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I keep reading news, hearing on radio and seeing on telly that the lack of lorry drivers is having more and more of an impact on our daily lives and wont stop any time soon. I was wondering if any of you guys and gals have felt this with suppliers running out of anything you use regularly?

Heard anything through the grapevine?

Started to stock up on basic things you use often to help get around this over Christmas etc?
 
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All these people blaming Brexit 😂. There is a shortage of drivers all over Europe. Plus, my wife is a German national and it took her half an hour to apply online for indefinite leave to remain here and it was authorised pretty much immediately.
 
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All these people blaming Brexit 😂. There is a shortage of drivers all over Europe. Plus, my wife is a German national and it took her half an hour to apply online for indefinite leave to remain here and it was authorised pretty much immediately.
With all due respect, I have never seen empty shelves in stores, Tesco, Builders Depot, BQ. Don't tell me it is not Brexit. The tile adhesive alone went up a few £ due to Brexit. What are you talking about? Had you not voted Brexit your wife wouldn't have to apply for indefinite leave to remain, plain and simple. Brits from Spain that voted Brexit are being kicked out (deported) from Spain, EU etc. ''We did not know this would happen to us'' What did you expect? That's what Brexit was all about. Remember, you always get what you put into. Think twice before you Brexit react. So far you got nothing from Brexit but ''S**t on a stick'' admit it. No means to disrespect your vote choice. I assume you voted leave. Live with the consequences. Don't fight us for seeing what's happening, speaking the truth. We live in a Brexit era now. Labor shortages, empty shelves in stores and migrant spouses applying for ILR. Keep voting Brexit!
 
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adhesive’s gone up due to cement shortages. Hs2 to blame for that. The shop i use for adhesive has gone from 24hr lead time on adhesive to 6 days in the space of a week. Instarmac use over a 1000 ton of cement a day. I think wagon drivers will be the least of our problems in the near future!
 
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With all due respect, I have never seen empty shelves in stores, Tesco, Builders Depot, BQ. Don't tell me it is not Brexit. The tile adhesive alone went up a few £ due to Brexit. What are you talking about? Had you not voted Brexit your wife wouldn't have to apply for indefinite leave to remain, plain and simple. Brits from Spain that voted Brexit are being kicked out (deported) from Spain, EU etc. ''We did not know this would happen to us'' What did you expect? That's what Brexit was all about. Remember, you always get what you put into. Think twice before you Brexit react. So far you got nothing from Brexit but ''S**t on a stick'' admit it. No means to disrespect your vote choice. I assume you voted leave. Live with the consequences. Don't fight us for seeing what's happening, speaking the truth. We live in a Brexit era now. Labor shortages, empty shelves in stores and migrant spouses applying for ILR. Keep voting Brexit!
The problem may be partly due to Brexit but mostly it was because of workers getting pinged and having to self isolate. I work in a supermarket and this had a huge impact on our supplies. It does seem to be improving though.
 
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Keep the banter light and posts professional peeps.

Supermarkets around here are for sure feeling it. Random shelf shortages but get stocked again pretty quick.

Builders merchants trying to hide empty shelves with tapes off corners of the store and then week later it's back as it was with stock in.

Seems a bit hit and miss.

Me and the daughter have been trying to count the trucks we usually see all the time like bread and milk and whatnot and don't see half as many. Live near an Eddie Stobarts depot and rarely see those now. Can see trailer parking along the A500 near large superstore distribution centres and they look full.

Got a funny feeling we will be seeing a lot of homes stocking up near Christmas. Panic buying which doubles the empty shelves lol

Here we go on the loo roll runs again!
 
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Hardibacker is hit and miss. Ctd ring me when they get some in and I'm straight there stocking up.
 
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Hardibacker is hit and miss. Ctd ring me when they get some in and I'm straight there stocking up.
Maybe all need stock up a bit on things like that. And fixings and things that go along with it.

I think it'll get a lot worse before it gets better.
 
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10% of U.K. lorry fleet stood down due to lack of drivers. Hanson cement drivers to vote on strike action over pay having rejected a reasonably generous offer. Concrete orders delayed and chaotic due to lack of drivers. It’s a nightmare. Add to that the spiralling costs of shipping into the UK from Europe and the Med and I reckon it’ll end in tears.
 
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To be honest I've never experienced any shortages of adhesives, backer boards or any tiling materials in general. Which has been fortunate. Know sheet timber prices are pretty high at the moment so won't be rushing to use OSB to cover baths and shower trays. 😅
 
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The 45 square metre of tiles I had prepped everything for and were supposed to turn up today from Topps, didn't. No guarantee of when they will either. They cant get them into the country apparently (The Everscape outdoor 20mm pocleain 600 x 600's). Bit irritating, but the client understands. First major issue ive really had.

