Posted on 8th February 2021
With the growth in e-commerce companies selling natural stone products, finding organisations with more substance than just a picture, and a price is a growing issue for consumers.
We recommend that buyers look at several potential natural stone suppliers, and in doing so, look carefully at the quality of the website, the ease of use, and their knowledge and experience.
Natural stone products using companies verified and checked whether buying stone or having it installed is often recommended.
Matt Rob of the GB Stone Federation explains why…
Stone Federation is the official trade association for the natural stone industry, with over 100 years experience in connecting clients with the best materials and professionals; a combination that we believe is key to a successful natural stone project.
We have a membership of over 260 natural stone firms, covering everything from international stone suppliers and British quarry operators to design consultants and sealant manufacturers.
Each of our members is vetted and approved and have access to a vast resource of technical backup, training, and guidance documents on all the latest Government legislation and guides to best practice.
By using a Stone Federation member, you can be assured that the company:
- Have been independently approved by the industry’s official trade association
- Employ a trained workforce
- Undertake an annual Health & Safety survey
- Adhere to the industry’s Sustainability Statement
- Adhere to all relevant British and European Standards
What’s more, you also have the confidence that the company has full access to the latest guidance on best practices, training opportunities, health and safety advice and ethical sourcing guidance. Furthermore, in the unlikely event of any difficulties arising, you can contact the Federation for assistance.
There are a number of ways in which you can find the right company for your project. The Natural Stone Source Book is our flagship publication and acts as a source of information and inspiration, containing a full directory of members alongside project profiles. The ‘Search for a Member’ tool on the Stone Federation website allows you to find the right member for your specific project requirements.
Our free technical helpline is also a great way of accessing expert advice on everything from stone selection and tolerances to British Standards and slip resistance.
To start your search for the ideal material and company for your next natural stone project, go to www.stonefed.org.uk