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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

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...
Furlough extended

The treasury announces the continuation of 80% Furlough until the end of March and 80% for the self-employed extended for December and January as well as November.

5 November 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Government has now extended the Furlough to the end of March next year and increased support to the self-employed. The changes were announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak today (5 November).The...
Covid Kit

Promoting the fact you are sanitising worksurfaces and floors could be used as a selling point for your business.

22 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
With so much of this year having been spent trying not to catch or spread Covid-19 under a succession of government instructions it is easy to be overwhelmed by health & safety. But let’s...
Kate Bygrave

Kate Bygrave, Managing Director of UK Construction Marketing, offers some advice on getting your message heard above the noise.

20 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Kate Bygrave, Managing Director of UK Construction Marketing, offers some advice on getting your message heard above the noise.If you are busy concentrating on running your business, you may feel you...

The government is proposing legislation to require independent scrutiny of pre-packs to protect creditors and the public.


20 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Phoenix companies are not exactly unknown in the stone industry. This is where a company goes into administration, has the assets bought by its directors and/or shareholders in a pre-pack and...
Job support scheme extended

More help for businesses forced to close down as a result of Covid-19.

9 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
The government’s Job Support Scheme is being expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions and local or national lockdowns,...

Construction work increased again in the third quarter.

8 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Construction activity increased considerably in the third quarter, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index figures.The expansion came amid the sharpest rise in new business since...
Job Support Scheme

When the furlough scheme finishes at the end of October, support will continue from the Job Support Scheme, but people must be working at least a third of their normal hours.

5 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
The day after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) finishes at the end of this month (October), a new scheme starts, supporting viable jobs that are, though, not quite ready to...
SFGB Testing note

Stone Federation has issued an update to its information note for quarries on testing stone.

1 October 2020 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain has issued an update to an information note on ‘Testing  of Natural Stone’.It says “there appears to be a concern / uncertainty over test...
A building anywhere

A perfectly good late 1970s building being demolished, losing an enormous amount of embodied carbon. This building could be anywhere. It will probably be replaced with a construction using concrete, steel and glass, the highest offenders in the carbon ranks.

25 September 2020 | Market Intelligence
by Peter A Cox, Managing Director, Carrig Conservation International Ltd and Emily Painter, B.S Civil Engineering, University of Vermont, USA. As global temperatures continue to rise, our planet...