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The House of Lords Science & Technology Committee wants your views on offsite manufacturing in construction and you have until 26 April to give them.

29 March 2018 | Legislation / Standards
Parliament believes the UK construction industry is not improving productivity as much as it should be, so the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee is looking into it.It has set up an...

There is plenty of building going on but specialist contractors are fed up with not being paid for their contributions.

2 January 2018 | Legislation / Standards
Stone Federation Great Britain is one of more than 20 trade bodies that have signed a letter to the Government calling for a change in the way retentions are handled.The letter was sent in response...
New Code of Practice for worktops

The new Natural Stone Counter Tops Code of Practice is now available.

13 September 2016 | Legislation / Standards
Stone Federation Great Britain has published an update of its Natural Stone Counter Tops Code of Practice.It is an important resource for those who supply, install or advise on natural stone counter...

If you do not change to more secure BACS you will not be able to use BACS to transfer money.

10 June 2016 | Legislation / Standards
Implementation of the SHA-256-SSL BACS certification scheme that was due to take effect on 13 June has been delayed until 19 September because too many firms were not ready for it.If you use BACS to...

BRE is introducing a new standard to combat slavery.

1 June 2016 | Legislation / Standards
With a lot of India's bonded labour, some of it children, employed in quarrying and processing natural stone, and penal labour in China being used for stone processing, the stone industry is in...

Red tape is costing SMEs more than £14,000 a year.

26 May 2016 | Legislation / Standards
The directors of smaller firms (SMEs) spend more time battling red tape than they do satisfying customers and creating new business. That is one of the findings of a survey by the Federation of Small...
Modern Slavery

Do you really not care?

1 April 2016 | Legislation / Standards
The UK's Modern Slavery Act came into force this month (April). It requires larger companies to include a report in their annual statements saying what they are doing to identify and eradicate...
1 April 2016 | Legislation / Standards
Just what we need – being declared bankrupt is getting cheaper and easier, thanks to the internet.Cheaper and speedier online applications for bankruptcy are being introduced this month (April...
15 December 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Newry Crown Court in Northern Ireland is nearing the conclusion of a murder trial in which stonemason Leslie Ross is accused of murdering two women said to have been his lovers.The jury for the case...
The private sector has not compensated for a lack of housebuilding in the public sector.
10 December 2015 | Legislation / Standards
A significant part of the demand for stone in housing comes from the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. Even quite modest stone houses contribute to the geological and historical...
BREEAM and CEEQUAL join forces.
26 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
BRE and CEEQUAL are to bring together their BREEAM and CEEQUAL rating schemes to create a single, science-based sustainability standard and certification tool for civil engineering and infrastructure...
Carl Edwards (left), Chairman, with Maurice Rogers (second left) at the Men of the Stones meeting. Underneath is one of Maurice's graphs.
10 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
The guest speaker at the Men of the Stones meeting in Stamford, Lincolnshire, in October was Maurice Rogers, the bane of the stone testing centres. Maurice Rogers, an engineer who spent much of...
Dr Tim Yates: If CE marking can be simpler for SMEs, why not make it simpler for everyone?

Dr Tim Yates: If CE marking can be simpler for SMEs, why not make it simpler for everyone?

9 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
CE marking of building products, notably stone, will be simplified for smaller companies in the New Year, it was announced at Stone Federation Great Britain's Members Day and AGM in Leeds on 5...
CE marking can be good for you.
3 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Stone federation Great Britain’s Quarry Forum gives its opinion on issues relating to the stone industry from the point of view of companies that extract dimensional stone from opencast and...
3 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Even if you only employ one person you have to enrol them on a pension automatically. If you don't, you will be breaking the law.There will be millions of small companies wondering what they...