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Community Groups Enjoy Double Delight

October 30th, 2018

Two community groups will be building brighter futures after becoming the first winners of a new national competition.

Slough-based Learning to Work and Borehamwood 2000 Football Club will each receive materials from leading builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse. The awards were the first two of 12 to be handed out over the next six months under the Selco Stars scheme.

Charities and community groups are invited to submit entries for the chance to win £500 of materials to use on a project. There will be two winners every month, with each of them going before a public vote in early 2019 for the chance to win £5,000 cash.

Borehamwood 2000 will use the materials to continue rebuilding its Pursley Playing Fields ground after vandals destroyed equipment and facilities over the summer, ripping tiles from the roof, breaking locks and ruining dug-outs.

Sandra Langham, fundraising secretary for the club, said: “We are thrilled to win this prize from Selco Builders Warehouse.

“The children who play on our pitch were immensely upset by the vandalism at the club. “We want to rebuild our facilities for them and this money will go a long way to helping us achieve that.”

Learning to Work inspires the future workforce about career opportunities by organising a range of ‘work ready’ activities including work experience with local businesses for school and college students.

Rachael Burt, chief executive officer at Learning to Work, said: “Valuable time on work experience inspires students to pursue the right career path. For those that want to become the future plumbers, electricians, carpenters and builders that this country desperately needs, we need suitable clothing and boots to loan to the students. This money will help us to buy the things we need.

“It’s fantastic that a leading business such as Selco is supporting groups in this way.”

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.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “It’s fantastic to have Selco Stars up and running and to be able to announce our first winners.

“We had some fantastic entries to Selco Stars this month, and we look forward to receiving more as the months pass.”

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

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Hertfordshire Royals Net Sponsorship

Broxbourne Borough Youth FC’s Under-9s Royals team will proudly wear the name of Selco Builders Warehouse on their shirts after signing a deal with the company’s local branch in Enfield.

Matt Harman, branch manager at Selco’s Enfield branch on Crown Road, said he was delighted the company was supporting a local team.

Matt said: “Broxbourne Borough is a thriving junior club with 19 teams at all age groups and more than 40 coaches. We’re delighted to be able to support their Under-9s through this sponsorship.

“We know it’s really tough for amateur clubs to raise all of the funds they need these days for costs such as pitch fees and kits, so support from local businesses is more important than ever.

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in the local community in and around Enfield.”

Broxbourne Borough Youth FC Under-9s Royals play on Saturdays in the Mid Herts League Purple Division.

Michelle Pile, secretary at the club, said: “We are very grateful to Selco Builders Warehouse for their involvement. It’s great to see a major national business involved in grassroots football.

“The boys are so proud to wear kit sponsored by such a large and recognisable company. It makes a big difference.”

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October 25th, 2018

Customers and staff at a Swansea builders merchant have proved ‘great sports’ by raising more than £1,300 for a local hospice.

Selco Builders Warehouse, based on Upper Fforest Way in Llansamlet, held a raffle in branch for two Christmas cracker sporting fixtures in the city in aid of Ty Olwen.

Entrants had the chance to win four hospitality tickets to Swansea City’s Boxing Day home match with Aston Villa, while a quartet of tickets were also up for grabs for Ospreys’ Pro 14 clash with Llanelli Scarlets four days earlier.

The raffle raised £1,305 to help Ty Olwen continue to offer services including specialist palliative care for patients with complex care needs, support at Morriston Hospital and through community and day care service teams.

Warren Matthews, branch manager of Selco Swansea, said: “We are delighted to raise vital funds for Ty Olwen which is renowned for doing outstanding work for the people of Swansea and surrounding areas.

“Our staff and customers were only too happy to support our sporting raffle and we hope it will make a real difference.”

Helen Murray, chairperson of Ty Olwen Trust, said: “We are hugely grateful to Selco for providing this wonderful donation.

“All of the money will go directly towards care and support for our patients and their families.”



October 16th, 2018

Simon Ball, who works for Selco Builders Warehouse at its support centre in Wythall, will take on the High Atlas Mountain Winter Trek in Morocco in mid-November.

The 51-year-old, who was born and raised in Edinburgh before moving to Birmingham and now lives in Sheldon, will be representing and raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support when he takes on the challenge.

Simon will be part of a group of seven making the climb to the summit of Jebel Toubkal, which has a peak of more than 4,100m.

He said: “I’ve done quite a few charity challenges and this is by far the toughest I’ve taken on.

