Only last week we heard news that fuel companies have been colluding to fix fuel prices and now we hear that the cartel that is the cement industry has been fixing cement prices.
Fuel and cement are two commodities the landscape industry just cannot operate without.
Just five providers account for ninety percent of the UK's cement market, seventy-five percent of aggregates and sixty-eight percent of ready-mix concrete.
Back in 2011 the Office of Fair Trading asked the Competition Commission to investigate the cement industry over concerns for the lack of competition.
The industry is worth some £4 billion each year to the UK economy.
The five major producers of heavy building materials in the UK: Aggregate Industries, Cemex, Hanson, HCM and Lafarge Tarmac. HCM is a new firm established in January 2013.