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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has come up with some figures on the impact of labour from overseas on the construction industry in the UK.

Building in London

In London, 28% of people in construction come from other parts of Europe.

HAVS is serious

Balfour Beatty's £500,000 HAVS fine should be a warning to masonry companies whose employees are exposed to vibration.

The more you look, the more you see at 'on form', an exquisite exhibition of sculpture, mostly for the garden and all in stone, at Asthall Manor in Burford, Oxfordshire.

Asthall Manor

Asthall Manor, where 'on form' is now being staged, showing 384 stone sculptures from 40 artists. All the work is for sale.

The second of England's stone festivals in 2018 was held at Winchester Cathedra


Judging in progress during the Winchester Cathedral Stone Festival on 17 June. The judges were led by Andrew Bowles, Master of the Worshipful Company of Masons that provided prizes for first, second and third place works. The other judges were Adrian Munns, Administrator of the Cathedral Fellowship, John Crook, Winchester Cathedral Archaeologist, and Cannon Nick Fennemore, the Cathedral Chaplain.

As the UK passes peak life expectancy, MAB reintroduces its Cemetery of the Year Award scheme to encourage more and better stone memorialisation.

Marble memorial

Odlings introduced a new range of marble memorials at the NAMM Tradex exhibition last year and is delighted with how well they are selling.

Rapidly growing hard landscaping product supplier Talasey Group (previously Natural Paving) has appointed Chris Whitlock as its new Managing Director.


Chris Whitlock (left) becomes MD of the hard landscaping product Talasey Group in the UK while founder Mark Wall becomes CEO and concentrates on expansion in America.

Everyone involved in last motnh's (May) SkillBuild competition in Bath, run by Stone Federation Great Britain in conjunction with CITB, had been sworn to secrecy about the result until the Scott

SkillBuild Bath winners

Bath College SkillBuild winners Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan.

International quartz brand Cambria has helped Granite Granite continue its expansion as a major national supplier of stone to the UK processing market.

Cambria lorry

The distinctive livery of Cambria and Granite Granite on Granite Granite’s new Mercedes truck.

Johnston Quarry Group has become a major supplier of Bath Stone following its purchase of The Bath Stone Group and Hanson Bath & Portland last year.

Nicholas Johnston

Nicholas Johnston (centre) with two of his fellow Directors, Paul Keyte (left) from Oathill Quarry and Matthew Hawker from Bath Stone. Steve Johnson at Creeton Quarry (not in the picture) is also a Director.

In the past two years, Bloom Stones London has grown by 50% a year, establishing its name not just in London, but as a national supplier of a range of top quality natural and engineered sto

Adam and Ankar

Ankur Gupta (right), who heads Bloom Stones London, and sales representative Adam Reuvany examine a slab of polished Liana newly arrived at the company’s warehouse in south-east London.