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Graph showing how housing starts and completions have fallen. But there have been signs of recovery this year.
20 January 2011 | Market Intelligence
Although 2010 ended as it had begun, with snowfalls that will have hit housebuilding figures for the end of the year just as they did at the beginning, there have been some encouraging signs of...
A new company to sell Z-Clad is being launched in the New Year.
20 January 2011 | Market Intelligence
Adrian Phillips of Black Mountain Quarries (BMQ) in Pontrilas, Herefordshire, has set up a new company to begin marketing a product called Z-Clad in January.Regular readers of this magazine will have...
13 December 2010 | Market Intelligence
Smaller construction businesses must act now to up-skill if they want to take advantage of the growing demand for low carbon construction.That was the message from Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of...
 
Alan Gayle
13 December 2010 | Market Intelligence
Alan Gayle is a sales and marketing consultant specialising in the construction industry. In this column he offers advice on how to make an impact in the market you want to reach. This time he looks...
Diana Royal Polished Marble, sold by Stonehouse.
13 December 2010 | Market Intelligence
Ever since stone companies working in interiors discovered the extra sales they could achieve by including engineered quartz in their mix, and tile companies discovered stone, the boundaries of once...
16 November 2010 | Market Intelligence
The Scottish Stone Liaison Group (SSLG), the model for the Welsh and English Stone Forums, has been dissolved as a charitable company limited by guarantee. More about the decision in the October...
16 November 2010 | Market Intelligence
You could be entitled to a £5,000 rebate on your business rates without even knowing it, says the Forum of Private Business.They say there is at least £200million in backdated rate relief...
Alan Gayle provides guidance on marketing.
16 November 2010 | Market Intelligence
Alan Gayle is a sales and marketing consultant specialising in the construction industry. In this column he offers advice on how to make an impact in the market you want to reach. This time he looks...
John Whiting is looking for your help to simplify the tax system.
16 November 2010 | Market Intelligence
John Whiting has been appointed as the first Tax Director of the Office of Tax Simplification. He is looking for your help to simplify the tax system, as he explains here.It’s said there are...
18 October 2010 | Market Intelligence
The Tile Association (TTA) has issued a warning about credit card fraudsters who are targeting tile shops. The gang seems to be interested particularly in tiles of black quartz with mirror chips,...
18 October 2010 | Market Intelligence
By the end of this month (September) companies affected should have signed up to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (previously the Carbon Reduction Commitment), but environmental consultants WSP...
Robert Merry.
18 October 2010 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent Stone Consultant and Project Manger who also runs training courses on project management. He continues this series of his thoughts on successful estimating and project...
Alan Gayle
18 October 2010 | Market Intelligence
Alan Gayle is a sales and marketing consultant specialising in the construction industry. In this column he offers advice on how to make an impact in the market you want to reach. So what is...
Alan Gayle is a sales and marketing consultant specialising in the construction industry.
14 September 2010 | Market Intelligence
Alan Gayle is a sales and marketing consultant specialising in the construction industry. In this column he offers advice on how to make an impact in the market you want to reach. He begins with this...
Part of the new Samsung range, this is Andean Sepia.
14 September 2010 | Market Intelligence
Although the domestic interiors market has been badly hit by the economic downturn, with the failure of high street showrooms dragging some of their suppliers down with them, including masonry...

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