Kettering family firm celebrates silver anniversary

Janet Sutherland with son Alan Sutherland and daughter Wendy Hill
Janet Sutherland with son Alan Sutherland and daughter Wendy Hill

This month marks a milestone for a family-run and owned business which has recently expanded into Kettering.

General Building Plastics, which has a bustling trade counter in Kettering, is marking the start of the 25th anniversary year for the company.

Founded in 1990, General Building Plastics (GB Plastics) is a specialist supplier of quality PVC building products to the trade and DIY sectors and opened its Kettering branch, on Baron Avenue, in September last year.

The company’s founder Janet Sutherland, 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 at GB Plastics, which employs 25 full-time staff and has an annual turnover in the region of £3.5m.

GB Plastics has one of the largest ranges of PVC products for interior and exterior applications and supplies a host of organisations and businesses, from house builders, property developers, local authorities and housing associations, to installers, homeowners and DIY enthusiasts.

As well as its head office in the company’s home town of Rugeley, Staffordshire, and its trade counter in Kettering, GB Plastics’ network of trade counters includes Banbury, Shrewsbury, and Walsall.

The company is planning to open its sixth in Oswestry.

Wendy said: “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.

“While 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 have also embraced the opportunities available from the ‘digital revolution’, with our online ecommerce section of the business website accounting for over 12 per cent of sales.”