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The courses at City & Guilds of London Art School have not changed but now they earn you a BA or Masters.

5 April 2019 | Training
Diplomas in stone carving from the City & Guilds of London Art School have been held in the highest regard by the stone industry since the 19th century. But outside of the industry they are not...
Nocturnal Animals

The new Nocturnal Animals restaurant in Birmingham with its Tarkett tiled floor.

Eating out has become a national pass-time for a sizeable section of society. But who wants dinner in a boring old restaurant when you can have a whole eating experience served up by a celebrity chef...

Quintessence by Ivan Djidev – one of the mosaics on show in the Mosaic Showcase at the Hard Surfaces exhibition in London at ExCeL 30 April-2 May.

4 April 2019 | Events
Mankind has been creating mosaics for at least 4,000 years – and continues to do so, as you will be able to see in the Mosaic Showcase at the Hard Surfaces exhibition co-locating at ExCeL...
Caesarstone Rugged Concrete

Sadly no picture of the 65m-long bar at Spurs' new stadium yet, but this is what it is made of - Ceasarstone Rugged Concrete.

Tottenham Hotspur has finally moved into its new £1billion stadium and last night (3 April) won its first game there 2-0. It was against Crystal Palace. Caesarstone was also a winner, with nine...
Hot lime

Nigel Copsey demonstrating hot lime at a previous Building Limes Forum event.

4 April 2019 | Events
The restoration of 18th century Poltimore House, Devon, is the backdrop for a Building Limes Forum ‘Lime Slam’ on Saturday 13 April.The Building Limes Forum is running the event. The...

Okite is moving to larger premises in Sheffield. General Manager Marco Cioffi, pictured here, says the move is an "exciting new progressive development for us".

Okite, which supplies quartz and marble slabs, has now moved from the London Colney warehouse and office where it has been based since 2013, to a new warehouse near Sheffield.The company says its...
Sculptors' studio

A new feature at the Natural Stone Show in London at ExCeL 30 April to 2 May is The Sculptors' Studio, where some of the country's top stone sculptors and letter carvers will demonstrate their work.

29 March 2019 | Events
A new feature at the Natural Stone Show taking place in London at ExCeL from 30 April to 2 May is the 'Sculptors' Studio', where some of the industry’s leading artists...
Prosecution PIC

Uninsured employees working six metres off the ground without any safety measures and exposed to respirable silica dust because their employer wanted to save money. 

A Salford building contractor has been sentenced after exposing workers to the dangers of falls from height and exposure to silica dust.Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard on 26 March how,...
HAVS monitoring

Ignoring risks of vibration injuries to employees is getting more expensive, but it is only one of the risks this person is exposed to. He has no protection against the high silica content stone dust and petrochemical resin dust from cutting this quartz slab, which he is doing in the direction away from the waterwall, sending the dust out into the workshop. There is no guard on the angle grinder and debris on the floor constitutes a trip hazard.

The cost of ignoring the damage that vibration can cause to employees using power tools is increasing. And companies that ignore the risks are more likely to get prosecuted.The latest prosecution was...
Neolith warehouse

The new Neolith and Granith warehouse in Harlow, Essex.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Neolith sintered stone – and the investments made by TheSize, which makes the material, in 2018 have positioned it for significant growth this year.Part...

Don't fall prey to the scammers. They are not selling what they appear to be offering.

22 March 2019 | Events
There are internet scammers who try to sell what they imply are lists of visitors to exhibitions. Currently doing the rounds are emails saying they can provide lists of visitors to the Natural Stone...
The Granite Men
22 March 2019 | Stone Heritage
A new book called The Granite Men about the granite workers of Aberdeen – the Granite City – is published on 2 April.It has been written by Aberdonian author Jim Fiddes. In it he reveals...
New recruits

Hazel Blake (left) and Holly Barns have joined Caesarstone. Hazel is helping fabricators and kitchen & bathroom showrooms in the South East of England while Holly is working in Scotland.

See Caesarstone at Hard Surfaces, ExCeL London, 30 April - 2 May: Get your ticket for Hard Surfaces here...Quartz company Caesarstone has appointed two new sales people with strong backgrounds...
Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison receives his Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal from the Duke at the Mansion House in London.

Photo: Michael O'Sullivan Photography

20 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Peter Harrison, stalwart of the Stone Federation, aficionado of British (and other) Standards, stone consultant and system designer (retired but busier than ever), has received Stone's highest...
Charles Blair

Charles Blair, who founded stone tool companies Charles Blair (Aberdeen) Ltd and Charles Blair (Diamond Products) Ltd. A funeral service in memory of him was held at Baldarroch Crematorium in Crathes, Aberdeenshire, on Monday 11 March.

Charles Blair, the founder of tools company Charles Blair (Aberdeen) Ltd and Charles Blair (Diamond Products) Ltd, died on 27 February at the age of 79. He had bravely fought against Parkinson's...