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Orton Trust

Under new Manager Peter May, Orton Trust is spreading its wings and trying to attract students from outside the industry. If you are a stonemason looking to advance your skills, perhaps in carving or lettering, or a novice interested in learning the basics, the weekend (actually Friday to Sunday) courses of Orton Trust have a lot to offer. Visit

British stones

See the stones of the British Isles laid out in easy-to-view pages in the Natural Stone Directory.

Rutland White

New from Clipsham Quarry Company is Rutland White oolitic limestone.

13 September 2017 | Stones / Quarries

The picture here shows a new block stone called Rutland White that Clipsham Quarry Company is introducing.

John Krause running

John Krause in action during the duathlon/triathlon in Canada.

13 September 2017 | Company News

John Krause, the Managing Director of London stone and terrazzo company Diespeker, loves to run and this year combined a family holiday in August with another feat of athleticism on the world...

RoSPA Gold Medal

RoSPA’s Chairman, Michael D Parker CBE (left), presents Instarmac’s Quality & Operations Manager, Darren Gough, with the Gold Medal award during a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.

12 September 2017 | Company News

Instarmac Group PLC, which makes products such as UltraScaper and UltraTile, has gained a RoSPA Gold Medal, given to companies that achieve five consecutive Gold Awards in the annual RoSPA health...

Monks Park

The entrance to Monks Park underground Bath Stone quarry, which is being bought from Hanson Bath & Portland by Johnston Quarry Group along with Bath & Portland's Keynsham masonry works and the reserves of Bath Stone owned by Bath & Portland at Hartham Park.

11 September 2017 | Company News

Johnston Quarry Group, based at Great Tew, Oxfordshire, is buying Bath & Portland from Heidelberg Cement-...

Bonded labour

Bonded labour and child labour is still used in some Indian quarries, says report.

4 September 2017

Think you have been charged unfairly? Now you can appeal against FFI charges to a completely independent panel.

1 September 2017
Don't be late

Keeping customers satisfied is down to punctuality, politeness and communication.

30 August 2017
Beltrami BQS

Desert Grey (left) and Neo Calacatta, two of the BQS colours from Beltrami. The quartz accounted for 30% of Beltrami’s sales last year and is expected to be 40-45% this year as the market for engineered quartz continues to grow.

29 August 2017
Elephant vacuum lift

From Stone Equipment International, an Elephant floor mounted crane with a 5m boom, 270º turning capability, 1,000kg lift capacity, two speed electric rise and fall hoist supporting an Elephant vacuum lift. The crane is 4m high as standard but can be any height required to suit your factory.

29 August 2017
ProPrime IT

Simpler priming with one product for all substrates.

24 August 2017

CRL Stone offers home-owners five tips for choosing the right kitchen surfaces for their homes.

24 August 2017

The terrazzo at Tottenham Court Road underground station.

15 August 2017