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.

20180924 Copyright James Robinson


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.”


Builders merchant expands London presence

October 12th, 2015
Selco Weybridge now open!

The ever-growing offering of Selco Builders Warehouse has been extended further with the opening of its 38th branch in the UK.

The leading builders merchant has taken the wraps off its New Southgate branch, further strengthening its links with London where Selco now has 23 branches in and around the capital.

Selco’s new online offering, Click and Collect – which make life easier for customers who can order online and collect in branch – and Selco Hire are available at New Southgate.

Selco’s chief executive, Chris Cunliffe said: “The New Southgate branch opening is another exciting development for the entire Selco team.

“Our target is to make life as easy as possible for our customers around the UK to purchase effectively and by opening new branches and introducing features such as Selco Hire, Click and Collect and Selco Direct – which allows customers to order online for courier next day delivery – we are confident we are achieving that.”

The New Southgate opening is one of five new Selco branches to be introduced in 2015, following on from Redhill in Surrey and Coventry. Southampton and Weybridge will open in November.

Chris added: “The aim and strategy is to spread the Selco offering far and wide and open a branch in every major town and city in the UK. The New Southgate opening is another step towards achieving that but we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels.”

The New Southgate branch opening has provided a welcome boost to the local community. More than 50 jobs have been created with the opening, with many of those to be employed coming from the immediate local area.

In addition, local charity the Terapia Centre, which helps vulnerable young people and children in need of psychological help in Barnet, Finchley and New Southgate, has received a helping hand in its quest to secure a permanent new home. after winning a Selco competition to win £2,000 worth of building materials.

The Terapia Centre will use the materials to aid attempts to transform The Bothy, a grade two listed building located in the grounds of Stephens House & Gardens in Finchley, into a therapeutic centre of excellence. The competition, in which local charities were asked to explain in 100 words why they would be worthy winners of the prize, was arranged to coincide with the opening of the new Selco branch on Brunswick Park Gardens in New Southgate.

Bozena Merrick, chief executive of the Terapia Centre, said: “We are thrilled to have won the competition and Selco’s donation is going to make such a huge difference to us.

“We are working extremely hard to try and turn The Bothy into a centre of excellence where we can provide counselling, psychotherapy and support for children and young people, as well as their parents and carers.

“We have had Heritage Lottery Funding to help restore The Bothy but every donation is absolutely crucial to us reaching our target and our huge thanks goes to Selco as we aim to transform young lives and create new futures.”

Sean Madden, Selco New Southgate branch manager, said: “Preparations for the new branch have been ongoing for several months now so we are thrilled to be officially open for business.

“We have assembled a very strong and dedicated team and are confident we can offer a first-class service. We are also thrilled to be providing an immediate benefit to the local community, both through jobs and through our donation of building materials to such a worthwhile charity as the Terapia Centre.”

The New Southgate branch offers an extensive range of building materials, drainage, roofing, heating, plumbing and electrical products, a range of timber including a bespoke cutting service, doors and windows, ironmongery and fixings, decorating supplies, landscaping and fencing items as well as kitchen and bathroom showrooms plus Selco’s latest new initiative tool and plant hire.

As with all Selco branches, there is 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 onto the job as soon as possible.

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Get your £5 Sainsbury’s vouchers!

August 1st, 2015
Selco Sainsbury's Promotion

Summer might be nearing the end, but we’re making sure you’ve still got something to look forward to this September with our Selco Sainsbury’s promotion! With our September voucher promo you can collect 5 points and exchange them for £5 Sainsbury’s vouchers to spend on groceries, gifts and goodies in any Sainsbury’s store.

To collect 1 point all you need to do is spend £50 ex VAT in-branch on any of our massive trade product range!

Click here to find out more!

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Coffee & cake is never a mistake

September 25th, 2014
World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Get baking & brewing for the 26th!
We hope you’re all prepared for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! You should all have received your Coffee Morning Kits to help prepare you for a morning full of delights, so we wish anyone who has arranged, or is participating in an event, all the best. Selco have already raised a staggering amount for Macmillan Cancer Support, and we’re not far away from reaching our target! Selco colleagues, please don’t forget to declare everything you’ve raised to Cash and Banking, referencing Coffee Morning. Remember, we love to hear from all of our colleagues across the branches, so if you’ve got any photos or stories from your coffee morning (or anything else for that matter!), please share them with us! You never know, you might get a special mention or feature in the next edition of Straight Talk… If you’d like to make a donation, click the pig to visit Macmillan’s direct donation page. donate-online-macmillan
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Get ‘duck in’ for Macmillan!

1000 duckies and 3 chances to win in our charity duck race!

  Selco Perry Barr are running a quackers charity duck race race on the 5th October to help raise even more money for Macmillan Cancer Support! We’re already close to smashing our target, so make sure you sponsor one of our little yellow friends ASAP to be in with a chance to win a top cash prize of £150.00! You should have received an email with all the details of the event. Keep your fingers crossed on the 5th that your duck will be the one to bob across the finish line before being snatched away from victory by Sandwell Valley’s colourful wildlife… You can buy tickets at the Trade Desk. Don’t miss out, dig deep and sponsor!  
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