Midlands Family Business - Winners FBU Award 2017
Thursday June 8th saw the GBPlastics team head down to London for the annual Family Business United Awards.
We walked away with the Midlands Family Business Award and also were runners up in the Peoples Choice Award.
Commenting on the evening Director Wendy Hill said “I am delighted and honoured to be winners of the FBU Midlands Family Business of the Year Award. I am also thrilled to be runner-up in the People’s Choice Award, as this was voted for by our colleagues, peers and customers. The Awards were a fabulous evening, it was great to see the diversity of businesses there, being nominated was fabluous, but being crowned the Midlands Family Business of 2017 is amazing!”
Paul Andrews, Founder and Managing Director of FBU, added: "We were delighted to pull together such a vibrant bunch of family businesses for the 2017 awards, some that have succeeded for numerous generations and continue to thrive, and others that are relatively young but have great values at the heart of what they do.
“GB Plastics is a great family firm with strong family values at their core and a belief in what they do. This family firm is continuing to innovate and invest for the long term, and represents a truly great British family firm that really deserves all the plaudits that winning this award brings."
Waste Pipe In Stock
Did you know we now stock white and black waste pipe, 32mm and 40mm in push fit and solvent welded. Contact your local branch for more information.
National Tea Day 21st March 2017
We had lots of fun raising money for The Buddy Bag Foundation on National Tea Day. All customers were offered tea and biscuits. The biscuits had a retro theme and included Club's, Viscount and Penguin's. We managed to raise £75 on the day from donations.
2017 Charity Announced
We are delighted to announce that the charity we will be supporting throughout 2017 is The Buddy Bag Foundation. This is a relatively new charity but they are doing great things and we are proud to be able to support and help them.
Christmas Jumper Day 16th December 2016
Text TEAMGBP to 70050 to donate £2 to Save the Children, we raised a total of £158 this year, well done everyone in the branches for their efforts and thanks to all our family, friends, customers and colleagues who supported us.
Mince-Pie Day 12 December 2016
We managed to raise £50 for St Giles Hospice on our mince pie day, all customers were offered mince pies in all branches in return for an optional donation to charity. A big thank you to everyone who supported us and this great charity
Warm Roof Product Focus
Rugeley branch (pictured below) were all lucky winners of an I-Pad mini. This was a result of 6 month's hard work. We had a product focus in all GBP branches on Warm-Roofs, and the branch with the highest sales and profit were all given an I-pad as recognition of their hard work. Warm-Roofs are a fairly new addition to our range, the rooves are made-to-measure and are proveing very popular with our trade and DIY customers.
Christmas Promotions & Give-away 2016
12 days of Christmas offers available in branches and online throughout December, plus buy more and get GBP branded gloves, hoodie or body-warmer.
Shortlisted for Family Business of The Year Awards 2016
Will you vote for us and help us win??
We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted, now we just need your help, please vote for us!
GBP joins the 5% club - February 2016
We are a proud member of The 5% Club, a campaign focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the UK workforce. By joining the club, we have committed to the aim of ensuring that 5% of our UK workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes within the next five years. To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk
New premises for our Rugeley branch
Finally we can announce the opening of our new purpose built head office in Rugeley on 21st January 2016.
This wonderful bright and airy new branch replaces the old site and offices that we were previously located at. Hopefull the new premises will provide easier access to our customers. We have an increased space for the accounts/office and a dedicated area for our online team. Also at the new premises is a training and meeting room.
GBP is recognised as an Investors in People Company
December 2015 marked a landmark for General Building Plastics, we have received accreditation from Investors in People, we are very proud to be able to have this award as it shows our commitment to working with all staff to ensure their continued personal development.
Midland Family Business Awards - Finalists
We are delighted to announce that General Building Plastics has been announced as a finalist in this years Midlands Family Business Awards, in the category of 'best small family business'
Lichfield 10k 13th September 2015 - GBP runners
We have a team of runners this year, and we are running to support Staffordshire Search and Rescue, please give generously and come along on the day to support us
Red Ribbon Awards, Best Small Family Business - WINNER
Family Business Place is dedicated to supporting British family businesses, this years awards are set to be the most talked-about event of the year, we, along with many other British family-run businesses from around the UK will came together to celebrate all that’s special and unique about family firms at the prestigious 6th annual Red Ribbon Awards.
