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Happy hlidays

Happy holidays.

14 December 2018 | Events
Wishing everyone a most enjoyable winter break and looking forward to seeing you all at the Natural Stone Show and Hard Surfaces exhibition at ExCeL London, 30 April-2 May 2019.Eric Bignell,...

The Lords will debate off-site manufacturing in construction today (12 December).

12 December 2018 | Market Intelligence

The House of Lords will today (Wednesday, 12 December) debate the Science & Technology Committee’s report Off-site manufacture for construction: building for change, which says offsite...

All contact with HSE might soon be charged for.

The Health & Safety Executive is considering charging for all contact it has with industry.In 2012, faced with swingeing Government cuts, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) introduced fees...
Stress app

Suffering from stress or depression? Download the free app from Lighthouse Club.

The statistics are grim: two construction workers take their own life on average every single day. Stress, anxiety and depression account for a fifth of all work-related illness, especially among...

Natural Stone Awards being presented in The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London, on Friday, 7 December in front of a capacity audience.

8 December 2018 | Events
The Natural Stone Award trophies were made in Kentish Ragstone from Gallagher's Quarry near Maidstone in Kent. There was a record number of entries in the Natural Stone Awards this year,...
Training help

CITB is asking for industry help to develop short duration courses that the stone industry needs.

6 December 2018 | Training
CITB is looking for help to ensure the right courses are available for training stonemasons.As reported from the Natural Stone Industry Training Group (NSITG) annual meeting (read more...), CITB is...

The Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee report calls for maximum 30-day payment terms to be made compulsory and charging to be paid on time outlawed.

6 December 2018 | Market Intelligence
There is a sense of déjà vu about it, but MPs of Parliament's Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee are calling for maximum 30-day payment terms to be made law.A report from the...
Tyne Cot cemetery

The Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium where 3,605 British and Commonwealth soldiers are buried, each grave marked by a Portland limestone headstone without favour for rank or social position. Find out more by visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's new online exhibition at

All photographs courtesy of the CWGC.

5 December 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
The four years of World War I centenary commemorations came to an end on 11 November with Armistice Day services at war memorials up and down the country as well as at the Cenotaph in London. But...
Hi-Macs at Hoover

Seamless Hi-Macs worktops in the apartments at the Hoover building.

IDM Properties has renovated and restored the landmark Art Deco Hoover building in London, creating 66 luxury apartments with Hi-Macs solid surfaces.The Hoover Building on Western Avenue was listed...
New Lapicida-sponsored strip

The new, Lapicida-sponsored Knaresborough Celtic Junior Football Club strip.

Stone and tile specialist Lapicida has helped out its local under-10s football team by sponsoring their kit. The Knaresborough-based design-led company's name will now appear on the shirts...

A quick and accurate way to set tools on any CNC.

5 December 2018 | Equipment
In order for CNC machines to cut accurately and efficiently they need to have the precise dimensions of the tools they are using.Now they can - and quickly - thanks to the ClearCut Tool Setter, the...

Neolith's new showroom at the Business Design Centre, strategically sited for London's architectural and design community.

Neolith has opened a showroom in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, strategically placed to reach the capital's architectural and design community. The sintered stone company...
CRL Stone Award

CRL Stone Sales Director Dave Beckett collecting the Best Surface Award for the Renaissance Collection from CRL Quartz at the EK&B Business Awards. In the picture are (left to right): Darren Summerfield (EK&B Business publisher); Leigh-Anne Roberts (EK&B Business Editor); David Inwood (Sales Manager, CR Laurence Of Europe Ltd); David Beckett (Sales Director, CR Laurence); Steve Tough (Commercial Sales Director, Masterclass Kitchens, sponsors of the Award); sports commentator Clive Tyldesley, who was the guest host.

Topping off another successful year, CRL Stone was the proud recipient of the Best Surface accolade at the EK&B Business Awards presented in the Porter Tun room at The Brewery in the City of...
Caesarstone winners

Caesarstone collects the FX Award 2018 for Surfaces. Pictured (left to right) are Comedian Stephan Mangan; Ian Clark, Commercial Specification Manager Caesarstone UK; Steve Gibbs, Commercial Manager Architects & Designers Caesarstone UK; Gareth Lowden, Commercial Manager Housebuilders & Developers Caesarstone UK; Christopher Newton, Director Surface Design Show (sponsors of the Award).

Caesarstone, the manufacturer of quartz surfaces, enjoyed a victory at the FX International Interiors Design Awards, winning the Surfaces category.The Award went to Caesarstone's Metropolitan...

US tariffs on Chinese quartz seem to be taking effect.

21 November 2018 | Market Intelligence
Tariffs of up to 178.45% imposed by America on Chinese quartz imports (read more about that here) seem to be taking their toll. In September, imports were 30% down on their August all-time high of 1,...