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Meet the team at International Stones, which has just added the Italian Florim Ceramiche porcelain slabs to the ranges it offers. The International Stones team pictured (left to right) are: Rob Willsher, Jonathan Oxley, James Bentley, Mat Bacon, Josh Marshall and Jonathan Goulding.

Stone wholesaler International Stones, supplying the country from its base in Sheffield, has added the porcelains of Italian manufacturer Florim Ceramiche to its range.The bright and tidy yard at the...

Those involved in the previous heritage day run by the NSITG and Historic England in the rooftop garden of the offices of Historic England next to the River Thames in London.

28 August 2019 | Training
Stone Federation is planning another stone heritage training day with Historic England in London, this time on 20 November. You can register your interest in taking part with NSITG and Stone...
Ethan Conlon

Ethan Conlon, who represented British stonemasonry at WorldSkills 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

28 August 2019 | Events
Congratulations to Ethan Conlon, an apprentice with APS Masonry who studies at Bath College, for representing Britain in this year's WorldSkills competition that took place this week (22-27...

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 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 sponsored 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...

All power tools pose a potential vibration risk and companies that ignore that risk are facing severe penalties when prosecuted as well as leaving themselves vulnerable to compensation claims and subsequent rises in insurance premiums.

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...
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...

For more information about the Stone Federation Landscape Forum, email [email protected]

29 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Landscape Forum is one of the sector focus groups of Stone Federation Great Britain. It includes British and international quarry operators and other stone and mortar suppliers working in this...

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]


29 July 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...