We are delighted to be able to announce that we are the proud winners in the Small Family Business Category.
The judges commented that
"They completely symbolise what a small family business should be. They struck the judges as a stable company; one that knows where it is going and has a solid and well thought- out business plan for guidance. This structured approach alongside a hunger for growth and passion to see the business succeed has resulted in a true gem of a family business which is admired by it’s customers, it’s community and it’s employees alike."
Pictured below are our very proud team that attended the awards ceremony L-R Matthew Wedderkopp, Clare Falls, Wendy Hill, Alan Sutherland, Janet Sutherland
Winner of 3D TV - 25th Anniversary prize
We are pleased to announce that Mark Hewitt, one of the directors of Elite Services has won the 3D TV. Mark, pictured with director Wendy Hill is delighted with his prize 'I never win anything, I thought it was a joke when Wendy said I had won the star prize' commented Mark.
Wendy Hill made the draw on Thursday 'I am really pleased that Mark won, Elite Services have been a customer of ours for many years and it is nice when someone is so genuinely please with winning'
Oswestry Branch Opens - 5th May 2015
The new 6,500 sq ft unit is in a prime location on Oswestry’s Maes-y-Clawdd and stocks our widest range of products of , including the full range of woodgrain in Rosewood, Golden Oak, Irish Oak, Black Grain and Chartwell Green, along with a wide range of colour coded sealants and pins.
A free local delivery services is available from the Oswestry branch for all orders over £50 placed via our website, by phone, fax or in person at the trade counter.
April 2015 is a milestone date for General Building Plastics, as it marks our 25th anniversary. Founded in 1990 by Janet Sutherland, Janet continues to work in the business, alongside her son Alan and eldest daughter Wendy Hill, both Directors, who joined the business in its first year, and today look after all the day-to-day running.Whilst
“We are delighted to be celebrating 25 years in business, and are as proud of our heritage and success today as we were when mum started the business back in 1990,” says Wendy Hill. "Whilst so much has changed in the building and building products industries over the last 25 years, we have remained focused on offering an extensive range of always high quality products at a competitive price. The business has always been ambitious, which has driven our growth and expansion with the addition of our new branches at a steady pace." We will celebrate our 25th birthday from now until the end of 2015, with a number of special offers, promotions, gifts and prizes designed as a ‘thank you’ for our customers and staff. There will be a programme of Silver-themed promotions in honour of our 25th anniversary, with prizes available including a 42” 3D TV, anniversary-branded clothing and special offers
Paul Tooth celebrates 10 years at GBP Rugeley
Everyone at GBP would like to say a massive 'congratulations' to Paul Tooth who celebrated 10 years as branch manager at our Rugeley depot in January 2015. Pictured with director Wendy Hill receiving his luxury hotel vouchers Paul commented 'I have seen a lot of changes since I started in 2005, and it is great to work for a company that is still changing and growing. I still love my job, every day is a challenge and I still look forward to coming in every day.'
GBP Christmas 'do' 2014
This year we went Hovercrafting and Archery, followed by some great pub grub and a few pints. Pictured below are our hardy crew who all got a little bit muddy during the hovercraft experience.
WoN promotion - winners
During November we ran a promotion; for every order placed online our customers got an entry to win £250 voucher, 1 winner per branch. We are delighted with the response from cutomers and the winners were as follows:
Rugeley Branch - Stafford UPVC Windows
Shrewsbury Branch - Heritage Glass
Walsall Branch - Compass Window Systems
Banbury Branch - Windows Are Us
Kettering Branch - Pure Construction
Prize Draw Winner - Kettering branch
Pictured below is Russ from GRP receiving his Makita drill from our director Alan Sutherland. We had lots of give-aways during the first month of our branch opening in Kettering, and the prize draw was for a Makita Drill.
New branch open in Kettering 10th September 2014
We are now open at Unit 8, Baron Avenue, Kettering (next door to Screwfix)
Come along and see the wide range of products in stock. Three Counties Show 8th - 11th May 2014
Come and visit our composit decking stand at the three counties show
In response to customer demand we now stock anthracite grey foiled 40mm, 60mm, 90mm Architraves and 28mm Fillet. Plus anthracite grey silicone and window touch-up pens. In stock now at all our branches.
