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What is the Stone Federation of Great Britain?

The Stone Federation of Great Britain promotes the use of natural stone and traditional trade skills in building and landscaping. This guide explains how the Federation supports members working with all types of natural stone.

There are lots of types of natural stone available on the market. With many naturally occurring in the UK.

Turning these beautiful raw materials into useful products takes great skill. Like so many ancient craft skills, a trade organisation is there to protect and promote centuries of knowledge. Simultaneously, supporting the tradespeople who still work in this industry.

Stonemasons can earn highly attractive salaries. To boost their profitability and raise their profile, you might also choose to join a trade association.

What is the Stone Federation of Great Britain?

It’s the UK’s trade association for the natural stone industry. Its members work with all types of stone.

The Stone Federation was established over a century ago and its members are generally companies working with all types of natural stone.

They work with a wide range of natural stone hewn from the landscape. Their products are sought after by, among others:

  • Architects
  • Designers
  • Stone material specifiers
  • Homeowners
  • Building contractors

Types of natural stone

The Stone Federation promotes all types of natural stone for interiors, exteriors and landscaping.

Natural stone is:

  • An attractive building material
  • Highly durable
  • Varied in colours and textures to offer a diverse choice of materials

In fact, the Stone Federation of Great Britain lists 80 different types of UK stone that are used by tradespeople. These include granite, limestone, marble, quartz, sandstone and slate.

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Where is natural stone used?

The wide choice of types of natural stone makes it highly appealing in the building and landscaping trades.

Typical applications are:

  • New build cladding
  • New build load-bearing
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Repairs and restoration
  • Conserving and restoring historical monuments and buildings
  • Residential and business interiors
  • Commercial, residential and public landscaping
  • Carving, lettering and sculpture
  • Monuments and headstones
  • Ornamental features for buildings and gardens

Whether you’re a dedicated stonemason, bricklayer, landscape gardener or builder, you’ll have worked with different types of stone. The Stone Federation is there as an organisation to help promote standards and highlight skills.

Why join a trade association?

People look for different things in a tradesperson. Top of the list for many is a highly professional, reliable and trustworthy expert in their chosen trade.

You demonstrate these credentials if you belong to a trade body, such as a certification scheme (like a CPS) or an association.

It’s an official badge of quality. That’s literally the case when you use a trade body logo on your:

  • Vehicles
  • Paperwork
  • Website
  • Email signatures
  • Marketing materials

Joining the Stone Federation of Great Britain reassures your customers about your reliability. That’s because, like Checkatrade membership, Stone Federation members are vetted, verified and approved.

A trade association is there to:

  • Ensure high standards for work
  • Promote qualified professionals
  • Reduce the risk of rogue traders

Along with other trade associations, we work hard to ensure high levels of quality in members. The problem of poor workmanship can negatively affect the reputations of all tradespeople.

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How does the Stone Federation support its members?

Whatever the types of stone their members specialise in, the Stone Federation provides them with a range of services and support. One of its objectives is to promote the traditional skills needed for working with natural stone.

It also aims to increase the market share of natural stone for its members with support that includes:

  • Health and safety advice
  • Technical standards and guidance
  • Training and education
  • Representation to the government on issues affecting members
  • Use the Stone Federation of Great Britain logo
  • Free helplines and support on technical, legal and health and safety matters
  • Insurance advice
  • Member profiles on its website, social media and in its Natural Stone Source Book

How do you join and what does it cost?

If you’re interested in joining the Stone Federation of Great Britain, you can start by contacting them. This can be done through a number of methods, with all contact details available on their website.

The Stone Federation of Great Britain will discuss membership costs as part of your application process.

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How can people find Stone Federation members?

Matching the right types of stone for the job is crucial. Stone Federation members are based across the UK.

The Federation recommend that homeowners or project managers only use their members when it comes to any natural stone project. Using their dedicated search tool will help ensure the highest levels of workmanship, service and excellence.

With the visibility provided by a trade association such as the Stone Federation, combined with a Checkatrade membership, your joinery business could really benefit. With a higher profile online, you will see a higher volume and quality of work coming through.

How to grow your stone working trade business

One of the key ways trade associations help their members is support in bringing in new business. With homeowners regularly searching our site for stone-related jobs, Checkatrade members also receive help with new enquiries coming their way.

There are lots of other benefits of Checkatrade membership too, including

They include:

  • Dedicated membership advice team
  • Work guarantee up to £1,000
  • Exclusive offers and discounts
  • Up to 20% off Public Liability Insurance
  • Reduced cost of workwear and branding
  • Savings on other business essentials such as vans, fuel and materials

At Checkatrade, we ensure all of our members have the correct accreditations to carry out their field of work. A membership with a trade association such as the Stone Federation of Great Britain can also help with that.

With your Checkatrade profile able to show off your associations, certifications and associations, it is another good way to be seen as a quality and trusted tradesperson whose work can be relied upon.

FAQs

Who are the Stone Federation of Great Britain?

They’re the trade body representing all UK businesses involved in natural stone. That includes tradespeople and suppliers alike.

What are the benefits of joining the Stone Federation?

The Stone Federation provides members with advice, technical guidance and training. Members can also display its logo to demonstrate their high levels of professionalism .

How much does it cost to join the Stone Federation?

You can apply to join the Stone Federation online, where they will discuss membership costs with you as part of the process.

What are the different types of stone?

The Stone Federation lists over 80 types of natural stone in the UK. Examples include granite, limestone, marble, quartz, sandstone and slate.

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