04 Sep 2019

Checkatrade

What is it?

Checkatrade is one of the most popular tradesman websites – both for tradespeople and customers. It’s an online directory that you pay to be featured on, so people can find and contact you for work. Clients can also leave you a rating, which is then visible to the public.

What makes it great?

It’s so simple to use. To set yourself up, just complete an online form. You’ll get a call back, where you’ll be asked to answer a few questions and provide proof of your qualifications, references and insurance. Then, once your profile is live, you’re good to go.

Once you’re listed on the site, it’s easy for customers to find and contact you, which means you’re more likely to get business from the site. Plus, once you’ve paid your subscription fee, there are no other costs to pay – regardless of how many leads or jobs Checkatrade brings you.

iZettle

What is it?

The iZettle app is designed to help small businesses take card payments and create and send invoices with ease.

What makes it great?

Its card reader is award-winning. Combined with the app, it lets you turn your device into a mobile, secure point of sale. This means you can use it to keep track of card, cash, mobile and invoice payments while on the go.

You can generate bills and invoices, sending them to customers straight from the app, and iZettle will let you know when they’ve been paid or even send reminders to clients who’ve missed the due date. Need to issue a refund or discount? You can do that on the app, too.

Rated People

What is it?

There are two Rated People apps – one for customers looking for tradespeople and another for tradespeople looking for jobs. Rated People works in a similar way to Checkatrade, but is more focused on helping you find your own work, instead of waiting for clients to contact you.

What makes it great?

With Rated People, you’re in control. You can proactively browse, search and filter potential work, so you decide what type of jobs you take on and where.

Then, if you want the work, you can buy the lead and contact the potential client. Plus, you’ll get access to member benefits like high street discounts. You can also help increase your reputation by answering the DIY-related questions posted on the site by potential customers.

Makita

What is it?

The trusted power tool manufacturer has created its own mobile app, which turns your smartphone into a handy, multi-functional device you can use while you’re on a job.

What makes it great?

It’s the Swiss Army knife of tradesman apps. Mislaid your spirit level? You can use the Makita app to check your work instead, thanks to its built-in levelling instrument. There’s also a flash light and distance-measuring tool.

If you’re worried about what all these clever gadgets will do to your mobile battery, don’t. The app comes with a battery level indicator, so it won’t drain without warning.

MyBuilder

What is it?

Following in the footsteps of Checkatrade and Rated People, MyBuilder lets you find work based on a custom area you set. You only need to pay a shortlist fee once you and a client are ready to exchange details.

What makes it great?

Unlike Checkatrade and Rated People, MyBuilder doesn’t charge a monthly or annual listing fee. This can be particularly useful when you’re first starting out or if cash flow is an issue.

Plus, it’s a handy way to fill any last-minute work gaps. The app uses a matching process to shortlist tradespeople for customers. If you’re chosen, you can then make contact with a warm lead who’s already expecting your call.

Fixington

What is it?

Designed for independent tradespeople, the Fixington Calendar app lets you keep track of all your jobs and appointments. It also has a built-in invoice function, and you can save information about your jobs and client details to view later.

What makes it great?

It reduces your paperwork and helps you stay organised. One of the best invoice apps for tradespeople, Fixington lets you send bills through messaging apps, like Facebook or iMessage, so they’ll be easier for your customers to pick up.

Lost your phone? No problem – all your data is synced and backed up, so you can view it on any desktop or phone. You can also connect Fixington with an iZettle device, so you can take card payments and record them against the relevant job in your app.

Powered Now

What is it?

In short, Powered Now is an invoice, estimating and scheduling program for small businesses. You can use it to create quotes and job sheets, wherever you are. It can also help you manage your diary and keep track of payments.

What makes it great?

How much it can do! From sending documents via text and pinging you an alert once they’ve been opened, to organising all your communications in an easy-to-view timeline – as one of the best organiser apps out there, Powered Now has got it all.

Do you manage a team? They can all use Powered Now to record their hours, photos of finished work or customer signatures, so everything’s stored in one place. It’s also got a handy built-in chat function, so you can all stay in touch within the app. Plus, live team tracking allows you to check everyone is where they need to be.

