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Stone Federation's Stone Heritage Group comments on its sector of the market.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Almost 50% of Stone Federation’s members work in the conservation and restoration sector, which plays a large part in the overall natural stone arena.This month, we are taking a brief look at...

Mark Priestman.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
As 2020 looms closer I have been thinking that surely this is going to be a year exploited by the nation’s opticians. So far I have been disappointed.Imagine my glee, then, to see this headline...

Robert Merry.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
One of my biggest concerns over the past year has been the rising number of installation failures in bathrooms. The main culprits – mesh backed stone and failed waterproofing.There is still a...

Dekton’s Industrial collection combines the look of weathered stone and aged metals. Coming soon is a distressed concrete addition to the range.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
The look of marble and industrial chic are highly desirable, especially when they come packaged as a product that can cope with every day living. That’s the promise of engineered stone as it...

Prince Charles meets the Phillips family during his visit to DeLank granite quarry in Cornwall.

28 March 2018 | Market Intelligence
HRH Prince Charles, who is the Duke of Cornwall as well as the Prince of Wales, paid a visit to DeLank quarry in Bodmin, Cornwall, on 21 March to see the source of one of the county's great...

Comments on the use of stone for interiors from Stone Federation's Interiors & Surface Materials Focus Group.

1 March 2018 | Market Intelligence
Stone effect or the real deal?The true mark of any style, design or brand that can be given the much sought after accolade of being said to have survived the fickle finger of fashion is to be...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry.

1 March 2018 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and project manager who ran his own company for 17 years. He also acts as an expert witness.Installing large format stones as internal flooring or wet...

Online protection. Most of the data held by most companies about their customers and employees will become illegal on 25 May. Find out more at

1 March 2018 | Market Intelligence
Don't buy what are being described in emails from Ashley Emery (and other names) as 'Natural Stone Show 2018 Attendees email lists' if you expect to get a list of people and companies who...

Autoenrolment pension contributions increase in April for employers and employees. You can find out more about the changes here.

26 February 2018 | Market Intelligence
The phase-in period is over and all employers now have a legal obligation to enrol new and existing employees into a workplace pension.And from the start of the new financial year in April the...
Scottish Stone Debate

Graeme Dey MSP (in the middle) with Leanne Yates (of Scottish quarry company Denfind, one of the members of the Scottish Stone Group) and Marcus Paine of Hutton Stone, a founding member of the Group, in the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber after the debate.

23 February 2018 | Market Intelligence
Following the newly formed Scottish Stone Group's meeting with Ministers and MPs in the Scottish Parliament last year (read more...) the Scottish Parliament has now held a debate in the chamber...

Staircase made by Chichester Stoneworks Ltd in Moca Cream Portuguese limestone.

22 February 2018 | Market Intelligence
When it has to be natural stoneWith the announcement of the Hard Surfaces exhibition, there is a lot in the latest issue of Natural Stone Specialist about the products that are expanding the...

“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations.

20 February 2018 | Market Intelligence
Last year, for the first time ever, the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) took out advertisements publicising the fact that it would pay £100,000 rewards for information about cartels....

This is DCM-PRO, a new electric underfloor heating system from Warmup that, in testing in America to American National Standards Institute 118.12:5.4, proved to protect tiled floors from cracking. It consists of an uncoupling membrane with a heating cable, making the installation of electric underfloor heating even easier. DCM-PRO’s self-healing uncoupling layer contracts and expands to deal with structural movements in subfloors due to seasonal temperature changes, preventing floor coverings from being damaged.

2 February 2018 | Market Intelligence
Stone makes an ideal surface for heating to be under because of its thermal mass and conductivity. The benefits of underfloor heating are clearly winning the argument in many cases because it...

Gang jailed for forging documents including CSCS cards so illegal immigrants could work in the UK.

29 January 2018 | Market Intelligence
A gang of seven who supplied fake ID documents, including passports and CSCS cards, to illegal immigrants has been jailed for a total of 16 years - an average of just over two years and three...

Barry Ashmore mentioned Carillion when he said in October last year: "If one of the major contractors went bust tomorrow, everyone would notice."

24 January 2018 | Market Intelligence
The collapse of the corporately bureaucratic Carillion set Natural Stone Specialist magazine looking back through the files to see if it had been predicted by anyone other than the Stock Market...