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HMRC self-assessment

HMRC reminds self-employed people they can defer their Self Assessment payment due at the end of July.

15 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
Anyone who has difficulty paying their second 2019/20 Self Assessment payment on account as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can take advantage of automatically deferring the payment until 31...
HMRC officer

In the West Midlands a man has been arrested for fraudulently claiming nearly half a million pounds from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme set up to pay furloughed staff during the coronavirus lockdown.

10 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government has tried to make it easy to access its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) support for furloughed staff during the coronavirus pandemic, so, inevitably, thieves have moved in....
Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced a Talent Retention Scheme for the construction industry in his Summer Statement.

8 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
Chancellor Rishi Sunak called it a Talent Retention Scheme when he introduced his plan to keep skills in the construction industry in his Summer Statement today (8 July).He said the Statement was the...
Site Operating Procedures

As Covid-19 restrictions ease, the Construction Leadership Council has issued an updated version of its Site Operating Procedures.

3 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Construction Leadership Council has updated its Site Operating Procedures in light of further easing of restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are updates to the 'When to...
Alan Gayle

Alan Gayle feels he can no longer sit back and say nothing about the online backlash to the Black Lives Matter protests in the UK.

21 June 2020 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
Alan Gayle, a Director of Keystone Construction Marketing and Trans European Stone, says he has been disturbed by a few individuals of the stone industry sharing posts on social media that have...
CLC jobs report

The CLC reports says 10% of construction jobs could be lost by September and 20% eventually as firms anticipate a fall in demand.

18 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
A survey conducted for the Construction Leadership Council says 20% of construction jobs could be lost eventually with a reduction of 10% by September.The predictions come from the cross-industry...
Government-guaranteed loans

The government has guaranteed £38.22billion worth of loans for business.

17 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government's loan guarantee schemes have secured £38.22billion worth of loans for business, according to figures released by the Treasury today (17 June).The figures go up to 14 June....
Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected].

15 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
So here it is. The big reveal. The moment the nation (the stone nation) has been waiting for. ‘The winner of the best suggestion for the name for people who go to cities and look at stone......
Fall in GDP

April saw the largest fall in GDP recorded on the current series of figures.

12 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
The UK economy fell 20% in April compared with March, the largest fall recorded on the current series of figures that began in 1997. Commenting on the figures published today (12 June), Jonathan...
More grants from Historic England

Historic England has made another £3million available to help heritage properties re-open and protect the livelihoods of those working in the heritage sector, such as stonemasons, 78% having said their businesses will collapse before the end of the year without help.

9 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Historic England has launched a second emergency fund to support the heritage sector recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It is making up to £3million available in grants...

Fewer business now believe Covid-19 will cost jobs than at the start of the pandemic.

9 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Business has become generally more positive about the outcome of the coronavirus pandemic on jobs. In March, 30% of firms expected to see a decrease in the size of their workforce as a result of...
the stone industry is #OpenForBusiness

Stone Federation member Natural Stone Specialist is #OpenForBusiness.

8 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain is running a campaign this week (to 12 June) aimed at promoting the fact that the natural stone industry is open and ready to do business with architects, main...
Ian Knapper

Over more than 25 years the name of Ian Knapper, the eponymous head of his company in Staffordshire, has become synonymous with stunning stone design, including the finest fireplaces, staircases and other sculptural and architectural stonework. Tel: 01538 722733. [email protected].

5 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
When I was learning my trade, a mason once said to me: “With every stroke of your mallet, when you remove some waste, that new piece of exposed surface hasn’t seen the light of day for...
VR by Cumbrian Stone

A virtual reality headset allowed visitors to the Cumbrian Stone stand at the Natural Stone Show in London in 2019 to take a virtual tour of the company's factory and yard 300 miles away. The technology involved has become a lot more widespread during the pandemic lock-down.

4 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Information technology (IT) has kept companies in touch in the stone industry (as elsewhere) during the pandemic lock-down.Unable to meet face-to-face or go to sites to inspect materials,...
The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill

The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill that aims to help companies survive the coronavirus fall-out was debated in the House of Commons today (3 June).

Photo © Andrianocz |

3 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill formally introduced in Parliament on 20 May got its first debate in the House of Commons on 3 June. On its fast-track route to becoming law it had both...