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Ross Salter in front of the GMM Extra CNC saw in his newly extended factory workshop from where he makes stone products for delivery to anywhere in the country.

Ruby Granite has been growing ever since Ross Salter set it up 15 years ago. It’s latest expansion sees the company double the size of its factory workshop, open a new showroom at its premises...

The Vetro Tooling stand at the Natural Stone Show in London this year. Vetro is now selling Denver CNC stone machinery across the island of Ireland.

19 August 2019 | Equipment
Tool company Vetro Tooling has moved into the supply of CNC machinery. Following the Natural Stone Show in London earlier this year, at which Vetro exhibited, Denver's stone machinery is now...

Ian Wilkins and Mandy Drummond from the MoD during NAMM Tradex in June when they they explained what the MoD needs. The tenders to supply the memorials are now open online.

19 August 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
Following the Ministry of Defence (MoD) presentation at NAMM Tradex inviting tenders for the supply of stone memorials, it has now advertised its requirements for Karin Granite Memorials and...
THSB award

Brian Coyle (left), the Managing Director of Lilstone, receives his company's training Award from Chris Ivey, Consultant Director for Health & Safety at THSP. 

Enfield-based heritage and restoration contractor Lilstone is this year’s winner of the THSP Training Award for its commitment to training its staff.Lilstone has been a customer of health...

Szerelmey's new directors: Wayne McIntyre and Tamsin Pickeral.

London-based specialist contractor Szerelmey has appointed two new Directors who it says start an exciting new chapter for the Company.Wayne McIntyre joins to head the firm’s commercial...
Bonny Blues

Alan Hamilton of Cumbria Quarrying Services with son-in-law and Penrith AFC captain Grant Davidson and the match day strip spnsored by Cumbria Quarrying Services.

Hopes Penrith AFC had of progressing in the FA Cup came to a 2-4 end in an extra preliminary round tie against Seaham Red Star on Saturday. But they looked the part thanks to the part sponsorship of...

A photograph taken by an HSE Inspector of the Navkaar site in Blackpool where workers lives were put at risk.

For two-and-a-half years a company in charge of the renovation of a property in Blackpool put its workers at risk of serious personal injury or death.The workers did not have the appropriate...

Company fined £1million with more than £100,000 costs after a worker was crushed to death by an excavator. 

Photo: HSE

A construction company has been fined £1million and ordered to pay more than £100,000 costs after a worker was crushed to death by an excavator on a site the company was working.Southwark...
A company providing specialised services in rock drilling, cliff stabilisation and rock anchors and its director have been sentenced after a number of workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration...
SPAB Ireland

Your chance to get hands-on experience of conservation with SPAB Ireland, 23-25 August. Book now.

31 July 2019 | Stone Heritage
To celebrate National Heritage Week in Ireland, the Irish branch of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) is hosting hands-on conservation workshops, talks and demonstrations 23-...
Horsham Stone

Horsham District Council, Historic England and SPAB are working to find a new source of Horsham Stone roofing to avoid losing this distinctive local feature of West Sussex. The picture here shows Horsham Stone roofing on Coombes Church. Photo: Richard Crook

31 July 2019 | Stones / Quarries
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), along with conservation firms and other heritage organisations, says there is a crisis of supply of Horsham stone roofing slabs.Horsham...
Matt English

Matt English, who manages Pisani Wholesale near Matlock in Derbyshire: "It’s not all roses. I don’t think it is for any wholesaler out there. But we’re happy with the position we have.”

Pisani left London following the closure of its Feltham headquarters in 2017 but the name lives on. It is now Pisani Wholesale, based at the same premises used by Pisani for...
The Devil's Menu

Chef John Whelan with his Dekton Trilium island, the centrepiece of The Devil's Menu.

John Whelan, the chef who owns and runs The Devil’s Menu boutique cookery school in Kilkenny, Ireland, has chosen Cosentino’s Dekton ultra-compact surface for his kitchen worktops....
Video still

StoneSafe proprietor Anton Matthews maintains there is an error in the new British Standard for memorials (BS 8415) and has made a video showing how easy it is to push a memorial over when what he believes are the correct test conditions are used. The video (below) begins with two people trying to pull 150kg on The Blast Shop Stand at the NAMM Tradex exhibition this year. They could not do it.

26 July 2019 | Natural Stone Memorials
The British Standard for lawn memorials, BS 8415, was reviewed and amended last year. Among the changes were the requirements of the conditions to test memorial safety systems that stop headstones...
The Diver

This larger version of 'The Diver' produced by stoneCIRCLE for sculptor Samantha Thornton is now in a chateau in France. It is Portland limestone on a plinth of Irish Blue limestone.

26 July 2019 | Stone Projects
Sculptor Samantha Thornton was commissioned to convert one of her existing stone sculptures, 'The Diver', originally in Ancaster Weatherbed, into a larger version for a French chateau. The...