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Modern Apprenticeships at TBS

August 3, 2017


As a company, TBS has always believed in giving youth a chance. We have sometimes taken on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and watched them blossom as training and responsibility come their way.

For this reason, we welcomed the Modern Apprenticeships initiative. In partnership with the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), we have been helping to train several younger people in different aspects of business life.


Semlep recently produced some videos showcasing companies large and small that have embraced the vision of apprenticeships, and TBS is one of them! Follow this link to watch the whole clip.



Blast from the Past: an Original TBS Bag from c.1979 Discovered

July 21, 2017



Wowee, what a find! TBS Daventry yard man and super-sleuth, Ray Lunt, was visiting a relative and came across this. It’s one of the very first rubble sacks produced for our company, almost certainly for our first branch, on Islington Road, Towcester. This opened in 1978 and you can read more of its story through this link.


We guess the bag must date the period 1978-80. Do any staff or customers remember these bags? Do you know who the artist was? We’d love to find out more, so please use the COMMENTS option and share your reminiscences!


The original Towcester yard c.1980


Challenges That Builders Merchants Are Facing

July 10, 2017


Independent builders’ merchants aren’t like supermarkets or other retailers who can rely on regular, predictable trade. You can’t simply stick a ‘25% off’ sign in your window and hope that passers-by will flock in to part with their cash.

We came across an article from Integrity Software that develops these issues. They have kindly given us permission to reproduce extracts here. Thanks, guys! You can read the whole article here: Five Everyday Problems Unique to Building and Plumbing Merchants.

Attracting passing trade

High street stores make a large proportion of their sales through eye-catching window displays and racks of impulse-buy goods. Independent merchants, however, are often located on out-of-town industrial estates.

Advertising promotions

Merchants’ ranges of products aren’t that suitable for impulse buys, so profit margins need to be much tighter if they are to remain competitive. You have to  inform your customer base that you have a sale on.

five-everyday-problems-300px-135841Controlling stock

Retailers that have a high turnover of stock won’t be too adversely affected by the presence of dead stock. But if you supply petrol generators and specialised power tools, you can have products in the stockroom that aren’t touched for months. To be successful, any construction industry trader must have extra-tight and efficient stock control.

Avoiding admin

Hardware merchants must undertake more detailed admin processes than many retail equivalents. As well as stock control, there is the need for equipment, rental and lease agreements to be signed off and recorded; legislation often has to be taken into consideration. It’s all too easy to be lost in a sea of paperwork.

Encouraging profitability

All of the above issues can adversely affect profitability. It can be more of a challenge for a construction industry trader to chase profits than for a generic retailer. Merchants have to be up with the game and make use of retail management software solutions.

So, if you’re a customer, spare a thought for your local Builders and Plumbing merchant. Recommend them to your friends as a more knowledgeable alternative to big-name stores. And if you’re a merchant, companies like Integrity Software are happy to advise you on the latest automated helps.


Celebrity Customer Feedback?

June 20, 2017


We just had to let you see this! It’s always nice to receive positive customer feedback, but this is special. Biff’s owner is a long-standing account customer at TBS Daventry.

What’s more, Biff is a celebrity in his own right. Remember the John Lewis Christmas 2016 advert – the dog on the trampoline? “Buster the Boxer” is our very own Biff!

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