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NEW BRISTOL BRANCH BOOSTS TRIO OF CAUSES

May 24th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse has cut the ribbon on its 65th UK branch, Bristol Filton, off Gipsy Patch Lane in Bristol, following on from the success of its existing Bristol branch.

To mark the opening, Selco has made £1,000 donations to SSAFA Bristol & South Gloucestershire, Macmillan Cancer Support and Global’s Make Some Noise.

Chris Williams, branch manager at Selco Bristol Filton, said: “It’s great to be able to cut the ribbon on Selco’s second branch in Bristol, our latest one-stop shop for tradespeople.

“It’s really important for us to give back to the communities in which we are operating so to support three very worthy causes for this opening has been fantastic.”

SSAFA Bristol & South Gloucestershire works with armed forces veterans and their families who may be struggling financially, emotionally and physically.

The charity’s home, HMS Flying Fox on Winterstoke Road, is run solely by volunteers.

Dawn Civill-Williams, chairman of SSAFA Bristol & South Gloucestershire, said: “We’re thrilled to be chosen by Selco as part of the celebrations for the opening of its new branch in Bristol Filton.

“We assist veterans and their families in their hour of need. This could be assistance with deposits to secure a home, home adaptations, mobility equipment and much more.

“Our work can be harrowing and all of our volunteers at HMS Flying Fox go above and beyond to assist our veterans and their families.”

Selco’s donation to Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in Bristol is in addition to more than £500,000 it has raised for the charity nationally over the past five years.

Last year, Macmillan spent more than £89,000 on 531 grants for local people living with cancer in Bristol.

Gini Smith, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Selco has provided amazing backing nationally over the last five years and it is fantastic that people in and around Bristol will benefit with assistance for bills, such as heating, through Selco’s contribution towards Macmillan grants.”

Selco will also be supporting Global’s Make Some Noise, which works with amazing small charities across the UK including Young Bristol.

Young Bristol delivers outdoor activities and creative arts in the community, supporting more than 7,000 disadvantaged children and young people aged from eight to 19.

Aimee Hayhurst, Make Some Noise’s partnerships manager, said: “We’re thrilled that Global’s Make Some Noise has been recognised by Selco for this latest opening in Bristol Filton.

“The generous donation will help us to continue our support for charities like Young Bristol which is a vital service that provides youngsters with outdoor activities and creative arts.

“They offer a city-wide programme of activities, youth clubs and training schemes for some of Bristol’s most deprived communities.”

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HGV Drivers Of The Future Given Apprenticeships By Builders Merchant

May 10th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse held an official launch day to mark the start of its apprenticeship programme, which will see around 15 candidates from across the UK given the chance to take their first steps on the road of their new career.

The drivers will now embark on a 12-month training programme with a view to them becoming fully qualified by the end of that period and going on to work out of one of Selco’s 64 branches across England and Wales.

Richard Evans, Head of Transport & Plant at Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “This is the first time we have ever had an apprentice HGV driver programme and there was a significant number of applicants.

“The successful apprentices have come through a rigorous selection process and now have the chance to build a career with an ambitious and forward-thinking company, while undertaking an extensive training programme in their chosen profession.

“We currently have over 200 commercial drivers working for us but the branch expansion programme we are undertaking means we are always looking to increase that number.

“It also gives us the chance to work with the apprentices right from the start of their careers and allows us to build their understanding of what we are looking for from our HGV drivers.”

The official launch day for the apprentices was held in Warwickshire and was supported by lorry loader crane specialist TH White and commercial vehicle manufacturers Iveco.

The drivers will now begin their training programme, initially focussed around theory elements, moving on to shadowing a current driver, then working as a relief driver before becoming fully qualified.

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LEICESTER CHARITIES GET BACKING FROM BUILDERS MERCHANT

Selco Builders Warehouse has backed nine-year-old James Liquorish who has been diagnosed with a life-limiting form of muscular dystrophy, as well as Macmillan Cancer Support in Leicester and Global’s Make Some Noise.

Each has been awarded with £1,000 to support their work in and around Leicester.

The donations come as part of the builders merchant’s official opening of its new, 64th branch on Parker Drive in Leicester earlier this week.

Eddie Johnson, branch manager at Selco Leicester, said: “We’re thrilled to take the wraps off our latest branch in Leicester, which is just the latest step in Selco’s expansion plans.

“To support local good causes is a huge part of the Selco ethos and we know the funding will make a massive difference to our three very worthy causes.”

To mark the opening, Selco invited Leicester causes to submit an application for its Selco Stars scheme for the chance to win £1,000. The winner, James Liquorish, was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy in 2013 and will use the funding to help adapt his family home to his needs.

