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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

Samuel Tree
Director -
Belgravia Stone 

Samuel Tree

Nominated by Chris Hairsine, Managing Director.

Sam, still in his early 30s, started working as a 15-year-old at J W Smith's Masonry in York. He took his City & Guilds in Stone Masonry and BTEC HNC at Leeds College of Building. Having worked for Yorkshire-based Stone Connection for several years he, along with his uncle Chris Hairsine, decided to start his own business, Belgravia Stone, in 2013 and has developed a highly regarded, fully digital fabrication unit in York. He has been instrumental in the development within a decade of a thriving company that has even greater prospects.

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  • 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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