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15 Clerkenwell Close

Amin Tahar's 15 Clerkenwell Close has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.

16 September 2021 | Market Intelligence
15 Clerkenwell Close in Islington, London, which the council once wanted demolished (overturned at appeal) because it said it contravened the planning permission, has been short-listed for this year...
Producer Price Index

Producer input prices were up 11% in August compared with a year ago.

15 September 2021 | Market Intelligence
Everyone has seen prices are increasing and on 15 September the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put some figures on just how much they are increasing. ONS says the headline rate of producer...
Building work

Small companies and the self-employed involved in home improvements see sales increase 35% this year.

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14 September 2021 | Market Intelligence
Last year turned out well for those working in the home improvement sector, such as kitchen worktop companies and tilers, but this year is even better. Analysis of invoices  from Powered...
Pete Smith

This month David Coster interviews Pete Smith, General Manager of Butterfields Natural Stone, Luton.

12 September 2021 | Market Intelligence
David Coster, the plain speaking Director of Advanced Stone & Masonry Supplies, which sells Stain Proof and Tenax sealers and glues, talks to Pete Smith, General Manager of Butterfield Natural...
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]

11 September 2021 | Market Intelligence
“Construction is second only to domestic violence in terms of forced labour. 18% of all slave labour is working in construction”. Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry...
Marmo+Mac in Verona

Europe's major annual international stone exhibition, Marmo+Mac, returns to the showground in Verona, Italy, at the end of this month (September) after being online only last year. The exhibition organisers have also opened a year-round online portal.

10 September 2021 | Market Intelligence
High levels of demand, £175billion of government-backed loans and job retention schemes, a tax ‘super deduction’ for capital investment and a growing confidence in the use of IT...
Quarry Forum

The Quarry Forum is one of Stone Federation Great Britain’s sector focus groups. Here the Group says the way to ‘build better, build beautiful’ is to build with stone.

9 September 2021 | Market Intelligence
In November 2018, the Government announced a new commission, called Building Better Building Beautiful, that would advise on how to promote and increase the use of high-quality design for new build...
Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, MD of slab wholesaler Imperial Stone Group in Kensworth, Hertfordshire, talks to David Coster.

10 August 2021 | Market Intelligence | 1 Comment
David Coster, the plain speaking Director of Advanced Stone & Masonry Supplies, which sells Stain Proof and Tenax sealers and glues, talks to Michael Cohen, MD of slab wholesaler Imperial...
Women In Natural Stone

The inaugural meeting of Women in Natural Stone (WINS) takes place by Zoom at 11am on 23 September. All welcome.

10 August 2021 | Market Intelligence | 3 Comments
Earlier in the year the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG) took part in the Women In Construction promotion and saw some inspiring examples of women who are challenging a dated...
WFF meeting

The WFF meeting in the Intermac Technical Centre on 21 July.

22 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
Members of The Worktop Fabricators Federation met on 21 July at the Technical Centre of machinery company Intermac at its headquarters in Daventry, Northamptonshire. General Secretary Chris...
Digging Bath Stone book published

Digging Bath Stone is a testament to the author, the late David Pollard, and the industry that fascinated him.

13 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
Just before he died unexpectedly in 2017, David Pollard completed a book he had spent a large part of his life researching and writing.Now the book has been published by Lightmoor Press of Lydney,...
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. Tel: 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

9 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry dances a Foxtrot (or is it an American Smooth?) as he discovers the beauty of gravestones. This month I have been solicited by some gravestone...
Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen

The granite steps that went missing from Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens.

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3 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
The disappearance of granite steps during a £28million refurbishment of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens has been referred to the police by the City Council.The steps were supposed to be...
stone floor

Large floor areas need room to expand when it gets hot.

2 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
Interiors & Surface Materials is one of Stone Federation Great Britain’s sector focus groups. Here the Group answers some questions that should be asked about including movement joints in...
Simon Souter

Simon Souter: “If we get this right, it will finally enable fabricators to recognise their employees’ skills with a fit-for-purpose qualification which will be accepted right across the industry, and by both employers and customers.”

15 June 2021 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
If clients are seeking proof a worktop company is competent, it’s probably best for the company if the industry has decided what ‘competence’ actually looks like. That’s...

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