18 Jul 2019

Two months in to summer time and we have experienced heavy down pours and days of perfect sunshine. The evenings are lighter and we are now able to tackle the outside jobs at a more enjoyable and leisurely pace.  Have you had a look at your guttering? Is it full of leaves and debris? If so have you thought of installing some Hedgehog gutter guard?

https://pbs-limited.co.uk/product-category/guttering-downpipes/rainwater-accessories/

Why not replace your Roofline fascia. We can satisfy all your needs from Bullnose Fascia, Square edged Fascia, soffit board, Cover board, Tongue & Groove Soffit, shiplap Cladding and Kavex textured Cladding available in various colours

We have many products that are just plainly useful to use around the house such as Tools, Workwear, Dust sheets, Fixings, Silicones, Sealants, Adhesives, Cleaners and much more.

The ever popular Skypod/Roof Lantern has captured our customers’ imagination with the ability to turn a dull uninspiring extension with a flat roof into a magnificent natural light capturing room with a stylish glass Skypod on top. What better way to save money by converting your existing structure into a classy looking conservatory. They are made in our local factory and come with a 10 year guarantee. We’re sending out a discount for this product in the post so if you’re interested, open a trade account today to catch a place on our mailing list!

Make a note in your diary for our ‘Trade Day’ taking place at all four of our branches on September 12th 2019. Open to the Trade and Public. Pop in for a chat about your next project over nice cup of coffee and take advantage of the many offers which will be available on the day. For more information keep an eye on our website during August.

Why not install some miniflow Rainwater Guttering. Available in White, Black, and Brown, the ideal solution for small buildings such as sheds garages, summer houses and greenhouses. Then take it a stage further and install a Water Butt. Check out our Water Butts here:

https://pbs-limited.co.uk/product-category/garden-products/water-butts/

We are continuing to sell our attractive range of Water Butts and ancillaries. The Slim line Water butt is ever popular and is always a hit with customers who are short on space. The installation of a Water butt has got to be a fantastic way to save money on the ever ‘rising’ water bill. How does a water butt help save money? The Consumer Council for Water states that the average roof collects about 85,000 litres of rainwater in a year, which is enough to fill 450 water butts with free water. It’s a great way to save some money and help with all the other bills.

The yellow ‘Flex Tub bucket’ is such a useful item to help you move soil, twigs, weeds and similar around your garden. The 3 Gallon builders bucket is the perfect accompaniment to the Flex Tub bucket. You can never have enough helpful neat time saving accessories in your garden.

Now is the time to install my favourite practical and most functional product.  The Fakro insulated loft hatch ladder is a bargain! Have it installed before Christmas and the climb into the loft will be a doddle.

But I hear you say a loft ladder is for life not just for Christmas. How right you are. Come and see us soon, Ray

18 Jan 2019

Due to our ever growing sales department, we require a Sales Coordinator to join our busy team in Norwich.

 

Duties will consist of direct customer contact and telephone sales calls, taking
orders, turning enquiries into orders, preparing quotes and liaising with our
external sales representatives.

Monday to Friday 40 hours rotating between 7.30am to
5.00pm. Saturday 8.00am to 12.00midday. 1 in 2 rota paid as overtime.
Salary band: £17,500.00.

The position would suit a reliable person with a builders merchants or similar
background in the window and glazing supply industry.

To apply please send CV and covering letter to: [email protected]

29 Oct 2018

On the 20th of October 2018 Plastic Building Supplies Ltd hosted a 30th anniversary celebration. In attendance was around 200 staff, some customers and suppliers at The Talk in Norwich.

The Talk Norwich

PBS hosted a raffle and an auction raising over £2000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Companies sponsoring the prizes included: Easy Innovations, Drinklink, Midland Lead, Toolbank, Broadfix, Brett Martin, Window Ware, Lustre Coastings, Floplast, Kestrel, Rostrons, Rehau and Mancroft Insurance!

EACH Charity Auction

PBS would like to sincerely thank these suppliers for helping them achieve their fundraising efforts for the evening.

