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06 April 2018

  • Johnston Group- Creeton Quarry, Grantham
    Thursday 12th - Friday 13th April  9am-5pm
    Nicholas Johnston invites members to open live demonstrations including new machines, Impact and jaw crushers, and screens.  Register to attend here

  • Breedon Northern - Raisby Quarry, Durham
    Congratulations on obtaining in February an extension to 2042 for planning which was due to expire in September. This will enable extraction of the remaining 28Mt of material.  Final restoration to 2044 would bring biodiversity enhancements through the creation of 75 hectares of magnesian limestone grassland, rock faces for breeding birds and a lake in the quarry floor.

  • Aggregate & Quarry Association of New Zealand
    The latest Aggregate News magazine is now available from Roger Parton at our affiliate Association.

23 March 2018

  • Longcliffe Quarries & Derbyshire Aggregates
    The 2018 BHP Accountants Top  50 most profitable North Derbyshire SME companies list Derbysjire Aggregates 4th and Longcliffe  6th. 

16 January 2018

  • Robert Durward
    The British Aggregates Association regrets to inform the industry of the sad loss of its Director and founder who passed away on 4th January.

20 December 2017

  • BAA Members in the Press
    Aggregates Business Europe (December/.January print version) Quarry Restoration - Moreton Cullimore discusses strategies to ensure schemes meet the UKs biodiversity and housing challenges.

01 December 2017

  • Good News Slot - Harleyford Aggregates 
    The operating team at Sipson pit, Heathrow receiving the BAA assessment of operating standards award from Chair Steve Cole – previously announced and presented to Dan Folley at June’s AGM. Congratulations once again!!

  • Good News Slot - Bullimores Sand & Gravel
    Bullimores takes delivery of new plant this week for their St Neots depot 

17 November 2017

  • Good News Slot - Longwater Gravel – introducing Toby Hogg, the first apprentice on the MP Skills Mineral Processing Mobile & Static Plant Operator apprenticeship.

    There are 40 places for non-levy SME employers – details here. Book your place before Xmas!! 

03 November 2017

  • Good News Slot – Bullimores – and good luck with the recent move of their aggregates division to new offices in Corby.

20 October 2017

  • Good News Slot – SigmaRoc – Congratulations to Max Vermorken and Charles Trigg on the announcement of their latest acquisition  Topcrete and Allen Concrete. 

13 October 2017

  • Good News Slot – Collier Group – congratulations to Duncan Collier and team who entered the readymix business 2 years ago and have just installed a new   bespoke 80m3 /hour plant at their Goathill Quarry, Fife
    Full page article Quarry Management December 2017

  • Geddes Group (QM October) 1.1Mt planning application submitted to extend the life of their Balado Quarry, Nr Kinross

  • Finlay Group Aggregate Processing Solutions (QM October)2-page feature article on their provision of a bespoke CDE wash plant for a land restoration company in Oxfordshire.

06 October 2017

  • Good News Slot – Collier Quarrying & Recycling - a new wheel loader joins two others on front-line stocking-out duties at Goat Hill Quarry in Fife.

29 September 2017

  • Good News Slot – and congratulations to Tillicoultry on the time extension granted by South Lanarkshire Council at their Ryeflatt sand and gravel quarry until June 2026.

  • Good News Slot – and congratulations to Skene on the successful extension of working life by allowing deeper working at their Soutra Hill quarry by Scottish Borders Council.

22 September 2017

  • BAA hit the Press – Cullimore Group’s 90th Birthday celebrations early September which 350 attended was  reported in the local Stroud News.

  • Good News Slot -  Congratulations to our recent new member SigmaRoc who reported strong first half results last week.

01 September 2017

  • Good News Slot – Skene Group investing in a further new loader at Soutra Mains Quarry.

25 August 2017

  • Goods News Slot – Cullimore Group and Moreton cover and feature article in last week’s (17th) Commercial Motor.

