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Leading Sunday team hits back of the net with sponsorship

February 20th, 2019

Newport Pagnell Town will carry the name of Selco Builders Warehouse on the front of their shirts for the remainder of this season and the next two campaigns.

The team, which plays its home games at Willen Road, are currently lying in the top four of the New City Heating Milton Keynes Sunday League Premier Division.

Ben Ford, manager of the team, said: “It’s a real boost to have the backing of an established nationwide business such as Selco and we are very grateful to have their support until the end of the 2021 season.

“We have won a cup competition in each of the last three seasons and are going well in the league now so things are on track on the pitch and now off it too with the sponsorship.

“I’m sure having brand new shirts with Selco’s backing will put an extra spring in the step of the squad as we aim to win some silverware both this season and over the coming years.”

Newport Pagnell Town is represented by 29 teams from junior through to adult football.

Chris Barber, branch manager at Selco’s Milton Keynes branch on Denbigh Road in Bletchley, said he was delighted the company was supporting a local team.

Chris explained: “With nearly 30 teams and well over 400 players in the club, Newport Pagnell Town is a very significant part of the local community.

“We are always keen to seek opportunities to support the communities in which we operate and this is a fantastic chance to do that.

“The club has some exciting plans to continue developing and enhancing its facilities and we are in discussions with officials over how we could offer support in that area in the future.

“We look forward to following the progress of the club as a whole and the Sunday morning team in particular.”

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LONDON TRADESMEN STUNG IN PARKING TICKET PRANK

February 18th, 2019

Hardworking tradesmen were left reeling after being stung by parking tickets while picking up building supplies – but all was not as it seemed.

The tradesmen had only quickly popped into the Cricklewood branch of Selco Builders Warehouse so were surprised to see the threatening yellow notices slapped on their windscreens when they returned to their vehicles.

But their anger soon turned to joy when they turned the ‘ticket’ over to find it was in fact a £50 voucher to be spent at Selco.

The prank was part of the official opening of the new Cricklewood branch on JVC Business Park, Priestley Way.

The store has recently relocated from less than a mile away.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “It was so much fun watching from a distance as our unsuspecting customers returned to their vehicles to find our fake parking tickets underneath their wipers.

“You could see all of the emotion in their faces as they went from shock to anger, to relief and eventually joy.

“The prank was received in the right spirit by all of our ticket recipients were delighted with their £50 prize in the end. We hope they enjoy spending it and thank them for being such good sports.”

Selco also marked the occasion of the relocation by donating £800 to local charities, as chosen by four customers who completed a 0.8mile cycle the fastest on a static bike.

Fastest over the distance was Darius Kulesza in 1min 53sec. Darius chose to support Starlight Family, which provides free primary level education to over 200 disadvantaged children in Uganda.

The new Cricklewood branch is located on a near 100,000 sq ft site, with the interior of the branch five per cent larger than the previous premises.

The change in location – instigated by the lease on the former branch expiring – has seen the introduction of new facilities including a kitchen showroom design area, a dedicated delivery hub unit and improved café.

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Selco Announces £30m Investment

February 13th, 2019

Selco Builders Warehouse, one of the UK’s leading builders merchants, is beating the Brexit blues by today announcing a £30 million investment in its thriving business.

Turning the tide of economic doom and gloom surrounding the current political scene, Selco has announced plans to both expand the business and improve the current infrastructure during 2019, creating up to 200 jobs.

Selco already has 66 branches across England and Wales.

Howard Luft, Selco CEO, today unveiled ambitious plans across the business, with the investment including:

  • Opening at least two – and up to four – new branches this year, each creating a minimum of 50 jobs
  • Major refurbishments of nine existing branches
  • Significant investment in Selco’s online operations
  • Dramatic improvements to the company’s London logistics model
  • £5m funding for permanent price-cuts for UK tradespeople
  • Installation of state-of-the-art LED lighting across the network, bringing major environmental benefits

Mr Luft said: “It is impossible to watch TV, listen to the radio or read the news headlines without being consumed by Brexit doom and gloom.

