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Fall in GDP

April saw the largest fall in GDP recorded on the current series of figures.

12 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
The UK economy fell 20% in April compared with March, the largest fall recorded on the current series of figures that began in 1997. Commenting on the figures published today (12 June), Jonathan...
More grants from Historic England

Historic England has made another £3million available to help heritage properties re-open and protect the livelihoods of those working in the heritage sector, such as stonemasons, 78% having said their businesses will collapse before the end of the year without help.

9 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Historic England has launched a second emergency fund to support the heritage sector recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It is making up to £3million available in grants...
Covid-19

Fewer business now believe Covid-19 will cost jobs than at the start of the pandemic.

9 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Business has become generally more positive about the outcome of the coronavirus pandemic on jobs. In March, 30% of firms expected to see a decrease in the size of their workforce as a result of...
 
the stone industry is #OpenForBusiness

Stone Federation member Natural Stone Specialist is #OpenForBusiness.

8 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain is running a campaign this week (to 12 June) aimed at promoting the fact that the natural stone industry is open and ready to do business with architects, main...
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].

5 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
When I was learning my trade, a mason once said to me: “With every stroke of your mallet, when you remove some waste, that new piece of exposed surface hasn’t seen the light of day for...
VR by Cumbrian Stone

A virtual reality headset allowed visitors to the Cumbrian Stone stand at the Natural Stone Show in London in 2019 to take a virtual tour of the company's factory and yard 300 miles away. The technology involved has become a lot more widespread during the pandemic lock-down.

4 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
Information technology (IT) has kept companies in touch in the stone industry (as elsewhere) during the pandemic lock-down.Unable to meet face-to-face or go to sites to inspect materials,...
The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill

The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill that aims to help companies survive the coronavirus fall-out was debated in the House of Commons today (3 June).

Photo © Andrianocz | Dreamstime.com

3 June 2020 | Market Intelligence
The Corporate Insolvency & Governance Bill formally introduced in Parliament on 20 May got its first debate in the House of Commons on 3 June. On its fast-track route to becoming law it had both...
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...

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