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A Moment To Reflect Before Christmas; 2017 In Review

December is always a headlong rush, so a short pause is a relief, if only to catch your breath. We’re having just that, with a quick round-up of 2017, and a brief look forward to an exciting 2018. Grab a cuppa and a mince pie and check it out, just in case you’ve missed something over the past twelve months!

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With customer service at the heart of our business, we started the year with a bang with the introduction of our offer of Free Nationwide Delivery of Sawn Stone and Porcelain for orders over £500 + VAT. The consequence is that you’ve found our products more accessible for projects around the country, with more premium paving delivered to Scotland, Wales and, in particular, the South-West, an area now boosted by our presence at independent stockist Lowarth and Co. Ltd in Truro.

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Help London Stone To Support Perennial’s Vital Work

Do you take your health and strength for granted? Or do you deliberately avoid thinking about what would happen if you lost them? It’s no fun imagining what would happen if things suddenly changed.marek

Tree surgeon Marek suffered a devastating fall, resulting in brain injury. Perennial stepped in to help his partner Ann Marie with financial arrangements, help with the benefits system, and emotional support.

Things do sometimes change, though, and that’s why we originally chose Perennial as one of our charity partners. None of us is immune from a devastating event. And we’re delighted to say that thanks to the numbers joining our Specialist Landscaper Scheme, (where for every new member who signs-up, we donate £10 split between Perennial and Greenfingers) our support now stands at £1,100.

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London Stone Creates A Warmer Welcome With Kent Showroom Refurb

Four years is a long time in the life of a showroom. While we reeled from the realisation that our South-East London showroom at Cooling’s Green & Pleasant in Knockholt had been open so long, we were in no doubt it was due for a refurbishment.

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The South-East London Showroom, near Junction 4 on the M25, is one of our most popular for walk-in custom, so we’ve redesigned the interior to ensure there’s always a place to make yourself comfortable; even when it’s really busy.

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London Stone Display Designer-friendly Products At The SGD Autumn Conference 2017

The SGD Autumn Conference took place last Saturday (18.11.2017), with around 400 designers attending the seminars, which focused this year on incorporating water into garden design.

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The SGD Conferences are always a landmark in our year. We love being able to see lots of our clients face-to-face.  What was also noticeable on Saturday, when the Autumn Conference took place in Kensington, was the number of new faces. It’s great to meet so many freshly qualified designers entering our industry.

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Mapping the Supply Chains; The Complexity of Foreign Supply Chains

I’ve travelled to India on numerous occasions over the last 10 years and it’s fair to say that on each visit, I gain further insight into the supply chain. Since leaving the ETI and joining the CLFZ (Child Labour Free Zones) project London Stone’s visits to India have been solely focused on working with the local community to make child labour a thing of the past in Budhpura.

Whilst being extremely rewarding the project has also been a huge challenge for everyone involved.  Now 3 years in we are starting to see real, on the ground progress, none more so than after a recent visit which has left me feeling inspired and given me a deeper understanding of the community, its social structures, the problems it faces and of course, the solutions.

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