Roof-Link Industrial and Commercial Ltd

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Roof-Link Industrial and Commercial Ltd's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Roof-Link Industrial and Commercial Ltd is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.roof-link.co.uk

BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
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38 | LONDON SEAMLESS FLAT ROOFING
When I founded this company, the non-
flame method was relatively unknown
and not widely used. Since 2013,
it has grown by more than 30 per
cent, which – according to the Liquid
Roofing and Waterproofing Association
– makes it the most rapidly growing
part of the roofing market (as of 2018).
The LRWA also reports that over the
same period, its membership nearly
doubled and the collective turnover
of its members increased by 35 per
cent. In short, it’s a rapidly expanding
industry. Indeed, it’s safe to say that
today it is now the main roofing system
– something spurred on to a large
extent by health and safetyregulations.
One of the issues we and many
other companies like us face is
apprenticeships. We’d like to take on
apprentices, but given unpredictable
turbulence in the economy, it’s hard
to assume that responsibility. This
phenomenon is made even more
difficult by the fact that many people
in our industry are self-employed
contractors. It’s not just our sector that
reports this problem, but the broader
construction sector. Policy should be
made with this in mind, perhaps by
pooling risk in some fashion.
Another point regarding labour is
the uncertainty posed by Brexit. As
a country, we currently enjoy access
to talent from all over Europe. Many
in the construction industry are
concerned that after leaving the EU,
we will be denied access to this vast
pool of talent and will be left with a
skills shortage. It’s important, I feel,
that we have a relationship with the EU
that still allows for the free exchange
of labour – from which we have
benefited so much over thedecades.
Working towards the future
As we move into the future, I anticipate
that growth will nevertheless continue
– both in terms of demand and in
terms of turnover. Indeed, with respect
to the former, one of our problems
is that we struggle to keep up with
demand. I’m confident about increased
turnover because we have built such
a solid reputation in the sector over
the years. Indeed, as we increasingly
mature as a company, we feel more
and more compelled to contribute and
give back to the public. An example of
this is our sponsorship of the LRWA’s
“Dragon Boat Regatta” charity event,
with all of the money raised going to
the mental health charity Mind.
To help us continue growing, all
that’s needed from politicians is a
commitment to creating the conditions
under which a strong economy is
possible. The innovation, energy
and resilience of British industry and
business will take it from there.
The London Seamless
Flat Roofing team
Serving London and the wider
southeast England area
It’s important,
Ifeel, that we
have a
relationship
with the EU
that still allows
for the free
exchange of
labour
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
Joint Managing Directors
MartinLloyd (left) and Michael
Hockley (right) with Chairman
Norman Hudson (centre)
Our operational
base
Specialising in industrial roofing repair, maintenance
and renewal, Roof-Link are committed to raising safety
standards and the wider perception of their industry. They
work on a variety of construction projects that range from
small contracts to large projects carried out with the likes of
Asda or Ford. Their commitment to safety has been recognised
by their receipt of the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents Gold Award for 16 consecutive years. Beyond their
wider construction work, they are committed to reducing
their carbon footprint, and for every order over £1,000, they
plant a tree in their local area. Chairman Norman Hudson tells
TheParliamentary Review
more.
We specialise in industrial roofing repair, maintenance and renewal. This is a sector
with a poor reputation regarding quality and service, and the derogatory term
“cowboys” is often applied. It is also an industry where safety is at a premium. Falls
from height are a major cause of life-changing injury or death.
We operate from an office, yard and storage buildings in Waltham Abbey, Essex,
famous for its connection to King Harold and the ancient abbey where he was
buried after his death in the Battle of Hastings. Although this is our operational
base, we carry out contracts throughout England and Wales.
The directors, office staff and operatives are highly motivated and work as a
single unit to give every contract the quality and service that both our clients and
we expect. This approach means that our many major industrial customers and
FACTS ABOUT
ROOF-LINK
»Joint Managing Directors:
Michael Hockley and
MartinLloyd
»Chairman: Norman Hudson
»Founded in 2001
»Based in Waltham Abbey,
Essex
»Services: Industrial and
commercial roofing and
cladding
»No. of employees: 8 alongside
a dedicated workforce
»Turnover: £2.2 million
Roof-Link Industrial
and Commercial Ltd
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high street names turn to us again
and again. We work across the
pharmaceutical, food, automotive and
aerospace industries, as well as with
schools, colleges, prisons and nuclear
power stations – the list goes on and
on. We believe that our clients will
never be disappointed: they may even
be pleasantly surprised.
