Birmingham community centre handed boost

March 28th, 2019

A community centre in a deprived area of Birmingham is celebrating after being awarded building materials to help improve its facilities.

Warstock Community Centre, in Billesley, has received £500 to spend at Selco Builders Warehouse after being named as one of the latest winners of the company’s Selco Stars scheme.

Each month, Selco is donating £500 of materials to two groups across the UK.

A group of trustees has taken over the running of Warstock Community Centre from the council. More than 300 people use the centre each week for an array of activities, including Slimming World, karate and street dance.

The group plans to use its Selco windfall to enlarge and upgrade its disabled toilet to include baby changing facilities.

And things could yet get better for Warstock Community Centre, which will be one of the Selco Stars finalists competing for £5,000 in cash later in the year.

John Barnes, a trustee of Warstock Community Centre, said: “It was fantastic to hear we had received this prize from Selco Builders Warehouse.

“During the past year we have been able to obtain grants to help modernise the building to meet the needs of our users. These materials will help us take another step forward.”

The group will be visiting Selco Stirchley on Charlotte Road to make its purchases.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “We have had hundreds of applications to Selco Stars, so it’s always a tough decision.

“But Warstock Community Centre was one to catch the eye as it serves its community so well. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Entries to the Selco Stars competition have now closed.

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Leading Sunday team hits back of the net with sponsorship

February 20th, 2019

Newport Pagnell Town will carry the name of Selco Builders Warehouse on the front of their shirts for the remainder of this season and the next two campaigns.

The team, which plays its home games at Willen Road, are currently lying in the top four of the New City Heating Milton Keynes Sunday League Premier Division.

Ben Ford, manager of the team, said: “It’s a real boost to have the backing of an established nationwide business such as Selco and we are very grateful to have their support until the end of the 2021 season.

“We have won a cup competition in each of the last three seasons and are going well in the league now so things are on track on the pitch and now off it too with the sponsorship.

“I’m sure having brand new shirts with Selco’s backing will put an extra spring in the step of the squad as we aim to win some silverware both this season and over the coming years.”

Newport Pagnell Town is represented by 29 teams from junior through to adult football.

Chris Barber, branch manager at Selco’s Milton Keynes branch on Denbigh Road in Bletchley, said he was delighted the company was supporting a local team.

Chris explained: “With nearly 30 teams and well over 400 players in the club, Newport Pagnell Town is a very significant part of the local community.

“We are always keen to seek opportunities to support the communities in which we operate and this is a fantastic chance to do that.

“The club has some exciting plans to continue developing and enhancing its facilities and we are in discussions with officials over how we could offer support in that area in the future.

“We look forward to following the progress of the club as a whole and the Sunday morning team in particular.”

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February 18th, 2019

Hardworking tradesmen were left reeling after being stung by parking tickets while picking up building supplies – but all was not as it seemed.

The tradesmen had only quickly popped into the Cricklewood branch of Selco Builders Warehouse so were surprised to see the threatening yellow notices slapped on their windscreens when they returned to their vehicles.

But their anger soon turned to joy when they turned the ‘ticket’ over to find it was in fact a £50 voucher to be spent at Selco.

The prank was part of the official opening of the new Cricklewood branch on JVC Business Park, Priestley Way.

The store has recently relocated from less than a mile away.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “It was so much fun watching from a distance as our unsuspecting customers returned to their vehicles to find our fake parking tickets underneath their wipers.

“You could see all of the emotion in their faces as they went from shock to anger, to relief and eventually joy.

“The prank was received in the right spirit by all of our ticket recipients were delighted with their £50 prize in the end. We hope they enjoy spending it and thank them for being such good sports.”

Selco also marked the occasion of the relocation by donating £800 to local charities, as chosen by four customers who completed a 0.8mile cycle the fastest on a static bike.

Fastest over the distance was Darius Kulesza in 1min 53sec. Darius chose to support Starlight Family, which provides free primary level education to over 200 disadvantaged children in Uganda.

The new Cricklewood branch is located on a near 100,000 sq ft site, with the interior of the branch five per cent larger than the previous premises.

