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Selco cements jobs boost in Peterborough

February 3rd, 2023
Selco CEO Howard Luft

More than 30 jobs are set to be created when Selco Builders Warehouse opens a new branch in Peterborough later this year.

We will provide an employment boost to the area when the wraps are taken off our new branch in April.

The branch will be situated on Padholme Road East and it will be our 75th in the UK. Recruitment will cover a wide variety of positions, with virtually all the jobs expected to be given to people from the local area.

Howard Luft, chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the unique Selco model to Peterborough, offering tradespeople and businesses the perfect one-stop-shop for all their building materials and products.

“Opening a branch in a new area of the UK is always an exciting project and we look forward to providing a boost to tradespeople in the area as they will have the chance to enjoy the benefits Selco provides – unrivalled availability, with the widest range of products in stock, as well as excellent customer service and trade pricing.

“Our recruitment policy has always been to employ people from the branch’s local community and that is continuing here.

“We want to give the people of Peterborough genuine career opportunities and the chance to climb through the ranks at Selco.”

Further details on the job vacancies can be found online.

We have already demonstrated our commitment to the local community by becoming an official partner of Peterborough United Football Club for the 2022-23 season.

Peterborough bathtub recycling group wins funding

January 31st, 2023
Selco Community Heroes Winner Dave Poulton Up The Garden Bath

A Peterborough group that upcycles old bathtubs into planters for schools, care homes and community centres has won an award from Selco.

Up The Garden Bath has secured £500 worth of building materials through the Community Heroes campaign.

The award-winning Community Interest Company takes unwanted materials, including bathtubs, and transforms them into educational gardening accessories.

Dave Poulton, co-founder of Up The Garden Bath, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this prize from Selco. It’s a huge boost and will allow us to buy some of the basic building materials we need to continue our work.

“We are committed to helping local businesses reduce waste and landfill. We teach people about recycling, gardening techniques, self sustainability and wildlife preservation.

“Our educational planters make use of unwanted items such as baths and encourage people to eat well and grow their own food.

“Since launching in February 2020 we have installed over 50 upcycled bathtub planters across Cambridgeshire and delivered our educational workshops to nearly 10,000 children of varying ages and learning abilities.

“Support from local businesses is vital so we thank Selco for their generosity.”

Up The Garden Bath is one of 12 organisations that Selco has awarded £500 worth of building materials to during the six-month Community Heroes campaign.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We’re really pleased to support Up The Garden Bath, which is doing great work in promoting sustainability and healthy eating throughout Cambridgeshire.

“Bathtubs are often fly tipped as the cost of disposal can be high and they are notoriously hard to recycle, usually ending up in landfill. This is a fantastic way of giving them a new lease of life.”

North Bristol RFC receives Selco backing

January 19th, 2023
North Bristol Rugby Club Selco Community Heroes Winner

A grassroots rugby club in Bristol is to improve its clubhouse and women’s toilets after winning funding from Selco Builders Warehouse.

North Bristol RFC, a thriving not-for-profit rugby club that runs sessions for hundreds of men, women, boys and girls, has secured £500 worth of building materials through our Community Heroes campaign.

Steve Bold, Club Chair, said: “Everyone at the club is extremely grateful to Selco for their support.

“We are doing very well in terms of numbers, but with that comes additional costs and challenges as we don’t want to raise subs so high that they become prohibitive for some people.

“These building materials will allow us to make improvements to our toilets, particularly for the females within the club. When our clubhouse was built in around 1986 women’s rugby was not considered, but that area of the game has grown tremendously.”

North Bristol RFC will visit the our Bristol Filton branch on Taurus Road, off Gipsy Patch Lane, to make its purchases.

North Bristol RFC is one of 12 organisations that we have awarded £500 worth of building materials to during our six-month Community Heroes campaign.

Next month, the club will go head-to-head with our 11 other Community Heroes winners in a public vote, with the winner picking up £5,000 in cash and a runner-up getting £1,000.

Steve said £5,000 would be a significant boost for young people in the area.

He said: “Our work in the community enables access to sport to some of the city’s most socially and economically deprived children and this is provided free of charge for those who cannot afford it.

“What we do enables the kids to channel their energy into something positive and keeps them off the streets. Our clubhouse is in desperate need of upkeep, so this funding will enable us to refresh parts of the lounge and make it welcoming to our children and visitors.”

