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Cork masons

This footpath in Dublin’s famous Glasnevin cemetery uses Kilkenny flamed limestone, Wicklow granite and Castleisland limestone. Masons in Cork say these and other Irish stones should be used across their country.

8 August 2018 | Market Intelligence
Stonemasons in Cork, Ireland, are stepping up their fight against the use of imported stones by photographing and highlighting cases where imported stones have been used instead of local stones...
stone belts

The building stone belts of the UK.

1 August 2018 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation Great Britain’s Quarry Forum represents the companies that quarry and mine dimensional stone from the British Isles. Here the Forum talks about issues relating to the selection...

Musculoskeletal problems are still a major cause of lost work days.

30 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
The number of days people are taking off for sickness has almost halved since 1993, when records began, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The improvement...

In the new NPPF the Government tells planners to recognise the need for minerals and the often small-scale production of building and roofing stone.

25 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has welcomed the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published on 24 July. They say it recognises that a sufficient supply of minerals is...

The government is pinning its hopes on off-site manufacture to deliver £600billion-worth of new infrastructure in a decade, including 300,000 houses a year.

19 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
Parliament seems to have realised that the construction industry in the UK is not going to be able deliver its ambitious plans for £600billion-worth of infrastructure, including 300,000 houses...

The Cambria stand at KBB this year. While Cambria petitions for an anti-dumping tariff on Chinese quartz, the US plans to add an extra 10% on Chinese stone, quartz and tiles in its escalation of the trade war.

12 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
As US President Trump made his way to the UK for a two-day visit with the government and The Queen before going off to play golf at his course in Scotland, the USA announced plans to introduce an...

The StoneCash buying group has adopted the Phore cryptocurrency to make cross-border transactions easier and cheaper.

12 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
Online stone buying group start up StoneCash, based in Las Vegas, USA, and with offices in London, Italy and Australia, has adopted one of the growing number of cryptocurrencies with the intention of...
French limestone

Now it is protected.

10 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
French dimensional stone is starting to receive the EU geographical identification (GI) protection already extended to food and drink products such as Melton Mowbray pork pies and Champagne.The...
Construction output

Construction output showed healthy growth in May.

10 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
Construction output grew 2.9% in May compared with April and 1.6% compared with May a year earlier. This follows a slow start to the year, with the late snow dampening construction output. The...
Kit Malthouse

The new Housing Minister, Kit Malthouse.

10 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
In the Government reshuffle following the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson this week, Christopher (Kit) Laurie Malthouse has been appointed as the new Housing Minister. He is the fourth...
Construction Industry Deal

The Government sets out its proposals to deliver £600billion-worth of projects for construction, including £44billion of housing, in the next decade in the Construction Sector Deal.

6 July 2018 | Market Intelligence
The Government has produced a Policy Paper on construction that it says will deliver £600billion-worth of infrastructure improvements over the next decade, including £44billion-worth of...

Going up. Above inflation pay rise and benefits in construction are intended to offset the loss of overseas labour as a result of Brexit.

25 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
Basic pay rates in construction increase by 3.2% today (25 June) with a further 2.9% increase in June 2019. The rates have been set under the Construction Industry Joint Council Working Rule...
Building in London

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

19 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
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. It says that 35% of workers in London come from...
Rock face

Using British stone.

17 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
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...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry.

17 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
In the beginning, in the first flush of a new relationship, promises of completion, promises of co-operation and togetherness, in harmony, towards a common goal – the completion of the project...