The change in location – instigated by the lease on the former branch expiring – has seen the introduction of new facilities including a kitchen showroom design area, a dedicated delivery hub unit and improved café.


Selco Announces £30m Investment

February 13th, 2019

Selco Builders Warehouse, one of the UK’s leading builders merchants, is beating the Brexit blues by today announcing a £30 million investment in its thriving business.

Turning the tide of economic doom and gloom surrounding the current political scene, Selco has announced plans to both expand the business and improve the current infrastructure during 2019, creating up to 200 jobs.

Selco already has 66 branches across England and Wales.

Howard Luft, Selco CEO, today unveiled ambitious plans across the business, with the investment including:

  • Opening at least two – and up to four – new branches this year, each creating a minimum of 50 jobs
  • Major refurbishments of nine existing branches
  • Significant investment in Selco’s online operations
  • Dramatic improvements to the company’s London logistics model
  • £5m funding for permanent price-cuts for UK tradespeople
  • Installation of state-of-the-art LED lighting across the network, bringing major environmental benefits

Mr Luft said: “It is impossible to watch TV, listen to the radio or read the news headlines without being consumed by Brexit doom and gloom.

“While there may be challenges ahead, at Selco we continue to see a buoyant marketplace and we are taking real, tangible strides towards investment and expansion, creating more jobs across the country.

“We are currently working towards opening up to four new branches in strategic locations this year.

“Furthermore, we will be spending significant money to refurbish nine branches, improving conditions considerably for our valued customers.

“These are exciting times for the business. We have enjoyed rapid expansion over the last decade, and we are determined to continue moving forward.”

Mr Luft said significant funds will be ploughed into Selco’s online activities with the launch of a new click and deliver initiative, offering free delivery on all orders.

In addition – and with many of Selco’s branches located in London – a revamped logistics model for the capital city will mean a significantly improved delivery service with enhanced availability, more depth of stock and real-time deliveries.

Finally, £5m has been invested in introducing permanent price cuts across a wide range of products.

“These price cuts ensure we remain competitive and give tradespeople a massive helping hand with continuing the success of their businesses, while delivering the first-class customer service we are known for,” said Mr Luft.

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September 27th, 2018
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The dining area at Sebright School, on Goldsmiths Row, was looking dated with an old-fashioned colour scheme and chipped paint.

That was until the Tottenham branch of Selco Builders Warehouse came to its aid with a generous donation of 100 litres of paint, breathing fresh life into the eating area.

Decorators were called in over the summer break, and now the children of Sebright have a vibrant dining hall to enjoy.

Marc Jones, branch manager at Selco Tottenham, on White Hart Lane, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help the school with this donation of paint.

“I visited the school and the dining area was a horrible green colour and some of it was peeling off the walls. It didn’t look great.

“I could see that the school had done a lot of fundraising to improve its facilities, so we were only too happy to contribute.

“The dining hall now looks fantastic. I’m sure the children are enjoying their new facilities and it will make lunchtime a much better experience for everyone.”

Selco donated paint for all of the walls, ceilings and doors. Multiple coats were required on the walls to mask the old dark green colour.

Aleksandra Krause, Catering Operations Manager at Sebright Primary School, said: “We are so grateful to Selco Builders Warehouse for this amazing donation.

“The dining hall looks so much better now, and the children are really enjoying it, especially the older ones.

“Some of our pupils have challenging backgrounds and the school meal is the only hot meal of the day, or the only meal enjoyed in a friendly atmosphere eaten at the table.

“We’re committed to making it the best experience possible for them.”

The school is now looking to improve the dining hall still further by installing food-related art on the walls and by eventually buying new tables and chairs.

Selco is committed to helping community groups and projects in the areas in which it operates and has therefore recently launched a new campaign called Selco Stars.

Selco Stars gives community groups and charities the chance to apply for £500 worth of building materials every month. Visit Selco Stars for more information.

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July 10th, 2018

The traditional blue and yellow colours of Selco Builders Warehouse will remain on the substitute’s bench while England’s hopes in Russia stay alive.

We took the unprecedented step of swapping our brand colours to white and red ahead of the weekend to avoid a clash with quarter-final opponents Sweden, and to throw our support behind Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli sealed a 2-0 win on Saturday and the nation is now on tenterhooks ahead of the semi-final against Croatia.

