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Builder Merchant sales graph

Third quarter builders merchant sales were the second best ever, not quite living up to the second quarter.

25 November 2021 | Market Intelligence
Third quarter sales from builders merchants, recorded on the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) this month, show sales did not quite live up to the second quarter levels, but the quarter still...
Chris Kelsey

Chris Kelsey, the new President of Stone Federation Great Britain.

19 November 2021 | Market Intelligence | 1 Comment
Chris Kelsey of stone wholesaler The Marble & Granite Centre in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, is the new President of Stone Federation Great Britain.He succeeds Marcus Paine, the Managing...
Bellagio

Rob Wilkinson (right), MD, and Mike Boydon, Director, of Bellagio Stone in Warwick talk to David Coster.

18 November 2021 | Market Intelligence
David Coster, the plain speaking Director of Advanced Stone & Masonry Supplies, which sells Stain Proof and Tenax products, talks to Rob Wilkinson, MD, and Mike Boydon, Director, of Bellagio...
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 November 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone correspondent Robert Merry goes out on the mean streets of Marble Town and files his report for the Chandler & Bogart News. The editor made it clear: “Get me some real stories...
After Pisano by Jude Pollock

The Annual Exhibition of Stonemasonry & Stone Carving opens to the public at Gallery Different, 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London W1 on 16 November. One of the exhibits, all of which are for sale, is pictured here. It is 'After Pisano', carved in Lavoux Fin limestone by Jude Pollock.

5 November 2021 | Market Intelligence
The Annual Exhibition of Stonemasonry & Stone Carving, run in conjunction with the Masons’ Livery Company by the prestigious Gallery Different in London’s West End, is back at the...
Theo & Mike

Theo Constanti (right) with business partner Michael Nicholas. Theo talks to David Coster in 'Brief in counters' in Natural Stone Specialist magazine this month.

10 October 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 Theo Constanti of The Marble Group in Hatfield,...
Your Business Journey to Net Zero

The BEIS is offering a series of locally based online seminars to help small businesses map a route to Net Zero carbon emissions.

8 October 2021 | Market Intelligence
Some in construction, including some in the stone industry, think the UK achieving Net Zero carbon emissions has nothing to do with them. They are wrong. It will involve every business in the country...
15 Clerkenwell Close

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

16 September 2021 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
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.

Photo: ©Visivasnc | Dreamstime.com

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...

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