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Slavery

BRE is introducing a new standard to combat slavery.

1 June 2016 | Legislation / Standards
With a lot of India's bonded labour, some of it children, employed in quarrying and processing natural stone, and penal labour in China being used for stone processing, the stone industry is in...

Red tape is costing SMEs more than £14,000 a year.

26 May 2016 | Legislation / Standards
The directors of smaller firms (SMEs) spend more time battling red tape than they do satisfying customers and creating new business. That is one of the findings of a survey by the Federation of Small...
Modern Slavery

Do you really not care?

1 April 2016 | Legislation / Standards
The UK's Modern Slavery Act came into force this month (April). It requires larger companies to include a report in their annual statements saying what they are doing to identify and eradicate...
 
1 April 2016 | Legislation / Standards
Just what we need – being declared bankrupt is getting cheaper and easier, thanks to the internet.Cheaper and speedier online applications for bankruptcy are being introduced this month (April...
15 December 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Newry Crown Court in Northern Ireland is nearing the conclusion of a murder trial in which stonemason Leslie Ross is accused of murdering two women said to have been his lovers.The jury for the case...
The private sector has not compensated for a lack of housebuilding in the public sector.
10 December 2015 | Legislation / Standards
A significant part of the demand for stone in housing comes from the repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) sector. Even quite modest stone houses contribute to the geological and historical...
BREEAM and CEEQUAL join forces.
26 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
BRE and CEEQUAL are to bring together their BREEAM and CEEQUAL rating schemes to create a single, science-based sustainability standard and certification tool for civil engineering and infrastructure...
Carl Edwards (left), Chairman, with Maurice Rogers (second left) at the Men of the Stones meeting. Underneath is one of Maurice's graphs.
10 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
The guest speaker at the Men of the Stones meeting in Stamford, Lincolnshire, in October was Maurice Rogers, the bane of the stone testing centres. Maurice Rogers, an engineer who spent much of...
Dr Tim Yates: If CE marking can be simpler for SMEs, why not make it simpler for everyone?

Dr Tim Yates: If CE marking can be simpler for SMEs, why not make it simpler for everyone?

9 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
CE marking of building products, notably stone, will be simplified for smaller companies in the New Year, it was announced at Stone Federation Great Britain's Members Day and AGM in Leeds on 5...
CE marking can be good for you.
3 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Stone federation Great Britain’s Quarry Forum gives its opinion on issues relating to the stone industry from the point of view of companies that extract dimensional stone from opencast and...
3 November 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Even if you only employ one person you have to enrol them on a pension automatically. If you don't, you will be breaking the law.There will be millions of small companies wondering what they...
Read more about the case and see photographs at Wales Online.

Read more about the case and see photographs at Wales Online.

17 September 2015 | Legislation / Standards
A property developer who carried out £1million-worth of work on his Grade II Listed sandstone manor house in Wales without consent has been told to pay £300,000 in fines and costs or go...
The solar panels on the roofs of the workshops at Albion Stone on Portland. They were installed before the FiT was cut.

The solar panels on the roofs of the workshops at Albion Stone on Portland. They were installed before the FiT was cut.

3 September 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Following the Government’s defeat in the courts over its proposal to back-date a reduction in feed-in tariffs (FiTs) for solar cell installations to December (before a consultation period had...
The new code of practice from Stone Federation Great Britain.
21 August 2015 | Legislation / Standards
July has seen Stone Federation add a third title to its Code of Practice suite of documents – this one covering wet rooms, steam rooms and shower enclosures. The Natural Stone –...
Firms will have to check on slavery in the supply chain.
21 August 2015 | Legislation / Standards
Bonded labour in India has been illegal since 1976 but even official figures accept there are still 250,000 people in bonded labour there, many of them working in quarries. Unofficial figures...

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