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Stonegate

Last orders from Stonegate for next day delivery extended to 4pm.

14 January 2019 | Equipment
Stone tools and equipment supplier Stonegate has extended the latest time orders can be received for next day delivery by an hour. The cut-off time is now 4pm.Stonegate says the extension is the...
Construction output

Monthly construction output 2013-2018. 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...
Ethical Stone Register

Indian company Stone Age has joined the Ethical Stone Register to provide assurances that its stone comes from slave-free sources.

Stone Age Private Ltd has become the first Indian company to have achieved a listing on Stone Federation Great Britain's Ethical Stone Register. Indian companies in particular have been...
 
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 a no deal Brexit might mean to your business, the government is offering some advice on a new EU Exit Readiness Tool online at www.gov.uk/business-uk-...
National Museum of Scotland

The Egyptians are questioning the authenticity of limestone cladding said to be from the Great Pyramid of Giza that the Museum of Scotland intends to display in a new Ancient Egypt gallery due to open in February. If it is genuine, they want it back.

9 January 2019 | Stone Heritage
The National Museum of Scotland is due to open a new permanent gallery called Ancient Egypt Rediscovered on 8 February. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a piece of limestone masonry labelled as a...
DCM prosecution

Abel (UK) Director sent to prison for indiscriminately selling restricted substances including DCM paint strippers online.

Nicholas Corbett, a Director of Abel (UK) Ltd, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for the online sale of products containing prohibited substances, including the paint stripper ...
dry cutting quartz

Concerns about silica dust in processing engineered quartz grow. The products have an even higher concentration of silica than sandstone or granite.

The Queensland Government in Australia has issued an urgent safety warning for stone processors to stop dry cutting engineered quartz. The warning follows claims by 26 workers for compensation for...
Longfloor

Now available from Longcliffe, a dry powder bulk binder that enables liquid cement floor screeds to be laid and ready for use quicker than anhydrites with no laitance. 

Longcliffe Quarries, a lime product specialist based in Derbyshire, introduces Longfloor, a dry powder bulk binder for use in liquid cement floor screeds. The company says its Longfloor liquid...
Ceasarstone White Attica

Caesarstone White Attica, on special offer price promotion until 30 June. There are no price increases on any Caesarstone products again this year.

Caesarstone says there will once again be no price increases in 2019 on its range of quartz surfaces. It is the second consecutive year that the brand has held its prices following its move into the...
Visits

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

5 January 2019 | 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...
Chris Harrop OBE

Chris Harrop, Marshalls' Group Marketing & Sustainability Director, who was made an OBE in the New Year's Honours.

Chris Harrop, the Group Marketing & Sustainability Director of hard landscaping specialist company Marshalls, has been made an OBE* in the New Year’s Honours List for services to the...
Testing memorial fixing systems

NAMM is offering to re-test at no charge memorial fixing systems it approved before British Standard 8415 was revised this year. The systems now have to be tested in a 1m3 pit filled with sand and fine gravel.

20 December 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
NAMM is offering to re-test at no charge ground anchor memorial fixing systems it has already approved.The need for them to be re-tested is a result of the clarification of the testing method to be...
New Dekton Bromo by Cosentino

The new Dekton Bromo, one of two new designs in the ultre-compact surfaces.

Cosentino introduces two new dark matte Dekton ultra-compact surfaces, suitable for worktops, flooring, wall cladding and external facades.They are called Bromo, which joins the 'Natural...
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...
HSE

All contact with HSE might soon come with an invoice attached.

The Health & Safety Executive is considering charging for all contact it has with industry.In 2012, faced with swingeing Government cuts, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) introduced fees...

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