Postcodes were introduced and Sydney Smith gave the parent company the famous ‘wrong’ postcode of LE2 7PB. Wrong because it didn’t mirror the adjacent buildings, but instead his house located 900 yards away. The incorrect postcode stood the test of time until 2019 when it was changed to LE2 7QJ.
Expansion of Leicester
SBS expand Leicester by purchasing units on adjacent road, Batten Street.
The company begin recording details on a computer system starting the move away from the paper-based routine.
Vehicles become FORS Accredited
SBS transport becomes FORS accredited demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety and the environment. Patented WRAS approved Aquatechnik multilayer system comes exclusively to SBS giving a great alternative to traditional steel or copper. Tool hire through HireStation can now be ordered online through www.sbs.hirestation.co.uk.
New I.T. system is launched
New I.T. system is launched to help with all aspects of the business from sales through to accounts. The move sets the next level of foundation and demonstrates our desire to constantly adapt for the needs of our customers.
Heathrow, Cardiff and Merseyside – 10th, 11th & 12th branch
SBS expands its sales force into Northern Ireland and relocations take place in Birmingham, Oldham and Thurrock to satisfy increased demand. The business is included in The Sunday Times Top Track 250, the Leicester version of Monopoly and climbed to 51st place in the Top 200 Companies in Leicestershire.
Glasgow – 14th branch
Smith Brothers’ first Scottish branch opens in Glasgow in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and Southampton relocates to a modern 25,000 sq. ft. premises. SBS retains the HVR Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year award for the third year running and are also featured in the London Stock Exchange’s Top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2020.
Sheffield – 15th branch
SBS Sheffield open in the summer of 2021 along with the announcement two additional branches will opening soon.