Blue Circle products, sponsors of Rob’s Project

Band of Builders transforms father-of-four’s home who was left paralysed after a fall.  After a fall in October, Rob a quantity surveyor from Solihull has been left paralysed from the chest down. After undergoing surgery in hospital Rob was transferred to a rehabilitation centre and it was clear that his home would have to undergo extensive adaptations for his safe …

Landscapers passion for transforming clients gardens relies on Blue Circle products

On this week’s blog we caught up with Colin from All NU Landscapes to hear more about their business and their project highlight of 2020. Tell us a bit about yourself and your business I set up my company after working for another company and deciding I could offer more to potential clients with my drive, ideas and eye for …

When it comes to thinking about the future, Blue Circle products lead the way.

Tarmac first to launch 50% recycled content packaging for cement products.  Tarmac’s new packaging also features clearer recycling labelling and information to encourage customers to ‘empty, rinse, recycle’ and dispose of the packaging responsibly. The business estimates that the roll out across all bagged cement products will result in millions of bags switching to its newer, more sustainable solutions. Gareth …

Band of Builders, Rob’s Project

Band of Builders first project of 2021, Rob’s Project, is proudly sponsored by Blue Circle cement products.  Robert Lamb, 58, suffered a spinal cord injury when he fainted due to low blood pressure at his home late last year. The quantity surveyor has been left paralysed from his chest down.  A father of four, Rob is unable to walk and …

Landscaper focusing on business growth for 2021

Landscaper and business owner of Solent Garden Services, Rob Woodhouse talks us through his business plans for the future and his project highlights of 2020. You can also listen to our podcast episode with Rob on Managing a Team on Spotify here, Apple podcast here or watch it on YouTube here. Tell us a bit about yourself, your business and …

No mission is impossible for landscaping company

No mission is impossible for Warlingham-based landscaping and property maintenance company. Mission landscaping headed by Curtis Effenberg who qualified from Hadlow College in 2014 with a National Diploma in Horticulture. Specialising in creating personalised outdoor spaces from the design to installation of your dream garden. Curtis said, “Since qualifying and starting my own company, I have been focused on expanding, …

Cement Making at Tunstead

Here at Tarmac we know how important a consistent, reliable and high-quality cement product is to you, and we’re confident that our products can meet and exceed our customers needs – but don’t just take our word for it, take a closer look at how we make our cement products. We’ve been making cement at Tunstead for over 50 years …

What your on-site drink says about you

Find out what your choice of on-site drink says about you. Are you the traditional tradesman, the Duracell bunny, the youngster or the hipster? Let us know in the comments below. TEA (THE TRADITIONAL TRADESMAN) Nothing beats the perfect cup of tea. No sugar, one sugar, two sugars, three sugars… It’s the standard and traditional builders’ brew. Nothing wrong with it. …

Why you should consider hiring an apprentice

Thinking about hiring a new person and considering an apprentice? We’ve outlined below some of the advantages of taking on an apprentice for tradespeople… Develop the skills of your team Hiring an apprentice provides the chance for other team members to take on extra responsibility and even allowing them to develop leadership and team management skills. Also, having an extra …

Social media best practices for your business

In a recent poll we carried out on twitter 46.7% of tradespeople stated that they use social media for their business and frequently post on it. To make sure you are making the most out of your business social media, we’ve listed some tips below. Facebook Post regularly  Posting frequently really does make a difference on Facebook, so get in …

Family-run business deliver bespoke results with Blue Circle products

The family-run business has relied on Blue Circle products over the years to deliver high-quality projects. Landscaper Peter Dyer trusts Blue Circle Mastercrete and Postcrete to carry out work including fencing and gates, decking and patios, and gardening. Mr Dyer specialises in fencing and bespoke gates, relying on Blue Circle Postcrete on all of their jobs. Mr Dyer commented: “From the very start I’ve …

Women in Construction, Beth Skinner Part Two

Part 2 of our chat with Beth Skinner, this time we asked the bricklayer about creating content for her YouTube channel and where does she see herself in ten years time. How did you start creating content and any advice for someone thinking of posting their own work? Sometimes people overthink the content they’re putting on social media and you …

A Concrete Choice for Landscaping

Concrete offers builders and landscapers the flexibility to create an inexpensive wide range of elements for an outdoor space which unlike other features, requires minimal upkeep. From walls, planters and brick barbecues to paths and board-marked walls, the material can create an outdoor space which is both practical and stylish.  Outdoor living The growing trend for extending the living space …

The Growing Trend of Porcelain Paving

Porcelain Paving has grown hugely popular and with more homeowners requesting it from landscapers George Jones, Owner and Operator at Matipo Landscaping + Design has shared his thoughts with Blue Circle cement on the trend. George Jones’ thoughts on Porcelain Paving At Matipo we are noticing a growing trend of porcelain paving being utiliSed in outdoor living spaces. Porcelain has been on …

Women in Construction, Beth Skinner Part One

Bricklayer Beth Skinner shares her experience of working in her trade, her advice for anyone considering an Apprenticeship and what you’ll find in her tool kit. What’s your favourite thing about working as a Bricklayer? Having the freedom to work in an environment that is simple and easy. I turn up to work everyday with a bag of tools, boots …

Blue Circle cement Sponsors of James’ Project

Project Background James, age 11 the son of Iain Dodd a Plasterer from Hemel Hempstead suffers from Mitochondrial disease, is the latest beneficiary of the national charity, Band of Builders. The rare disease means James is reliant on a wheelchair and a walking frame as he no longer has the use of his legs. When tired, James’ speech can become …

Proud Sponsors of Band of Builders

Who are Band of Builders?  Band of Builders are a National Charity run by tradespeople, for tradespeople. Providing help to the construction industry through hands-on projects, advice or support, they help each other when times get tough. Their motto ‘Together Stronger’ is evidenced in the strong community they have grown. Steve’s Project Blue Circle’s Mastercrete was the reliable main sponsor of Steve’s …

Business owner delivers quality service with Blue Circle products

Kieran employed Blue Circle’s Mastercrete cement for his company’s, Astonish Joiners & Builders Contractors, latest project. Using Mastercrete to mix up a sand and cement screed for screeding a floor in a garage conversion. Kieran commented; “The product was straight forward and easy to use. The smooth finish meant it was simple to get a level finish and Blue Circle Mastercrete’s …

Renovation Extraordinaire depends on Blue Circle

Rob, a Yorkshire-based Engineer shares his renovation journey on his popular Instagram account, DIY Journey – The Renovation. Rob ignited his passion for renovation in recent years and is now on his third project. During his second build the challenge of a garden and patio presented itself. Rob commented: “My father has experience in this area and recommended Blue Circle Products. I used …

Construction company trust The Smooth One for consistency

The construction company, part of the Ocean Group housing association, work across Devon and Cornwall. Their latest project of 21 houses in total, a mixture of shared ownership, open markets and properties for rent. Mat Jones, Site Manager commented: “We have relied on Blue Circle’s Quality Assured Mortar largely for its consistency. The assured strength of using the mortar removes …