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Sea Cadets secure funds to uplift shelter

May 31st, 2024
Feltham & Hounslow Sea Cadets

A West London Sea Cadets unit has been given a boost after being named as a Selco Community Hero.

The Feltham and Hounslow Sea Cadets group was dealt a blow at the end of last year when it suffered problems with ceilings at its building on Poplar Way.

Repairs are underway – and now the group has been named as one of the first winners in our Community Heroes 2024 campaign.

The Community Heroes campaign gives community groups and good causes the chance to secure materials to use on a project.

Feltham and Hounslow Sea Cadets has secured £500 of building materials to improve its facilities – and will also be a finalist later in the year with the chance of winning £5,000 in cash.

Heidi Pepper, chairperson of the group, said: “We are over the moon to be named as one of the first Community Heroes winners of 2024.

“We support young people in their development, offering them opportunities to learn about marine engineering and boating.

“In December we started an emergency renovation as our ceilings were failing and other parts of the building did not meet current standards.

“Most of the project is complete but we still have some areas to focus on. The funding has come to an end so this prize from Selco is very timely indeed.

“We can’t wait to let the young people enjoy their new space.”

Feltham and Hounslow Sea Cadets will visit our Hanworth branch on Hampton Road West to choose its materials from the extensive range of materials and products on offer.

This is the fourth time we have supported good causes across the country through Community Heroes, with an annual prize pot worth more than £10,000.

Over the course of six months, 12 winners will benefit from £500 to spend at their nearest Selco.

A public vote will follow, with one overall winner bagging £5,000 in cash and a runner-up awarded £1,000.

The scheme is open to any charity or group which is at the heart of its local community and entry can be made by explaining in no more than 100 words how the building materials or money would be used to benefit members.

Entries can be made online.

Alison Wong, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Selco, said: “We’re delighted to support Feltham and Hounslow Sea Cadets, which offers amazing opportunities to young people in the local area.

“We have received hundreds of entries to Community Heroes so the judging process was extremely difficult. Feltham and Hounslow Sea Cadets really stood out, however, as we were impressed with their determination to restore their facilities to their former glory.”

Devon domestic abuse charity secures materials prize

May 16th, 2024
Rocks drawn on by children

A Devon charity that seeks to empower survivors of domestic abuse is planning renovation works after becoming one of our first Community Heroes winners of 2024.

SAFE Foundation, based in Exeter, has secured £500 of building materials to improve its facilities – and will also be a Community Heroes finalist later in the year with the chance of winning £5,000 in cash.

Our ever-popular Community Heroes campaign gives community groups and good causes the chance to secure materials to use on a project.

Lucy Skye, Programme Development Lead & Therapist SAFE, said: “We are very grateful for this donation, which will make a huge difference to our service users.

“SAFE Foundation is one of the leading domestic abuse recovery organisations in Devon. For over five decades we have been transforming the choices and life paths available for adult and child survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

“We offer a range of community-based programmes, including group and individual trauma recovery therapy for adults and children and our whole-family approach, Flourishing Families.

“These materials will help to make our building safe, welcoming, warm and comfortable.”

SAFE Foundation will visit our Exeter branch on Filmer Way to choose its materials from the extensive range of materials and products on offer.

This is the fourth time we have supported good causes across the country through Community Heroes, with an annual prize pot worth more than £10,000.

Over the course of six months, 12 winners will benefit from £500 to spend at their nearest Selco.

A public vote will follow, with one overall winner bagging £5,000 in cash and a runner-up awarded £1,000.

The scheme is open to any charity or group which is at the heart of its local community and entry can be made by explaining in no more than 100 words how the building materials or money would be used to benefit members.

Entries can be made online.

Alison Wong, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Selco, said: “We’re delighted to support SAFE Foundation, which does valuable work by supporting survivors to make healthy decisions, now and for the long-term.

“We received hundreds of entries to Community Heroes in the first month alone so the judging process was extremely difficult. SAFE Foundation, however, really stood out due to its determination to make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

“We look forward to seeing the revamped facilities.”

Selco boost for Secret Garden in Fallowfield

May 15th, 2024
Selco donates materials to Manchester community garden

A Manchester community garden which welcomes around 250 green-fingered local residents a month has received the support of Selco.

