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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...
WFF logo

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...
Lock-down

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...
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...

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