fitting Guides
A new series of fitting guides have been produced to assist our customers installing Rolled Lead Sheet in a range of applications.

The guides include updated and clear technical drawings and provide information to help with fitting and fixing flashings, pitched valleys, gutter detail and drip & roll joints. To ensure you get the perfect fit, download our Fitting Guides.

Rolled Lead Sheet Fitting Guides
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ECOBAT – The Strength Behind BLM’s Market Leading Position
In 2017, BLM will celebrate its 85th birthday. We have seen many significant changes within the industry, with legislation and within the company during that time but none have been greater than our acquisition by ECOBAT Technologies in 1994.
 
ECOBAT Technologies are the world’s largest producer and recycler of Lead, operating from 29 plants in 8 countries over 4 continents and employing over 3,500 people. The combined group recycles and processes in excess of one million tonnes of lead every year, primarily through recycling spent lead acid batteries.
 
The company is completely unique from any other global battery recycling business, providing closed loop recycling for lead acid batteries through its various brands. These specialise in the collection, transport, storage and recycling of spent batteries through to the production of lead alloys and the distribution of new lead acid batteries.
 
In addition, key by-products are supplied to a range of industries, produced as a result of its recycling processes in the form of high quality polypropylene, gypsum, sulphuric acid, sodium sulphate and other precious metals including gold and silver. Almost nothing goes to waste.
 
The Group utilises best available technology at all its sites worldwide, which share information and best practise to ensure all brands develop standards of quality, efficiency and productivity in tandem. This ensures that the critical environmental and health & safety management elements of our operations remain consistently high and always ahead of all applicable legal requirements. 
 
Having the strength of ECOBAT at its core has without doubt got us to where we are now; at the forefront of British Standard Rolled Lead Sheet production and the UK’s largest recycler of soft scrap lead. While we are largely self-sufficient in terms of our raw material sources, customers can rest assured that being part of ECOBAT guarantees continued supply from a globally recognised group, where advances in technology and innovation are at the forefront of everything it does.
 
So when it comes to recycling Lead, no other business has more experience or expertise than ECOBAT.

Lead Recycling

 
 
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New BLM Website Unveiled
We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new website. Every part of the new site has been designed with you in mind, from improved navigation and functionality to richer online content allowing you to easily access detailed product information and application case studies.

The new site features a clean, modern and responsive web design, allowing optimal viewing and compatibility with today’s browsers and all mobile devices.

On the new website, you can find extensive product information to help you fully understand BLM’s Rolled Lead Sheet and ancillary product range, as well as learn more about BLM’s history and 84 years of experience in Lead Sheet manufacturing. Technical support, fitting guides, H&S tips and application case studies are incorporated to help you discover Lead in its wide range of roofing applications.

Our crisp new website features and vibrant imagery are inspired by our visitors, allowing you to share pages with your friends across social media, including direct links to BLM’s Twitter and LinkedIn pages, where we discuss the latest company news and products alongside the latest roofing and construction industry news. 

What’s more…?

To keep the website always fresh and interesting for you, we plan to further develop our website now it is live, including more sections, informative and interesting YouTube videos and new BLM brochure which will be available to access via the new website in the not too distant future.

We love it and we hope you do too! Why not give us your feedback by posting a comment on our Twitter page.

This website was designed and created for us by Fluid Studios in Hertfordshire.  

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