James Russell
Director at Building and Land

Amazing Buildings!

By James Russell In Architecture, Buildings No comments

Okay then everyone, let’s look at something positive today – not covid, as we have all had enough of that! As you know, I have a fascination for modern architecture and consider myself very lucky to work in the construction sector as I get to see amazing buildings being built. One of my favourites is […]

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Corona Virus and Construction

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

Well, I thought about doing a blog on something other than Covid as the world grows weary of it dominating every area of our lives! Nevertheless after canvassing opinion here I am talking about Covid again, as it is a subject we just cannot ignore. As a company we continue to be very busy with […]

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CRL Warranty Replacements

By James Russell In Warranties No comments

As we look back at the problems that many CRL Warranty policyholders faced following the collapse of the scheme, I thought it worth looking at the way insurers in the sector reacted to it. The CRL Warranty was very competitive indeed. I know here, that we lost business to that scheme as it was very […]

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Construction and Covid

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

Construction tends to be an excellent barometer for the economy, on the basis that developers always have to look at least 6 months to a year (and often more) ahead to determine the state of the economy when builds complete.    Covid, of course, changed that. No-one predicted it. Construction has been hit hard but […]

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Back to Normal (ish)

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

It feels great to be back in the office (which is in Leicestershire, not in Leicester I hasten to add) and see friends and colleagues that make up the team at BLG. Okay, it’s a little different to how it was. Social distancing is very much in place, temperature checks are regularly taken and hands […]

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We love our NHS

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

Times like this bring out the good in people. Nowhere does this ring more true than with the people that make up our NHS. NHS staff are working tirelessly on all our behalves, putting themselves at risk and doing all they can to protect us. Regrettably I have personal experience of this over the past […]

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COVID-19

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

‘Providing certainty in uncertain times’ – this is what our clients want from us. I’m pleased to say that is what we provide. In these unusual times we continue to look after our clients with the reliability and expertise you expect from us. We are of course observing the government directives and therefore have many […]

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The Building Warranty Market

By James Russell In Warranties No comments

Well, what an interesting time to be a specialist in the “Latent Defects” and “Insurance Backed Guarantee” market. Two years ago, insurers were falling over themselves to take on these types of policies. Availability of cover was widespread, costs were low and policies easy to obtain. Then we saw a few seismic changes: The withdrawal […]

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The Curious Case of the Confusing Roofing Guarantee

By James Russell In Insurance No comments

I like a good read. My last read was a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it as you can tell from the title of this blog. What has this got to do with roofing guarantees, you ask? Well, some roofing guarantees are genuinely backed by insurers, wheras others are imposters merely pretending to […]

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

By James Russell In Uncategorized No comments

It’s been a good year for BLG and that is thanks to all the great people we work with. Most important of all are our clients. A great big thank you to you all for working with us for another year and we look forward to working with you again next year. To deliver our […]

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