James’ parents Darren and Mazz Liquorish applied on the youngster’s behalf for the competition.

Darren Liquorish, James’ father, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the Selco Stars winner for Leicester.

“James has a life-limiting condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy and to receive this funding is brilliant news for him and our family.

“We have been hard at work renovating our house, but a lack of funds means we’re making slow progress. This donation will make sure we can finish the house adaptation for James.

“He’s a local lad with a massive heart and we’re so pleased that Selco has handed us this generous donation.”

Selco’s donation to Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in Leicester is in addition to more than £500,000 it has raised for the charity nationally over the past five years.

Gini Smith, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Selco has provided amazing backing nationally over the last five years and it is fantastic that people in and around Leicester will benefit with assistance for bills, such as heating, through Selco’s contribution towards Macmillan grants.”

Selco is also proud to support Global’s Make Some Noise, which helps youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

Aimee Hayhurst, Make Some Noise’s partnerships manager, said: “It’s great to see that Selco are opening their 64th branch in Leicester and we’re delighted that Make Some Noise will be benefitting from it.

“The generous donation will help us to support brilliant small charities right across the UK, including Family Care which offers emotional support for children and young people in Leicestershire and across the East Midlands.”

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CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM ST ALBANS BRANCH OPENING

April 25th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse has cut the ribbon on its 63rd UK branch on Ashley Road in St Albans.

To mark the opening, Selco has made a £1,000 donation to St John Fisher Primary School, Macmillan Cancer Support and Global’s Make Some Noise.

Darren Marston, branch manager at Selco St Albans, said: “It’s great to be able to further increase our already strong presence in and around London with the opening of this branch.

“To support charities in the communities in which we operate is an integral part of the Selco ethos. We hope the funding will make a real difference to our three very worthy causes.”

St John Fisher Primary School, based on Hazelmere Road, will use the funding to help build an outdoor area for its reception class.

Laura Flitton, headteacher at the school, said: “We’re thrilled to be chosen by Selco as part of the celebrations for the opening of its St Albans branch.

“The donation of £1,000 will make a huge difference and it means we can start work on our new outdoor area, which is in urgent need of a makeover.

“We’re sure the new space will be loved by pupils at our school for many years to come and we can’t thank Selco enough for their generosity.”

Selco’s donation to Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in St Albans is in addition to more than £500,000 it has raised for the charity nationally over the past five years.

Gini Smith, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Selco has provided amazing backing nationally over the last five years and it is fantastic that people in and around St Albans will benefit with assistance for bills, such as heating, through Selco’s contribution towards Macmillan grants.”

Selco will also be supporting Global’s Make Some Noise, which supports youngsters and their families living with illness, disability and lack of opportunity including The Centre for ADHD & Autism Support (CAAS) who provide services to families in the area.

CAAS provides essential support to children and young people affected by ADHD and autism and their families including counselling, workshops, creative and drama therapy and peer-to-peer support groups.

Aimee Hayhurst, Make Some Noise’s Partnerships Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be benefitting from Selco’s latest branch opening.

“This generous donation will help us to continue our support to charities like CAAS which is a vital lifeline for those with ADHD and autism. People affected by these conditions can struggle socially and feel incredibly lonely, while the impact on their families or carers can be immense.”

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CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM LEEDS BRANCH OPENING

April 11th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse has cut the ribbon on its Leeds Roundhay Road branch on College Trade Park – and has supported The Homeless Beginnings Group, Macmillan Cancer Support and Global’s Make Some Noise campaign in the process.

Each will receive £1,000 to support their work in the city and surrounding areas.

Chris Aspital, branch manager at Selco on Leeds Roundhay Road, said: “It’s great to be able to further strengthen our presence in the region and open our second branch in Leeds.

“We feel it’s really important to support charities and good causes in the communities in which we operate. It’s a big part of our ethos as a company and we hope the funding will make a real difference to our three worthy causes.”

The Homeless Beginnings Group will use the funding to support homeless people in Leeds.

Sue Green-Steele, who nominated the group as a part of the ‘Selco Stars’ campaign, said: “Set up by Sue Stonehouse-Leach, our group operates every Thursday morning.

“She gives out food, clothing and sleeping bags and offers a listening ear. It’s all self-funded and Sue leads the group and relies on a team of volunteers who do what they can, when they can.

“We’re delighted to have been selected as a Selco Star for Selco’s new branch opening in Leeds.”

Selco’s donation to the Leeds area of Macmillan Cancer Support is in addition to more than £500,000 it has raised for the charity nationally.

