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Bill Bolsover (left) and Nicholas Johnston look at a piece of Guiting stone at the Natural Stone Show.

The first blocks of honey-coloured limestone to leave the famous Guiting Quarry in the Cotswolds for a decade have gone under the saws of Johnston Quarry Group – and “it rings like a bell...
Two of the UK's brightest emerging stone sculptors, Trev Clarke and Ben Russell, are among the nine artists whose work is on show for this year's 10th anniversary National Sculpture Prize at...
British Museum Inuksuk

The Inuit Inuksuk created by artist Piita Irniq for the British Museum.

5 June 2019 | Stones / Quarries
It is not every day you get an Inuit artist visit your quarry, but Kentish Ragstone producer Gallagher was delighted to welcome Piita Irniq, who is also an educator and statesman, to its Hermitage...

The board being used as a ladder to access the attic from which the electrician fell into the stairwell below.

Do not try to make do on site. That's the message of a £20,000 fine for a company plus suspended prison sentences and fines for individuals after a subbie suffered multiple fractures, a...

The scaffold from which the timber fell and hit a 3-year-old girl.

A self-employed builder was given a suspended jail sentence when he appeared in court on 4 June after a three-year-old girl suffered severe head injuries when a length of timber fell on her. The...

From next month (July) all CSCS cards will have to be applied for online or by telephone.

4 June 2019 | Training
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) will stop accepting postal applications for its cards from the end of June.At the start of May it removed from its website the forms that could...
Doro tape

Find the Doro tape you want for your work on the Doro stand at NAMM Tradex.

3 June 2019 | Equipment
Visit the Doro Tape stand at NAMM Tradex 20-21 June at Warwickshire Events Centre to find the best Aslan sandblast stencil masking film for your work.Doro Tape, which regularly supports the NAMM...
Russell Scanlan

Andrew Jenkins, Operations Director of Russell Scanlan, reminds companies they face fines of 2-4% of turnover if they do not comply with last year's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The days of warnings are over and companies are now being prosecuted. 

3 June 2019 | Legislation / Standards
A year on from the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires companies to obtain permission in order to hold details of customers and potential customers on their...
30 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Granite worktop manufacturer Grantech Ltd of Spencer’s Industrial Estate in Buckley, north Wales, has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,906 for failing to...
MPA guidance

The Minerals Products Association and Planning Officers Society have published a guide to using the planning system to ensure mineral supplies will continue into the future and not be built over.

22 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) and the Planning Officers’ Society (POS) has published new Minerals Safeguarding Practice Guidance, which sets out how Local Authorities and Mineral...
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...