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6 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
A new government-backed loan scheme launches today (6 April) to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it. The new loan scheme will provide:further support to protect...
Old house being insulated

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) says Green Homes Grant closure will hit the retrofit industry.

Photo: © Radek Svehla Dreamstime.com

30 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is disappointed that the government is closing applications for the Green Homes Grant tomorrow (31 March).Green Homes Grants were to help people make their...
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]

16 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry considers issues of equality and diversity in stone and construction in general. The UK construction industry has a poor record on diversity and...
WFF

The Worktop Fabricators Federation looks back on its first year and prepares for a post-Covid future.

14 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
On the first anniversary of its launch, the Worktop Fabricators Federation announces an ambitious agenda to champion professionalism and develop industry training in a post-Covid world, says General...
landscape

Stone Federation's Landscape Forum collaborates in in the publication of Natural Stone Pavements: The Tangible Benefits.

8 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation’s Landscape Forum collaborated in the publication of Natural Stone Pavements: The Tangible Benefits by landscape architect, Rosey Paul. This is an extract.The treatment of the...
Sam Thistlethwaite talking to Stone Federation members

Sam Thistlethwaite talking to Stone Federation members on Zoom in February about changes to the planning system.

4 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
The fast-track changes to planning being made by the government have now reached public consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Model Design Code (NMDC).The...
Wentworth Woodhouse

The high level stonework restored by Heritage Masonry Contracts could be seen again as the scaffolding came down.

2 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
Wentworth Woodhouse, one of Yorkshire’s architectural gems, can be seen again as 700 tonnes of scaffold comes down after 18 months.Wentworth Woodhouse, one of the grandest of Yorkshire’s...
Digital technology

Can construction improve its efficiency? Digital tools might help.

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1 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
The competences needed for processing and fixing stone are becoming as much about computer and IT skills as they are about stonemasonry. And it is a change that has been accelerated by the Covid-19...
heat pump

Heat pumps and underfloor heating could drastically cut the UK's carbon emissions.

Illustration: Greenmatch

15 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
The government seems more committed than ever to reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. As buildings account for 40% of those emissions and that can be reduced using existing technology,...
Pay as you grow

The government is giving companies more time to repay Bounce Back Loans.

9 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
The government says businesses that took out a Covid-19 Bounce Back loan can have an extra six months before they have to start to repay it. Pay as You Grow repayment flexibilities now include...
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]

5 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
If there is the economic slowdown some have predicted we will see in 2021, at least it presents an opportunity to take stock. What markets were you in before? Which would you like to be in now? Why?...
COINS Grand Challenge

You could win £100,000 to get an idea off the ground.

4 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), a construction management software and services company providing end-to-end business solutions, is offering to invest £100,000 in a novel idea that...
Europeans in Construction

CITB report finds 39% of construction companies did not even know immigration laws had changed for European workers.

4 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
A migration report published on 2 February by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) suggests just one in ten construction employers understands the government's new migration system...
Mineral products sales

Mineral products sales volumes in Great Britain, 2020 compared with 2019.

3 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
Construction demand for mineral products increased in the final quarter of 2020 everywhere outside of London. Recovery in the market for mineral products such as aggregates, concrete, asphalt...
Quarry Forum

For more information about the Quarry Forum and using natural stone for cladding, hard landscaping and interiors, email [email protected]

1 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
Have you made a new year’s resolution? Has your company made a new year’s resolution?If not, then perhaps we could make a suggestion? How about committing to reducing the whole-life...

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