Matt Jameson, from Macmillan Cancer Support in the city, added: “Selco has provided amazing backing over the last four and a half years and it is fantastic that people in and around Leeds will benefit with assistance for bills, such as heating, through Selco’s contribution towards Macmillan grants.”

Selco is also proud to support Global’s Make Some Noise, which helps youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

Aimee Hayhurst, Make Some Noise’s partnerships manager, said: “We’re delighted to be benefitting from Selco’s branch opening on Roundhay Road.

“The generous donation will help us to support brilliant small charities right across the UK, including Leeds Carers, which is a vital lifeline for young people bearing the responsibility of looking after a family member.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days a week, Selco new branch is firmly focused on helping local tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

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SELCO PARTNERS WITH SOLIHULL RUGBY CLUB

The Solihull branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, based on Ashbourne Way, will support Camp Hill Rugby Club with funding and building materials at its home ground in Shirley Park.

Founded in 1893, Camp Hill has long been at the heart of Solihull rugby and now has adult and junior teams ranging from under 4s to under 17s.

Michael Mushen, branch manager at Selco Solihull, said: “Camp Hill is a club with real heritage, and is an important part of Solihull sport, so we’re delighted to be able to announce a partnership with them.

“Community spirit is at the heart of everything we do at Selco and we’re always looking at new ways to engage both our customers and the wider local area.

“We have an ever-expanding branch network across our West Midlands heartland, including eight branches and the company’s support centre in Wythall.

“This is just the start of our relationship and we can’t wait to help the club to continue its success story.”

Nick Freeman, commercial manager at Camp Hill, said: “We are thrilled to create this new partnership with Selco Builders Warehouse.

“We pride ourselves on being a family-run club and welcoming everyone from the local community and it’s great to partner with a major business in the area.

“It’s our 125th anniversary next year, an important part of our history, and the perfect time for Selco to come on board.”

Selco opened its Solihull branch at the start of the year, giving away £3,000 to local charities and community groups in the process.

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days a week, Selco’s Solihull branch is firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

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OLIVER OVERJOYED WITH SELCO’S SPECIAL DELIVERY

March 21st, 2018

A Nottingham six-year-old with autism has been surprised with the delivery of more than £1,000 worth of building materials to help build an outdoor spa, thanks to Selco Builers Warehouse.

Oliver Coulson was diagnosed with autism last year and doctors have suggested that any kind of water activities can play a large part in his development.

The Nottingham branch of the builders merchant decided to arrange a free-of-charge delivery drop of treated timbers, paving slabs and sand to the Coulson household in Ruddington to enable an outdoor spa to be built.

As well as being diagnosed with autism, Oliver has an extra male chromosome which means the muscles in his legs are not developing at the same rate as the rest of his body.

On receiving the donation, Shayne said: “Water is the one thing that can make Oliver calm down and relax, so this lazy spa will be so useful to us.

“We sometimes have to use a wheelchair for long distance walking to deal with his muscle aches. The lazy spa will make his muscles recover without him even knowing and that is such a valuable thing.”

Oliver also received a special treat from the builders merchant on the day the materials were delivered.

He added: “It was such a fun morning for Oliver. He put his high-vis jacket on and watched the driver dropping everything off – even telling him where to drop the materials!

“Once everything was unloaded he got the chance to sit in the driver’s seat and have a picture taken. It might not seem like much, but Oliver loves the simple things in life and he will never forget this.”

Adam Newbold, trade sales manager at Selco’s Nottingham branch helped deliver the materials, and said: “We are thrilled to help out with Oliver’s development, and it was great to see him so excited when we arrived.

“Community spirit is a vital part of the Selco ethos, so we were delighted to help in any way that we could.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days a week, Selco’s 60 branches across the UK are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

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SELCO CREATES 400 NEW JOBS IN 2018

March 6th, 2018

An ever-growing national builders merchant is creating 400 jobs across the UK this year.

Selco Builders Warehouse is embarking on a major branch expansion programme to enhance its presence over the country, with the ribbon set to be cut on eight new outlets this year.

The builders merchant has already opened branches in Solihull, York and Milton Keynes in 2018, with St Albans, Leicester, Chelmsford and second branches in Leeds and Bristol set to follow. Each new branch opening creates 50 jobs.

A combination of management, in-branch and delivery positions will be created as Selco continues the fastest period of expansion in the company’s history.

Howard Luft, chief executive of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We are proud to be continuing our branch expansion plan and to create so many jobs for hard-working people across the UK.

