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Emerging Talent Awards Shortlisted Nominees

We've been delighted by the overwhelming response to our Emerging Talent Awards, receiving nominations from across the industry, with submissions reflecting the contribution of a wide range of entrants.

The Awards are about recognising and rewarding the achievements of those at the beginning of their career in the sector and form part of Industry Day's third seminar session, Emerging Talent Awards: meet the new stars of the stone industry, on Wednesday 7 June. This will be hosted by leading broadcaster and sustainability commentator Susannah Streeter and culminates with the award presentation.

The chosen winners will be presented with their award, along with a voucher to the value of £250, at the 2023 Natural Stone Show, June 6-8 at ExCeL, London. In addition each winner will be featured in the Natural Stone Specialist magazine and on

Matthew Kaye
Banker Mason -
Boden & Ward Stonemasons 

Matthew Kaye

Nominated by Ben Richards, Director

Matt has worked hard since joining Boden & Ward as a qualified Banker Mason 18 months ago. He has progressed in his ability to lead a team on a larger, more complex site and become an invaluable part of the company. Over the past six months, he has led a small team undertaking sometimes complex and evolving repair and restoration works to a historic building where Boden & Ward is a subcontractor and Matt is the main site contact for the main contractor, architects and other trades. He communicates clearly and knowledgably to all these partners and also to the Boden & Ward management and yard teams, ensuring the correct materials and resources are when and where they are needed. Matt often has to record areas of stonework to ensure they are accurately and sympathetically repaired to the highest standard while retaining as much of the existing fabric as possible. Matt’s precision is vital to the success of the project and is proven in the quality of the work produced. There is often a need to search out the best way to undertake repairs so that maintain structural integrity does not compromise the appearance of the building. Matt is able to do this using both his own knowledge, skills and initiative and through effective communication with the management team, seeking advice and guidance when required.

View all shortlisted nominees

  • I've seen how techniques and machinery have advanced in the stone trade, making life easier, more efficient and saving money on a project
    Show Visitor
  • The Natural Stone Show has been really exciting for us, we’ve met a lot of great people and had a lot of traffic on the stand, it has been a great setting for our official launch.
    Kelly Johnson
  • You can find everything!
    Show Visitor
  • The real highlight of the show has been seeing so many people come to see the new colours that we've introduced...we've pulled in incredible crowds with the new range.
    Simon Boocock
    CR Laurence of Europe



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