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Lee O'Connor

Grants Group CEO is offering to invest in UK stone companies to help develop the industry.

25 September 2017 | Market Intelligence
Last year, Grants Group purchased Blockstone. Now it is offering to invest in other stone companies (not just quarries, either) in need of support. CEO Lee O’Connor explains.London-based Grants...
Trainees at work

CITB has extended its Skills & Training Fund to next year.

19 September 2017 | Training
The CITB has extended the availability of the Skills & Training Fund to 29 March 2018.  Though an on line application can be submitted at any time,  additional scoring points when...
The workforce of the future

Quarrying needs you...

14 September 2017 | Market Intelligence
Moves are being made by the aggregates and minerals side of quarrying to encourage more youngsters to embark on a career in primary extraction.The average age of workers in the industry now is about...
 
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.It is an oolitic limestone from 20m below the Clipsham block stone that has been quarried...
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 stage...
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-owned Hanson. The changeover is expected to be completed by the end of October. Bath...
Bonded labour

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

Update: On 3 September, the Observer newspaper reported that John Lewis and Habitat are among retailers that have stopped selling kitchen worktops, tiles and headstones made with Indian...
Paul Scott

Paul Scott suggests an incentive.

2 September 2017 | Market Intelligence
Paul Scott worked in construction sales and marketing for more than 20 years before setting up Front Elevation in 2011. His company specialises in UK-wide project and product photography and...

Jim Smith and Nicola Waters preparing for the Six Peaks Challenge.

2 September 2017 | Company News
Jim Smith, well known in the stone industry for the many years he has worked with the Waters Group, which supplies machinery, tools and consumables to stone companies, has blood cancer. But he is not...

The picture above shows the restored mausoleum. The other pictures show the work in progress.

 

1 September 2017 | Company News
London has some impressive mausoleums. One of them is a Neo-Byzantine structure in St Mary’s Roman Catholic cemetery in Kensal Green. Impressive, but dilapidated. At least, it was until it was...
muf project

A scheme of pared back drama with Forest Pennant sandstone.

1 September 2017 | Company News
Forest Pennant, the commercial brand of Forest of Dean Stone Firms, has completed a public art commission in Bristol, supplying bespoke cut slabs of Pennant sandstone for a reinstated public highway...
Mark Priestman

Mark answers training emails while he enjoys his summer holiday.

1 September 2017 | Market Intelligence
Mark Priestman has more than 20 years’ experience in the natural stone sector. He plays an active role in the development and delivery of training in this specialist environment. Along with his...
Hutton Stone's new excavator

Hutton Stone’s new Volvo EC380E crawler excavator at work in Darney sandstone quarry, Northumberland.

1 September 2017 | Company News
Hutton Stone, based close to Berwick upon Tweed in the Scottish Borders, has bought a new Volvo EC380E crawler excavator to work in Darney sandstone quarry in Northumberland, which Hutton took over...
Welsh Slate

Cwt-Y-Bugail slates from north Wales ave been used to re-roof a fourth primary school in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

1 September 2017 | Company News
Welsh Slate has supplied its Cwt-Y-Bugail slates from north Wales to re-roof the fourth primary school for South Lanarkshire Council in Scotland.For the latest project, 53,000 dark blue-grey slates...

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