Carol & Sophie from EACH were also in attendance and gave a moving presentation reminding the audience why EACH is such a worthy charity to support. Carol also thanked PBS for their support over the years and Sophie assisted in hosting the auction where a spa day, golf day, driving experience and a large bag of tools were up for grabs!

PBS award

During the evening there was an awards presentation for staff anniversaries which included multiple awards for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and even 30 years of service.

Guests were treated to entertainment from the talented Elle & The Pocket Belles performing a mix of vintage and a-Capella swing music. The ladies recently appeared on Sky 1’s Sing: Ultimate A Capella hosted by Cat Deeley.

Keep posted for more 30th anniversary updates!

24 Sep 2018

This month, a group of PBS colleagues and friends, including Grant from DMD Installations, walked a whopping 25 miles from Cromer Pier to the PBS branch in Norwich to raise money for charity.

Plastic building supplies charity walk for EACH 

The walk took just over 10 hours to complete and raised a total of £1200 in funds for our chosen charity EACH (East Anglia’s Childrens Hospices) for the Nook Appeal.

Shaun Brookes of PBS said ‘it felt amazing to exceed our initial £1k target plus achieving the 10hr walk which was almost a marathon. It was tough but we are so happy to have been able to support such a deserving charity!’

The Nook appeal currently stands at over £8 million and the building work is well underway. The appeal continues to rely on the support of local businesses in order to achieve the Nooks final target of 10 million pounds. EACH’s vision is to transform palliative care for children in Norfolk and require a purpose built facility.

A big well done to our wonderful team and a massive thank you to our supporters and sponsors of this walk for your kindness.

Support the Nook Appeal
Donate to EACH
Sponsor our walk

 

18 Apr 2018

Single-use plastic is a hot topic right now regarding items such as drinking straws, cups, plastic bags, packaging and bottles. Single-use plastics, are utilised just once before they are discarded.

plastic bottle

These single use plastics can be harmful to the environment as they pollute our oceans, threaten marine life (also entering our food chain), have a large carbon footprint and take hundreds of years to break down.

275,000 TONNES of plastic are used every day in the UK, that equates to 15 million plastic bottles – a lot of plastic items aren’t recycled so they end up at landfill.

Plastic Building Supplies offer a sustainable solution to our single-use plastic problem in the UK by actually saving plastic that would otherwise end up at landfill and supplying quality recycled plastic furniture.

 

Find out more

 

20 Mar 2018

Take a look at our new product – bathroom wall panels. Roomliner panels are an easy and inexpensive way to update and modernise your bathroom, shower or kitchen.

glitter bathroom panels

Roomliner Wall & Shower Panels are waterproof, easy to fit, durable, hygienic and suitable for any room in the home, office or commercial building. Made of durable, 5mm or 10mm thick PVC boards. They come in a range of marble and sparkle panel colours including Oyster, White Diamond, Black Diamond, Travertine Diamond, Galaxy, White Marble, Storm, Pergamon, Lightening, Sand Dune, White Gloss and Icelandic.

The wall panels are 1000mm in width an 2400mm in length and also sold are a range of trims including end caps, internal and external corners in white, black, beige and chrome.

Panels are designed for easy installation and quick fitting. They may be fixed to damaged, damp walls by fitting 38mm x 19mm horizontal battens at 400mm centres – a breathable membrane is recommended. They can be fitted to a clean wall or over the top of tiles with a neutral cure silicone or moisture cure/solvent free adhesive. The bathroom wall panels can be fitted behind hot water pipes and radiators and in rooms that reach up to 60 degrees C.

26 Feb 2018

Spring begins on the 20th March and ends on the 21st June. The evenings will stay lighter giving us more time outside to enjoy our gardens.  This is the ideal time to prepare your home for the beautiful spring and summer days to come.

Why not make your garden bird friendly and add a bird box or some hanging feeding stations? Birds rely on this additional source of food and bring colour and beautiful bird song. Add a feature such as a bird water table – a regular source of water is vital to all wild life and you will be amazed at how popular your garden becomes. Once they are established you can sit back on your recycled garden bench and admire the view.

spring has sprung flowers

No garden is complete without a water butt. Our Miniflo guttering is a perfect solution for small buildings such as sheds, garages summer houses and greenhouses.  It’s practical and easy to install.