Determined to fly the flag for England, Selco – which has 65 branches across the UK – will stay white and red until England’s adventure comes to an end.

Howard Luft, Selco chief executive, said: “The switch in logo colours worked on Saturday so we are sticking with it in the hope that it brings the boys good luck.

“The change to the white and red went down very well with our customers and staff and it will remain on our website pages and social media channels until, hopefully, football comes home.”



January 30th, 2018

An animal sanctuary in Dudley which was devastated by a recent spate of bad weather is looking towards a brighter future after receiving a helping hand from a rapidly expanding UK builders merchant.

The Dudley branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, based on Coneygree Industrial Estate, delivered more than £1,000 worth of building materials to Brockswood Animal Sanctuary to help fix its bird aviaries which have recently been damaged by snow.

Selco heard of the sanctuary’s troubles thanks to an appeal for help on social media – and decided to lend a helping hand to the cause on Catholic Lane.

The delivery of sand, cement and timber will ensure that the destroyed aviaries will be fully reconstructed.

Adam Dale, Selco regional manager, was on hand to help deliver the materials, and he said: “It has been brilliant to help out at Brockswood Animal Sanctuary.

“Community spirit is a really important part of our ethos at Selco and we were so glad to be able to help out however we could.

“We have a strong presence across the region, with eight branches in our West Midlands heartland, including Wolverhampton, so we were delighted to assist a local cause.

“After seeing the appeal for help on social media, we worked with the sanctuary and it was great to visit and see how our donation will help out.”

Currently closed for the winter period, Brockswood will reopen again in March but its work to care for sick, injured and abandoned animals goes on all year round.

Neil Swann, from the sanctuary, said: “We really can’t believe how generous Selco has been and can’t thank them enough.

“Our aviaries were really badly damaged after the heavy snow and bad weather at the end of last year and everyone at the sanctuary has been working hard to help restore them to their former glory.

“Selco’s donation of materials has made a massive difference to us – and means we can get our new aviaries rebuilt for when we open in March.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days a week, Selco’s 59 branches across the UK are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

As well as offering trade services, Selco Hire and a café in branch, Selco also has a strong digital presence including a 30 minute Click & Collect service and a free Project List app which allows tradespeople to plan, manage and quote for all jobs through their smartphone.

As well as keeping track of jobs, the app has now become transactional, meaning tradespeople can easily purchase from Selco’s huge range of materials.



January 11th, 2018

There was a depressing predictability about the events and outcome of the final Test of this Ashes series in Sydney.

Once again, the differences between the two sides were highlighted – Australia’s batsmen were more ruthless than England’s and their bowlers more penetrative.

Not for the first time this winter, England failed to capitalise on a position of strength. Being bowled out for 346 in the first innings when you were 220-3 at one stage simply isn’t good enough in Australia.

Once the home side’s batsmen got in, they went on to make big hundreds and there was an air of inevitability that England were going to be bowled out cheaply in the second innings.

Much was made of Jonny Bairstow coming out to bat late on the first day. In the end, losing Bairstow and Joe Root in the closing overs of that final session was crucial.

As a general rule, I’m not a big fan of a nightwatchman. If you are bowling in a tricky period, a captain doesn’t throw the ball to a recognised batsman so it baffles me that teams think about doing the same in reverse.

That said, when there are only a couple of overs to go in a day – as was the case in Sydney – you have to be flexible.

If you are asking a tailender to survive for no more than five or 10 balls then it is worth keeping your ‘proper’ batsmen up your sleeve for the following day, when conditions are likely to ease.

That was the scenario England faced and, for me, the management should have stepped in and ruled that Bairstow be saved for the second day.

Losing 4-0 in any series – particularly the Ashes – is likely to have ramifications, but I don’t expect too many changes for the New Zealand tour.

Two players under scrutiny are Mark Stoneman and James Vince, but I would be surprised if they both weren’t in the squad that was due to be announced late last night.

Yes, they have question marks hanging over them after the Ashes but I think the percentage call is to stick with them for at least the second leg of the winter.