“It’s a very demanding climb and if you throw in the fact that the temperatures are likely to go as low as minus five, it is going to be a huge challenge.

“I’m getting prepared the best I can by doing regular climbs in the UK but I think it will still be very daunting when we get out there.”

Macmillan Cancer Support has been the nominated charity of Selco Builders Warehouse for more than five years, with staff, customers and suppliers helping to raise over £550,000. And it is a cause which is very close to Simon’s heart.

He added: “Over the last few years, members of my family have benefitted from the outstanding work the Macmillan nurses do.

“It means a lot to me to be able to give something back to a fantastic charity and it will certainly be a motivating factor through the difficult moments of the climb.”

Simon is hoping to raise more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and donations can be made at the following link



With trends showing tradespeople are beginning their daily jobs earlier than ever, Selco Builders Warehouse has responded by altering its opening times for two of its London branches.

Selco Walthamstow and Barking now open their doors from 5am until 10pm between Monday and Friday, extending from the traditional times of 6.30am until 8pm on weekdays.

Howard Luft, Selco chief executive, said: “The idea of a builders merchant opening 17 hours a day is extremely rare. But we are constantly looking at innovative ways that we can deliver the best possible service to tradespeople and help them be as effective and efficient as possible.

“We are only too aware that we have to evolve to meet the trends of our customers’ working lives and our Barking and Walthamstow branches are both located on the notoriously busy North Circular.

“Extending the opening hours means tradespeople wanting to get to their jobs early can either collect their materials for the day before the build-up of traffic – or even the night before.

“We are committed to supporting our customers every step of the way by offering maximum flexibility and this move is further evidence of that.

“We will monitor the response from our customers but this is certainly something we will not rule out for any of our other 64 branches across the UK.”

Walthamstow and Barking will continue to open between 7am and 4pm on a Saturday and 10am and 4pm on a Sunday.



October 10th, 2018

All 66 of Selco Builders Warehouse branches joined in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning by hosting events for customers and suppliers.

The coffee mornings brought a total of £11,568.

Selco and Macmillan have a long-standing partnership, with the builders merchant donating more than £550,000 over the last five years.

“The Macmillan Coffee Morning has become a big event on the charity calendar and we were delighted to play a part in it again, with activity in every one of our 66 branches,” said Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco.

“As well as coffee and cakes, some branches went the extra mile with staff wearing fancy dress and others holding darts competitions.

“Well done to all of our staff for getting involved and bringing in vital funds for this fabulous cause.”

Throughout the past year, Selco staff have taken part in various fundraising events for Macmillan Cancer Support, including charity bike rides, mountain climbs and golf days.

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


Builders Merchant Backs Haywards Heath Football Team

September 27th, 2018

St Francis Rangers FC will proudly wear the name of Selco Builders Warehouse on their shirts after signing a deal with the company’s local branch in Redhill.

The sponsorship also involves pitch-side advertising at the club’s Colwell Ground home, as well as in the matchday programme.

Darren Hardie, branch manager at Selco’s Redhill branch on Orchard Business Park in Bonehurst Road, said he was delighted the company was supporting a local team.

Darren said: “We are pleased to support St Francis Rangers FC with this sponsorship.

“I met with the chairman and manager recently and I was impressed with their plans for the future. They’re a real community club – and they’re improving on the pitch as well.

“Haywards Heath is an area in which we are looking to expand, so it’s a natural fit.”

St Francis Rangers FC were once dubbed the worst club in England having amassed six points from 38 games during the 2015/16 season. They were relegated from the Southern Combination Premier Division with a goal difference of minus 204, having scored just 10 goals all season.

The club has since re-grouped and brought in new players and last season finished mid-table in Southern Combination Division One.

Paul Garrett, of St Francis Rangers, said: “We lost a number of players and quite a few club members a few years ago and things really took a turn for the worse.

“Thanks to tireless efforts of volunteers, we’re now back up and running.

“We are very grateful to Selco Builders Warehouse for their involvement. It’s great to see a big business involved in grassroots football.

“A few of our players have a trade background as well, so they’re very familiar with the great offering from Selco.”

Along with the other 65 UK branches, Selco Redhill supply everything needed to build a house or carry out refurb jobs, including doors, windows, insulation, roofing, heating, plumbing supplies, lighting, electrical products, kitchens, bathrooms and timber.

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The dining area at Sebright School, on Goldsmiths Row, was looking dated with an old-fashioned colour scheme and chipped paint.

