How we keep up with current trends

Sourcing unique new materials and keeping up with current trends is crucial to Stone Source GB Ltd. We are always looking to provide our clients with the best of all possible materials and in order to do this we visit stone fairs all over the world to seek out new products and to keep ourselves fully abreast of industry fashions.

Here are some of the fairs that we have attended:

Marmomacc – Verona, Italy
Canton Fair – Guanzhou, China
China Xiamen International Stone Fair
Moscow Stone Fair, Russia
Marble - Izmir, Turkey
Coverings - United States
Natural Stone Show – London, United Kingdom
Vitoria Stone Fair, Brazil

Visiting these fairs has been a great opportunity to meet with fellow professionals and to meet architects, interior designers, stonemasons, quarry operators and other movers and shakers in the industry. In addition to this, the exhibitions have offered a unique opportunity to meet new customers, agents and distributors as well as exploring new markets.

Looking specifically at the UK, the stone industry is worth £1.15 billion per year at the consumer end, and the market has grown at a faster rate than anywhere else in Europe. Imports of stone have increased by 88% since 2003 highlighting the growing demand for stone interiors in both domestic and commercial properties.

Current trends in the industry have shown massive demands for limestone flooring, granite worktops and marble-tiled bathrooms. There has also been demand for using stone in major public landscaping projects and using stone for cladding and roofing new building developments.

The effect of the Olympics will also have a profound effect on the stone industry. The building of the Olympic Park and the ongoing regeneration initiatives across that part of East London has stimulated a massive need for various stone products and this is set to continue as the legacy of the Olympics unfolds.

Sourcing the right materials to meet the demands of the marketplace is what Stone Source GB Ltd is all about. As a leading supplier of natural and precious stones, Stone Source GB Ltd place a great deal of importance at being aware of industry developments. This is how we keep ahead of our competitors and give our clients the service they deserve.