Selco News


September 11th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse, which has 66 branches, is offering charities and community groups from anywhere in the UK the chance to benefit from its six month Selco Stars campaign.

Each month, two good causes will receive £500 worth of building materials to improve its facility or assist with a project, with the 12 finalists then going into a public vote for the chance to win £5,000 cash in early 2019.

The scheme is open to any charity or group which provides a benefit to its local community and entry can be made by explaining in no more than 100 words how they would use the building materials or money to benefit them.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We are fully committed to reinvesting in local communities across the UK and the Selco Stars competition gives us a fantastic opportunity to do that.

“So many organisations which do sterling work in their community struggle to make building projects or renovations happen due to a lack of funding, so the chance to win materials will offer a huge helping hand.

“On top of that, there is a £5,000 jackpot at the end of the scheme which is often enough money to keep some charities or community groups going for a number of years.”

Entries can be made by filling in a form on the Selco website here



August 31st, 2018

Leading builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse has been announced as an official partner of one of the biggest movies of 2018.

Selco is one of a small number of businesses to be partnered with the soon-to-be-released blockbuster, King of Thieves, which will be in cinemas September 14.

The film, which features an all-star cast of homegrown legends including Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone, Paul Whitehouse and Michael Gambon, is the darkly funny and incredible true story of the Hatton Garden robbery, the most daring heist in British criminal history.

King of Thieves is expected to be a Box Office success and Selco is delighted to be on board.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco Builders Warehouse, said:

“This is going to be a massive film about an amazing real-life story which created headlines worldwide. I’ve seen the trailer and it looks very darkly funny.

We saw this partnership as a great opportunity for us to tap into our target audience and to promote Selco right across the country. We’re sure this film will be a huge success and that our loyal customers – the hardworking tradespeople of Britain – will love it.

We are growing all the time as a builders’ merchants, with a network of 66 branches across England and Wales, as well as a strong digital presence including a fully-transactional app and Click & Collect service.

It’s great to be involved in this film and raise our profile still further.”

To celebrate this exciting partnership, Selco is running a competition to win a pair of tickets to the UK Premiere on Wednesday, September 12 at the VUE cinema in London’s Leicester Square.

The prize includes £200 travel allowance and a one-night stay in luxury hotel accommodation.

To enter, visit


‘Owl look after you’, say Selco staff

August 30th, 2018

Staff at a Chessington builders’ merchant had a surprise when they arrived at work to find an injured owl at the branch entrance.

The shaken bird was clearly struggling, so kind-hearted staff at Selco Builders Warehouse, on Compass Business Park sprang into action.

Having asked the RSPCA for advice, the tawny owl was moved to a quieter area and a cardboard box placed over him.

An officer from the RSPCA arrived on the scene and took the owl to Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, based in Windlesham, for some TLC.

Michael Hammond, deputy branch manager at Selco Chessington, said: “We were just about to open the store at 6.30am and we spotted this owl just by the entrance.

“He wasn’t very responsive but definitely alive, so we asked the RSPCA for advice and he’s now being cared for by the team at Harper Asprey.

“We checked the CCTV to see what had happened and you could clearly see it had flown into the side of the building. It must have been a bit of a shock.”

Natalie Phillips, from Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, said “We have named this juvenile Tawny Seth. He is doing really well and is recovering from his ordeal in peace.

“He is very feisty! At first we were stepping in to make sure he ate enough but after a few days, Seth is now feeding himself. His recovery will hopefully be swift so we can return him back home ASAP. It is great that the guys at Selco were able to step in and help him!”

All being well, the owl will be released back into the wild close to the Selco branch. You can find out more about Harper Asprey at, where you will find lots of ways to help & support them.

Owls are generally nocturnal creatures and, while Selco branches might not be active in the small hours, they are open until 8pm Monday to Friday – and 4pm on the weekend – allowing tradesmen to buy the materials they need for their jobs the following day.

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August 14th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse Bristol, on Sheene Way, is backing the organisation Help Bristol’s Homeless by offering building materials at vastly reduced rates.

Help Bristol’s Homeless is a non-profit, social enterprise which takes used shipping containers and makes them into comfortable homes for people who had been living on the city’s streets.

Selco branch manager Mark Jones said: “We have agreed to give the group stock at a fraction of the price and so far we’ve provided the group with items such as plasterboard, insulation, timber, screws and nails.

“The group is doing fantastic work helping the people affected rebuild their lives in a safe and secure home.

“As their site is right on our doorstep, it’s a privilege to be able to help in this way.”

