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Rob Maxfield

Rob Maxfield of Rock Mallet Chisel in Somerset is featured in workwear company Dickies' new promotion featuring tradespeople who wear the company's clothes.

17 September 2019 | Equipment
Workwear brand Dickies has launched a campaign celebrating the skills of tradespeople who inspire others with their dedication and ingenuity. Among those featured is Rob Maxfield, stonemason and...
Talk to Me

CED Stone Group is helping to tackle the stoney silence on mental health by sponsoring this installation for London Design Festival.

CED Stone Group is spreading the message that it's good to talk about mental health by helping with an installation at London Design Festival, which started on Saturday (14 September) and goes on...
Vibration update

HSE is running a HAVS refresher course at the HSE training centre at Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, on 2 October. You can book your place(s) here.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its hand-arm vibration exposure calculator, which is a spreadsheet you can download from the HSE website here (do not disable the macros or it won...
Historic Construction and Conservation - Materials, Systems and Damage (ISBN 978-0-367-14574-3)

Published this month (September), Historic Construction and Conservation - Materials, Systems and Damage (ISBN 978-0-367-14574-3) has 30% off until the end of October only.

11 September 2019 | Stone Heritage
A new book called Historic Construction and Conservation - Materials, Systems and Damage (ISBN 978-0-367-14574-3) explores in its 324 pages with more than 700 illustrations fundamental questions...
The Spa at South Lodge

The Spa at South Lodge, an exclusive hotel in the South Downs in Sussex, with its Caesarstone interiors.

The 4,120m² Spa at South Lodge, an exclusive hotel in the South Downs in Sussex, has opened to reveal an array of Caesarstone quartz surfaces designed by Sparcstudio, an independent creative...
stone fixing

Get more information about the Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) in Stone Fixing L2 NVQ from [email protected]

10 September 2019 | Training
If you have an employee who you need to get NVQ certified so that you can keep them on site, and who requires work-based upskill mentoring and some minimally contract intrusive formal training, the...
Reverse charge VAT delayed

Reverse charge VAT, which will make contractors responsible for handling VAT and hit the cash flow of subbies, has been put off for a year until October 2020.

6 September 2019 | Legislation / Standards
Once again, the inability of the construction industry to prepare for a change in taxation has seen the implementation delayed.HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has put off the implementation of...

The T952 workcentre being introduced at Marmo+Mac in Verona this month. Thibaut's UK agent, On Point Engineering, will be on the Thibaut stand.

6 September 2019 | Equipment
At the end of this month (25-28 September) Marmo+Mac, Euorpe's main international stone exhibition, will be back in Verona, Italy. Britain's machinery suppliers will be there supporting the...
Stone Industry Group

LPE Group has re-branded as Stone Industry Group and share swaps by the Directors leave Simon Bradbury and Carl Sharkey in charge of separate businesses.

6 September 2019 | Equipment
There are major changes at LPE Group (which took its name originally from the American Laser Products templaters it sells in Europe) with the Directors, Carl Sharkey and Simon Bradbury, splitting the...

Pictured above is a mason using a pneumatic chisel. All power tools pose a potential vibration risk to the user and companies that ignore the risk are facing severe penalties when prosecuted as well as leaving themselves vulnerable to compensation claims and subsequent rises in insurance premiums.

Dacorum Borough Council in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, has been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £28,672.62 costs for exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to Hand Arm Vibration...
New standard for stone

Stone Federation has backed (with some reservations) BSI plans to create an ISO committee combining standards for natural and engineered stone.

29 August 2019 | Legislation / Standards
Stone Federation Great Britain is supporting - with some reservations - a proposal by British Standards Institution to create one International Standard technical committee covering both natural and...

An artist's Impression of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir being built in Abu Dhabi with marble interiors supplied by Fox Marble. 

London Stock Exchange-listed company Fox Marble has received its biggest order to date. It is for $2.4million-worth of its Alexandrian White marble quarried in the Balkans to be used for the...
Stone wholesaling

The stone supply chain is changing.

29 August 2019 | Market Intelligence
Stone wholesalers in the worktops and interiors sector are used to selling quartz and now they are getting used to selling ceramics. But the market is changing and wholesalers are having to find new...
Thomas Group

Atlas Plan is now available from The Thomas Group in Manchester.

Atlas Concorde is a major Italian tile manufacturer and the main brand of the Concorde Group. In 2017 it launched Atlas Plan, a range of large porcelain slabs for kitchen worktops, tables and vanity...

Bluetta bookmatched porcelain tiles sold by Lapicida.

Pictured here is a feature wall created using Bluetta bookmatched porcelain tiles that are sold by Lapicida, the stone and tile specialist in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Director Jason...