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Guest Blogger - Bill Price

Guest Blogger - Bill Price
Bill Price is National Commercial Technical Manager at Tarmac’s Cement business

Bricks and Mortar

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

It seems ages since we had a buoyant housing market, but the latest forecasts indicate that we could see growth in private housing. If this actually does come to pass, both the big national house-builders and the smaller individual builders could be expected to profit (not before time you might say!).

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The height of summer

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

Although the longest day has past, we have really reached the height of summer. What a month; gorgeous weather combined with a mighty Lions win down under, Chris Froome doing well in the Tour de France, and of course Andy Murray's triumph at the end of a glorious Wimbledon! Everyone is feeling on top of…

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Clearing Up

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

The recent storm was a reminder that summer has finally departed and that autumn is well and truly here. Chillingly, it also means that the onset of winter is not too far away. Building activity tends to start to reduce in intensity at this time of year and there is a noticeable change in emphasis,…

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Festive Stocking (s)

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

It's impossible not to notice that the annual campaign to get us to spend more than we should in the shops over the holiday season is well under way. The mince pie mountains and the piles of puddings (of the Christmas variety) are well in evidence.

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Springwatch

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

The wet and stormy weather does not seem to show any signs of letting up, and the first thing that comes to mind is that merchants should stock plenty of bags and also the sand to fill them up with. But, despite the gloomy prognosis, we are hopefully not too far away from the onset…

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So what exactly is cement?

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

Many of us can remember when all cement in bags was 'Ordinary' Portland cement or 'OPC' - nice and simple. All cement was basically the same and you made your choice on the basis of price, availability and brand loyalty. Easy for the customer and easy for the merchant! But now, there seems to be…

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Water Water Everywhere

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

The British weather (why is it that other countries have 'climate' but we have 'weather'?) continues to baffle. In the last few weeks we have gone from 'scorchio', through sleet and hail, to the wettest drought on record. It must be causing headaches for most builders and it is certainly not helping the builders' merchant…

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Thrills and skills

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

As construction activity picks up after a (rather too long!) slumber through the recession, the opportunities for skilled construction works are expanding rapidly. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) estimates that over 180,000 new jobs will be created in the next 5 years, perhaps a greater rate of job creation than in any other sector.

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Don’t fence me in!!!

Guest Blogger - Bill Price

The weather over the last few months has been very wet as we all know, but it has also been very windy. As would be expected, prolonged windy weather takes its toll on garden fences. A couple of panels in my back garden were blown over, although my neighbour has now replaced the entire fence…

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