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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...
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]

19 April 2020 | Market Intelligence | 1 Comment
There was a disappointingly poor response to last months call for a name for people who travel to foreign cities to look at stone. So now I'm offering a £100 voucher you can spend with me....
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]

17 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
When I think of accessorising I think of elements that complement and add value to the structure, form, and texture of the stone and design we create.Although there is nothing more satisfying to me...
 
Lee O'Connor

Lee O'Connor, CEO of Grants of Shoreditch, offers a helping hand to stone companies in difficulties.

14 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Grants Group, which includes Grants of Shoreditch, one of the country's major contractors specialising in stone, reminds stone companies of an offer it has made to help stone companies in...
Worktop Fabricators Federation

You may be in isolation but you don't have to be alone. This could be a good time to join the Worktop Fabricators Federation.

8 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
Building a community of like-minded 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...
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Construction is "in quicksand and sinking further".

6 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
According to a report in Development Finance Today, construction output dropped 25% in March compared with February, which is the sharpest fall since April 2009. The figures come from the IHS...
Ian Knapper

Stonemason Ian Knapper, who writes about his work in a column in Natural Stone Specialist magazine, sees benefits in life after Covid-19.

2 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
It is fair to say that the world we live in has changed in the last two weeks, yet it is a change which will bring a positive new approach to construction as we move through and out the other side of...
Covid-19

The Covid-19 coronavirus is starting to bite.

1 April 2020 | Market Intelligence
Developments are taking place so quickly regarding the coronavirus pandemic anything written today is in danger of being overtaken by events by tomorrow.No doubt you are keeping an eye on the latest...
700% tariffs in America

America proposes 700% tariffs on Chinese ceramic tiles.

31 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
American tariffs of more than 700% on Chinese ceramic tiles have come a step closer. The US Department of Commerce (DoC) announced on 31 March that it recommends the tariffs on Chinese ceramic...
stone workers

Praise from the Secretary of State for the construction industry that continues to work. But don't forget to keep at least 2metres apart.

31 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Alok Sharma, Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, has written to the construction industry in general today (31 March) praising it for continuing to...
19 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Government’s loan guarantee scheme to help businesses get through the Coronavirus pandemic comes on stream on Monday (23 March).The government's British Business Bank, started up as a...
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]

16 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Further to the ‘white marble turning yellow’ saga discussed in the previous two articles, hopefully you’ll be glad to know I survived the UV light testing and didn’t burn down...
Mandarin Stone Agincourt Grey

Agincourt Grey tumbled limestone supplied by Mandarin Stone.

15 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone’s proven low carbon sustainability and hard wearing longevity make it the ideal material for flooring. And its thermal mass even contributes to a reduction in the amount of energy...
Turkey stone exports to China halved

The coronavirus has been blamed for Turkish marble block exports to China halving in February.

13 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
It looks as if disruption from the coronavirus is inevitable now for the whole world economy as stock markets once again crash.It is already hitting world trade in stone with the Turkish Marble...
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 March 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone has many amazing qualities – the look, the feel, the longevity, the value, the history... And, as with anything natural, you can’t dictate or control it.I was asked not so...

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