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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 (temporarily retired but now busier than ever with a new...
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...
16 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Low carbon, low maintenance, sustainable stone has a lot to offer housing. And with the government having committed to adding 300,000 homes a year to the UK’s housing stock by the mid-2020s to...
The collapsed wall

Company fined £900,000 after this wall collapsed and killed an employee.
Photo: HSE

A company that went into administration following the death of an employee has been fined £900,000 that it is unlikely ever to pay. It was also ordered to pay costs of £60,336.99, which...
Lovell carving competition

One of the carvings under way in the Lovell Stone Group 'Inspired by Space' competition. The winner will be chosen at the Natural Stone Show in London 30 April - 2 May.

15 March 2019 | Events
The pictures here were taken by Paul Maggs, head of the stonemasonry department at City of Bath College. They show some of the carvings being produced by his students for the Lovell Stone Group...

This is the Primus waterjet from Intermac. It is one of the machines the company will be showing on its stand at the Natural Stone Show and Hard Surfaces in London this year, but it is also introducing a completely new and fast way of cutting ceramic and sintered slabs.

14 March 2019 | Equipment
If you are looking to gain an edge on competitors by investing in new machinery, tools or consumables, the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL in London from 30 April to 2 May offers you a chance to...

See products like this Fondoville My Top Calacatta Gold at Hard Surfaces, a new exhibition co-locating with the Natural Stone Show in the ExCeL exhibition centre in London from 30 April to 2 May.

14 March 2019 | Events
Register and get your entry ticket free herePeople love hard surfaces. Horizontal and vertical, inside and out. And they love the look of stone. But one of stone’s selling points is...

Oleksandr Sukhoviy, who has been jailed for six years for his role in a gang that supplied forged documents, including CSCS cards for construction workers. Photo: National Crime Agency.

14 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
The National Crime Agency has secured a fifth conviction of a member of a gang responsible for making and supplying false identity documents, including CSCS cards and passports for illegal immigrants...
Virtual Reality at the Natural Stone Show

You will be able to take a virtual reality tour of Cumbrian Stone’s showroom and factory on its stand at the Natural Stone Show.

14 March 2019 | Events
Get your tickets for the show free at what exactly will the 170 or so exhibitors offer at the Natural Stone Show and Hard Surfaces this year? We asked them to let us know and,...
ExCeL London

Find out about everything stone related at the Natural Stone Show and Hard Surfaces exhibitions taking place at ExCeL London 30 April - 2 May.

14 March 2019 | Events
At the Natural Stone Show and Hard Surfaces 2019...Stone from the UK and around the worldLatest developments in machinery, tools and consumables with working demonstrationsthe Natural Stone Show co-...
Master Masons

The 2019 Mason Master Craftsmen and Journeymen with their certificates presented at Carpenters Hall in the City of London on 11 March. In the picture (left to right) are Andrew Gomersall, Mark Hancock, Wieslaw Szot, Masons Livery Company Master Andrew Bowles, Stephen Andrew Byrne, Tom Francis (Journeyman), Lee Martin Andrews (Journeyman).



12 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Congratulations to the four masons invested as Master Craftsmen in this year's Livery Companies Skills Council and The City and Guilds of London Institute Masters scheme, which recognises the...
Gillian Keegan at Chihcester Stoneworks

Apprenticeship Ambassador Gillian Keegan MP has a go at stonecarving under the watchful eye of apprentice Emma during her visit to Chichester Stoneworks as part of National Apprenticeship Week - appropriate, too, that 8 March, when Gillian Keegan visited, was International Women's Day.

11 March 2019 | Training
Apprenticeship Ambassador Gillian Keegan MP visited Chichester Stoneworks on Friday as part of National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March). p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13....
Valentia Slate mine

Valentia Slate from Ireland is looking forward to an international future under its new owner.

Valentia Slate, produced from an island of slate just off the coast of the Ring of Kerry in the south-west of Ireland, has a new owner.The slate, which has been used for repairs to the floors of the...
Turks detained

The website of Hürriyet Daily News reporting the detention of four Turkish business people during the Xiamen stone fair.

11 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Four Turkish businesspeople were detained in China during last week's Xiamen Stone Fair accused of tax avoidance.The people arrested have only been identified by their initials – O S, M O,...