18 August 2017

  • Good News Slot - G B Finch - Belated congratulations to Lee Finch on his appeal win against refusal of a concrete batching plant at his quarry in Essex, end-May!!

14 August 2017

BAA Members in the recent press:

  • Cullimore Group.   Above and Beyond…By Moreton Cullimore ; Quarry Management - August 2017  (pp34-36). Ensuring quarry restoration schemes meet UK biodiversity requirements and future-proof business models in a finite industry pdf

  • The Cullimore Group highlights restoration within quarrying process ; Aggregates Business Europe - May2017. pdf

  • John Wainwright & Co - IQ Skills Wheel:  Keep Your Employees Close and Your Communities Closer; Quarry Management - August 2017  (pp11-12). pdf

  • Johnston Quarry Group - Regeneration of Great Tew Ironstone QuarryQuarry Management - August 2017  (pp39). pdf

11 August 2017

  • Good News Slot – Cullimore’s
    90 Years in business and are investing in 7 new trucks to its existing fleet of more than 80. Their new quarry at Marston Meysey opens later this year.

28 July 2017

  • Good News SlotLongcliffe Quarries
    along with their partners Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation, hosted a very successful Open Day at their new Hoe Grange Quarry nature reserve. The former limestone quarry near Brassington, Derbyshire hosts 26 species of butterflies, including the uncommon Grizzled Skipper and Wall, making it one of the best sites in the county. Over 250 people attended and enjoyed cream teas and ice creams courtesy of BAA member Longcliffe. MD Andy Littler was interviewed by the BBC and appeared on East Midlands Today and Radio Derby.

21 July 2017

  • Good News Slot - Derby University - Graduate 2017
    Congratulations to the 15 BAA member employees who received awards at the Derby University uplifting awards ceremony last Friday (14th) at the Derby Arena which I attended on behalf of BAA.
    Breedon (9), Bullimore (1), Glendinning (1), Kinegar (1), Tillicoultry (1), United Asphalt (1), Wainwright (1).

  • Good News Slot – Breedon Group
    Congratulations to Breedon Group who have reported a doubling in revenue (to £326M) and a 50% increase in profit (to £31M) in the first half of 2017. It sold 7.9Mt of aggregates in the first half, up from 4.6Mt last year, but asphalt sales were flat at 0.9Mt. Ready-mixed sales rose to 1.7M m3 up from 0.5M m3 in the first half of 2016.

  • Good News SlotTillicoultry Quarries
    takes delivery of its largest Volvo wheel loader to date for use at Northfield Quarry near Falkirk.

07 July 2017

  • Good News Slot – Breedon’s Entrepreneurial Path to Success Full 4-page coverage (pp9-15) in Aggregates Business Europe of their success story in recent years and ambitions for the future along with an interview with CEO Pat Ward.

05 July 2017

  • Record attendance for our Annual Meeting and AGM 
    Marriott Forest of Arden, Warwickshire, Monday 19th June 
    Inspiring Keynote Address from Digby Jones here

20 June 2017

  • Quarry of the year named
    Longwood Quarries won the award at the British Aggregates Association (BAA) annual conference held just outside Birmingham this Monday.
    read article here

09 June 2017

  • IOQ Triple Whammy for their Quarry Garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (7th-11th)

    Congratulations to James Thorne and Sarah Fry on the Gold, Best in Show and Best Construction awards at the Show on Tuesday morning (6th), and to BAAs Steve Cole who was on the organising committee.

    Still a chance to visit this weekend.
    The exhibit will find a final home at the National Arboretum as a permanent memorial to all miners who have lost their lives over the years.