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “North Bristol RFC impressed us as it is very much a family-centred club that is doing great work in the local community.

“We’re pleased our funding will make a positive difference, helping to spruce up its facilities and make the venue more suitable for women and girls rugby.”

York charity wins Community Heroes boost

January 5th, 2023
Lisa Wellington Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association

A York charity that runs a valued community centre for local groups has been named a Selco Community Heroes winner.

Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association has secured £500 worth of building materials through the campaign.

The charity, which runs Oaken Grove Community Centre, will use the funds to create raised beds and help towards building a wheelchair-accessible ramp in the garden.

Lisa Wellington, Community Services Manager, said: “We are thrilled to have this welcome support from Selco.

“We offer a range of friendly, affordable facilities for local groups and individuals to run a variety of events and activities.

“Having the wheelchair-accessible ramp will make a significant difference to those who use our facilities but have mobility issues. It will help us get closer to our aim of being as inclusive a venue as possible.”

Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association is one of 12 organisations that Selco has awarded £500 worth of building materials to during the six-month Community Heroes campaign.

Next month it will go head-to-head with the 11 other Community Heroes winners in a public vote to win £5,000 in cash, or £1,000 as runner-up.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We’re really pleased to support Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association, which is doing great work to help the local community at its community centre.

“Times are tough for both individuals and community groups so we know that assistance like this can make a huge difference.

“We’re looking forward to working with the team to get the materials they need to build the ramp and raised beds for the garden.”

Nottingham memorial garden boosted by Selco

December 21st, 2022
Selco Nottingham donates to Hyson Green Youth Club

Selco Nottingham has donated materials to help a youth club set up a community memory garden.

Hyson Green Youth Club, based on Terrence Street, is due to take the wraps off its new facility before the end of the year.

Completion of the final stages of the project has been made possible by our Nottingham branch, based on Mar City Park on Radford Road in Basford.

It donated around £500 worth of building materials and provided a discount on other products to help complete the garden.

Marrisa Marquis, project coordinator for Hyson Green Youth Club, said: “The donation from Selco Builders Warehouse has made a real difference to the memory garden.

“We are extremely grateful for the materials and excited at the impact the garden will have on the local community, creating a tranquil space where people can visit, relax and reflect.

“We want to play our part in helping people recover from the negative effect of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

“Local residents will be welcome to come to the memory garden and relax with refreshments.

“There will be a water feature, candles, a plant and herb area and a dedicated space where people can remember loved ones who have passed.

“The Selco donation will enable us to build a shelter and put the finishing touches to the memory garden.”

The Hyson Green Youth Club has been established more than 80 years and has developed into a community hub open every day to groups and organisations.

Adam Newbold, Trade Sales Manager at Selco Nottingham, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Hyson Green Youth Club in its new project.

“Where possible, we aim to support the local communities in which we operate and this memory garden certainly fits the bill.

“We have provided timber and other materials which will help make a difference to the final stages of the project and we look forward to seeing the local community enjoying the garden.”

Leicester training charity scoops Selco support

December 13th, 2022
Selco Community Heroes Winner S.T.A.R.S

A Leicester charity that offers education and training opportunities to young people who are struggling in mainstream schools has won a Selco community award.

S.T.A.R.S, a non-profit charitable organisation, has secured £500 worth of building materials through our Community Heroes campaign.

S.T.A.R.S works alongside training provider Educ8 to offer opportunities to teenagers and young adults at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

The Community Heroes award will be used to improve the training centre at Allexton Youth & Community Centre on Frolesworth Road.

Jevon Payne, of S.T.A.R.S, said: “We are thrilled to have secured this funding from Selco. It will make a huge difference to the work we do with at-risk young people in Leicester.

“We are passionate about helping young people progress their lives in the most appropriate way for them, whether that’s through training, a college place, an apprenticeship or by entering employment.”

Mason Yates, deputy manager of Educ8 in Leicester, said: “Working alongside S.T.A.R.S, we have seen many young people turn their lives around by obtaining qualifications they wouldn’t have got through the mainstream system.

“We look forward to visiting Selco in Leicester and buying materials including paint to improve the Allexton Youth and Community Centre. Having a bright and welcoming environment will enhance the atmosphere for our leaners and tutors.”

