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Covid Kit

Promoting the fact you are sanitising worksurfaces and floors could be used as a selling point for your business.

22 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
With so much of this year having been spent trying not to catch or spread Covid-19 under a succession of government instructions it is easy to be overwhelmed by health & safety. But let’s...
Kate Bygrave

Kate Bygrave, Managing Director of UK Construction Marketing, offers some advice on getting your message heard above the noise.

20 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Kate Bygrave, Managing Director of UK Construction Marketing, offers some advice on getting your message heard above the noise.If you are busy concentrating on running your business, you may feel you...

The government is proposing legislation to require independent scrutiny of pre-packs to protect creditors and the public.


20 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Phoenix companies are not exactly unknown in the stone industry. This is where a company goes into administration, has the assets bought by its directors and/or shareholders in a pre-pack and...
Job support scheme extended

More help for businesses forced to close down as a result of Covid-19.

9 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government’s Job Support Scheme is being expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions and local or national lockdowns,...

Construction work increased again in the third quarter.

8 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Construction activity increased considerably in the third quarter, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index figures.The expansion came amid the sharpest rise in new business since...
Job Support Scheme

When the furlough scheme finishes at the end of October, support will continue from the Job Support Scheme, but people must be working at least a third of their normal hours.

5 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
The day after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) finishes at the end of this month (October), a new scheme starts, supporting viable jobs that are, though, not quite ready to...
SFGB Testing note

Stone Federation has issued an update to its information note for quarries on testing stone.

1 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain has issued an update to an information note on ‘Testing  of Natural Stone’.It says “there appears to be a concern / uncertainty over test...
A building anywhere

A perfectly good late 1970s building being demolished, losing an enormous amount of embodied carbon. This building could be anywhere. It will probably be replaced with a construction using concrete, steel and glass, the highest offenders in the carbon ranks.

25 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
by Peter A Cox, Managing Director, Carrig Conservation International Ltd and Emily Painter, B.S Civil Engineering, University of Vermont, USA. As global temperatures continue to rise, our planet...
Construction orders

After July's massive increase, construction orders fell back to more normal levels in August, but were still well down on last year's levels.

21 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
Following the amazing month-on-month increase in construction orders in July as the industry got back to work after Lockdown, August fell back to more normal levels of activity, says Barbour. ...
WFF meeting

The Worktop Fabricators Federation signed up new members at its first post-Lockdown meeting, held at stone wholesaler Beltrami's premises in Birmingham.

11 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Worktop Fabricators Federation (WFF) that was launched at the KBB exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, in March just before the Coronavirus lockdown, was trying to resume the momentum of the launch...
Simon Souter

WFF Director Simon Souter: “What house builders tell the government and what they tell their customers are still two different things.” To contact the WFF, email Chris Pateman: [email protected]

9 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
The new normal feels more like the old normal with a mask on, says Simon Souter, director of the Worktop Fabricators Federation, which represents professional stone worktop fabricators in the UK....
Roadmap to Recovery

Stone has a key role to play in the Roadmap to Recovery.

9 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
by Stone Federation Great BritainThe Construction Leadership Council (CLC), of which Stone Federation Great Britain is a constituent, has produced a ‘Roadmap to Recovery’, which is a...
Ian Knapper

For 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 staircases, fireplaces, and other sculptural and architectural stonework. 01538 722733. [email protected]

8 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
If someone is looking for a stone staircase from start to finish for next month it simply isn’t going to happen. We wouldn’t even have the raw material by then. The longer we have to plan...
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]

6 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
After last month’s brief guide to valuations I thought it might be useful to outline the options open to you if a contract goes seriously wrong and you cannot get paid. Standard Building...
Chocolate for the NHS

Anton and his grandchildren hand out 2,000 chocolate bars to NHS staff.

4 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
Nursing staff, cleaners and porters at Western Sussex Hospitals Trust’s hospitals have received a treat and a touching ‘thank you’ message from local businesses.The chocolate bar...