That was until the Tottenham branch of Selco Builders Warehouse came to its aid with a generous donation of 100 litres of paint, breathing fresh life into the eating area.

Decorators were called in over the summer break, and now the children of Sebright have a vibrant dining hall to enjoy.

Marc Jones, branch manager at Selco Tottenham, on White Hart Lane, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help the school with this donation of paint.

“I visited the school and the dining area was a horrible green colour and some of it was peeling off the walls. It didn’t look great.

“I could see that the school had done a lot of fundraising to improve its facilities, so we were only too happy to contribute.

“The dining hall now looks fantastic. I’m sure the children are enjoying their new facilities and it will make lunchtime a much better experience for everyone.”

Selco donated paint for all of the walls, ceilings and doors. Multiple coats were required on the walls to mask the old dark green colour.

Aleksandra Krause, Catering Operations Manager at Sebright Primary School, said: “We are so grateful to Selco Builders Warehouse for this amazing donation.

“The dining hall looks so much better now, and the children are really enjoying it, especially the older ones.

“Some of our pupils have challenging backgrounds and the school meal is the only hot meal of the day, or the only meal enjoyed in a friendly atmosphere eaten at the table.

“We’re committed to making it the best experience possible for them.”

The school is now looking to improve the dining hall still further by installing food-related art on the walls and by eventually buying new tables and chairs.

Selco is committed to helping community groups and projects in the areas in which it operates and has therefore recently launched a new campaign called Selco Stars.

Selco Stars gives community groups and charities the chance to apply for £500 worth of building materials every month. Visit Selco Stars for more information.

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South Reading Under-13s will proudly wear the Selco Builders Warehouse name on their shirts for the 2018-19 campaign.

The team has been backed by Selco’s Reading branch, on Portman Trading Estate, since 2014.

Vicky Abery, of South Reading FC, said: “The support the team have had from Selco Builders Warehouse has been brilliant.

“It makes the youngsters so proud to run out onto that pitch with Selco emblazoned on their shirts.

“It’s so tough these days to find the funds to run sports teams. It’s a real boost when you’ve got a business of Selco’s standing on your side.”

South Reading FC was formed in 1993 to give children of all abilities and ages within the local area the chance to play football.

The club is now represented at all junior age groups, as well having a senior team, a goalkeeping academy and a walking football team.

The under-13s team plays in the Peter Houseman Youth League.

Selco Reading branch manager Tony Webb said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the football team in this way.

“Helping groups in the local community is a core part of our ethos, and this is just one example of that.”

Meanwhile, Selco recently launched a new campaign, Selco Stars, giving community groups and charities the chance to apply for £500 worth of building materials every month. Visit Selco Stars for more information.


Selco Helps Chelsea Garden Move To Cricklewood

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Selco Builders Warehouse, based on Geron Way, has donated more than £3,000 worth of materials to help the showpiece become a reality on the Watling Gardens estate.

The ‘Life Without Walls’ garden was initially on display at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in May and was aimed at benefitting disadvantaged groups, from those with HIV to dementia sufferers.

Rather than the garden being broken up after the show it was agreed to relocate it Cricklewood, with the community coming together to make the dream a reality.

Selco has provided a host of materials, largely contributing to a path which will provide access for wheelchairs.

Gerry Cullen, branch manager at Selco Cricklewood, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this outstanding and innovative project and providing materials including slabs, path edging, cement and sand.

“Supporting the communities in which we operate is a big part of the Selco philosophy and this is going to make a real difference to the people of Cricklewood.

“It will also brighten up the grounds of the plot where the garden is situated and further knit the community together.”

Brent Councillor Lia Colacicco has been one of the driving forces behind moving the garden from Chelsea to Cricklewood, and revealed Selco’s involvement had been crucial in securing the future of the garden – which will have an official launch on Saturday, September 22 – in Cricklewood.

She said: “This is a fantastic project for Cricklewood, not only for the fact that we have a Chelsea Flower Show garden relocating to the area but also because of the way it has brought the community together.

“We have been reliant on donations from local companies and Selco’s contribution has been absolutely vital and one we are very grateful for.

“The aim is to give an outlet for dementia sufferers and other disadvantaged groups and individuals who are determined to contribute to society.”

Selco Cricklewood, along with the other 65 branches in the UK, supply everything needed to build a house or carry out refurb jobs, including doors, windows, insulation, roofing, heating, plumbing supplies, lighting, electrical products, kitchens, bathrooms and timber.

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