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The new warehouse opened by B-Stone.
16 March 2009 | Market Intelligence
Many NSS readers have told us how their return from the Christmas holidays was greeted by banks withdrawing or revising overdraft and factoring facilities, adding to the squeeze already being felt...
16 March 2009 | Market Intelligence
There are currently 109,500 contracts from public sector buyers advertised on the supply2.gov.uk website looking for someone to carry them out. There are 3,000 or so more added every month and in a...
16 March 2009 | Market Intelligence
People are often wary of buying companies, especially insolvent companies, and choose to buy the assets of those companies instead. But they, too, can have their pitfalls. Paul Taylor, a partner in...
 
19 February 2009 | Market Intelligence
More than 20,000 businesses have delayed paying more than £350million of tax after contacting the new Business Payment Support Service of Revenue & Customs (HMRC) since it was set up in...
Graph showing the degree of fall in housing starts and this year's recovery.
10 January 2009 | Market Intelligence
While the mass market for housing has taken a tumble, at the top end those who can afford it have made the most of a more competitive market to build themselves a mansion in British stone.Although...
14 December 2008 | Market Intelligence
There is a lot of money being spent on the preparations for the Olympics in London in 2012 and you might be able to pick up some of it. You can check out the contracts looking for tenders on a free...
A more mature market in interiors is looking for something a bit more unusual , such as this New St Laurant marble from China from In-Stone (Europe).
14 December 2008 | Market Intelligence
Companies in the interiors markets are living in  two worlds – the one that is keeping them busy during the day and the depressing one they see on the television at night. The fear is that...
A sight less often seen since the credit crunch.
15 November 2008 | Market Intelligence
While some stone companies, especially those that were supplying granite worktops to the new build housing market, have already become victims of the credit crunch, most in the stone industry have so...
Doulting stone walling on a new development
15 October 2008 | Market Intelligence
Demand for walling stone has hit the buffers this year as housebuilding schemes all over the country have been put on hold. It has left stone producers searching for alternative markets, as NSS...
14 September 2008 | Market Intelligence
Engineered stone : QuartzQuartz composites have taken stone companies involved in worktops unequivocally into the fickle world of fashion. And the height of kitchen fashion at the moment is concrete...
12 July 2008 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone resources across Europe are becoming harder to get at because of ever more stringent planning regulations. Euro-Roc, the Europe-wide organisation representing stone interests, put their...
14 May 2008 | Market Intelligence
The stone industry is used to seeing man-made products being presented as if they were stone, but one website drawn to the attention of NSS by reader Bert Smith takes the biscuit.It appears on the...
14 May 2008 | Market Intelligence
Try to avoid paying tax this year and you could end up paying twice as much under new rules introduced by Revenue...
15 March 2008 | Market Intelligence
Changes to Capital Gains Tax that introduce a flat rate of 18% but allow \'entrepreneur relief\' on the sale of a businesss that reduce the rate to 10% on the first £1million, take effect from 6...
15 March 2008 | Market Intelligence
A new product called Dyynamix is being introduced to the housing market to replace stone cills, hoods, quoins, door and window frames, string courses and other stone features.It has been developed by...

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