Born in Swanage, Dorset, Marcus is the son of a Purbeck Limestone Quarrier, with the family link to quarrying from County Durham through to Purbeck stretching back five generations. Marcus came to the Scottish Borders where his parents had bought a farm some years earlier and started Hutton Stone Co. Ltd in 1994, cutting masonry and building stone in a disused barn. The company dealt initially in reclaimed stone and bought slab from other suppliers and in 1999, reopened Swinton Quarry which historically supplied masonry throughout the Borders, North Northumberland and into Edinburgh. The company now employs 44 staff, operates three exclusive quarries and stocks a further 20 other UK stone types. They have a turnover of around £3.2 million and have purpose-built production yard/factories in both the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland supplying large and small new build and restoration projects throughout the UK.