Our scope of work covers every aspect
of industrial roofing from minor
repairs to major reroofing projects,
incorporating sheeting, cladding,
felting, high-performance coatings,
insulation, ventilation, gutters and
glazing to both flat and pitched
roofs. We also employ specialist
subcontractors for scaffolds, safety
netting and equipment, who are all
rigorously checked to ensure that
they meet our standards of quality
andsafety.
As we are an independent company,
we are free to use virtually any
materials on the market and can select
whatever is appropriate to provide the
most cost-effective solutions to our
clients’ problems.
Developing a positive
reputation
From our very first day, our aim has
been to dispel the industry’s ingrained
image and establish our reputation for
care and responsibility. This reputation
extends not just to our many customers
but also principally to our workforce,
who risk their lives when working at
height on old and dilapidated industrial
roofs, together with the additional risk
of potential asbestos exposure. This
care is expressed by constant training
in working safely, use of machinery,
first aid, and asbestos awareness
andhandling.
This has culminated in our many
awards, including the Royal Society for
the Prevention of Accidents Gold Award
for 16 consecutive years. We have also
been awarded the prestigious Order of
Distinction and the International Safety
Award as conferred by the British Safety
Council for 18 years. We were also a
Gold winner in the National Federation
of Roofing Contractors Health & Safety
in Roofing Awards 2018 and are
members of SafeContractor.
If we provide an environment where
our operatives have the confidence
that we have taken every precaution
for their safety, and as they are
prepared to work within the strict
confines of safe working day after day,
month after month, in an inherently
dangerous occupation, they have the
integrity to produce quality work.
Our growth has been steady,
constantly adding new customers to
those who come back to us again and
again. We currently have large projects
with Asda, Ford and GSK, together
with other small contracts on various
sites throughout the UK.
Adapting to new legislation
Setbacks have followed the disastrous
fire at Grenfell Tower. Many clients have
considered the use of foam-backed
Liquid coating on an
Asda roof
From our very
first day, our
aim has been
to dispel the
industry’s
ingrained
image and
establish our
reputation for
care and
responsibility
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CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
insulation with trepidation. This is
particularly relevant to composite
roofing and cladding, which
incorporate a foam core between
external and internal steel sheets. It has
taken considerable effort in some cases
to dispel clients’ concerns so that they
accept that this type of material meets
current fire regulations and would
be to their advantage regarding both
insulation and aesthetics.
Recent health and safety legislation
regarding overlaying existing pitched
roofs incorporating external safety
netting has meant that this method
of roof renewal will in future be more
expensive where previously it had been
a more economic option. This could
affect our clients’ decisions regarding
proceeding with any work.
Late payment by some main contractors
is a constant problem affecting the
cashflow and stability of many small
companies such as us. We would
welcome government legislation to
regulate this, which would undoubtedly
increase employment andproductivity.
We have a responsibility to our local
community and have provided five
defibrillators, distributing them among
local schools, a village hall and at
our offices. We have also gifted kits
for local junior football teams and
support an environmental campsite for
youngpeople.
As well as offsetting our carbon
footprint, we also make an
environmental commitment that for
every order over £1,000, we purchase
a tree to be planted within our
localregion.
Adapting to the needs of the
future
We look to the future with confidence,
despite anything that Brexit might
throw at us. We offer an almost
unique service in the roofing industry,
and our awareness of health and
safety is essential for the protection of
both our operatives and clients and for
our quality of work.
To continue our growth, we highlight
the advantages of incorporating
solar panels on the roof as part
of the project. Construction is an
advantageous time to do this, as all
safety measures are
in situe
. We are
currently in the process of installing
solar panels on our main office roof.
To reduce the risk of working at height
at the inspection stage, we are able
to offer drone reports. We see this to
be another exciting area of growth for
our company. We also look forward
to continuing our support for the local
community and the environment.
We operate in a niche market but
buildings deteriorate and roofs
eventually leak, so there will always be
opportunities for a company that is a
cut above the others.
As well as
offsetting our
carbon
footprint, for
every order over
£1,000, we
purchase a tree
to be planted
within our local
region
Storm clouds gather
over a resheeted roof
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
40 | ROOF-LINK INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LTD
high street names turn to us again
and again. We work across the
pharmaceutical, food, automotive and
aerospace industries, as well as with
schools, colleges, prisons and nuclear
power stations – the list goes on and
on. We believe that our clients will
never be disappointed: they may even
be pleasantly surprised.
Our scope of work covers every aspect
of industrial roofing from minor
repairs to major reroofing projects,
incorporating sheeting, cladding,
felting, high-performance coatings,
insulation, ventilation, gutters and
glazing to both flat and pitched
roofs. We also employ specialist
subcontractors for scaffolds, safety
netting and equipment, who are all
rigorously checked to ensure that
they meet our standards of quality
andsafety.
As we are an independent company,
we are free to use virtually any
materials on the market and can select
whatever is appropriate to provide the
most cost-effective solutions to our
clients’ problems.
Developing a positive
reputation
From our very first day, our aim has
been to dispel the industry’s ingrained
image and establish our reputation for
care and responsibility. This reputation
extends not just to our many customers
but also principally to our workforce,
who risk their lives when working at
height on old and dilapidated industrial
roofs, together with the additional risk
of potential asbestos exposure. This
care is expressed by constant training
in working safely, use of machinery,
first aid, and asbestos awareness
andhandling.
This has culminated in our many
awards, including the Royal Society for
the Prevention of Accidents Gold Award
for 16 consecutive years. We have also
been awarded the prestigious Order of
Distinction and the International Safety
Award as conferred by the British Safety
Council for 18 years. We were also a
Gold winner in the National Federation
of Roofing Contractors Health & Safety
in Roofing Awards 2018 and are
members of SafeContractor.
If we provide an environment where
our operatives have the confidence
that we have taken every precaution
for their safety, and as they are
prepared to work within the strict
confines of safe working day after day,
month after month, in an inherently
dangerous occupation, they have the
integrity to produce quality work.
Our growth has been steady,
constantly adding new customers to
those who come back to us again and
again. We currently have large projects
with Asda, Ford and GSK, together
with other small contracts on various
sites throughout the UK.
Adapting to new legislation
Setbacks have followed the disastrous
fire at Grenfell Tower. Many clients have
considered the use of foam-backed
Liquid coating on an
Asda roof
From our very
first day, our
aim has been
to dispel the
industry’s
ingrained
image and
establish our
reputation for
care and
responsibility
41ROOF-LINK INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LTD |
CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
insulation with trepidation. This is
particularly relevant to composite
roofing and cladding, which
incorporate a foam core between
external and internal steel sheets. It has
taken considerable effort in some cases
to dispel clients’ concerns so that they
accept that this type of material meets
current fire regulations and would
be to their advantage regarding both
insulation and aesthetics.
Recent health and safety legislation
regarding overlaying existing pitched
roofs incorporating external safety
netting has meant that this method
of roof renewal will in future be more
expensive where previously it had been
a more economic option. This could
affect our clients’ decisions regarding
proceeding with any work.
Late payment by some main contractors
is a constant problem affecting the
cashflow and stability of many small
companies such as us. We would
welcome government legislation to
regulate this, which would undoubtedly
increase employment andproductivity.
We have a responsibility to our local
community and have provided five
defibrillators, distributing them among
local schools, a village hall and at
our offices. We have also gifted kits
for local junior football teams and
support an environmental campsite for
youngpeople.
As well as offsetting our carbon
footprint, we also make an
environmental commitment that for
every order over £1,000, we purchase
a tree to be planted within our
localregion.
Adapting to the needs of the
future
We look to the future with confidence,
despite anything that Brexit might
throw at us. We offer an almost
unique service in the roofing industry,
and our awareness of health and
safety is essential for the protection of
both our operatives and clients and for
our quality of work.
To continue our growth, we highlight
the advantages of incorporating
solar panels on the roof as part
of the project. Construction is an
advantageous time to do this, as all
safety measures are
in situe
. We are
currently in the process of installing
solar panels on our main office roof.
To reduce the risk of working at height
at the inspection stage, we are able
to offer drone reports. We see this to
be another exciting area of growth for
our company. We also look forward
to continuing our support for the local
community and the environment.
We operate in a niche market but
buildings deteriorate and roofs
eventually leak, so there will always be
opportunities for a company that is a
cut above the others.
As well as
offsetting our
carbon
footprint, for
every order over
£1,000, we
purchase a tree
to be planted
within our local
region
Storm clouds gather
over a resheeted roof

www.roof-link.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Roof-Link Industrial and Commercial Ltd. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster