Roofing Today’s Ten Top Stories of 2019

WITH THE YEAR drawing to a close and Christmas just around the corner, we’ve ranked our ten most-read stories with the number one spot reserved for the story most popular with our readers based on page views.

In at ten, the news that thousands of loans from Barclays could have been mis-sold by two defunct companies, PV Solar UK and MyPlanet.
The loans were sold on the basis that payments for electricity generated by the solar panels being sold to the National Grid would cover their cost.

Solar Panel Barclay Loan Mis-Selling Scandal Uncovered

Grant Findley of Findley Roofing and Building’s discussion on why you should consider using EPDM rubber membrane on your flat roofing projects over modified bitumen. Findley discusses life expectancy, price, installation and other factors.

Modified Bitumen (Felt) vs EPDM

Our eighth most-viewed story of 2019 was CSCS revealing plans to withdraw cards issued under Industry Accreditation, otherwise known as Grandfather Rights.
The move means changes will come into force from 1 January 2020.

CSCS Withdraw 60,000 Grandfather Rights Cards

Avonside’s reorganisation of its board, with a new executive chairman and CEO to support further growth, is our seventh best-read story of 2019. Founder Tony Burke took up the role as Executive Chairman while Eddie Stanton became CEO.

Avonside Make Boardroom Changes to Support Further Growth

At six is the election of Graeme Millar as President of the International Federation of Roofing Trades.
Graeme became only the third British president in the organisation’s history.

UK Roofing Director Elected as President of International Roofing Federation

In at five, Cromar Building Products Ltd’s acquisition of waterproofing and roof repair brand, Acrypol Products.
Cromar Building Products, which was founded in 1997 and is independently owned, expects to get a big boost from the acquisition.

Cromar Acquires Acrypol

The story which revealed the winners of 2019’s UK Roofing Awards was our fourth most-read post.
The annual awards celebrate the best in the industry in all the roofing disciplines, recognising outstanding workmanship, problem solving, environmental qualities and contribution to the built environment.

UK Roofing Awards 2019- Winners Revealed

Making it into the top three was the acquisition of long-established roof tile manufacturer, Marley by private equity firm, Inflexion, which also owns a minority stake in rapidly expanding builders merchant, Huws Gray.

Marley Bought Out by Private Equity Firm

Just missing out on the top spot was former roofer, Paul Byrne’s decision to retrain as a midwife after he fell off a roof and broke 11 bones – an accident, he says, which gave him “another shot at life”.

Fallen Roofer Reborn as Male Midwife

In the top spot – as our most-read story for the whole of 2019 – was the CMA naming the three rolled lead companies suspected of forming a cartel to fix lead prices.
The CMA named Associated Lead Mills Ltd and its sister company Jamestown Metals Limited; J. Enthoven Ltd which trades as BLM British Lead and its parent company Eco-Bat Technologies; and Calder Industrial Materials Ltd and its parent company Calder Group Holdings.

The investigation itself, which began in 2017, is ongoing and is expected to continue well into the new year.

Rolled Lead Suspected Cartel Companies Named

 

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