“While there may be challenges ahead, at Selco we continue to see a buoyant marketplace and we are taking real, tangible strides towards investment and expansion, creating more jobs across the country.

“We are currently working towards opening up to four new branches in strategic locations this year.

“Furthermore, we will be spending significant money to refurbish nine branches, improving conditions considerably for our valued customers.

“These are exciting times for the business. We have enjoyed rapid expansion over the last decade, and we are determined to continue moving forward.”

Mr Luft said significant funds will be ploughed into Selco’s online activities with the launch of a new click and deliver initiative, offering free delivery on all orders.

In addition – and with many of Selco’s branches located in London – a revamped logistics model for the capital city will mean a significantly improved delivery service with enhanced availability, more depth of stock and real-time deliveries.

Finally, £5m has been invested in introducing permanent price cuts across a wide range of products.

“These price cuts ensure we remain competitive and give tradespeople a massive helping hand with continuing the success of their businesses, while delivering the first-class customer service we are known for,” said Mr Luft.

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BROMSGROVE MP VISITS SELCO

February 7th, 2019

MP for Bromsgrove and Home Secretary Sajid Javid was a special guest at the head office of Selco Builders Warehouse during his latest rounds of constituency visits.

Mr Javid paid a visit to the Wythall headquarters of one of the UK’s fastest growing builders merchants.

Gavin Slark and Howard Luft – chief executives of Grafton Group and Selco respectively -both met with Sajid, with a variety of topics on the agenda.

Mr Luft said: “It was a very encouraging meeting. Mr Javid was interested in finding out more about our ambitious growth plans for 2019 and beyond and learning more about Selco as a business.

“Inevitably given the current climate, there was a discussion around Brexit and in particular in relation to the continued employment and recruitment of EU nationals after the UK’s withdrawal.

“It was a chance to raise our concerns about being able to attract and recruit enough new colleagues to fill vacancies in the building products distribution sector, and it was pleasing to hear Mr Javid commit to maintaining open dialogue with businesses in the coming months.”

Selco has 66 branches across the UK, with plans to open up to four more during 2019 and continue the expansion programme in the coming years.

Mr Javid said: “I was delighted to visit Selco – a major employer in my constituency – and witness the work of a significant success story for the UK economy.

“The company has enjoyed very impressive growth in recent years, creating hundreds of jobs right across the UK in the process, and it was encouraging to hear the exciting plans that are in place for that expansion to continue.

“I enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion with Gavin and Howard and it’s important as a government that we continue to have open lines of communication with businesses such as Selco during what is a vital period for the UK’s long-term future.”

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BRISTOL HOUSING GROUPS SCOOP NATIONAL PRIZE

January 28th, 2019

Two Bristol-based groups which help people in need build their own homes have won building materials in a national competition.

Community Self Build Agency and Ashley Vale Action Group have received £500 each to spend at Selco Builders Warehouse having been named as the latest winners of the company’s Selco Stars scheme.

They will be going on a shopping spree at Selco Bristol Filton, on Taurus Road, and Bristol Bedminster, on Sheene Way, in the coming weeks.

Each month, Selco is donating £500 of materials to two groups across the UK.

What’s more, all monthly winners will feature in a public vote later in the year to win £5,000 in cash.

Both Community Self Build Agency and Ashley Vale Action Group have similar aims – to help those in need build their own homes in a sustainable way.

Ken Hames, who applied for the prize on behalf of Community Self Build Agency, helps armed forces’ veterans build new homes.

Ken said: “The veterans build their own homes, learn new skills and – most importantly – rebuild their lives after the trauma of war.

“The veterans are usually homeless or sofa surfing and, during the build process, grow in confidence and move on with their new lives in their new homes.

“We are thrilled to win these building materials from Selco, which will help us continue with our work. We’ll be going all out to win the £5,000 later this year!”

