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Farnley Falcons pitch upgrade receives Selco backing

May 13th, 2022
farnley falcons

A project to dramatically upgrade the facilities at a Leeds amateur rugby league club has received our support.

Farnley Falcons is currently undertaking a significant round of improvements around its home pitch on Butt Lane after being a recipient of a grant from the Rugby League World Cup 2021’s CreatedBy programme aimed at supporting community clubs.

As an official partner of the tournament to be held in England later this year, we have thrown our backing behind the Farnley project by donating £5,000 worth of materials and products.

The improvements will see the creation of two additional changing rooms, a referee’s changing area, new toilets and an improved social and kitchen space.

Jonny Adams, club secretary at Farnley Falcons which has nine junior boys and girls teams and two adult teams including one playing in Yorkshire League Division 2, believes the project will help transform the club and the entire community.

He said: “This will totally change the future direction of the club and give us a real security for the future.

“Farnley is one of the more deprived areas of Leeds and the fact we have 200-plus people of all ages training or playing at the club every week makes us a real focal point of the local community.

“The grant we have received through the CreatedBy scheme made the project viable but support from companies such as Selco has also been crucial.

“We are making good progress and will hopefully complete the work later this summer and we will have a facility everyone associated with the club can be proud of.”

Our marketing director Carine Jessamine said: “This is a hugely significant development for the community of Farnley and we are thrilled to be playing our part in supporting it.

“Our partnership with the Rugby League World Cup has a strong community element and we are seeking to support grassroots rugby league, as well as celebrating the elite tournament which will be played later in the year.

“Helping to provide the new facilities for Farnley Falcons to enable it to continue its growth as a club is something we are proud of.”

Van Gerwen to hit bullseye with Selco in Canning Town

May 12th, 2022
van gerwen darts player

Darts fans will have a unique chance to go head-to-head with three-time World Champion Michael van Gerwen at one of our London branches.

Van Gerwen will be playing members of the public in special nine-dart challenges at the Selco Canning Town branch (E16 4SP) on Wednesday, May 18 between 5pm and 6:30pm.

Spot prizes will be up for grabs – including tickets to the Premier League Darts event at The O2 the following night – and entry will be free.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco, said: “Michael is a huge name in the world of darts and we are delighted to be hosting him in our Canning Town branch.

“He has enjoyed some remarkable achievements in the world of darts in the past decade, particularly his seven years as world number one, and it will be a fantastic chance for people to take on one of the biggest names in the sport’s history.

“There is no need to book – just come down to Selco Canning Town and take part in what is sure to be a fun and exciting event.”

Promoted Exeter City Stars to meet fans

May 3rd, 2022
Exeter City Stars

Two of Exeter City’s promotion heroes will rub shoulders with fans at a special event at our new branch in the city on Thursday.

Selco Builders Exeter, based on Filmer Way in Marsh Barton (EX2 8YX), will host a meet and greet with captain Matt Jay and defender Jack Sparkes between 4.30pm and 6pm.

Fans will be given the chance to get autographs and have pictures with the players, who have been influential figures in the Grecians successful promotion push.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “We opened our new branch in Exeter last week and we couldn’t have picked a better time to do so.

“There is a very positive atmosphere about the city because of the success of the football club and we are delighted to be hosting Matt and Jack and giving supporters the opportunity to meet two of Exeter City’s promotion winning team.

“We look forward to welcoming Exeter City fans of all ages into our new branch to meet the players.”

Selco Arrives in Exeter

April 29th, 2022
Exeter opening

Exeter has become the home of the latest Selco Builders Warehouse branch to open.

We officially cut the ribbon on our branch on Filmer Way in Marsh Barton on Tuesday.

It takes our total number of branches to 73 and strengthens our presence in the south-west of England, where there are already two branches in Bristol.

Howard Luft, chief executive, said: “We are committed to a major branch expansion strategy and Exeter is the next step on that programme.

“The number of tradespeople using our unique offering is growing all the time and this is another area where we can offer that one-stop shop for the trade.

“As a genuine multi-channel builders merchant, we want to give tradespeople the chance to get their building materials in the most convenient way possible to them, whether that be through branches or through our growing digital offering.

“We are here to serve the trade and meet their every need and we are thrilled to be open in Exeter.”

The official launch of the Exeter branch saw us continue our commitment to supporting the local communities in which we operate by donating £3,000 to good causes.

