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WATCH 🎥 | Devil in the detail for Yorkshire sculptor

Concrete is known for its rugged strength – but a Yorkshire sculptor is showing the devil is in the detail. Cadeby-based artist Will Braithwaite has used Tarmac’s Blue Circle General Purpose Cement to craft several concrete sculptures featuring in galleries around the...

Figures show how tradespeople spend working lives

Ever wondered how long you've actually spent driving your van, or making tea on site? Well, the Federation of Master Builders spent some time asking around. And their findings are mind-blowing. The figures revealed tradespeople from across the United Kingdom spent...

WATCH 🎥 | Farmer Gruffydd buzzing for Postcrete

GRUFFYDD Rees knows the importance of trust. He grew up in Wales, watching his father use Blue Circle Cement products for DIY jobs, before heading off to university. Since graduating, Mr Rees has plied his time as a bee farmer in the south of Wales. It's a niche he's...

Product calculator to make life easy for tradesmen

Customers and tradesmen will find it easier to add up how much of a Blue Circle Cement product is needed to finish a job thanks to a brand new online product calculator. A spokesperson for Blue Circle Cement products said the new calculator would make the mathematics...

Safety a top priority for United Kingdom’s tradesmen

NEW statistics have revealed the United Kingdom's tradespeople are the most safety aware in Europe. Over 100 tradespeople from the UK were surveyed, with 824 participants across Europe in total. English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish plumbers and other...

What are you best banter sayings on site?

If there was a poll to show which industry has the funniest blokes and lasses, ours would win. Not one could possibly be funnier than construction. At Blue Circle Cement products, we cut to the chase. We know you don't have time to read rubbish introductory comments,...

The best construction and trade jokes are here

Having a laugh is what makes British weather bearable when you're on site. We live for the banter. But in a world ruled by political correctness, it's easy to forget to enjoy things. So, we've taken the liberty of compiling some of the best construction and trade...

How to beat stress to look after mental health on site

Stress is as rampant in construction and trades as it is in any other profession. Although the construction industry has a 'macho image', stress management is proving more vital than ever when it comes to productivity in workplaces. That's no different on site. And...

How to keep staff motivated on site

Some workers have great relationships with their boss. Others, not so much. Keeping the right vibe in a workplace is important for productivity, there's been a million articles published about that fact. That applies in an office, and it also applies on a work site....

PRODUCT PROFILE: Why Mastercrete is the answer to your cement needs

Ever find yourself at B&Q, Wickes or Travis Perkins scratching your head when it comes to which Blue Circle Cement product to use? Come on, we've all been there before. Mastercrete is versatile, but Blue Circle Cement products' resident technical expert, Dr Bill...

Tennis elbow, the tradesman’s enemy

Working in trades is physically taxing - there's no doubt about that. As we age, and time moves on, it becomes more and more crucial to look after our bodies. Tennis elbow or "lateral epicondylitis" is a bricklayer's nemesis. It hits tradespeople of all expertise and...

Want to be a bricklayer? Follow our guide

Ken Tunney's three-decade stint as a bricklayer has been dedicated to developing youth. The Cheshire-based business owner, who spent time lecturing youngsters at building colleges before returning to the tools, knows what it takes to succeed in the industry. "I've had...

Four things asked of every apprentice on their first day

If you're in the trade, you know it's important to welcome a new apprentice with a bang. Of course, we don't want to scare any young lad off after his first day. But introducing any new fella into the banter he'll likely experience for the rest of his career is an...

Five fool-proof facts about concrete

We're passionate about cement - that goes without saying. It might be a construction material to some, but to us, it makes the world go round. That's why we've compiled some of the most interesting facts there is to know about one of the most reliable building...

Concrete #goals and inspiration

Concrete is everywhere we look. You stumble on a concrete footpath after a night at the pub. You climb up concrete stairs as you line up to watch your football club in action. You use concrete, as one of the most durable building materials in the world, as the...

Is cement the same as concrete?

LET'S solve a common myth – cement is not the same as concrete. Comparing the two would be like comparing flour to a complete cake. We've asked expert and Blue Circle Cement's own Dr Bill Price for a low down on the key differences. "Cement is a powder and is the...

The summer saviour: How to build a barbecue

Barbecue season is officially upon us. As an Australian by nature (don't hold that against me), barbecues were a big part of my Christmas (weird for you Englishmen, I know). But whether you're Australian, English, American or Scottish we can all agree on one fact: a...

Sweating it up? Stay cool on site

Every brickie or builder has been in the same boat. The mercury soars and with the July sun beaming down on the back of your neck, you'd trade your cement mixer and spade for a pint in an air conditioned pub. But the job must be done. And while England isn't the...

Summer renovations – we’ve got you covered

Want to get into cement-based projects while the sun is shining? Blue Circle Cement's Dr Bill Price has some hot tips for those looking to take the plunge. 1. DON'T GO OVERBOARD "If we are talking about a newcomer to cement-based construction, then the instructions on...