Ashley Vale Action Group, meanwhile, aims to build houses for young people who can’t otherwise afford a home.

Barbara Harvey, who applied for the materials on behalf of the non-profit company, said: “As a group we recently bought a farm in Bristol after contributions from a number of our friends.

“Now we’re going to try to build some houses for young people to help them onto the housing ladder.

“We can’t do this alone, so we are extremely grateful to Selco Builders Warehouse for their tremendous support.”

Selco Stars is open to any charity or group which provides a benefit to the local area and entries can be made by explaining in no more than 100 words how they would use the building materials or money to benefit them.

Entries can be made by filling in a form on the Selco website www.selcobw.com/stars

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting these two great groups with these building materials.

“These are exactly the type of good causes we want to support through Selco Stars.”

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SHELDON COMMUNITY PROJECT RECEIVES BOOST

January 15th, 2019

A community centre in Birmingham has a new outdoor garden and wildlife area for local residents to enjoy in 2019 – thanks to assistance from a leading builders merchant.

Sheldon Community Centre, based on Sheldon Heath Road and home to the F.I.T.C.A.P Nursery and After School clubs as well as other regular groups, has undergone a revamp.

The Tyseley branch of Selco Builders Warehouse donated almost £1,000 worth of building materials towards the work.

The project was overseen by youngsters aged between 16 and 25, who are part of the Prince’s Trust charity team. They were supported by officers from Acocks Green Police Station.

The outdoor garden includes a children’s allotment while two bug houses and a seating area made from tree stumps feature in the wildlife area.

In addition to the outdoor work, the dining room inside the centre has been re-decorated with a sea-themed wall mural.

PCSO Stephen McGrath, who led the team along with PCSO Liz Curnew, said: “This is a real community project which will provide new attractions for an important facility and was carried out by an enthusiastic group of youngsters, supported by West Midlands Police.

“We are proud to be involved and delighted Selco Tyseley threw its support behind the project.

“The F.I.T.C.A.P Nursery and After School Club – as well as other groups that use the centre – will benefit hugely from the new areas.”

Amongst the materials donated by Selco Tyseley – which is based on Wharfdale Road – are sleepers, plastic pipes, brackets and woodchip.

David Wiseman, branch manager of Selco Tyseley, said: “This is an important project for the people of Sheldon and we are delighted to have played a part in helping it become a reality.

“Supporting the communities in which we operate is a big part of the Selco ethos and this is the type of worthwhile project which will make a real difference to local residents in the area.”

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Stunning Art From Selco Rubbish

They say one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure – and that’s certainly the case for Catford artist Michael Connell.

Michael takes scrap wood, broken glass and sash cord and makes stunning contemporary art in his back garden.

Much of the wood Michael uses comes from the Catford branch of Selco Builders Warehouse on Bromley Road.

Michael, a 63-year-old floor screeder, said: “Construction is my livelihood, but art is my passion.

“I love to take waste materials and make them into something spectacular.

“I’ve been using the Selco up the road for years. They have been great as they let me take the bits of wood in between pallets and recycle them. It’s a huge help.”

Michael has built a large shed in his garden which he uses to do his artwork.

The shed, called Povera and made entirely from recycled materials, was a finalist in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces competition – and he also throws open the doors every year for art exhibitions.

A film crew recently visited Michael’s shed to make a documentary about his work.

Michael is hoping to use the space for a fashion show next year utilising local designers who use recycled items.

Carolyn Bellers, manager at Selco Catford, said: “It’s great to be able to support a loyal Selco customer like Michael in this way.

“I’ve seen some of his artwork and it’s fantastic.

“We’re an eco-conscious company so we’re pleased to see some of our waste being reused in an imaginative way.”

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Cricklewood Builders Merchant On The Move

December 11th, 2018

Selco Builders Warehouse – which provides a vast range of building materials to trade professionals – will be located on the JVC Business Park, Priestley Way, Staples Corner from Monday December 17 onwards.

