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SELCO STICKING WITH WHITE AND RED

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.”

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SELCO TURNING COLOURS FOR ENGLAND

July 6th, 2018

UK tradespeople won’t be a bunch of Swedes if they shop at Selco Builders Warehouse this weekend.

With football fever sweeping the nation, the UK’s fastest growing builders merchant has swapped its traditional blue and yellow colours due to a clash with England’s quarter-final opponents Sweden.

Determined to fly the flag for England, Selco – which has 65 branches across the UK – will instead turn white and red for this weekend to back Gareth Southgate’s team.

Howard Luft, Selco chief executive, said: “We are determined to back Gareth and the boys every step of the way.

“The blue and yellow colours are synonymous with Selco and they are here to stay – but there’s only one team we and our customers are backing on Saturday.

“Our website pages and logos on our social media channels will all be turning white and red for the weekend. Come on England!”

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PARENTS COUNTING CARPET CATASTROPHE COST

June 19th, 2018

More than two thirds of UK parents have been hit in the pocket due to spillages on flooring by their children – with some paying out as much as £3,000.

Results of a survey released by Selco Builders Warehouse – the UK’s fastest growing builders merchant – showed that a child’s licence to spill proves costly for their parents, who foot the bill for the clean-up.

Many of those affected by spillages were forced to fork out several hundred pounds to clean up the mess left behind by their children’s antics, with some repair bills drifting into the thousands.

The offending items ranged from pasta sauce, to drinks such as blackcurrant and milk, through to paint, pens, nappy contents and even slime.

The survey shows that more than half of the damage caused by youngsters occurs in the lounge and there’s no gender gap, with girls just as likely as boys to leave behind a costly trail of destruction.

Some parents elected not to have the damage repaired through fear of a repeat incident.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “Everyone accepts that children are going to have incidents when they are growing up but when it hits in the pocket to the tune of £3,000, it is a significant blow.

“Parents might be tempted to think that their children are especially clumsy but, rest assured, our survey suggests that parents everywhere have to deal with some serious spillages.

“More than 86 per cent of adults said, from their experience, carpets were the worst type of flooring for damage and stains from a child’s activities.

“The general perception is that one of the big benefits of having laminate flooring in your home is that it is more resistant to spillages and stains and that theory is certainly backed up by this survey.”

Full details of the survey can be found here.

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Daredevil Branch Manager Skydives For Late Colleague

June 15th, 2018

Craig Dickinson, branch manager at Selco Builders Warehouse’s Perry Barr store on Walsall Road, took on the hair-raising feat at Old Sarum Airfield in honour of Anthony Stephens.

Anthony, a shop floor supervisor at Selco, died earlier this year aged 60 after a battle with cancer.

Craig managed to raise more than £2,000, which will be matched pound-for-pound by Selco Builders Warehouse, the UK’s fastest growing builders merchant.

Craig said: “Anthony worked for Selco for 10 years and he was close to a lot of people’s hearts.

“I wanted to do something in his memory. The money I raised will be split between Selco’s nominated charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, the John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham, which cared for Anthony in his final days, and The Scout Association, which I am heavily involved in.”

Craig is well versed in outdoor activities, including climbing and hiking, but this was his first skydive.

“The freefall was amazing,” he said. “If you don’t like fairground rides, then it’s not for you because there is quite a bit of spinning.

“But it’s definitely something I’d consider doing again for charity.”

Craig thanked staff and customers for their donations.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “Many congratulations to Craig for completing the skydive – and for raising so much money.

“We are a close-knit business and there is no doubt Anthony had many friends within the company.”

Selco has raised more than £500,000 for Macmillan since partnering with the charity in 2012.

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Park Bench And A Pear Tree For Playground

Community-spirited managers at Selco Builders Warehouse’s Chessington branch stepped in to provide new picnic benches to improve Pear Tree Close play area.

And the builders merchant, based on Davis Road little over a mile away, also planted three pear trees so that the playground can live up to its name.

Jennie Fairweather, who is involved in a community group overseeing the improvements of the playground along with Patricia Bamford and Yana Pocklington, said: “We were thrilled to receive this generous donation from Selco Builders Warehouse.

“Unfortunately, over the years this small playground has received little care and it has become quite neglected.

“Residents have led the way in looking for ways to improve the facility and it’s fantastic that companies with a local representation such as Selco are prepared to help.

“I’m sure the picnic benches will be well used in the coming months, and it’s also nice to finally have some pear trees.”

Mark Bootle, manager at Selco Chessington, said: “We have been trading in Chessington for coming up to two years and we have enjoyed great success in the area.

“We’re always looking for ways to get involved with the communities in which we work, and this was a great way for us to do just that.

“The play area is not huge but its well-appreciated by the people who live in the streets nearby and we’re pleased to make it just that little bit more welcoming with this donation.”

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MANCHESTER YOUNGSTERS GET BIKE BOOST

May 29th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse has presented the BMX’s to youngsters from Once Upon A Smile and Genie Networks, two charities based in Stretford working with our partner Global’s Make Some Noise.

The bikes were put together by staff of Selco and their suppliers as part of a team-building exercise at the company’s annual conference in London and have been fully tested.

Marc Lucock, Selco’s human resources and training director, said: “We are extremely proud to provide bikes to children who are supported by two fantastic charities.

“There was a lot of hard work involved in making the bikes but we also had a lot of fun doing it.

“One of our major principles at Selco is to support the communities in which we operate. We have three branches in Manchester – at Ardwick, Baguley and Ashton Moss – so we couldn’t have selected a better location for these bikes to be sent to.

“We hope that the children have plenty of fun riding them around Manchester over this summer and for many years to come.”

The two charities to benefit from the donation form part of Global Radio’s Make Some Noise campaign which offers a voice to small projects across the UK.

Genie Networks provides vital support for children and families with deafness while Once Upon A Smile provides emotional, practical and financial support to bereaved children and their families at their time of need.

Aimee Hayhurst, Make Some Noise’s Partnerships Manager, said: “Selco continue to be fantastic supporters of our charities and this donation is yet another example of the backing the company is providing.

“Virtually every child loves the experience of getting out in the fresh air and on their bikes.

“They look fantastic and there was certainly a huge buzz around both charities when they arrived.”

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

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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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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.