Last week saw The Thistle Euston Hotel in London play host to the second in our 2015 Stone Federation Members’ Day.  The day provided member firms with a chance to come and hear about the activity of the Federation over the last twelve months and to keep their finger on the pulse of what was in store for 2016.

The event gathered members from across the country and included everyone from from adhesive manufactures and quarry operators through to heritage specialists and design consultants. 

The Members’ Day began with lunch and a chance to network with architects who had attended the Federation’s Stone in the City event that was held in the morning.  After lunch, proceedings began with the Annual Review film that provided an entertaining and insightful look back over the activity of the Federation over the past year.  The film was followed by a digital media masterclass from the Federation’s own Digital Media Executive, Matt Robb.  This provided delegates with an insight into the value of content within the social media world and the importance of establishing their firms as an authority voice within the online world of the natural stone sector.  It was encouraging to hear of a number of members who have already actioned some of the advice Matt provided at the Leeds event.

This first section of the Members’ Day was followed by a series of technical presentations combined with a lively question and answer session.  Delegates were encouraged to get involved in the discussion which led to some fantastic discussions about some of the industry’s hot topics, including CE Marking and British and European Standards.  It was fantastic to see such a high level of engagement from the delegates, and the success of these technical sessions at both the London and Leeds Member’s Days has prompted the Federation to look to provide more opportunities for this kind in interaction and discussion in the coming year

Conversations continued once the sessions had finished and this time led to some more fantastic networking opportunities for the members present.

The Federation would like to thank all the members who attended the event and the speakers who helped to make the 2015 Members’ Day such a resounding success.