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Stone carving festival and more at The Piece Hall in Halifax this weekend.

16 October 2018 | Events
 The historic Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, is to host its first stone carving festival this coming weekend (20 & 21 October).The event is being hosted in partnership with...
Bloomberg building

The Bloomberg building in London, where Grants was the specialist stone contractor.

Photo credit: © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

One of stone's big projects, the Bloomberg building in London, has won this year's RIBA Stirling Prize. The winner of the Award that celebrates the best of new British architecture was...
Hadrian's Wall

£2million of Heritage Lottery Fund money will help preserve the Roman walls of the Emperor Hadrian and Antoninus Pius.

5 October 2018 | Stone Heritage
Hadrian's Wall and the lesser known and less well preserved Antonine Wall have been awarded £2million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help train a volunteer army to survey and carry out...

A new website from Stonetools. Intuitive design and search features allow visitors to navigate the site quickly. The company’s full product range can be viewed, including diamond tools for power tools and CNC machines, abrasives, power tools themselves and more.

5 October 2018 | Equipment
Increasingly, tools are being bought directly from websites that can take orders and apply individual customer and quantity discounts. It is a familiar enough scenario: you have an account or you...
London Stone

Andrew Bowles (left), The Master of the Masons' Livery Company, with the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, at the unveiling of London Stone on 4 October.

The legendary London Stone, said to have been brought to London by the reputed founder of Britain, Brutus, is back in Cannon Street.The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman, unveiled the...
4 October 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
It might have more to do with the 'grave error' headline they can use than the story itself, but the consumer press have been reporting (on 4 October) that some people are upset about the re-...

Low skilled does not mean low value, says the NFB, which has called on the government not to restrict immigration for the construction industry.

3 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is calling on the government to allow 'unskilled' labourers in construction to continue to come to the UK after Brexit.The new skills and income-...
John Leach

John Leech, who was MP for Manchester Withington from 2005-15 and now leads the Liberal Democrat opposition on Manchester Council, says: "Once again, Manchester Council's complete lack of oversight means we are now forced to choose between two contractors with chilling ethical, legal and worker safety standards."

3 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
The Liberal Democrat opposition on the Labour-run Manchester Council has criticised the records of both the contractors short-listed for the £330million renovation of Manchester Town Hall.The...
Late returns

This is not an excuse for returning your company accounts late, warns Companies House.

2 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
“I found my wife in the bath with my accountant.” That was one of the excuses given last year for the late filing of company accounts.Others included:“Goats ate my accounts”...
Bath stone mine

Miles of disused Bath stone mine workings were ideal for hiding the heat and light required to grow cannabis at what could prove to be the largest cannabis farm ever discovered in the UK.

1 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
Police have uncovered what some believe could be the UK's largest cannabis farm in a disused Bath limestone underground quarry near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.Police have yet to determine the...
Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman is to present this year's Natural Stone Awards in London on 7 December. Book your seat now.

29 September 2018 | Events
Loyd Grossman is this year’s high profile guest presenter of Stone Federation Great Britain’s Natural Stone Awards.The Awards are being presented on Friday 7 December at The Grange Tower...
The Italian Stone Theatre
28 September 2018 | Events
Europe's big annual international stone show in Verona, Italy, put more of an emphasis on its own stone industry this year.Italy's stone industry is one of the country's major industrial...
Health & Safety Executive is targeting dust on construction sites this month (October).Inspectors will be visiting construction sites across Great Britain to see if businesses have measures in...

Cosentino’s UK Area Director, Paul Gidley, at the Elite Honours event in Raymond Blanc's exclusive two Michelin star restaurant and hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Each year, Cosentino celebrates the Elite among its studios in the UK and Ireland. This year the 18 winners along with their guests were treated to Champagne and canapés and a lavish dinner at...

The USA is imposing tariffs on Chinese quartz following complaints by American manufacturer Cambria, whose products are sold in the UK by Granite Granite.

19 September 2018 | Market Intelligence
The USA has imposed tariffs of 34.38% and 178.45% on Chinese quartz imports, with possibly more to come.Cambria, the US quartz-surface manufacturer whose products are sold in the UK by Granite...