Clear your guttering of leaves and twigs and install ‘Hedgehog’ a continuous polypropylene ‘brush ‘which prevents the build-up of wind-blown debris.  It’s quick and easy to install, maintenance free and virtually indestructible.

Fit a cat flap or a dog door; choose from a range of colours, sizes and shapes. Magnetic doors and collars are available. A range of reduced stock windows are on offer in our Pre-stock sale, White Rehau 5 chambered system windows Supplied with 180mm cills, 28mm double glazed sealed units. All windows include trickle-vents and handles.

There are lots of exciting items available in our pre-stocktake sale from 1st February until the 31st March. This includes the ever popular Loft hatch access Ladder, they are an absolute bargain! They are easy to install and make access to your loft easier and safer.  A firm favourite when demonstrated at the Norfolk show.

Remember to pop into one of our branches from the 12th march until the Easter weekend to win a free lucky Easter treat.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

02 Nov 2017
  1. Have a sort out

boxes

To make way for all the extra items in your house such as presents, food and furniture, it’s time to have a good sort out. Be ruthless – sell or donate items you don’t use. Get the kids to sort through their toys and donate the ones that they no longer play with.

The week before Christmas day you won’t feel like cleaning the cooker so get it done early! Clean all appliances that will get more use, including the fridge and microwave. Defrost the freezer. As boring as these jobs may seem, your future self will thank you!

 

  1. Illuminate!

christmas illuminate

With the clocks going back and shorter daytime hours, it’s a good time to pay attention to the lighting in your home. Replace any bulbs and batteries and consider lowlighting such as extra lamps or LED candles to help create a cosier feel.

  1. Heat it up

fireplace

If you have a traditional fire it’s time to get the chimney swept! For other gas and electric fires, carefully clean them using the manufacturer reccommended method and make sure there is no dust and the fire is working correctly.

Creating heat of course isn’t the only way to keep warm – old windows and doors will let draught in to your home. Consider better energy rated windows and checking under doors and around glass panes for draughts. This will also help ease your energy costs over the busy festive period.

 

  1. Pick a theme

rustic christmas theme

Instead of buying random decorations that catch your eye – save money and effort by picking a theme and sticking to it. Why not go for a rustic theme using natural decorating materials such as pinecones, driftwood, foraged greens and dried oranges.

 

  1. Make some space

make space

Every year the Christmas decs box seems to get bigger and the loft seems to get more and more cluttered. If you struggle getting up and down in to the loft you may want to consider a new loft hatch and ladder – they are surprisingly inexpensive. They have great practical and safety features to ensure safe and simple loft clearing. Don’t leave boxes in the loft gathering dust and damp, sort through the boxes and get rid of anything you don’t need.

 

  1. Don’t forget about seating

christmas seating

This may seem like an obvious one but people will often forget at the last minute until extra family members and friends arrive. Invest in some fold up seating and make sure the dining room is cleared and ready for all those extra visitors!

 

  1. Get the little DIY jobs done

diy jobs

Now is the best time to get those niggling DIY jobs done. At this time of year, lots of tools are on sale so it’s a great time to grab the power tool you’ve had your eye on!
If it’s not done already, make sure any furniture in your garden is weather proofed by repainting, varnishing, cleaning or covering. Alternatively you could invest in no-maintenance furniture to save yourself time and money on those big jobs. Check your gutters are clear and free of debris and clear space in sheds and outhouses for storage.

31 Aug 2017

gutter-unclog-graphic

LEAKING GUTTER SEALS
The most common problem that causes guttering to leak are seals that have perished. Most gutter joints, outlets etc will come with rubber seals to keep your guttering water tight and to allow for heat expansion.