We will close at 3.30pm on 23rd December 2013, and reopen at 7.30am on 3rd January 2014
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your business in 2013, and which you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2014.
Garden Shows Spring/Summer 2013
Come along and see our Composite Decking at the following shows:
22nd to 24th March Milton Keynes Spring Garden Show
9th to 12th May 2013
17th to 19th May 2013
New look for Shrewsbury Unit
We are delighted with the look of the new doors at our Shrewsbury unit, giving great advertising for the branch even when it is closed
Dave George 10 years continuous employment
Dave George recently celebrated 10 amazing years working for GBP!! Everyone who has had deliveries from our Shrewsbury branch know that Dave is not only a key member of the team there, but he has amazing skills when finding even the most difficult of delivery addresses. He is committed to getting customer deliveries to site, ‘on time every time’ and his local knowledge is relied upon by us all.
As a thank you for his continuous hard work and relentless dedication to getting the job done, Wendy and Alan presented him with a pair of celebration champagne Hot Air Balloon tickets, flying from the local quarry in Shrewsbury.
Foil Pack LMN silicone now availalbe - reduce waste costs
Now in stock are 400ml foil pack tubes of Soudal LMN silicone. This high grade silicone is now available in a sausage foil pack, which when used with a specialist applicator gun, reduces to almost nothing when empty.
In stock and available at branch now - plus buy 3 boxes and get a FREE applicator gun.
Billing Aquadrome 5th to 7th May 2012
Despite the constant rain and threat of flooding, we can confirm that we will be exhibiting our BIGFOOT composite decking at the Billing Aquadrome Camping and Boating show, this bank holiday weekend.
Much of the show has been moved to hardstanding areas, and the caravan and campsite has been re-opened for all those who want to stay overnight.
All we need to do now is pray for a bit of sunshine for the bank holiday weekend.
£500 raised in aid of Katharine House Hospice
A big thank you to all our customers who supported the raffle at our recent opening at our Banbury branch. We raised a total of £326 from the raffle, which we rounded up to £500!! Kevin Adams was the lucky winner of the 32" television, pictured above receiving his prize along with Martin Summers, Banbury branch manager, and Sheila Norton from Katharine House Hospice.
We are moving to Unit 1, Swan Industrial Estate, Gatteridge Street, Banbury OX16 5DH
OPENING WEEKEND, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January, call in and see us at our new unit in Banbury during our opening weekend for our special relocation offers. We are also raising money for Katherine House Hospice, with a raffle, each ticket is a winner, call along and help us support a great local charity.
Freefoam Registered Installer Scheme, Promotion
We are always keen to offer our customers extra benefits, and during July General Building Plastics and Freefoam promoted the Freefoam registered installer scheme. This is free to join, and once installers are part of the scheme they can register their individual installations and their customers benefit from the 30 year Freefoam extended guarantee, this is on all UPVC and guttering products. During the promotion GB Plastics registered 66 new installers, and Guardian windows (pictured above) were the winners of a full house of UPVC products, courtesy of Freefoam.
If any installers would still like to register, or would like more information about the scheme, please contact your local branch.
Shropshire County Show
14 and 15 May
Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Shropshire Show this year, it was a very windy show, but the rain kept off for us all. We had a large area of decking on display, plus our new line in fully recycled benches. Also on display was the hygienic cladding - suitable for walls and ceilings and ideal for commercial applications.
20th Anniversary Prize Draw
General Building Plastics are celebrating 20 years trading this year. As part of their anniversary celebrations, supported by their key suppliers, they had a prize draw.
First prize of 500 holiday vouchers was won by Mark Williams of Elizabethan Patio Doors in Wrexham.
Pictured below receiving their prizes from Alan Sutherland are Paul Bates of James Windows, and Jason Battison from Fine Choice Windows
Great Midlands Fun Run
Sunday 6th June 2010 was the date for our directors first ever 'run'. Alan and Wendy, along with Wendy's husband Tony, took part in the Sutton Coldfield, Great Midland Fun Run.
As you can see from the picture above, they were all extremely happy to have finished and they would like to thank everyone who sponsored them. They were raising money for a local cancer hospice, St Giles Hospice.