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Lee O'Connor

Grants Group CEO Lee O'Connor at Cadeby Quarry. He is offering to help stone companies with investment and management expertise.

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

We are all part of the fourth industrial revolution and it is changing our lives.

5 September 2017 | Market Intelligence
It’s here. It’s now. And you’re part of it. It’s the fourth industrial revolution. It gets bundled together as i4.0 because the term is snappy and sounds modern. The driver is...
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...
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...
Robert Merry

Robert mourns the passing of Pisani.

1 September 2017 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and project manager who ran his own company for 17 years. He also acts as an expert witness.The demise of Pisani PLC and its exit from London is very...
Don't be late

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

30 August 2017 | Market Intelligence
If you want to keep your customers satisfied, don't be late.Being late is what most annoys customers, according to research carried out for, which aims to connect homeowners with...
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 | Market Intelligence
The landscape of stone wholesaling changed in June when Pisani appointed Administrators. But as Pisani goes, others are rising. And even the Pisani name survives in Derbyshire as a new company called...
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 | Market Intelligence
Small investments that improve the flow of materials into, through and out of your premises can improve your productivity, staff retention, health & safety record and reputation. And that shows...
Pisani Feltham

Pisani stock at Feltham, London, is for sale.

1 August 2017 | Market Intelligence
The stock at Pisani's Feltham warehouse near Heathrow airport is being sold by the Administrators appointed by the company on 8 June. The sale involves around 700 slabs of marble, granite,...
John Green and Antonia Hockton

John Green teaching at the Orton Trust in the early 1990s. His student is Antonia Hockton, now a celebrated sculptor in her own right.

27 July 2017 | Market Intelligence
A funeral service was held for stone carver and conservator John Green at All Saints Church in Sproughton, near Ipswich, close to where he lived and worked, on 26 July.Always a keen motorcyclist,...

Is this the end of austerity? Manufacturing output growth reaches a 22-year high.

25 July 2017 | Market Intelligence
Production by UK manufacturers in the three months to July grew at its fastest rate since January 1995, according to the latest quarterly Industrial Trends Survey from the CBI.The survey also found...
Kaya Hotel, Cyprus

Interesting floors.

25 July 2017 | Market Intelligence
There are some fun floors in the five-star Kaya Hotel, Cyprus, in a variety of stones, including Carrara marble, Volukas white, Arabescato and Nero Marquina. They were designed, laid out and supplied...

Archie receives a new set of tools from Peter Clark, Master of the Worshipul Company of Masons (the Masons Livery Company) as Big Ben strikes 3pm.

19 July 2017 | Market Intelligence
Archie Stoke Faiers has been presented with a new set of tools to take with him to Abu Dhabi in October when he represents British stonemasonry at WorldSkills, the world's biggest skills...

How would you like Dippy on the wall of your office or at home?

13 July 2017 | Market Intelligence
The famous diplodocus dinosaur fossil in Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum in London has been replaced by the skeleton of a Blue Whale (which is bigger than the dinosaur was).'Dippy...