We awarded £1,000 to Jay’s Aim, which funds defibrillators and CPR training for community groups across the south-west, through our Community Heroes scheme.

The charity was founded in 2018 by the family of James Osborne who died at the age of 28 following a fatal cardiac arrest while on a run with what was subsequently revealed to be an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition.

In addition, we committed £2,000 to our nominated charity Cancer Research UK.

The official opening also saw a special darts event where customers and colleagues were given the chance to play nine darts challenges against two big names from the sport – rising star and world number 16 Ryan Searle and former BDO World Champion and current Sky Sports pundit Mark Webster.

Selco Takes Steps to Further Offset Carbon Emissions

April 22nd, 2022
selco plants a second forest

We are proud to have further demonstrated our commitment to delivering long-term sustainable operations by planting a second forest.

To mark Earth Day, we can announce we have directly supported the planting of 160,000 trees across more than 60 hectares on a site near Llandrindod Wells in Wales.

Following on from the planting of more than 100,000 trees near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders last year, this latest development represents our second phase of supporting ambitious tree planting projects.

The trees will offset around 7,000 tonnes of carbon during their lifecycle, the equivalent of almost two years of our customer deliveries, and forms part of a wider package of measures designed to reduce our carbon footprint.

Carine Jessamine, Selco’s marketing director and head of sustainability, said: “We are committed to continuing our investment in the future by playing our part in protecting our people, the environment and the planet.

“This is a project for the long term and the planting of the second Selco Forest is a small step along the journey.

“We have a long-term vision to deliver alternative fuel vehicles across the entire Selco business and implement a wider programme of many operational changes to ensure we are playing our part in tackling climate change.

“While those tests and trials are being carried out, we have made the decision to offset our carbon emissions in the short term through the planting of trees, as well as making progress in our transport fleet, recycling and the introduction of LED lighting and a new gas management system across our network, all designed to lower our carbon footprint.”

The site of the second Selco Forest, in Tyn Y Berth, is the equivalent of more than 100 football pitches with the trees planted included Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Norwegian Spruce and broadleaves such as Silver Birch, Alder and Rowan.

We have joined forces with the landowner and key timber supplier BSW Timber, together with BSW Timber’s subsidiary companies Tilhill and Carbon Store, on the project.

Carine added: “We are delighted with the new site. Not only will the forest help us reduce our carbon footprint but it will also enhance the surrounding landscape, with native species creating biodiversity value.”

Darts fans get chance to do battle with stars at Selco

April 19th, 2022
Three of the leading names in darts

Three of the leading names in darts will take to the oche for special challenges against fans at two of our branches next week.

Rising star Ryan Searle, the world number 16, and 2008 BDO World Champion and current Sky Sports pundit Mark Webster will visit our Exeter branch on Tuesday, April 26 between 10am and noon.

The event will form part of the celebrations to mark the opening of the Exeter branch, which will be based on Filmer Way in Marsh Barton.

On the same day, World Championship runner-up and Premier League star Michael Smith will be appearing at Selco Liverpool, on Galgate Drive in Bootle, between 10am and 11.30am.

At both events, members of the public are invited to come along to the branches to take on the players in special nine-dart challenges for the chance to win spot prizes.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting Michael, Ryan and Mark across two branches in what will be an exciting day at Selco to celebrate us being official partners of the PDC.

“Michael proved at the World Championship what a talented player he is and will be a real attraction in Liverpool.

“The darts activity will be a big part of our celebrations on the opening day in Exeter. Ryan has broken into the top 16 players in the world and Mark is a household name in the sport, both from his playing career and his television appearances.

“There is no need to book for either event – just visit either Selco branch for what will be fun and exciting events.”


April 1st, 2022
Selco staff at Nottingham College

Dozens of student joiners from Nottingham have received an insight into their future careers from Selco.

Young joiners in the construction department of Nottingham College, mostly aged between 16 and 18, were given a presentation from Adam Newbold, our trade sales manager at Nottingham.

Karl Bishop, joinery lecturer at Nottingham College in Basford, said the visit had provided invaluable advice for the students.

Karl said: “Our aim with the course is not just to provide the technical and practical training for joiners but also to give a complete overview of life as a tradesperson.

"A big part of that is selecting a supplier of choice and thoroughly understanding how the builders merchant industry works.

"Adam provided an excellent overview of that, covering off topics including product range, sourcing the stock and working throughout the pandemic and we are grateful to both him and Selco for their support.”

