Ballcock & Bits
Ballcock & Bits has been based at Broad House, Broad Lane for just over 36 years. Owner and Director John Lovejoy first bought the building back in 1982 and Turned it into Ballcock & Bits. John needed the building for offices to support the administration side of his Plumbing business and a small plumbing shop to help the plumbers within his plumbing business, JGL Plumbing and Heating. Once opened, the shop became a great success. The staff were fitters themselves, so the knowledge, support and expertise were provided, along with products that only the staff would use themselves, the best! This soon became what made Ballcock & Bits different; plumbers wanted best products for competitive rates whilst the public needed the expert advice and support. This unique quality is still visible in Ballcock & Bits today!
Due to the growing success, Ballcock & Bits has made 4 extensions to the building, one extension even housed John’s fishing tackle shop at one stage! However, the main aim of the extensions was to improve storage space and to create a showroom for customers to view the products due to the ever-increasing amount of custom.
In March 1988 Ballcock & Bits became a Limited company to help manage the size of the business growth. Robert (Bob) Kind, who started with Ballcock & Bits in 1985 became a Managing Director in 1988 when he bought into the company, in order help the business expand. Bob remains a well-known name and face in the shop to this day, serving the same customers from when he joined all the way to brand new account customer sign ups.
In just over 36 years, Ballcock & Bits has seen competition come and go in the Bracknell area, but Ballcock and Bits is still standing strong as the longest running independent merchant in the area with little over 100 account customers, features in the Bizarre magazine for its great name and a space for Director John Lovejoy in the book of who’s who. Ballcock & Bits continues to expand, employing more staff to support the showroom, customers at the trade counter and account management. Much of the ever-growing success is largely to do with the customer service, expertise and care that goes into every customer interaction. It was present 36 years ago, still present now and will be present forever in the future.
Charities We Support
We will be hosting a number of charity events throughout 2019. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for all the info on how you can get involved.
Cancer research has been supported for many years in our shop through raffles, charity golf days, and charitable donations from our generous customers. Many families including some of our own have been affected by Cancer and the help of Cancer Research has helped loved ones survive, therefore this is a charity close to our hearts. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/
Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
Sands Charity for neonatal and stillbirth is another charity we have supported in recent years. Many families in our local area have suffered through neonatal death and stillbirth so we have chosen to raise awareness and funding by sponsoring local events such as ‘Sands Sunday Funday in memory of Jayden and Evelyn
Loveman United FC
We also sponsor a local charity football club Loveman United FC who raise money each week playing for Sands, in memory of angel babies. We kitted this team out with rain jackets and funded the venue for their end of season celebration to say thank you for all their hard work and efforts within the local area.
More recently we have started to support another charity in partnership with The IPG: The Missing People Charity. This charity aims to find every child. With the winter months approaching and Christmas well on its way, we felt it was important to support a charity that provides so much support to families that have reported a family member missing in the times in which families are meant to be together.