Using a dedicated website www.maintenancebooker.org.uk services available include gutter clearance and repairs, lightning protection inspection, tree surveys and maintenance as well as asbestos surveys and removal. More services will be added in later in the year, such as stonework and lime mortaring with bat surveys, and grounds and graveyard maintenance in the pipeline.
For many churches the cost of maintenance can be a major barrier. The good news is that Preventive Maintenance Micro-Grants are available to help pay for the cost of gutter clearance for users of MaintenanceBooker.
Preventing large repair bills
“Maintaining your church building is the bedrock of keeping it open and able to be enjoyed,” says Becky Clark, Director of Churches and Cathedrals, Church of England. “Simple tasks like keeping gutters and drains clear, identifying problems with trees and properly maintaining them and ensuring stonework is well looked after will help prevent unexpected large repair bills, and can encourage local people, whether churchgoers or not, to take an interest in their church. I believe that MaintenanceBooker will make it easier to keep church buildings in good repair.”
Make leaking church roofs a thing of the past
MaintenanceBooker is a partnership between the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church buildings support charity, and 2buy2, a leading procurement company.
“Tackling essential maintenance tasks sooner rather than later is an investment in your church as a place of worship and can help ensure that its heritage is safeguarded for future generations,” says Michael Murray, Head of Church Support for the National Churches Trust. “Neglecting simple maintenance tasks often results in significant higher repair bills. Using MaintenanceBooker will help avoid this. I hope our new website will make leaking church roofs a thing of the past.”
Every company registered is vetted
Rob Kissick, 2buy2’s Chief Executive Officer says, “Every company registered on MaintenanceBooker is vetted to ensure it has the appropriate qualifications; critical for all church repairs. MaintenanceBooker will save money and ensure that work is carried out by qualified individuals.”
MaintenanceBooker is being rolled out across England and Wales this year with the support of Ecclesiastical Insurance, the UK’s leading church insurer and by the Pilgrim Trust and the Church in Wales.
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About the National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust is the UK charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the United Kingdom. We aim to:
For more information visit www.nationalchurchestrust.org
2buy2 was founded in 2008 by chief executive Rob Kissick with the support of his brother-in-law Russell Stables. It expanded and relocated to Wales in June 2012; as its growth continued, it moved to the Sony Technology Centre in Bridgend in 2013.
The company is committed to helping organisations of all sizes and in all sectors save money on their day-to-day costs - enabling them to use that money where it matters most. The business also saves them time by providing a professional procurement service to vet suppliers, manage contracts and get the best deals.
While it is a private sector, commercial company, 2buy2 also has a philosophy of making sustainable but never excessive profits. It also gives 10 per cent of its net profits to charities chosen by its staff every year.
Rob Kissick wasthe National Procurement Officer for the Church of England where he was responsible for the formation of Parish Buying, a service that helps churches, schools, dioceses and cathedrals to reduce their running costs.
Before starting 2buy2, he worked for the Department for International Development’s UK Emergency Response Team where he was responsible for buying relief goods sent by the UK government to emergencies all over the world.