After all, we must remember that they have been playing against a team who – in their home conditions – probably have the best pace attack in the world at present.

There are not too many alternative options for the selectors to consider at the moment, but one person I would like to see get a chance is Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone, who has a strong recent record in red ball cricket.

It was no great surprise to see Trevor Bayliss announce he will step down as England coach in 2019. That summer sees another home Ashes series and an ICC Cricket World Cup, so it is a natural point to change off-field leaders.

Back home, we are gearing up for a new domestic season with Warwickshire and we are happy with the progress the squad is making.

The players were back in for testing on Monday and did some excellent work pre-Christmas. Coupled with that, we are having a specially-constructed marquee installed on our outdoor net area to enable us to do some thorough preparation on English wickets ahead of the season.

The preparation is different to what we have done previously and it’s all designed for us to hit the ground running at the start of the season in April.


Golfers Putt In Big Effort For Charity

September 7th, 2017

Golfers Putt In Big Effort For Charity

Selco Charity

Selco Builders Warehouse staff, suppliers and customers in Cardiff displayed their golfing prowess to boost a charity push by almost £5,000.

More than 60 players took part in the charity golf day at Llanishen Golf Club, which was organised by Selco’s Cardiff branch.

Sixteen teams teed off looking for glory and Jarman Garden Services, captained by former Cardiff City defender Lee Jarman, took the overall honours.

It was the latest charity event organised and staged by Selco staff in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Selco has raised more than £400,000 for Macmillan since 2012.

Rhys Pritchard, Selco Hire manager at the Cardiff branch based at Parc Ty Glas, said: “It was a fantastic event and we’re delighted to raise almost £5,000.

“The teams were made up of customers, Selco suppliers, staff from our Bristol and Coventry branches and staff from our Support Centre.

“We also had an auction with some great lots including football tickets for Manchester United and Liverpool, cricket tickets and a signed dartboard.”

The competition used the Texas Scramble format, which sees all team members play each shot from the same position and the best one selected.

“Everyone has already put their names down for next year so hopefully it’s something that can just grow and grow and we’ll be able to raise even more money for charity,” added Rhys.

“Macmillan is a terrific charity which does so much good work for people with cancer and their families.”

Several other fundraising events are also planned across all Selco branches in Wales and England during the rest of the year.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We are proud to support Macmillan and this was another fantastic event organised by our enthusiastic and generous staff.” Selco supplies everything needed to build a house or carry out refurb jobs, including doors, windows, insulation, roofing, heating, plumbing supplies, lighting, electrical products, kitchens, bathrooms and timber.

As with all Selco branches, Cardiff offers an in-branch café, trade services, direct-to-site delivery options and van size parking spaces, all designed to make it easier for tradespeople to get back onto the job as soon as possible.

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March 24th, 2016
Thunder Sport 600 Freshman Championship

Manchester motorcycle ace Adam Gittings believes his best ever finish in Thundersport GB has set him perfectly for the rest of the year.

Gittings is busily preparing for his second event of the season, which takes place over the Easter weekend at Donington Park, but still reflecting positively on events at Brands Hatch at the start of this month.

The 22-year-old from Hyde, who is sponsored by leading builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse, notched a fifth place finish in the second of his four races in the Pre-National Sport 600 Championships.

He said: “It was a massive boost to finish fifth in the second race on the Saturday.

“We knew it was possible at some stage this season but to do it on the first weekend has given me and the team a huge boost for the months to come.

“So much of motorsport is about confidence and to get a result like that on the first weekend is fantastic.

“The target now is to try and repeat that regularly and climb even higher. I enjoy racing at Donington so this weekend can’t come soon enough.”

Gittings’ season got off to a frustrating start when he was forced to retire from his opening race when racing in ninth as his footrest became loose on his new Suzuki Gsxr600 Supersport.

The fifth place finish provided the undoubted highlight of the weekend, before Gittings finished in 16th and 21st places in Sunday’s two races.

“The fifth place finish was fantastic and came in the wet,” added Gittings. “We are still looking to improve our power and race pace in the dry and that has been the focus since Brands Hatch and leading into Donington.”