The charity is one of 12 organisations that we are awarding £500 worth of building materials to in our Community Heroes campaign.

It will now go head-to-head with the 11 other Community Heroes winners in a public vote in the new year to win £5,000 in cash, or £1,000 as runner-up.

S.T.A.R.S and Educ8 said should they win the £5,000 jackpot the cash would be used on installing shower facilities for physical education students and improving the electronic entrance system at the centre.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We’re really pleased to support the S.T.A.R.S project which has demonstrated its ability to change people’s lives through education.

“The Allexton Youth and Community Centre is a fantastic facility but just needs a little TLC. The £500 worth of materials from our Leicester branch will make the building much more welcoming for all who use it.”

Selco’s Leicester branch can be found on Parker Drive.

Other Community Heroes winners so far this year include Feed The Hungry UK, Bury Veterans Hub and 13th Warrington East Scout Group.

The Community Heroes application process has now closed.

Coventry Foodbank receives kitchen upgrade boost

December 13th, 2022
Selco Community Heroes Winner Coventry Foodbank

Coventry Foodbank has won the materials it needs to finish its new kitchen facility.

The charity, which has 15 foodbank centres across Coventry, has scooped £500 worth of building materials from Selco through our Community Heroes campaign.

Canon Gavin Kibble MBE, project director at Coventry Foodbank, said the prize had come at a perfect time as the group battles against reduced donations and higher demand.

Gavin said: “We are extremely grateful to Selco for this donation.

“Coventry Foodbank is one of the largest foodbanks in the UK, feeding around 2,500 people each month, and around 30,000 a year.

“Demand has increased by about 20% since the start of the economic crisis. Our storage shelves at our warehouse on Binley Industrial Estate should be full at this time of year but with the increased demands placed upon us we are having very real problems.

“Our new kitchen will allow us to repurpose near end-of-life food by making it into a meal that we can then send out into our food network.

“These materials from Selco will allow us to finish the kitchen. Anything left over will be used at our new community pantry in Camp Hill.”

Coventry Foodbank, part of the humanitarian charity Feed The Hungry UK, is one of 12 organisations that we are awarding £500 worth of building materials to in our Community Heroes campaign.

It will go head-to-head with the 11 other Community Heroes winners in a public vote in the new year to win £5,000 in cash, or £1,000 as runner-up.

Coventry Foodbank said should it win the £5,000 jackpot the cash would be used to buy a van for transporting food around the city.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We’re really pleased to support Coventry Foodbank, which does incredible work feeding so many people across the city.

“It is no surprise that foodbank usage has increased as the cost of living crisis bites. Coventry Foodbank has a challenge on its hands to keep up with demand. This new kitchen will play a part in that by reducing waste, and we’re delighted to be involved.”

Selco’s Coventry branch is found on Austin Drive.

Other Community Heroes winners so far this year include Haxby & Wigginton Youth & Community Association, St John Ambulance Cymru and Punk Against Poverty CIC.

The Community Heroes application process has now closed.

Selco offers £100k jackpot for nine-dart success

December 8th, 2022
Selco Darts £100K Giveaway

It’s Christmas which means it darts time – and we are offering a £100,000 jackpot pay-out at this year’s Cazoo World Darts Championship if one player can hit two nine-dart finishes in the tournament.

As an official PDC partner, we are offering the six-figure bonanza, which will see £25,000 received by one lucky member of the public who has registered online and the same amount donated to our nominated charity Cancer Research UK.

The first player who successfully hits two perfect legs at Alexandra Palace in the same event will receive the other £50,000 to mark their historic achievement.

Darts fans must register online by the time the second nine-dart finish is completed to be in with a chance of winning the £25,000.

We offered the same jackpot last year and, while three players – Willie Borland, Darius Labanauskas and Gerwyn Price each hit one nine-darter – nobody could complete the double.

World number one Price, who has hit four of the televised nine-darters in the PDC this year including two on the same night in the Premier League in Belfast, said: “It’s a great initiative by Selco which adds extra interest to what is already an incredible tournament.

“It certainly got the players talking last year and no doubt it will generate plenty of interest this year too.

“All the players will be doing everything they can to make the Selco pay-out happen, not only for themselves but for the fan and the charity as well.

“With the general cost of living making life tough for everyone at present, I’m sure the money would make a tremendous difference to the general public winner and the charity.”

