Just a quick update to let you know about what is currently happening at Smith Brothers Stores including CS4, new HGV vehicles, new suppliers and news from our recent relocations and branches.
Celebrating Success Four
SBS are excited to welcome over 300 members of staff all in one Nottingham venue on Saturday 13th May. This will be an opportunity for our 12 branches and Head Office staff to celebrate the collective achievements in recent years as the name suggests. To make the evening one to remember, a sit down meal followed by exciting entertainment awaits. We very much hope the evening is a great success and all staff enjoy themselves.
Relocations and New Branches doing great!!
Since last year, the Bristol and Leicester branches have relocated to increase operational capacity improving our service to our customers where it is delivery or collection. This positive affect can also been seen with our staff as the facilities are much improved. The improvements are justified as SBS Bristol had their highest sales to date in March 2017 by a considerable margin.
Along with Bristol and Leicester, the Head Office has relocated to Blaby with teams such as IT, Accounts and Marketing all under one roof. The SBS team are now closer easily utilise expertise from different departments quickly and efficiently.
Three branches have also opened within the last 15 months in Heathrow, Cardiff and Merseyside, meaning the business can offer greater geographical coverage with improved delivery options and customers have better collection facilities. The branches are progressing well and gathering momentum in all areas. Heathrow alone recently passed £5 million in sales since opening which from a standing start is excellent progress.
New and Improved Heavy Goods Vehicle’s (HGV)
SBS are pleased to announce the improved HGV vehicle coming to our fleet shortly. The most notable changed is the crane lifting capacity which is more than 2 tonnes when at 3.5 metres – not far off an African Forest Elephant!!
The modified crane is lighter allowing more stock to be transported potentially reducing our CO2 footprint and confirms to the standards of our Silver FOR’s accreditation. Lookout for it on site, three are being delivered in June.
Smith Brothers are excited to announce we are now stockists of Viega and IMI TA Valves which will compliment the current range while giving greater choice for our customers.
A key development with the help of Viega, is SBS can now supply a press system able to press and join steel pipe, shortly all the way up to 4 inch. Currently the only system in the country, the thick steel press fittings can also connect to other systems of copper, carbon and stainless steel. Current availability is up to 2 inch which is increasing to 4 inch by the end of the year after its successful launch at ISH 2017.
The start of year saw us team up with IMI being able to offer customers TA valves to achieve high level of control sometimes specified on such important projects. IMI TA pride themselves on offering industry leading solutions such as their manual balancing valve with high efficiency control and performance reducing hydronic imbalances. Having valves which allow adjustment while not compromising control has helped SBS provide the marketplace with another option.
Teaming up with two suppliers who pride themselves on quality matches our core valves while providing our customers with greater choice to suit multiple applications.