The Fallowfield Secret Garden, based on Wilbraham Road, has been donated materials by our Ardwick branch to help create the foundations for the building of a second shed on the 1.5 acre site.

The garden was founded in 2011 and plays host to a number of different groups from the local community each month.

As well as growing vegetables, the garden attracts wildlife and hosts a large children’s play area.

Mark Roberts, joint founder of the Secret Garden with Jordan Campbell, said: “We are extremely grateful for Selco’s support and having another shed will make a real difference to the opportunities we are able to offer the local community.

“The land originally surrounded social housing and fell into disuse but we have come a long way since then, creating a thriving green space which is enjoyed every month by hundreds of local residents.

“We welcome all sorts of different groups – from a forest school for under-fives, to special sessions for children who are home educated to groups for local mums and events for pensioners.

“We like to think we have something for everyone, whether they want to be gardening, learning new skills, meeting other local residents or just being outside and all the benefits that brings.

“We have also got ambitious plans for the future, including trying to form a partnership with the NHS and mental health groups.”

The Secret Garden contributes to local, organic food production, hosts classes for people to learn practical skills including gardening and carpentry and features a large pond.

Matt Keith, branch manager of Selco on Hyde Road, said: “We are delighted to support the Fallowfield Secret Garden project.

“It does an outstanding job for the local community, not only encouraging local residents to come together and enjoy the outdoor space but also teaching people new skills.

“We are committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate and the Secret Garden is the perfect project for us to support.”

SELCO DELIVERS FOURTH FOREST

May 1st, 2024
Selco CEO Howard Luft, Fourth Selco Forest

We're delighted to have further demonstrated our commitment to delivering long-term sustainable operations by creating a fourth ‘Selco Forest’ as part of our carbon-offsetting tree planting scheme.

Set in Lomond Hills in Fife, the latest forest to be developed covers 21 hectares and features more than 54,000 trees.

It means, over the last four years, we've planted more than 350,000 trees as part of our commitment to delivering a sustainable future for our customers and colleagues.

The forest in Fife will capture 2,938 tonnes of carbon over its lifecycle, with management, thinning and harvesting of the woodland bringing an employment and economic boost to the rural sector in Fife.

The tree planting project sits alongside a wide range of policies to help reduce our carbon footprint, including introducing alternative fuel vehicles to our transport fleet, a comprehensive recycling strategy, the installation of LED lighting and a new gas management system installed across the branch network.

Howard Luft, Selco Chief Executive, said: “This is an exciting move forward in our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy and demonstrates our commitment to playing our part in tackling climate change.

“We are fully committed to lowering our carbon footprint and the latest addition to the ‘Selco Forests’ portfolio will help further offset the carbon generated from our customer deliveries, promoting a greener future for the business.”

The trees planted on the new Fife site include Sitka Spruce and Scots Pine. Once ready to harvest, it's calculated that the woodland is expected to yield roughly 7,000 tonnes of timber.

We also have two forest sites in Jedburgh and one near Llandrindod Wells in Wales.

COLLEAGUES READY FOR VOLUNTEERING ROLE

April 23rd, 2024
Sally Kerr HR Director

We are delighted to have further demonstrated our commitment to supporting local communities by offering each of our colleagues a paid volunteering day.

All colleagues operating in our 75 branches and Support Centre will be given the opportunity to lend support to a community or charity project while still being paid.

It means more than 20,000 hours will be donated to allow our colleagues to support projects close to their hearts on a normal working day in 2024.

Sally Kerr, HR Director, said: “As a business, we have always been committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate and this initiative is another step on our sustainability strategy around community and our people.

“We know that many colleagues would love to engage in active volunteering but are restricted by time.

“Launching this corporate volunteering programme will give colleagues the chance to give back to a project or organisation but within the structure of a routine working day.

“Colleagues will be free to make their own choice on which organisation they would like to volunteer for, and we will offer support and assistance to colleagues who are keen to engage with the programme but maybe struggling to identify an opportunity.

“We are extremely proud to be offering this scheme and look forward to seeing our colleagues playing their part in improving local charities and community organisations.”

We have a proud tradition of supporting charities and communities across the UK.

Over the last two years, we have raised more than £400,000 for our nominated charity Cancer Research UK.

