Midland Lead Reflect on 2019 with pride

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Looking forward to 2020, Midland Lead wanted to take the time to reflect on their achievements, and the people that make it happen.

2019 has been filled with highlights which is largely thanks to the strengths of the Midland Lead team. Some of the greatest 2019 achievements for the company includes being named as one of the Top 200 Businesses in Derbyshire alongside other major employers in the region. Midland Lead is an SME family owned business employing 50 dedicated people, so to be named as one of the Top 200 Businesses alongside major manufactures is a great honour.

In this article Midland Lead revisit a few highlights to start the new year on a high;

2019 Highlights

Earlier in the year, after several months of hard work, Midland Lead was awarded membership of the Institute of Customer Service in recognition of the support their dedicated staff offer to all customers. Further achievements were recognised throughout this year as the team, individuals and projects with customers made it to the finals in four national and regional awards for Apprentice of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, International Trading Award, Employer of The Year and Leadership Team of the Year.

Midland Lead finalists in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire Business Awards
Gemma Mulcahy finalists for Apprentice of the Year and Charlotte Saunby finalist for Rising Star of the Year made it to the finals in their categories in a regional award.

Lyn Street, sales and marketing manager at Midland Lead looked back on a great project; "We are lucky enough to work with so many customers on a number of exciting projects including most recently a restoration development with Glenbuild Ltd in Glasgow. This inspiring project made it through to the national Pitched Roofing Awards for the ‘Best use of a Lead Roof Application’ for their work on the Gorbals Tenement."

Gorbals Tenement, Glasgow
Gorbals Tenement, Glasgow.

With such a strong commitment to people, training and staff development, the company is proud of the fact that Midland Lead has become a major employer in the area, and has welcomed new additions to #TeamMidlandLead – Andy Stott, Jake Slade and Sonia Bowkers have further strengthened the sales team and Angela Stevenson, our health, safety and facilities coordinator is a real asset, together with the new starters within operations who make it all happen.

Midland Lead also work with an extended team of roofing experts as they collaborate and seek their in-depth knowledge on application of products. Recently they have showcased the work of artists Craig Marshall of CM Leadworks and Geo Gargan an independent artist, who share their love of working with lead. You can read the article ‘The Art Of Lead’ here. They also shared advice from Matt Timby, a specialist Roofing Contractor, on his tips on how to work with lead, three articles you can look back on include ‘Tips on How to use Lead in Construction’; ‘Tips on how to use Lead in Heritage Projects.

The comoany also continued to deliver their pledge to support the next generation of roofers, whatever stage in their career. This has resulted in them expanding the training offer to eighteen colleges throughout the UK and is something that they plan to increase into the future.

Midland Lead champions the promotion of diversity in the workplace and they kicked off 2019 by sponsoring the first Diversity Award category in the BMJ Industry Awards, and the Women in Roofing Conference in June. This is a theme that they will continue to support into 2020 and beyond.

Lynn Street sales and marketing manager at Midland Lead at the BMJ Industry Awards 2019
Lynn Street at the BMJ Industry Awards 2019

Midland Lead also strongly identify the importance of sustainability in manufacturing and this is something that they continuously measure and make changes to processes to ensure production operations are as environmentally and energy efficient as possible. Technical Development Manager, Arun Prabhakar joined Midland Lead to continue to improve energy efficiencies, and he has made some significant changes. Arun is currently working on a project that will help Midland Lead spearhead change in the sector that will be revealed early in 2020.

Having recently graduated from Cranfield University, Arun Prabhakar has joined Midland Lead to continue to improve our sustainable manufacturing processes
Arun Prabhakar, Technical Development Manager.

Charity and Community

Midland Lead is a company that is proud to be play their part of a community and support customers – wherever they are. This year Midland Lead sponsored a number of local football teams including Turrif FC, Gresley FC and Repton Casuals. Sponsorship included sponsoring the kit and helping to improve the pitch.

Kyle Hazeldine played in a Charity Football Match at the National Buying Group and Exhibition.

The team are always keen to help raise money for charitable events and with Christmas Jumper Day where they raised money for Save the Children  they also raised more than £500 for Movember and sales and marketing manager raised over £320,000 for Women v Cancer in a cycle ride across Costa Rica last month.

Movember – raised £500 for charity.
Movember – raised £500 for charity.

Looking forward to 2020

Next year is set to be a year of continued growth and innovation and this monthe they will be attending Arab Health as part of the Midlands Engine delegation. Arab Health is an event with leading healthcare providers at the end of January in Dubai. This further reinforces their ‘Expertise in Export’ as relationships with overseas clients grows through in-depth knowledge of international trading.

Boudewijn Tuinenburg, managing director of Midland Lead reflected on this year’s achievements: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us to continue to develop and deliver our core values that have only been possible because of the hard work of our team, customers and suppliers.

“Midland Lead is committed to providing a rewarding working environment so we can continue to add value to our customers and staff, and this is something that has been done with the support of a wider partnership of experts.

“Sustainability, customer service and innovation will be a theme that will continue throughout 2020 and beyond, not only with our product development but also through our people who we support at every stage.

“2020 will certainly be another year of change but with change comes opportunity, achievement, and exciting developments – we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”