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MPA guidance

The Minerals Products Association and Planning Officers Society have published a guide to using the planning system to ensure mineral supplies will continue into the future and not be built over.

22 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) and the Planning Officers’ Society (POS) has published a new Minerals Safeguarding Practice Guidance, which sets out how Local Authorities and Mineral...
Hot lime

Nigel Copsey will talk about the benefits of hot lime at the symposium in York on 10, 11 and 12 June. To book a place on the symposium, click here.

13 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Want to know about traditional lime mortars? Then book a place on the Building Limes Forum's ‘Traditional Mortars Symposium’ taking place in the Hall of St Anthony in York and York...
Trade wars

USA considers tariffs on European granite and quartz - but not marble or limestone.

13 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Europe could soon be joining China in having tariffs imposed on its quartz and granite by America.An American interagency group is meeting on Wednesday this week (15 May) to consider import duties on...
 
Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison receives his Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal from the Duke at the Mansion House in London.

Photo: Michael O'Sullivan Photography

https://www.michaelosullivanphotography.co.uk/online-gallery/1939

20 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Peter Harrison, stalwart of the Stone Federation, aficionado of British (and other) Standards, stone consultant and system designer (temporarily retired but now busier than ever with a new...
16 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Low carbon, low maintenance, sustainable stone has a lot to offer housing. And with the government having committed to adding 300,000 homes a year to the UK’s housing stock by the mid-2020s to...
Sukhoviy

Oleksandr Sukhoviy, who has been jailed for six years for his role in a gang that supplied forged documents, including CSCS cards for construction workers. Photo: National Crime Agency.

14 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
The National Crime Agency has secured a fifth conviction of a member of a gang responsible for making and supplying false identity documents, including CSCS cards and passports for illegal immigrants...
Master Masons

The 2019 Mason Master Craftsmen and Journeymen with their certificates presented at Carpenters Hall in the City of London on 11 March. In the picture (left to right) are Andrew Gomersall, Mark Hancock, Wieslaw Szot, Masons Livery Company Master Andrew Bowles, Stephen Andrew Byrne, Tom Francis (Journeyman), Lee Martin Andrews (Journeyman).

 

 

12 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Congratulations to the four masons invested as Master Craftsmen in this year's Livery Companies Skills Council and The City and Guilds of London Institute Masters scheme, which recognises the...
Turks detained

The website of Hürriyet Daily News reporting the detention of four Turkish business people during the Xiamen stone fair.

11 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Four Turkish businesspeople were detained in China during last week's Xiamen Stone Fair accused of tax avoidance.The people arrested have only been identified by their initials – O S, M O,...
Brexit guide

Stone Federation Great Britain has produced a brief advice note on Brexit for its members with links to relevant government web pages for further information on issues affecting the stone industry.

8 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain has produced a short guide to Brexit for its members with links to more information. Mostly it is dealing with what to do if there is a 'no deal' Brexit, which...
Stone Awards 2018

At the Natural Stone Award-winning Eton College school yard, Purbeck limestone setts and inscription panels from Haysom Purbeck Stone contrasted with the sandstone paving supplied by Greens Natural Stone Products.

24 February 2019 | Market Intelligence
The soaring temperatures of 2018 were good news for the hard landscaping market as people warmed to the idea of outside living. For garden kitchens, swimming pools and patios, natural stone was a hot...
Vat goes digital

VAT goes digital from 1 April. There is help online from HMRC.

20 February 2019 | Market Intelligence
Businesses above the VAT threshold will need to keep their records digitally and submit their VAT returns using compatible software as part of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for periods starting on or...
Mike Cherry

Mike Cherry, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses: "It’s a flashpoint that could threaten the futures of many.”

5 February 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to a 10-month low of 50.6 in January, although it is up on the same month last year (when there was a lot of snow and ice). Employment...
VAT

Are you ready for the Making Tax Digital VAT roll out? It starts on 1 April.

1 February 2019 | Market Intelligence
Are you ready for the Making Tax Digital VAT rollout? It starts with the new financial year on 1 April.David Redfern, Managing Director of DSR Tax Claims, has issued guidance in order to assist firms...
Sustainable stone

Stone flooring is more sustainable than alternative floor coverings, according to new German research.

31 January 2019 | Market Intelligence
The German stone association Deutscher Naturwerkstein Verband (DNV) has published a report showing how environmentally friendly natural stone flooring is compared with alternative floor coverings,...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry suggests you try to win £3,500 in the Art of Building photography competition - see www.artofbuilding.org.

24 January 2019 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant. He ran his own company for 17 years, after which he was an independent project manager. He is also an expert witness in disputes.Watching your figure...

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