All students were provided with Selco Trade Cards to enable them to access our range of products, services and materials to assist with their studies.

Adam Newbold, from our Nottingham branch based on Mar City Park on Radford Road, said: “Our ethos at Selco is to provide the best possible service to the trade at every level.

"Students are a crucial part of that and I was delighted to go into the college and provide a glimpse into the future for the youngsters.

"We look forward to supporting the students in their studies and welcoming them into Selco in the coming years to assist them with their work.”


April 1st, 2022
Forest schoolchildren with Selco delivery

Youngsters at a Solihull school will be able to further explore the great outdoors this summer – thanks to Selco.

St Patrick’s Primary C of E Academy, based on Salter Street in Earlswood, has received fencing and other materials from our Solihull branch.

The donation will be used to further secure the forest school, allowing additional classes to use the facility, and for a wildlife pond to be created.

Sheela Fisher, a teaching assistant at St Patrick’s and a major part of the forest school project, said: “We are hugely grateful to Selco for the donation they have made.

“The forest school is an integral part of our education offering and is very much enjoyed by children at the younger end of the school.

“We now want to enhance the area and open up the facility to as many of the 247 children in the school as possible.

“Selco’s donation will enable us to make the improvements to do that and we are extremely grateful.”

Simon Paris, manager of our Solihull branch based on Ashbourne Way, said: “We are thrilled to playing our part in helping St Patrick’s deliver their vision for the forest school.

“I’ve visited the school and it’s a fantastic facility which will only go from strength to strength with the plans in place.

“At Selco, we like to support the communities in which we operate where possible and this is a fantastic example of that.”


March 15th, 2022
World cup trophies

Rugby League fans across Manchester will be able to get up close and personal with the most prestigious trophies in the sport on Friday.

Our Salford branch will host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 men’s, women’s and wheelchair trophies.

The prestigious silverware will be on display at the branch on North Phoebe Street, off Regent Road, between 9am and 10am.

We are a partner of both the Rugby League World Cup, which will be staged in the UK in 2022 after being postponed last year due to the pandemic, and Super League team Salford Red Devils.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco, said: “We are delighted to be offering this unique opportunity to our customers, colleagues, fans of Salford Red Devils and rugby league and sports enthusiasts across Manchester in general.

“The Rugby League World Cup will be one of the major sporting events in 2022 and we are thrilled to be an official partner of the tournament and to enjoy opportunities such as bringing the trophies to our Salford branch on Friday.”

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to win tickets to the tournament on Friday by taking part in a special Selco rugby league charity game.

The Rugby League World Cup trophies will be in Salford throughout Friday, visiting schools throughout the day before being on display at the Red Devils’ home game with Leeds Rhinos in the evening.

Selco Bowled Over by Warwickshire Partnership

March 14th, 2022
selco partnership

We are delighted to confirm our long-standing relationship with reigning LV= Insurance County Champions Warwickshire County Cricket Club has been extended.

We will sponsor the Family Stand at Edgbaston Stadium for an extensive programme of international and domestic cricket in the 2022 season.

The deal ensures Selco’s sponsorship of Warwickshire will continue into an eighth year.

We have previously been a front of shirt partner for Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears in the Royal London One-Day Cup and the Vitality Blast, as well retaining branding rights throughout the stadium, including the hover cover protecting the pitch from the elements.

While we enjoy an ever-expanding nationwide presence, our roots are firmly based in Birmingham with branches in Solihull, Tyseley, Tyburn, Perry Barr and Solihull and its Support Centre in Wythall.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco, said: “We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Warwickshire over many years and are delighted to extend that further.

“The club has enjoyed strong success in all formats over our time as a partner, not least winning the County Championship last year, and Edgbaston has built a reputation as an outstanding sporting venue in the UK.

“It’s a partnership which has worked brilliantly for both parties and we are excited to be sponsoring the Family Stand and supporting the next generation of cricket fans in the Midlands and beyond.

“We are already planning a busy and engaging year of activity to ensure we enhance the matchday experience for those attending Edgbaston, particularly in the T20 format.”

Ben Seifas, commercial partnerships manager at Warwickshire, added: “Selco has been a loyal and valued partner for several years and we are delighted to extend the agreement further.

“Our family stand is an alcohol free zone in 2022, as part of our plans to enhance the match day experience for those in attendance, so it’s great that Selco will be at the heart of that activity through the Family Stand sponsorship.”

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