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Construction output

Construction 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 Brexit, whatever it turns out to be, might mean to your business, the government is offering some advice on a new EU Exit Readiness Tool online at www....
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...
 
Buuilding

The Lords will debate off-site manufacturing in construction today (12 December).

12 December 2018 | Market Intelligence

The House of Lords will today (Wednesday, 12 December) debate the Science & Technology Committee’s report Off-site manufacture for construction: building for change, which says offsite...

The Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee report calls for maximum 30-day payment terms to be made compulsory and charging to be paid on time outlawed.

6 December 2018 | Market Intelligence
There is a sense of déjà vu about it, but MPs of Parliament's Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee are calling for maximum 30-day payment terms to be made law.A report from the...
tariffs

US tariffs on Chinese quartz seem to be taking effect.

21 November 2018 | Market Intelligence
Tariffs of up to 178.45% imposed by America on Chinese quartz imports (read more about that here) seem to be taking their toll. In September, imports were 30% down on their August all-time high of 1,...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry gives his take on the stone industry in Natural Stone Specialist magazine each month.

18 November 2018 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant. He ran his own company for 17 years and was a project manager, although now he has decided to take a break from that. He also acts as an expert...
Visits

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

5 November 2018 | 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...
Digital carving

Sumit Sakar’s ‘From 11’ in Italian marble. The picture on the right shows the piece in production on the Garfagnana Innovazione robot. Photo courtesy of the artist.

29 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
Susan Carron Clarke, researcher in sculptural carving and stone carving communities at the University of Huddersfield, discovers a digital carving course in the marble mountains of Tuscany in Italy.A...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry discovers life after project management.

19 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant who has just given up project managment. He ran his own company for 17 years and is now a consultant and expert witness.At the beginning of the month I...
Barbour report

September was construction's second busiest month of the year.

18 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
The value of new construction contracts in September reached £5.6billion, a 6.1% fall from August's record for the year but still the second-best performing month of 2018 so far, according...
BIM Kitemark

BSI introduces Kitemark for BIM Level 2.

18 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a BSI Kitemark for BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 to help organizations demonstrate that they can deliver infrastructure projects that...
Slaves

Modern slavery gang arrested in London and Romania.

Photo: Metropolitan Police

18 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
Eight more people accused of modern slavery and human trafficking have been arrested in London and three men and a woman in Romania, say the Metropolitan Police.Five men and three women, aged between...
builders

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...

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