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Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak says construction firms are among the main beneficiaries of the £62billion of CBILS and Business Bounce Back loans the government has awarded during the pandemic.

19 January 2021 | Market Intelligence
Construction companies have been among the main beneficiaries of the £280billion of taxpayers’ money the government has redistributed to businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic,...
HES logo

If you want to sell stone to public bodies in Scotland, you should take part in the online video conference on Wednesday, 20 January, at 2pm.

18 January 2021 | Market Intelligence
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is developing a new Stone Procurement Framework for the purchase of stone by public sector organisations in Scotland, including HES itself, and, with apologies for...
The Duke of Gloucester and Dr Dick Reid

Dr Dick Reid OBE (right) receiving The Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement from His Royal Highness in 2016.

18 January 2021 | Market Intelligence
Dick Reid, the stone and wood carver of distinction who received an honorary doctorate from the University of York and was made an OBE in recognition of his contribution to the art and craft of...
Stone paving

Should have done better. Revisions to BS 7533, due out for public comment shortly, should help.

17 January 2021 | Market Intelligence
The first part of the revision of BS 7533 for the use of clay, natural stone and concrete pavers in hard landscaping should shortly be posted for public comment on the BSI website.BS 7533 currently...
Kwasi Kwarteng

Kwasi Kwarteng, who was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on 8 January, has told the construction industry to carry on working.

12 January 2021 | Market Intelligence | 1 Comment
Although a few construction companies have stopped working in the latest lockdown to protect employees from the more easily contracted mutations of Covid-19, Ireland has told its construction sites...
Marshalls lorries

Marshalls has replaced a third of its fleet with new trucks and trailers from Ryder.

6 January 2021 | Market Intelligence
Hard landscaping company Marshalls has replaced a third of its fleet of 350 lorries with trucks and trailers from contract hire specialist Ryder.Marshalls is a major supplier of hard landscaping...
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. Mob: 07771 997621. [email protected]

16 December 2020 | Market Intelligence | 1 Comment
Being late is never a good thing. Being late with a Christmas order… now there’s pressure. Why do we do it to ourselves? Customer: “Can you deliver before Christmas?...
Natural stone pavements

For more information about the Stone Federation Landscape Forum, email Matt Robb: [email protected]

12 December 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Landscape Forum is one of the sector focus groups of Stone Federation Great Britain. It includes British and international quarry operators and other stone and mortar suppliers working in this...
Ceralsio Bianco Silver

Ceralsio Bianco Silver from CRL Stone.

10 December 2020 | Market Intelligence
Ceralsio Bianco Silver is a new ceramic surface from CRL Stone.With patterned veining in a natural or a polished finish, Bianco Silver draws the eye and makes a striking impression as a focal point...
Nicholas Johnston and team

Nicholas Johnston with (on the left of the picture) Brendan Low, an Estimator; Jeremy Dyer, the former Stanley’s Manager; and Oathill Quarry Manager Mike Hughes. On the right is Paul Keyte, JQG Director of Operations. They are at the newly acquired Stanleys Quarry.

9 December 2020 | Market Intelligence
Johnston Quarry Group has taken over Stanleys Quarry in the Cotswolds and completed a £1million investment in new offices and weighbridge at Ropsley Quarry in Lincolnshire to continue its...
Container ships at Felixstowe

One week turnarounds have become four weeks at Felixstowe, which is causing a knock-on at Southampton as it tries to take backed-up containers from Felixstowe.

Photo 103941778© Nigel Wallace_Dreamstime.com

7 December 2020 | Market Intelligence
Most of the stone used in the UK is imported and it is already being held up at the docks, says the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). It has warned the government that congestion at UK ports...
WFF recruitment video

Worktop Fabricators Federation Directors Andy Phillips (left) and Mark Mills (right) with Secretary General Chris Pateman. In the face of the Covid lockdown they have launched a recruitment video that you can see on the WFF website.

23 November 2020 | Market Intelligence
A good idea, they say, doesn’t care who it happens to. But it works best when it happens to somebody who knows how to bring it to market.Building a professional community for worktop...
Movement joints

Stone federation explains the point of movement joints and when to use them.

18 November 2020 | Market Intelligence
Interiors & Surface Materials is one of the sector focus groups of Stone Federation Great Britain. Here it explores the need for movement joints in floors.Movement joints are an anathema to a lot...
Ian Knapper

Over 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. 01538 722733. [email protected]

15 November 2020 | Market Intelligence
Stone has to be one of the earliest known building materials – so in some ways, you could say that we have had longer to refine the way we work with it than any other building material.From dry...
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 November 2020 | Market Intelligence
Construction output grew by a record 41.7% in Quarter 3 (July to September) this year as it recovered from a record decline of 35.7% in Quarter 2 (April to June), according to the government...

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