When the cement was all running out, I did buy a pallet of it. That also reduced the price to £9 a bag and I have plenty of storage space, so when I'm almost through this pallet, I'll be ordering another one regardless of shortages or not. Also, as I'm well booked up, I've started to contact the other jobs which are booked in to make sure they have their tiles ordered well in advance! Everything up until December already have their tiles. Just a shame these guys didnt have them delivered early and stored, but we didnt realise at the time that this situation would unfold.
 
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Removed a couple of offensive posts by a user who signed up under a new account after deleting their old one lol Can't stay away can they. :D
 
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CTD near me were out of Hardibacker so I tried the Bal board, preferred it for ease but don't know why it's only 600 wide. I guess maybe to keep the cost down and compete directly with Hardi. I think it's that much lighter to carry and quicker to cut and drill that I'd probably pay the difference if it was wider.

Anyway off point but these problems are quite obviously caused by Brexit and exacerbated by Covid. Didn't go down very well in CTD when I pointed that out and doubt it'll be a very popular opinion in the construction world.
 
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It has had an impact, internal doors, particularly bespoke items- have had big delays, stock levels on all sorts of items such as kitchen fittings, sheet wood as you guys have mentioned, kitchen appliances with no real lead times, which has a knock on effect on project deliverables which then puts the next project out and the next.
Hoping things will start to ease and settle down over the next few months as we all figure out the new normal.
Hey ho, we'd be bored without a challenge to overcome here and there 😆.
 
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I had been pre-warned of price hikes due to transport costs going up…….by my local supplier…..but as yet, nothing. Although they did have trouble getting a delivery of adhesive…….but had put some away for me ;)
 
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Yes, definitely. I buy all my gear from a local company (who ships all over) called Rocatex, they manufacture their own products and the issues with stock have been crazy. At one point they couldn’t get bags printed so we’re just getting given plain white bags of adhesive 😂
I feel sorry for these companies it must be stressful!
 
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Maybe all need stock up a bit on things like that. And fixings and things that go along with it.

I think it'll get a lot worse before it gets better.
Sorry but this is also why there is such shortages on the shelves in merchants because people are panic buying all the materials whereas if we all just bought the materials we need maybe 2 weeks in advance then stock would be lasting for everyone
 
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I haven't come across any shortages at all in anything................except Topps Tiles., who I rarely if ever shop in. Their stock situation has been, for many years, absolutely shocking. How they manage to keep going is beyond me. And in reply to previous posts, I can't blame Brexit for anything, no matter how hard I look. Twats piling into a petrol station? That will be the BBC then. Definitely NOT Brexit. Listen fellow tilers, stay safe out there. Theres a bathroom near you needing tiled.
 
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The 45 square metre of tiles I had prepped everything for and were supposed to turn up today from Topps, didn't. No guarantee of when they will either. They cant get them into the country apparently (The Everscape outdoor 20mm pocleain 600 x 600's). Bit irritating, but the client understands. First major issue ive really had.

When the cement was all running out, I did buy a pallet of it. That also reduced the price to £9 a bag and I have plenty of storage space, so when I'm almost through this pallet, I'll be ordering another one regardless of shortages or not. Also, as I'm well booked up, I've started to contact the other jobs which are booked in to make sure they have their tiles ordered well in advance! Everything up until December already have their tiles. Just a shame these guys didnt have them delivered early and stored, but we didnt realise at the time that this situation would unfold.
The keyword is TOPPS.
 
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Please contribute to this thread if you have any new information or can even just reiterate what has been said already. :)
The keyword is TOPPS.
I use them all the time though mate and honestly never have any problems. This order has been a right absoloute shower though! Then, open the pallets up and out of the first 30 tiles, 9 were bloody damaged. Not great really and I'm so stacked with work, I really can't afford hold ups like that. Just puts me under pressure which I really don't want or need. Not that any of it's my fault. I just hate pushing clients back and messing them and the other tradesmen about.
 
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Please contribute to this thread if you have any new information or can even just reiterate what has been said already. :)
Please contribute to this thread if you have any new information or can even just reiterate what has been said already. :)

I use them all the time though mate and honestly never have any problems. This order has been a right absoloute shower though! Then, open the pallets up and out of the first 30 tiles, 9 were bloody damaged. Not great really and I'm so stacked with work, I really can't afford hold ups like that. Just puts me under pressure which I really don't want or need. Not that any of it's my fault. I just hate pushing clients back and messing them and the other tradesmen about.
I feel your pain.
 

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