31 March 2017

  • BAA members Hit the Press – Colin Nottage has his latest blog published this week on AggNet Maintenance and Inspection

24 March 2017

  • Congratulations to Charles Hughes and all at Hugh King as the recent winners of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Excellence Award for Manufacturing.
  • Raymond Brown - Lorries get a rebrand as business signs up to fleet safety.
  • Derbyshire Aggregates – Congratulations to BAA Associate and to Adrian Fewings.
    #1 in the 2017 BHP Top 50 survey of the most profitable SMEs in North Derbyshire. (#7 in 2016)
  • BAA members Hit the Press – Quarry Design - Game of Drones

17 March 2017

  • Waste Not Want Not - 4 page feature article on William Thompson & Son's new CDE Washing Plant in Dumbarton to turn landfill waste into saleable stock. Featured in March Quarry Management magazine.

10 March 2017

03 February 2017

  • Good news for Harleyford Aggregates and Phil Essex, and for guidance to avoid mineral sterilisation!! Ahead of HS2 they have been granted permission to extract 350Kt of sand and gravel from agricultural land in the Buckinghamshire metropolitan green belt.

  • Keeping up with Independent Innovators. 2-page feature article on Glendinnings’ in February Quarry Management

16 December 2016

  • Good News Slot – Congratulations to BAA Associate Adrian Fewings of Derbyshire Aggregateson becoming the new 2017 Men’s’ Captain at Chatsworth Golf Club.

09 December 2016

  • Good News Slot for Harleyford Aggregates and Phil Essex for obtaining an extension to their yellow sand quarry into a wooded area near Newton Abbot, Devon and a revised restoration scheme involving the import of 285Kt of inert waste to restore the site to grassland

02 December 2016

  • Caterpillar Inc - Welcome to our latest new associate member and to Gary Martin in Dubai.

24 November 2016

  • Significant Progress in Aggregates Levy Challenge

11 November 2016

  • John Moore (Tractor Parts)
    A very warm welcome to our latest new associate member and to George Duncombe based in Stafford. They are the UKs leading supplier of high quality bucket cutting edge, wear bar, steel plate and general wear parts.

  • Nature After Minerals (NAM) Programme Manager, Helen BarnardCongratulations again and Helen starts her new job on 5th December.

21 October 2016

  • Good News Slot – and Congratulations to BAA member Breedon who scooped the AIM Transaction of the Year Award for their £336M acquisition of Hope Construction Materials - presented by BBC News’ Sophie Raworth to CEO Pat Ward last Thursday (13th).

30 September 2016

  • BAA Liaison Officer – Trefor Evans

    Trefor joins our ranks from October. He is 50, from the Midlands., and has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction materials supply industry including time with RMC, Steetley and Redlands prior to setting up his own aggregates merchanting business in 1991.  He started Mirfield Sand and Gravel and ran this as owner operator until closure. He joined BAA as a member, serving on the Executive and Planning Committee, as well as AWP representative.
    Trefor was Chairman of the Midlands branch of the IOQ in 2000 and became the youngest FIQ.
    In recent years he has specialised in planning matters in the quarrying industry and looks forward to his new role with BAA.

  • Karsan Ramji & Sons
    A very warm welcome to our latest new BAA associate member and to Director, Kishor Varsani. They operate three quarries in Kenya, and are constructing a 700t/d cement plant. They met up with us at Hillhead in June.

23 September 2016

  • Good News Slot 1 – and congratulations to Wallace Menzies and all at Tillicoultry on the planning permission granted on appeal this month (8th) for re-opening and extension of Hilend Quarry, and the installation of an asphalt plant, at Caldercruix.
  • Good News Slot 2 – &  congratulations to Raymond Brown who receive a seventh consecutive Gold Achievement Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

16 September 2016

  • Good News Slot - Frimstoneopens new rail depot in Cambridge, a 25 year investment to receive Midlands quarried aggregates to service the local construction sector requirements. 

  • Good News slot 2 - Longcliffe Quarries embraces the future with quarry automation system from BAA associate Command Alkon to ensure timely delivery of products whilst reducing the costs of transportation.