Cancer Research UK funds doctors, nurses and scientists to carry out pioneering research to help provide a solution to defeating cancer.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “There was plenty of extra excitement generated by the £100,000 prize on offer last year and we wanted to ensure the same buzz this year.

“Having one player hit two nine-dart finishes in the same tournament is difficult but, with the quality of player on show at Ally Pally, it’s certainly possible for it to happen.

“We are keeping everything crossed that someone manages to do it so we can celebrate with the player, a lucky fan and Cancer Research UK and make it an extra special festive period.”

The 2022/23 World Darts Championship starts on December 15 and will conclude on January 3. Should more than one player hit two nine-dart finishes in the event, the prize would be given to the player who achieves this first.

New Cheltenham branch spreads Christmas cheer

December 8th, 2022
Selco Cheltenham Branch Opening

Cheltenham Town Football Club manager Wade Elliott and captain Sean Long were on hand to officially mark the big kick-off of our new branch.

We were delighted to open a new branch in Cheltenham this week, which can be found at Festival Trade Park on Runnings Road. It’s our 74th branch in the UK and, as official club partners, the Cheltenham Town duo were on hand to help cut the ribbon.

To mark the opening, we made a £1,000 donation to Cheltenham school Prestbury St Mary’s Federation, as well as pledging a further £2,000 to our nominated charity Cancer Research UK.

The St Mary’s Federation was selected as the winner of the Community Heroes competition, which invited community groups and charities in and around Cheltenham to have the chance to win £1,000 to support their work.

The Federation has a total of 450 pupils in its infant and junior schools and the funding will help support the purchase of books for students.

Kirsty Stevens, chair of Prestbury St Mary’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Selco’s Cheltenham Community Heroes winner.

“With the cost of living crisis every penny counts, not only for the school but also for the parents of our pupils.

“As a Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, we are doing everything we can to ease the financial worries of the families of our children and this Selco donation will be put to great use to fund the purchase of new books for their studies.

“It’s going to make a huge difference and we can’t thank Selco enough.”

Sean Phillips, branch manager at Selco Cheltenham, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to open our Cheltenham branch. It brings the Selco offering into a new part of the country and helps serve tradespeople in the local area.

“Supporting charities and community groups in the areas in which we operate is an integral part of the Selco ethos so we are delighted to mark the opening of our new branch with a £3,000 donation. We hope the funding will make a real difference to two very worthy organisations.”

Come and meet the Cheltenham team soon.

SUSTAINABLE SELCO SCOOPS AWARD

November 30th, 2022
Selco receives the Sustainable and Environmental Initiative of the Year accolade at the Builders Merchants Awards

We were thrilled to receive the Sustainable and Environmental Initiative of the Year accolade at the Builders Merchants Awards.

Our journey to Net Zero has gathered substantial momentum over the last 12 months with a string of initiatives introduced to reduce our carbon emissions.

In our transport fleet, we have embraced alternative fuel and electric vehicles throughout the network.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, a cleaner alternative to diesel and manufactured from 100 per cent renewable and sustainable waste, has been introduced to the delivery hubs, resulting in a 95 per cent reduction in carbon emissions and the saving of 2,200 tonnes of carbon for every 100,000 miles travelled.

We now have 10 Compressed Natural Gas vehicles as part of the fleet while a dozen electrically powered counterbalance forklift trucks and an electric commercial dropside van are also being utilised.

In branches, measures have been introduced to help further reduce our carbon footprint. These have included the fitting of LEDs, saving 69 tonnes of carbon per branch per year, and the installation of the Vickers Energy Management System, guaranteeing emissions reductions of up to 40 per cent.

Additional carbon offsetting has also been achieved through two Selco Forests, with hundreds of thousands of trees planted on two sites across Scotland and Wales to offset the equivalent carbon generated by customer deliveries.

Amongst the latest developments have been the undertaking of a major installation of solar panels at a branch for the first time and a new recycling policy being rolled out across the entire branch network, including the introduction of specialist timber skips.

After receiving the award from comedian Jason Manford, Carine Jessamine, Marketing Director and Head of Sustainability at Selco, said: “We are fully committed to operating a sustainable business for colleagues and customers and this award is testament to that.

“It’s been a true team effort with everyone playing their part on the road to helping reach our ultimate goal of Net Zero operations.”

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