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COINS Grand Challenge

You could win £100,000 to get an idea off the ground.

4 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
Construction Industry Solutions (COINS), a construction management software and services company providing end-to-end business solutions, is offering to invest £100,000 in a novel idea that...
Europeans in Construction

CITB report finds 39% of construction companies did not even know immigration laws had changed for European workers.

4 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
A migration report published on 2 February by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) suggests just one in ten construction employers understands the government's new migration system...
Mineral products sales

Mineral products sales volumes in Great Britain, 2020 compared with 2019.

3 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
Construction demand for mineral products increased in the final quarter of 2020 everywhere outside of London. Recovery in the market for mineral products such as aggregates, concrete, asphalt...
Quarry Forum

For more information about the Quarry Forum and using natural stone for cladding, hard landscaping and interiors, email [email protected]

1 February 2021 | Market Intelligence
Have you made a new year’s resolution? Has your company made a new year’s resolution?If not, then perhaps we could make a suggestion? How about committing to reducing the whole-life...
Stone setts

The revisions to BS 7533 are intended to help architects, designers and planners avoid outcomes like this.

20 January 2021 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
It had begun to look as if revisions to BS 7533 for pavements constructed with natural stone or concrete pavers would never be completed. But the different interests have finally reached agreement...
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 | 1 Comment
Dick Reid, the stone and wood carver 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 masonry and...
Stone paving

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

17 January 2021 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
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...

Construction was hit worst and recovered best during the Covid pandemic.

14 January 2021 | Market Intelligence
With the transition out of the European Union completed, 2021 has started with a bang  as two of stone’s most significant British Standards are revised – and, it is generally agreed...
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...