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Lifetime costs

Digital working, improved manufacturing and life cycle performance has the potential to produce a 33% reduction in lifetime costs of a building, says the Construction Leadership Council in its 'Roadmap to Recovery'.

2 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), of which Stone Federation is a supporter, has come up with what it calls a 'Roadmap to Recovery' from the coronavirus led by the construction...
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Getting back to work safely with the WFF.

2 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Members of the Worktop Fabricators Federation have pooled their expertise to create a template to manage the return to work and carry out worktop installations in the ‘new normal’.Drawing...
Marcus Paine

Marcus Paine: “When we restart, let’s say for example on 1 June, we’ll instantly see our fixed overhead shoot up to £125,000 a month, of which £85,000 represents our wage bill, plus HP, finance and ancillary costs of around £40,000."

26 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
Furloughing staff is one thing, but exiting lockdown and managing cashflow will be the real test, says quarry boss and Stone Federation GB President Marcus Paine. He made the statement through...
Lee Jones of NBS

Lee Jones of NBS: "It's time to go digital or go home."

21 May 2020 | Market Intelligence | 1 Comment
...says Lee Jones, Head of Manufacturer Solutions at NBS, an integrated global platform for everyone involved in the design, supply and construction of the built environment.In March, the Government...
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. Tel: 01538 722733. [email protected]

15 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
The world has changed in the past few weeks, yet it is a change that could bring a positive new approach as we move through and out the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic.We all need to look at the...
Robert Jenrick

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says councils should not stand in the way of late night working.

14 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government has told local authorities not to stand in the way of sites that want to continue to work until nine at night. It is even considering allowing 24-hour working. The announcement...
14 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
As many subscribers to Natural Stone Specialist magazine are working at home, and many subscriptions are delivered to office addresses, we are now producing digital versions of the magazine as well...
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to end of October

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which pays 80% of furloughed staff salaries has been extended to end of October.

13 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
The 80% furloughed worker pay scheme has been extended to the end of October.Industry calls for those on furlough to be allowed to work part-time have been acted upon, although the company will have...
Dust mask

Masks are not just for protection against Covid-19, they also protect stone workers from respirable crystalline silica dust from high quartz content materials. This mask is supplied by D Zambelis.

12 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
There’s always something new to help give stone companies of all kinds a competitive advantage. Here’s an NSS selection of latest offers to make life easier and more productive.Machinery...
11 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
Apologies to those of you who had to wait for your May issue of Natural Stone Specialist magazine. There was a problem with the Post Office. In other times it might have taken half-an-hour to resolve...
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General Secretary Chris Pateman: Desperate times have already proven the value of the WFF member community and the power of a trade association as a source of industry knowledge.

9 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
Building a community of  likeminded worktop fabricators to bounce experiences off one another, share best practice and defend the high-quality reputation of the industry seemed like a no-brainer...
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]

2 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
The centre of London is quiet. The roads are empty. Running lights on a bike isn’t dangerous, it’s almost expected. It’s five miles from my house to Westminster Bridge, where I took...

Most building sites are still closed but they are starting to re-open.

1 May 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government said it would create the conditions to build 300,000 new homes a year. That has not been achieved but the demand that made it desirable is not likely to disappear any more than the...
Stone Federation

Stone Federation says the construction industry should stand together to keep cash flowing by paying their bills.

30 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain has written an open letter to the construction sector asking all tiers to pay their bills.The letter follows a member survey about the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic...
Bounce back loans introduced

A new 'bounce back' loan scheme makes £2,000-£50,000 quickly available to small firms to help them recover from the lock-down.

28 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government has introduced a new 100% backed 'bounce back' loan scheme for smaller businesses. It is for loans of between £2,000 and £50,000.There will be no interest or...