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Construction is "in quicksand and sinking further".

6 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
According to a report in Development Finance Today, construction output dropped 25% in March compared with February, which is the sharpest fall since April 2009. The figures come from the IHS...
Ian Knapper

Stonemason Ian Knapper, who writes about his work in a column in Natural Stone Specialist magazine, sees benefits in life after Covid-19.

2 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
It is fair to say that the world we live in has changed in the last two weeks, yet it is a change which will bring a positive new approach to construction as we move through and out the other side of...
stone workers

Praise from the Secretary of State for the construction industry that continues to work. But don't forget to keep at least 2metres apart.

31 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Alok Sharma, Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, has written to the construction industry in general today (31 March) praising it for continuing to...
19 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Government’s loan guarantee scheme to help businesses get through the Coronavirus pandemic comes on stream on Monday (23 March).The government's British Business Bank, started up as a...
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 2020 | Market Intelligence
Further to the ‘white marble turning yellow’ saga discussed in the previous two articles, hopefully you’ll be glad to know I survived the UV light testing and didn’t burn down...
Mandarin Stone Agincourt Grey

Agincourt Grey tumbled limestone supplied by Mandarin Stone.

15 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone’s proven low carbon sustainability and hard wearing longevity make it the ideal material for flooring. And its thermal mass even contributes to a reduction in the amount of energy...
Turkey stone exports to China halved

The coronavirus has been blamed for Turkish marble block exports to China halving in February.

13 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
It looks as if disruption from the coronavirus is inevitable now for the whole world economy as stock markets once again crash.It is already hitting world trade in stone with the Turkish Marble...
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 fireplaces, staircases and other sculptural and architectural stonework. Tel: 01538 722733. [email protected]

9 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone has many amazing qualities – the look, the feel, the longevity, the value, the history... And, as with anything natural, you can’t dictate or control it.I was asked not so...
Worktop Fabricators Federation launch

The official launch of the Worktop Fabricators Federation at KBB in Birmingham on Monday, 2 March. The launch took place on sponsor Caesarstone's stand, where Amir Riske, CEO of Caesarstone UK, is pictured congratulating the founders of the organisation on their initiative. Behind him are the founders and other sponsors of the new Federation.

2 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
The new Worktop Fabricators Federation was officially launched on the stand of one of its sponsors, Caesarstone, at the KBB exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, today (2 March).Amir Reske, CEO of...
CIOB says construction industry is twice the official size

The latest report from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) says the construction industry makes at least twice the contribution to the national economy as official figures say.

27 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
A new 68-page report from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) says the construction industry is about twice the size official figures say it is.The assertion is made in The Real Face of...
C-Guide launch

Pictured at the official UK launch of C-Guide in Cosentino City London are (left to right): journalist and writer Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, who hosted the event; Tom Dyckhoff, the British writer, broadcaster and historian on architecture, design and cities; Rafael de la-Hoz Castanys and Jorge Martin Gacia from La Fundación Arquitectura Contemporáne.

25 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
There are two websites that are a bit unusual and could make a difference to the stone industry in the UK. One is new. The other was launched in 2009 and is about be relaunched.The one launched in...

Flooding is a growing problem. Could permeable stone landscaping help provide an answer?

15 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
As flooding once again hits communities all over the UK it is clear it is a growing problem. Yet sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) tend to be an afterthought in most hard landscaping in England, in...

In 2015 mobile devices became responsible for more than 50% of web traffic and some say it is now as much as 70%.

15 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Mystery Surfer revisits the websites of the stone industry and is generally impressed, but has some advice on getting noticed. Back in the day I was this magazine’s Mystery Surfer. The...
J Rotherham stone company headquarters

The headquarters of J Rotherham Masonry. More than 70 of the 200 people who lost their jobs when Administrators were appointed this month have contacted a law firm in the hope of receiving compensation because they say redundancy procedures were not adhered to.

14 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
Following the appointment of Administrators at stone company J Rotherham Masonry this month (read more...), 78 of the 200 or so people made redundant have contacted a law firm in the hope of claiming...
Worktop Fabricators Federation

Launching at KBB at the NEC Birmingham 1-4 March. Meet the founders on the Caesarstone and Cosentino stands.

14 February 2020 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
The Worktop Fabricators Federation, introduced in Natural Stone Specialist magazine in December, is being launched softly on 17 February and officially at the KBB exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham...