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      Is there a market for stone products in the UK?

      Hi all,

      Does anyone know if there is a market for stone products in the United Kingdom. Think of things like building stones, fireplaces, worktops etc?

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      Hi Kathy,

      Stone products have always been very popular in the UK. Just search for stone products in Google and see how many results come up. There are both advantages and disadvantages inherent to the popularity of stone products within Britain:

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      These products sell in volume, due to their popularity and British taste.

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      There is a lot of competition for stone based products, especially from large DIY chains, and unless you can offer a very good price/quality ratio you will struggle to compete.

      You need to offer that bit of extra service and warranty to be able to sell these products in the UK, and also look at offering quality historical reproductions at inexpensive prices.

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      Thank you,

      Almost everyone wants a low price and quality products, but honestly, it would be a bit difficult to achieve this. Nevertheless, we are willing to try our best to do it.

      I am wondering what kind of "extra service and warranty " we could offer that would be more fit for the UK taste.

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      Hi Kathy,

      Try something like lifetime warranty on your products or offering a custom production service where customers can commission their own designs through a guided online process. You could even offer to manufacturer small stone gift shop items or ornaments (i.e. statues, landmarks, ashtrays, cartoon characters).

      You should also think about partnering with British companies that have an existing customer base. Partnering can definitely increase business, because you will be able to offer a larger variety of products together. Have a look at the following distributors of stone products in the UK:

      - Masonry Products, Cast Stone Products - Central Distribution
      - Marshalls History
      - Jerusalem Stone UK : Quality Natural Stone Tiles Distributor

      You can also get ideas from other manufacturers and distributors in the UK, try to see what makes them successful.

      Hope this helps

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