The shipping containers are sandblasted, painted with red oxide and insulated before the electrics are installed and the interior is decorated.

Often, the person set to move into the home assists with the work, along with others living in the container village.

There are currently 11 containers on site, with long-term plans for expansion onto another site.

Jasper Thompson, a director at Help Bristol’s Homeless, said: “We are very grateful to Selco for their tremendous support.

“Even a box of screws is a huge help as it all helps to reduce our running costs.

“The project is going very well. We have had some great successes with people getting back into employment and reconnecting with their families, so we want to push on from here.”


Sea Cadets Climbing High

August 8th, 2018

Members of a sea cadets group will soon be scaling new heights thanks to the help of Selco Solihull branch.

Shirley Sea Cadets has been donated £1,000 worth of wood by the Solihull branch of Selco Builders Warehouse to build a new climbing wall at their premises on Cadet Drive.

More than 60 youngsters aged between 10 and 18 will benefit from the donation and be given the chance to learn how to negotiate a climbing wall safely and effectively.

Simon Marland, chairperson of Shirley Sea Cadets, said: “We are hugely grateful for the support of Selco’s Solihull branch.

“We have been running for 62 years and the idea is to give youngsters the chance to try their hand at different activities.

“We wouldn’t have been able to offer this activity without the assistance of Selco and it is something that our members are hugely excited about.

“The youngsters will be getting involved in building and painting the wall so it’s an exciting project in every sense and one which will provide hours of fun.”

Michael Mushen, branch manager of Selco Builders Warehouse Solihull which is based on Ashbourne Way, Cranmore Boulevard, said: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and it’s fantastic to be able to back the Shirley Sea Cadets.

“It’s an organisation that does fantastic work for youngsters in the local area and provides them with great opportunities to learn new skills and activities.”

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Selco Expansion Continues With Chelmsford Branch

August 7th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse has continued its rapid expansion by opening its 66th UK branch in Chelmsford – the business’ eighth new store this year.

The new location further strengthens Selco’s presence in Essex, where it already has two other branches in Basildon and West Thurrock.

It has already been a very busy 2018 for Selco with the ribbon already cut on branches in Solihull, York, Milton Keynes, Leeds Roundhay, Bristol and Leicester.

The new Chelmsford branch features the full Selco offering, including Selco Hire and a comprehensive kitchen design service.

Howard Luft, Selco’s chief executive, said: “Selco Builders Warehouse continues to go from strength to strength, as demonstrated by our significant expansion this year, and indeed over the last five years.

“Chelmsford is a new area for us and I’m sure our arrival will be warmly welcomed by tradesmen in the area, giving them greater convenience and choice.

“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.”

The launch of Selco Chelmsford has also seen the builders merchant continue its support to the local communities in which it operates, with a trio of good causes each receiving £1,000.

This is in addition to the fundraising programme for national charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support, which has already generated well in excess of £500,000.

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July 19th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse, lead sponsors for the Birmingham Bears team in the Vitality Blast, staged its annual charity night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Edgbaston in the Bears’ recent T20 clash against Leicestershire Foxes.

Selco arranged a charity dinner, where current Bears batsman and former England ace Jonathan Trott was the star turn and was interviewed by BBC broadcaster Pat Murphy, and also invited fans to take part in a special target throwing challenge.

Birmingham Bears further boosted the fundraising coffers with a £5,000 donation.

Warwickshire CCC’s commercial director, Gareth Roberts, said: “It is great to be able to support such a worthy cause in Macmillan Cancer Support and the Selco charity night has become one of the highlights of our T20 calendar.

“Jonathan and Pat were very entertaining in the Q&A at the dinner and we were delighted to support Selco in their quest to raise vital funds for a charity which does outstanding work.”

Howard Luft, Selco chief executive, said: “We were thrilled to welcome guests to our charity dinner and extremely grateful for their backing, and that of the Birmingham Bears and supporters who attended and all helped in raising a huge amount of money for our nominated charity.

“We have now raised more than £550,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support over the last six years and that is a figure everyone associated with Selco is extremely proud of.”

Gini Smith, corporate partnership manager from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Our partnership with Selco is a fantastic example of a long-term relationship that can have a real impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

“The money raised at Edgbaston will go a long way to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can and we’d like to thank Selco for its continued support.”

Selco has 66 branches in England and Wales, including seven in the West Midlands at Perry Barr, Dudley, Tyseley, Tyburn, Stirchley, Wolverhampton and Coventry.



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.”



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!”



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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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.