The existing branch has been based on Geron Way since it first opened 11 years ago.

Howard Luft, Selco chief executive, said: “Cricklewood is one of our flagship branches and the change in location is an exciting new chapter for tradespeople in and around the Cricklewood area.

“Our lease on the existing premises has come to an end and we have taken the opportunity to move to larger, more modern premises and improve further our offering to our customers.”

The new branch will be located on a near 100,000 sq ft site, with the internal area five per cent larger than the former home.

New facilities include a kitchen showroom design area, a dedicated delivery hub unit and improved café area.

Gerry Cullen, branch manager for Selco Cricklewood, said: “We are proud of the high level service we have provided to Cricklewood tradespeople for more than a decade and are determined to continue to improve on that.

“The new branch provides fresh opportunities for our customers and the feedback we have had so far about the move has been very positive.”

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SELCO SACKS HELP BIG ZOO CLEAN UP

The Dudley branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, based on the Coneygree Industrial Estate on Coneygree Road, has donated a number of jumbo sacks to the zoo to help with the clean-up operation of leaves.

The Castle Hill venue attracts around 300,000 visitors per year and Zoo staff are extremely grateful for Selco’s contribution.

Jamie Haywood, assistant curator at Dudley Zoo, said: “This is a fantastic gesture from Selco and has been hugely helpful to us as a team.

“Autumn and winter are difficult periods of the year for us. We have got a 42 acre site and trying to keep on top of the volume of leaves falling is a difficult challenge for both our keepers and gardening staff.

“The Selco sacks have made a huge difference and they have quickened up the process of removing leaves in bulk from the entire site.”

Craig Dickinson, branch manager of Selco Dudley, said: “When we heard about the predicament Dudley Zoo had with their leaves, we had no hesitation in helping out straight away.

“It’s a hugely popular attraction, not only in Dudley but across the wider West Midlands region.

“Helping out local communities is a key part of what we are all about at Selco and hopefully this donation will prove beneficial to both staff and animals.”

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LEEDS HOUSING CHARITY LANDS NATIONAL PRIZE

December 5th, 2018

A Leeds charity which provides housing support for the homeless and other vulnerable people in the city has scooped a national prize – thanks to a leading builders merchant.

Leeds Action To Create Homes (LATCH) has been named as one of the latest winners of Selco Builders Warehouse’s Selco Stars scheme.

The charity has won £500 worth of building materials from Selco’s Roundhay branch in Leeds, which it will use to purchase products to help continue renovating some of the 70 properties it owns.

LATCH will also be one of 12 monthly Selco Stars winners who will feature in a monthly vote at the start of 2019 for the chance to win £5,000 in cash.

The charity refurbishes derelict and run-down houses in the Chapeltown, Harehills and Burley area of Leeds. When they’re fully modernised and furnished, the properties are used to house people who are homeless or in housing need.

Manjeet Gahir, Property Services Manager for LATCH, said: “We are thrilled to have been named as a Selco Star and it’s going to make a big difference to the work we do in our houses over the coming months.

“Our aim is to give homeless people in the city and others in need of support a fresh start with a roof over their head and the platform to create a home and return to independent living.

“In addition, we have a host of volunteers who work on the properties. These are often people out of work but we help them learn a new skill or trade, which often leads to our volunteers getting new jobs and careers.

“We have had a lot of success stories because of the work of LATCH and Selco’s donation will help us continue to assist people who have fallen on difficult times.”

Selco Stars is open to any charity or group which provides a benefit to the local area and entries can be made by explaining in no more than 100 words how they would use the building materials or money to benefit them.

Entries can be made by filling in a form on the Selco website www.selcobw.com/stars

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “LATCH is exactly the kind of charity we were looking to support through Selco Stars.

“It’s an organisation that does outstanding work in Leeds and makes a real difference to the lives of numerous people.”

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