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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...
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]

14 August 2020 | Market Intelligence
Coming out of the Covid-19 lockdown can present cash flow problems, with bills and staff to be paid and nobody keen to pay you promptly. However, the Construction Act offers protection to sub-...
Antonella from CRL

A worktop in Antonella, one of the surfaces launched by CRL Stone last year. At KBB this year it showcased a further 11 new designs, five in its Ceralsio porcelain line-up and six in its CRL Quartz collection.

10 August 2020 | Market Intelligence
After the shock of Covid-19 the wholesalers of natural and engineered stone are pinning their hopes for 2020 on householders spending their holiday money on home improvements. Exhibitions play...
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 August 2020 | Market Intelligence
There is no denying the increase in stone choice out there now. Classics such as Portland will always be desirable because they have a lot of history behind them. They have been used in...
HMRC self-assessment

HMRC reminds self-employed people they can defer their Self Assessment payment due at the end of July.

15 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
Anyone who has difficulty paying their second 2019/20 Self Assessment payment on account as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can take advantage of automatically deferring the payment until 31...
HMRC officer

In the West Midlands a man has been arrested for fraudulently claiming nearly half a million pounds from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme set up to pay furloughed staff during the coronavirus lockdown.

10 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government has tried to make it easy to access its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) support for furloughed staff during the coronavirus pandemic, so, inevitably, thieves have moved in....
Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced a Talent Retention Scheme for the construction industry in his Summer Statement.

8 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
Chancellor Rishi Sunak called it a Talent Retention Scheme when he introduced his plan to keep skills in the construction industry in his Summer Statement today (8 July).He said the Statement was the...
Site Operating Procedures

As Covid-19 restrictions ease, the Construction Leadership Council has issued an updated version of its Site Operating Procedures.

3 July 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Construction Leadership Council has updated its Site Operating Procedures in light of further easing of restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are updates to the 'When to...
Alan Gayle

Alan Gayle feels he can no longer sit back and say nothing about the online backlash to the Black Lives Matter protests in the UK.

21 June 2020 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
Alan Gayle, a Director of Keystone Construction Marketing and Trans European Stone, says he has been disturbed by a few individuals of the stone industry sharing posts on social media that have...
CLC jobs report

The CLC reports says 10% of construction jobs could be lost by September and 20% eventually as firms anticipate a fall in demand.

18 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
A survey conducted for the Construction Leadership Council says 20% of construction jobs could be lost eventually with a reduction of 10% by September.The predictions come from the cross-industry...
Government-guaranteed loans

The government has guaranteed £38.22billion worth of loans for business.

17 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government's loan guarantee schemes have secured £38.22billion worth of loans for business, according to figures released by the Treasury today (17 June).The figures go up to 14 June....

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