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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...
Bomber Command Memorial

The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London, that was daubed in paint again on the night of 21-22 January.

22 January 2019 | Market Intelligence
The imposing 370m long Portland Whitbed and Basebed limestone neolcalssical Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London, was again daubed in white paint on the night of 21 January.It was the fourth...
Construction output

Monthly construction output 2013-2018. Output reached a new all time high in November to break through the £14billion mark.

11 January 2019 | Market Intelligence
Construction output reached a new all-time record high in November to break through the £14billion barrier for the first time.Figures released today (11 January) by the Office for National...
Brexit

There is a lot of information on the government's online EU Exit Readiness Tool.

10 January 2019 | Market Intelligence
If you want to try to make some sense of what a no deal Brexit might mean to your business, the government is offering some advice on a new EU Exit Readiness Tool online at www.gov.uk/business-uk-...
Visits

Visits to this website topped 200,000 in 2018, 64.49% more than in 2017.

5 January 2019 | Market Intelligence
In the year to 31 December 2018, the StoneSpecialist.com website received 203,608 visits, up 64.49% on 2017. The number of unique visitors was up 71% compared with 2017 while the...
BMBI

Builders merchants' best monthly sales since BMBI began.

19 December 2018 | Market Intelligence
Sales by builders merchants have reached their highest value since BMBI data started to be collected in July 2014.Helped by two extra trading days in October (22 days), six categories notched up...

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