“Selco has undergone huge and rapid growth over the last five years, rising from 34 branches in 2014 to 66 by the middle of 2018 – and the plan is for that to continue.

“As well as having an exceptionally strong base in London and around the M25 corridor, we are focused on strengthening our presence in other areas of the UK.

“With each branch opening, our recruitment policy has always been to employ people from the branch’s local community and that will continue.

“We pride ourselves on giving people genuine career opportunities, recruiting for a wide variety of positions and roles, with the chance to climb through the ranks at Selco.”

Selco’s continued growth comes on the back of strong recent performances from the Grafton-owned company.

Howard added: “Selco Builders Warehouse is enjoying fantastic success, which is particularly pleasing given the tough economic conditions that have faced the building industry in recent times.

“The Selco offering is proving extremely popular with tradesmen, both in new and existing branches.

“Our approach is focussed – our commitment to tradesmen is paramount and we ensure we offer genuine trade prices, huge availability of products in branch and always put our customer first.”

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

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BUILDERS MERCHANT BACKS MILTON KEYNES CAUSES

A Milton Keynes hospice that is embarking on one of its biggest ever fundraising drives has received cash backing from a leading builders merchant opening its latest branch in the city.

Willen Hospice has received a £1,000 boost to its Blue Week campaign as it looks to raise vital funds to support its specialist end-of-life care services in Milton Keynes.

The builders merchant is also backing Macmillan Cancer Support’s activities in Milton Keynes and Global Radio’s Make Some Noise, with £1,000 each to support their work.

Selco cut the ribbon at its 61st branch in the UK on Denbigh Road this week and backed the causes through its Selco Stars scheme, which saw charities and community groups in Milton Keynes bid for the chance to receive £1,000.

Chris Barber, branch manager at Selco Milton Keynes, said: “We’re thrilled to cut the ribbon at our new Milton Keynes branch which is our third opening in the country so far this year.

“We feel it’s really important to support charities and good causes in the communities in which we operate. It’s a big part of our ethos as a company and we hope the funding will make a real difference to our three worthy causes.”

Willen Hospice offers a range of specialist services for its patients, carers and families.

It costs £10,000 per day to run, with Selco’s donation going towards general running costs.

Carolyn Green, from the hospice’s community fundraising team, said: “We are delighted to be recognised as a Selco Star for Milton Keynes and this donation really couldn’t have arrived at a better time for us.

“We will be bucket collecting all around Milton Keynes this week for our Blue Week campaign which will help us to raise vital funds.”

Selco’s donation to Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in Milton Keynes is in addition to more than £500,000 it has raised for the charity nationally.

Gini Smith, Macmillan Cancer Support corporate account manager, added: “Selco has provided amazing backing over the last five years and it is fantastic that people in and around Milton Keynes will benefit with assistance for bills, such as heating, through Selco’s contribution towards Macmillan grants.”

Selco is also supporting Global’s Make Some Noise, which helps youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

Aimee Hayhurst, Make Some Noise’s partnerships manager, said: “We’re delighted to be benefitting from Selco’s Milton Keynes opening.

“This generous donation will help us to support brilliant small charities right across the UK, including Autism Bedfordshire, which provides vital support to children living with autism and their families here in the Four Counties.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days a week, Selco Milton Keynes is firmly focused on helping local tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

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SELCO REACHES MILESTONE OF 60TH BRANCH OPENING

February 13th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse has opened its 60th branch in York, marking a milestone in the company’s fast paced expansion.

The York branch further strengthens Selco’s presence in Yorkshire, where it currently operates in Bradford and Leeds.

York features the full Selco offering, including Selco Hire and a comprehensive kitchen design service.

Howard Luft, Selco’s new chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have strengthened our presence in Yorkshire by cutting the ribbon on our new branch in York.

“We pride ourselves on being able to provide comprehensive coverage nationwide and we are bringing Selco’s unique offering to as many tradespeople as possible.

“We are a one-stop shop for the trade and always put our customers first. As a genuine multi-channel builders merchant we want to give them the chance to get their building materials in the most convenient way possible to them.”

Selco will also be opening a new branch in Milton Keynes next month as it continues to seek new locations for branches.

The launch of the York branch has also seen Selco continue its support to the community by giving away £3,000 to charities in each area.

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock and open seven days a week, Selco York is firmly focused on helping local 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.

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macmillan bannerSelco are proud to have Macmillan Cancer Support as our official charity for 2018, as voted for by our staff. The help they provide to those suffering from and affected by cancer makes them an ideal cause to support. We hope the funds raised will go a long way in supporting Macmillan in their fight to help those in need.