In addition, we donate £12,000 – in building materials and donations - to good causes through our Community Heroes campaign each year.

SELCO SUPPORTS SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL SCHEME

April 16th, 2024
Nottingham Primary School pupils and Selco staff

A Nottingham primary school embarking on a sustainability journey for its pupils has received our support.

Green-fingered children from Snape Wood Primary School, based on Aspen Road in Bulwell, have come together to begin the ‘Dig Deep for Trees’ project.

The youngsters have planted more than 50 fruit trees donated by the Woodland Trust – including cherry, pear and apple trees – and plan to use the fruit for school dinner recipes and to take home.

Our Nottingham branch on Radford Road has donated more than £950 worth of materials, including wood and other products to create planters, as well as garden rakes.

Kymberley Grant, Parent Governor at Snape Wood, said: “It’s a really exciting project and the children have loved every second of planting the trees.

“As a school community, we want our children to embrace and enjoy the natural world, to understand the sustainability elements that this type of scheme can bring and to provide hands-on experience of outdoor learning.

“It’s been fantastic to engage with different areas of the local community and Selco have been incredibly generous with their donation, enabling us to create an outdoor area we are extremely proud of.”

Adam Newbold, Trade Sales Manager at Selco Nottingham said: “We are delighted to be supporting the project at Snape Wood.

“As a business, we are fully committed to operating as sustainably as possible so to see a local school doing likewise is fantastic.

“As soon as we heard about the scheme, we had no hesitation in agreeing to a donation and we look forward to following the project closely, as well as seeing the children develop their love of the outdoors.”

Selco appoints new Commercial Director

April 9th, 2024
Selco Commercial Director David Lennon

We’re delighted to welcome David Lennon to the Selco team as our new Commercial Director.

The former Category Director at retail giant Morrisons joins as a new member of our Senior Leadership Team, headed up by Chief Executive Howard Luft.

David, aged 45, has extensive experience operating within the trade and DIY sector, including working as Head of Commercial Development for the Kingfisher Group’s Asia division in Hong Kong and as Category Director for B&Q in the UK.

David, who will lead our category and marketing functions, said: “It’s a real honour to become part of the team which has worked tirelessly to successfully establish Selco as a go-to destination for tradespeople across the UK.

“I genuinely think it’s a great moment to be joining the business. It’s been a testing few years for the sector, and the entire economy, on the back of Covid and the cost of living crisis.

“Now, as we start to see signs of the market recovering, there is excitement at the opportunities which lie ahead for Selco, and a major ambition throughout the whole business and the Grafton Group to deliver more success.

“We have a high number of innovations and developments in the pipeline, including further developing the overall customer proposition and exploring opportunities for direct sourcing, which we are confident will have a positive impact on our offering.”

David’s arrival coincides with two further additions to the Senior Leadership Team via internal promotions.

Sally Kerr has been appointed as HR Director while David Rose has taken the position of Supply Chain Director.

Howard Luft said: “We are thrilled to welcome David Lennon as our new Commercial Director. He will bring a wealth of commercial and customer focused expertise to the role and his experience operating in both the trade and retail sectors makes him the perfect fit for Selco.

“I’m also delighted to see Sally and David Rose become members of the Senior Leadership Team and their promotions are testament to their work and dedication.

“Our success as a business has been built around being totally focussed on delivering for our customers and having a vast supply of stock available to tradespeople through our branches and delivery services.

“Those principles will remain at the core of our short, medium and long-term strategy at Selco.”

Selco donates materials for village hall restoration

April 5th, 2024
Selco donates to Osbaldwick Village Hall

We have donated £5,000 worth of materials to assist with the redevelopment of Osbaldwick Village Hall.

Our York branch has provided the products to Osbaldwick Parish Council, which is currently refurbishing the former Methodist Chapel.

The building, which dates back to 1871, is undergoing renovation works, with internal structural repairs, new toilets and kitchen facilities and updates to the building’s insulation, electrics and plumbing.

In addition, the building will benefit from a two-story extension to include a staircase to a mezzanine floor in the original building.

Osbaldwick and Derwent Ward Councillor Mark Warters said: “Selco have been fantastic since the start of the project. The donation of £5,000 worth of products has been a massive help and we wouldn’t have been able to have made the progress we have achieved without their support.