To replace or repair seals you will need to:

  • Clean out any debris, dirt, moss or leaves from your guttering and pat dry with a towel. Make sure there are no blockages that could be attributing to the problem.
  • Carefully unclip the gutter bracket or joint that is leaking. If it is joined to the wall, carefully unscrew it.
  • Inspect the part you have removed. Check that there are no splits or holes in the joint itself and that the part is up to standard. To check the seal, remove it by peeling it away from the top. A flat head screwdriver or flat utensil may help in this instance.
  • Check the seal for damage or signs of wear. If there is a build-up of muck or grime you will need to clear this all away. If there are any cracks or chips in the seal you will need to replace it. If not, after a clean you can put it back.
  • Replace the seal if needed. Cut to the correct length and ensure it is pressed back in to the gutter part.
  • Ensure the gutter lines up with the bracket once you put it back.

 

gutter-unclog

CLOGGED GUTTERING

Over time your gutter may get clogged. After all your roof faces the elements and with rain fall will direct leaves and dirt in to your gutters. Obviously the best way to solve this is to clean your guttering at least twice a year and before and after particularly rainy seasons.

An even more efficient way to combat it is to prevent the accumulation of dirt in the first place, and there are a few ways to do this.

  • ‘Hedgehog’ style gutter guards. These gutter guards are the most densely-packed guard on the market that still allow for complete flow of water through the gutter. They trap all sorts of dirt, leaves and grime, thus preventing the need for unblocking gutter or drains. The best thing about gutter brushes is that they are easy to install and are an inexpensive solution.
  • PVC gutter grids are a great option because they are soft and non-abrasive so they won’t damage guttering like traditional metal grids, they also won’t rust. PVC gutter grids are clip in so like a gutter brush they require no expert knowledge to install.
  • To protect the downpipe and drains, you may consider a drain cover or balloon outlet.
31 Jul 2017

Guttering-infographic

 

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO GUTTERING

Gutters collect water running off the roof and  channel them away from the building via a downpipe. Our guttering shapes come in a few options such as half round – a semicircle shape, square, ogee, deep – a deeper version of half round, miniflow – a small version perfect for smaller builds or greenhouses and finally cast iron effect. This guide will inform you on how guttering works and the purpose of each part.

Running Outlet
A running outlet creates a channel to connect the gutter to the downpipe

Gutter Union
A union can be used to connect separate lengths of gutter

Offset Bend
Offset bends are at an angle enabling guttering to travel from the fascia  and adjoin to the downpipe to ensure a flush fit to the wall They come in a 67.5  (112) degree angle

Stopend
A stop end caps off the gutter to prevent water escaping. There are internal or external options.

Gutter clip / support bracket
Clips adhere either the downpipe to the wall or secures in place gutter to the fascia, keeping it sturdy.

Shoe
The shoe directs water in to a gullt

Downpipe Connector
Connects two lengths of downpipe together

Downpipe branch
Connects two downpipes together and an angle

Gutter Angle
Supports gutter around an angle

For further information please visit our resources page, contact us or view our guttering products!

07 Jul 2017


^ Watch our Norfolk Show highlight reel!

The Royal Norfolk Show is an annual agricultural event which spans over two days and attendance is a rite of passage for Norfolk dwellers… and beyond! The only thing that let us down over the couple of days was the weather – the first day was torrential from set up at 7am. Luckily, the sensible folk of East Anglia were well prepared armed with wellies and golf umbrellas. Unfortunately someone joked with our marketing lady suggesting wellies were overkill – she showed up in fabric flats and soon became extremely muddy.

norfolk-show-wellies

You may have noticed the return of the Rimba Tunes/tubes to our stand this year – these are a series of pipes arranged in such a way they are able to echo specific musical notes in the arrangement of a piano. The best Rimba Tubes musician won a hamper. This contraption was devised by the ever-musical Lee Gibling (web manager and pro-beatboxer) and was painted in EACH corporate colours. EACH our PBS’ chosen charity of whom we support all year round and have taken a pledge of support to help fund their NOOK campaign. More info on that can be found here.

To further assist in awareness of the NOOK campaign we brought along some of our newest products – plastic recycled furniture – and one of these benches were also decorated in EACH’s blue and orange colours. A percentage of each sale of these items of furniture will be donated to EACH. These products are available in our Norwich store and will make a debut to our web store shortly so keep your eyes peeled!

We had a wonderful two days despite the weather and would highly recommend the show to anyone who hasn’t visited before.

Thank you to everyone who visited our stand, see you next year!