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Mark Priestman is a Partner at Priestman Associates LLP, a leading façade preservation project consultancy. From stonemasonry and heritage skills through to site supervision and conservation management, the partnership is trusted by the leading brands of the sector as an NVQ provider for experienced, upskiller and apprentice workers. 07876 687212 [email protected]

25 September 2019 | Training
If you want your workforce to commit to improving you have to lead the way.If the top of your structural pyramid is in some way exempted from skills development it sends out mixed messages, which is...
Trevor Proudfoot

Trevor Proudfoot (left) at Cliveden Conservation's workshop in Houghton, Norfolk, when it was visited by the Prince of Wales in 2016. Prince Charles was visiting the workshop to see students from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community’s Building Craft Apprenticeship who were being trained there.

24 September 2019 | Stone Heritage
Trevor Proudfoot, who established Cliveden Conservation at the tennis courts of Cliveden Estate in Berkshire, has died of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 65.He was a stonemason who...
Andy Bell

Andy Bell: "We feel that we have put solutions in place to keep our business stable in the Brexit transition period."

24 September 2019 | Equipment
From the new premises of Stone Equipment International / National Masonry in St Helen Auckland, Co Durham, proprietor Andy Bell reflects on the UK stone market and how his company is helping stone...
Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford in London with Cosentino's Silestone.

US supermodel and businesswoman Cindy Crawford joined Cosentino at the Zela London restaurant on 17 September for the launch of its latest Tops on Top advertising campaign for its Silestone quartz....

This year’s graduates are: Kieran John  Batchelor, Neil Bishop and Simon Greenstreet (Canterbury); Oliver Chamberlain and Neil Marchant (Gloucester); Adam Coulson (Lincoln); Rita April Dawe and Matthew Rowe (York); Matthew Hoskins (Exeter); Luke Richard Herbert Kingston (Salisbury); Saul Sheldon (Worcester).

18 September 2019 | Training
Eleven students of the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF) were presented with their degrees during Evensong at Gloucester Cathedral on 17 September.The following day, 13 students were...
Rob Maxfield

Rob Maxfield of Rock Mallet Chisel in Somerset is featured in workwear company Dickies' new promotion featuring tradespeople who wear the company's clothes.

17 September 2019 | Equipment
Workwear brand Dickies has launched a campaign celebrating the skills of tradespeople who inspire others with their dedication and ingenuity. Among those featured is Rob Maxfield, stonemason and...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

16 September 2019 | Market Intelligence
The runaway train came over the hill and she blew. She blew!Bo-yo’s million-to-one-against a no-deal Brexit comment on 26 June actually shortened the odds being offered by the bookies, which...
Talk to Me

CED Stone Group is helping to tackle the stoney silence on mental health by sponsoring this installation for London Design Festival.

CED Stone Group is spreading the message that it's good to talk about mental health by helping with an installation at London Design Festival, which started on Saturday (14 September) and goes on...

For more information about the Stone Federation Heritage Group, email [email protected].

15 September 2019 | Stone Heritage
The Stone Heritage Group is one of the sector focus groups of Stone Federation Great Britain. It includes a wide range of stone companies, from quarry operators to conservation masons and consultants...
Ian Knapper

Ian Knapper: “Yes, we are using more scientifically advanced ways to understand the material and the structures it creates but that, as it continues, can only make for more exciting times ahead as the applications expand and the opportunities for masons increase.”

Ian Knapper, a stonemason and stone designer, gives us his opinions of the prospects for the trade.Stonemasonry has come a long way over the decades, producing stunning engineering feats using...
Vibration update

HSE is running a HAVS refresher course at the HSE training centre at Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire, on 2 October. You can book your place(s) here.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has updated its hand-arm vibration exposure calculator, which is a spreadsheet you can download from the HSE website here (do not disable the macros or it won...
Historic Construction and Conservation - Materials, Systems and Damage (ISBN 978-0-367-14574-3)

Published this month (September), Historic Construction and Conservation - Materials, Systems and Damage (ISBN 978-0-367-14574-3) has 30% off until the end of October only.

11 September 2019 | Stone Heritage
A new book called Historic Construction and Conservation - Materials, Systems and Damage (ISBN 978-0-367-14574-3) explores in its 324 pages with more than 700 illustrations fundamental questions...
The Spa at South Lodge

The Spa at South Lodge, an exclusive hotel in the South Downs in Sussex, with its Caesarstone interiors.

The 4,120m² Spa at South Lodge, an exclusive hotel in the South Downs in Sussex, has opened to reveal an array of Caesarstone quartz surfaces designed by Sparcstudio, an independent creative...
stone fixing

Get more information about the Specialist Applied-Skills Programme (SAP) in Stone Fixing L2 NVQ from [email protected]

10 September 2019 | Training
If you have an employee who you need to get NVQ certified so that you can keep them on site, and who requires work-based upskill mentoring and some minimally contract intrusive formal training, the...
Reverse charge VAT delayed

Reverse charge VAT, which will make contractors responsible for handling VAT and hit the cash flow of subbies, has been put off for a year until October 2020.

6 September 2019 | Legislation / Standards
Once again, the inability of the construction industry to prepare for a change in taxation has seen the implementation delayed.HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has put off the implementation of...