02 September 2016

  • Good News slot - Longcliffe Quarries recently installed a new 70t Metso160 fixed primary jaw crusher. Supply was direct from METSO with installation by Stoke-on Trent quarry engineers Roltech. The project was completed on time and within budget and the crusher is now processing 500tph of limestone, and CSS can be adjusted hydraulically at the push of a button. MD Andy Littler reported, “This was a well-planned & managed accident free exercise which should initially increase throughput by 10%. Well done to all involved including our own guys”.

    If any BAA member would like to see the machine in operation they would be very welcome, Contact Andy Littler or Chris Wainwright.

  • Good News Slot – Raymond Brown Roke Manor Quarry Nr Romsey welcomed over 60 visitors from the local community to tour their new state-of-the-art processing plant, enjoy ice creams and the opportunity to sit in an excavator and have their photo taken. 

19 August 2016

  • Good News Slot – BAA Member Yarrows Aggregates have become the 4th business in Yorkshire to join a scheme that aims to raise the bar in the supply of high-quality, accredited materials for the construction and utility sectors.

  • Congratulations to Raymond Brown Minerals & Recycling on the MBO announced this week.

    Also have a look at this 7min video of Raymond Brown Aggregates’ 125Kt/a Roke Manor Quarry.

05 August 2016

  • Good News Slot The 10m high Man Engine ends its 130-mile trek across Cornwall at Geevor Tin Mine in Boscaswell on Saturday (6th) 

22 July 2016

  • Good News Slot – and congratulations to BAA member Breedon

01 July 2016

  • 166 - Another Cracker of an Annual Meeting and Hillhead! 

  • Good News Slot Congratulations to BAA Associate BDS Marketing Research and to Julian Clapp and Andy Sales on the merger this week with QMJ Publishing.
  • BAA Awards
    Congratulations to two members receiving the BAA Safety Awards – Cloburn and Hugh King 
    The 2016 Quarry of the Year Award was presented to Hugh King.
    The 2016 BAA Golf Competition on Tuesday (28th) was won by Mike Hodges of Sherburn Stone.

03 June 2016

  • Good News Slot – Raymond Browns
    welcomes local schoolchildren to their new Hampshire recycling Centre just north of the M27 motorway which processes up to 75,000tpa of non-hazardous commercial and industrial waste.

05 May 2016

  • Congratulations to Richard Bird receiving his 50-year service medal from the Institute of Quarrying at their recent AGM in Scotland.

22 April 2016

  • On Your Marks…Get Set…Plan!!
    Congratulations to BAA Associate Colin Nottage of Influential Management and his new blog on AggNet.

25 March 2016

  • Good News Slot

    and Congratulations to Raymond Brown who have just announced that they have now processed one million tonnes of IBA aggregate reinforcing their position as the market leaders in the south of the UK.

11 March 2016

  • Good News Slot

    A special and well-earned Bristol blue glass plaque to BAA Safety Scheme Chair Eric Darlow.

    MBE from IOQ South west region made by BAA Executive member Steve Cole.

26 February 2016

  • Good News Slot – Two BAA members investing for the future.

  • Breedon have installed a Terex wash plant to produce a range of aggregates and concrete sand at their multi-disciplined Capo Quarry, near Edzell, Scotland

  • Cullimores have taken delivery of their first ever  super-lightweight alloy body for their trio of new 8x4 tippers in the company’s 50+ HGV fleet.

19 February 2016

  • King Brothers Quarry
    A very warm welcome to our latest new members and to Mark and Jonathan King. They have a  hard rock quarry and recycling plant in Armagh Northern Ireland.

12 February 2016

  • Diary reminder – BAA Annual Meeting and AGM, Buxton, 27th June
    The initial flyer and registration form will be sent out this coming week.

05 February 2016

  • Good New Slot - Congratulation to Kinegar Quarries on their planning consent from Scottish Borders Council (11th January) for a 30-year extension to their Glenfin Quarry near Cockburnspath with additional consented reserves of +5Mt. Despite initial archaeological officer objections, all 100% of members voted in favour. The Council Chair congratulated Kinegar and the planning team in negotiating agreement on the heritage issues.


29 January 2016

  • Good New Slot - Congratulation to Breedon Aggregates on being awarded a £10M contract to supply stone, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt to the first 5-mile stage of the A9 project south of Aviemore.


22 January 2016

  • Aggregates levy - BAA has offered to drop its legal action if the destructive levy is replaced by a realistic and affordable community fund.

  • Park Royal Haulage
    A very warm welcome to our latest new member from Lancashire, a second-generation family company with a hard rock gritstone quarry also producing block and walling stone. They obtained a new updated planning permission November last year – and to CEO Nicola Robinson and Commercial Director C J McManus.


07 December 2015

  • Aggregates levy an unfair stealth tax 
    This article by BAA Director Robert Durward features in the current December hardcopy Minerals Planning magazine. It outlines the evolving saga since 2002 and concludes that BAA has offered to drop its legal action if the destructive levy is replaced by a realistic and affordable community fund.
    Download here

04 December 2015

  • Good News Slot – and congratulations to Smiths’ of Bletchington who secured planning permission for an extension to their soft sand quarry at Duns Tew in Oxfordshire at a committee meeting on Monday (30th). The application took 4 years from pre-app to decision and had to overcome determined opposition from a small group of local residents - on dust and air quality and alleged observations of great crested newts (GCNs) which had to be resolved with a 2-year licensed trapping programme - no GCNs were found. The permission is for sand extraction and merchanting operations of imported building materials and will extend the life of the quarry for 17 years.  The planning work was carried out by BAA associates Heaton Planning.            
    Just the S106, routeing agreement and potential threat of a JV to sort out

30 October 2015

  • 165 - Aggregates Levy - BAA files appeal at General Court in Luxembourg view pdf

16 October 2015

  • Good News Slot – Smiths of Bletchington. Congratulations on receiving the MPA Planned category award on Wednesday (14th) for their extension to Gill Mill Quarry in West Oxfordshire. The restoration plan includes creation of 120ha of priority habitats, including one of the largest reed beds (60ha) in southern England

  • BAA Moves Into Harder Rock
    Cloburn Quarry director Paul McManus is presently completing a European tour with rock band GUN and is in England this week – Southampton tonight Friday (16th) and Milton Keynes Saturday. view pdf

09 October 2015

  • Good News Slot – Cullimores - Congratulations to Moreton and Roger, not  least for perseverance in this lengthy drawn-out (and originally a cross-border) 18ha application to extract some 375Kt over next 3 years near Cirencester with progressive backfill!

  • BAA Logo
    Members are reminded – and indeed encouraged! – to consider using the BAA logo on their stationery and their websites as many already do.  Just ask us for suitable jpeg and pdf copy.

18 September 2015

  • 164 - Aggregates Levy - BAA to appeal European Commission decision

20 July 2015

  • 163 - Aggregates Association Defends Cartel-Busting Concrete Trucks

09 July 2015

  • 162 - BAA Breaks All Attendance Records!

25 June 2015

  • 161 - Reinstatement of exemptions - consultation

10 June 2015

  • 160 - Supporting Business Innovation

02 April 2015

  • 159 - Aggregates Levy - Another Milestone for the Association 

22 October 2014

  • 158 - UKMF Press Release - Experts Call for a National Minerals Strategy to Meet the UK's Needs

09 October 2014

  • 157 - EU Directive Costing Lives 

16 September 2014

  • 156 - BAA Signs up to the campaign for a  fundamental reform of the Business Rates System 

15 September 2014

  • 155 - UK Roads About To Become Much More Dangerous
    The BAA has asked the Department for Transport (DfT) to postpone and EU Directive before lives are lost.  
    Press Release (In Response DfT). 


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