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Form Follows Food

Caesarstone has launched a new trend forecast book together with Lidewji Edelkoort, pictured here.

Major Kitchen Trends are being brought to you by Caesarstone and Lidewij Edelkoort in this year's kitchen trend book, titled Form Follows Food.Fish and chips? Pah! People want a whole eating...

CED Managing Director Giles Heap with the designers of the Family Monsters Garden at Chelsea when they visited one of CED's depots to choose the stone for their garden.

22 May 2019 | Events
There is plenty of natural stone in the show gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show these days and when the show opened at Chelsea Hospital on 21 May this year quite a...
The Blast Shop

The Blast Shop will be back at NAMM Tradex 20-21 June, Warwickshire Events Centre, offering you a chance to test your strength and win a new gritblast system.

21 May 2019 | Events
The new British Standard for memorials, BS 8415, requires rigid fixing systems to withstand a hortizontal force of 150kg for a minute. To demonstrate just how difficult it is to produce a force of...
On Point with Thibaut

French machinery manufacturer Thibaut showed a range of its CNC machines on the On Point Engineering stand at the Natural Stone Show in London. Pictured here in front of a TC 600 are (left to right) Service Engineer Julian Millet, Thibaut Area Slaes Manager Laurent Champion, On Point MD Bruno Machado and Thibaut MD Jacques Thibaut.


20 May 2019 | Equipment
The Natural Stone Show in London takes place every other year, so this year's exhibition at ExCeL from 30 April to 2 May was the first opportunity On Point Engineering had had to exhibit...
Eric Brookes

Eric Brookes (16 December 1921 - 18 May 2019)

20 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Eric Brookes MBE, a past President of Stone Federation Great Britain and a Liveryman and Honorary Court Member of the Worshipful Company of Masons, died peacefully at home on Saturday (18 May).Fellow...
Mark Priestman

Mark Priestman discusses developments in training in the stone industry.

19 May 2019 | Training
Mark Priestman has more than 20 years’ experience in the natural stone sector. He plays an active role in the development and delivery of training in this specialist environment. Along with his...
David Francis

David Francis, who has devoted a lifetime to the stone industry in the UK, recently by writing about and answering queries about memorials. He has now decided to retire.

18 May 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
David Francis was a hands-on mason who specialised for many years on the memorial side of the stone industry. If you have an issue regarding memorial masonry, David is happy to help. In the...

James Hart of Lovell Stone Group with Love-to-Learn Bath College student Jeni Wood and her winning carving, 'Read All About It'.

'Read All About It' by Jeni Wood has won Lovell Stone Group's 'Inspired by Space' competition that marked the 50th anniversary of man landing on the Moon.The stone group gave Bath...
Cosentino Newmarket

Paul Gidley (left), the Cosentino UK Area Director, and Ross Stewart, the General Manager for the new Newmarket Centre, officially opening the latest Cosentino Centre.

In case the Spanish food was not hot enough, there was even fire eating at the grand opening of Cosentino's newest Centre in Newmarket, East Anglia, on Friday 26 April.The Newmarket Centre is the...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry gives his views on the stone industry this month.

15 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and expert witness in disputes. He ran his own company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant.Firstly,...
Wales Seminar

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, praised the contribution to the principality of minerals extraction when he delivered the keynote speech at the annual Mineral Products Association (MPA) Wales Seminar.

14 May 2019 | Stones / Quarries
The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, praised the contribution to the principality of minerals extraction when he delivered the keynote speech at the annual Mineral Products Association (MPA)...
Hot lime

Nigel Copsey will talk about the benefits of hot lime at the symposium in York on 10, 11 and 12 June. To book a place on the symposium, click here.

13 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Want to know about traditional lime mortars? Then book a place on the Building Limes Forum's ‘Traditional Mortars Symposium’ taking place in the Hall of St Anthony in York and York...
Trade wars

USA considers tariffs on European granite and quartz - but not marble or limestone.

13 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Europe could soon be joining China in having tariffs imposed on its quartz and granite by America.An American interagency group is meeting on Wednesday this week (15 May) to consider import duties on...
Roofing award

Pictured from left to right are Joanne Green, Director of Quality at Bolton College, Roofing Apprentice of the Year Bradley Heffron and Group Training Officer Sue Wharton. Sue is presenting Bradley with a Welsh Slate Trophy for his achievement

The North West's Roofing Apprentice of the Year  has been rewarded with a trophy in Welsh Slate.Welsh Slate, the UK’s largest manufacturer of indigenous natural roofing slate, supplied...
Historic England

Left to right are Claire Wallbridge, Alison Henry and Clara Willett. They are looking at Practical Building Conservation: Stone, one of the 10 books in the Practical Building Conservation series from Historic England.

11 May 2019 | Stone Heritage
It is useful sometimes to take time out to think about what you are doing and why you are doing it, as well as to hear the latest thoughts on a subject. That was the benefit of this heritage CPD from...