“We are really grateful to the backing we have received from the team at the York branch, who have been extremely helpful. The branch management team and staff have been on hand throughout the project with prompt deliveries, competitive pricing and advice.

“The building has been empathetically restored and extended, providing a much-needed community space for local residents.”

The hall, which has been closed since August 2022, will re-open in April. The revamped space will be a vibrant new hub for community activities and meetings.

Aaron Matthews, branch manager of Selco York on Osbaldwick Link Road, said: “It’s important for us to work closely with the communities we are based in, and we’ve seen what a fantastic project the restoration of Osbaldwick Village Hall is.

“The hall has been a central part of the community for more than 150 years, so it is great to see it being restored and refurbished so it can continue to flourish for many years to come.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the final results of the work next month and have been proud to play a small part in the restoration.”

Selco donates to Hornfair Park community project

March 19th, 2024
Selco donates to Friends of Hornfair Park

We’ve stepped in to help further enhance a Greenwich park for the use of the local community.

Our Charlton branch has donated supplies to the Friends of Hornfair Park group, who are currently working to improve the park facilities for local residents.

The group was awarded a Parks Forum grant last year that has allowed them to purchase new picnic benches to help provide a family friendly area. The donated materials will be used to provide concrete plinths for the benches to be bolted to.

Ann Lowes, Chair of Friends of Hornfair Park, said: “It’s great to have the support of Selco. While the grant we received helped us to purchase the two benches, we were in need of material donations to complete the installation. The team at Selco has been so helpful, with swift delivery allowing our volunteers to fit the benches promptly.

“Hornfair Park is a little bit of a hidden gem that has not in recent years received as much support as it might. Our newly established constituted local community group, launched in March last year, is enthusiastic about getting our park back on the map and making it a place for family, friends and community to come together.”

Hornfair Park is home to Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club, with a multi-use games area, children's playground and paddling pool. There are also football pitches with changing facilities for hire, a BMX track, formal gardens and open space areas.

Carolyn Bellers, branch manager for Selco Builders Warehouse Charlton, which is based on Woolwich Road, said: “It’s important for our branch to have a real affiliation to the local community and this project was one we were delighted to be able to support.

“The Friends of Hornfair Park group is doing great work to improve the park’s facilities, which is located just the other side of Charlton Park.

“It’s always lovely to see a group of volunteers working together and the installation of these new benches will really help to provide a family-friendly space that is more accessible and that can be enjoyed by the whole community.”

Selco fundraising receives special commendation in awards

March 13th, 2024
Selco Charity partner cancer research UK

Our fantastic charity efforts for Cancer Research UK have been recognised.

We are proud to have donated more than £400,000 to the charity over the last two years and Cancer Research UK has honoured us with a Special Commendation in its Corporate Fundraising Team of the Year category.

It is the second time we have received the accolade which forms part of Cancer Research UK’s annual Flame of Hope awards, celebrating the achievements of the charity’s most inspiring and outstanding fundraisers and volunteers.

Our customers, colleagues and suppliers have joined forces to play their part in helping beat cancer through a series of fundraising events over the past two years.

These have included walking, abseiling, cycling and running challenges, golf days and special themed events at our 75 UK branches.

Alison Wong, head of communications and sustainability at Selco, said: “It’s been an incredible two years of fundraising for Cancer Research UK and we are thrilled to have raised more than £400,000.

“Having Cancer Research UK as our nominated charity truly resonates with everyone connected with Selco and the engagement we have seen around fundraising activity has been exceptional.

“We are continuing our support for this fantastic charity into 2024 and we looking forward to raising more vital funds to make a real difference to the research it carries out.”

Money raised helps Cancer Research UK analyse potential prevention and treatment of cancer through the work of over 4,000 doctors, nurses and scientists.

Jayme Shepherd, relationship manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “The support Selco have provided the charity has been first-class and the team is fully deserving of recognition in our Flame of Hope Awards.

“Throughout Selco, there is a genuine commitment and enthusiasm for fundraising and that is illustrated by the fact that the company has raised a phenomenal amount of money over the last two years.

“Our progress as a charity relies on the incredible dedication and commitment of volunteers and supporters like Selco – without whom we would not be able to fund our life-saving work.”

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