Selco News

Fantastic Plastic Bag Boost For Charity

May 3rd, 2019

A leading builders merchant has reduced the amount of plastic bags it uses by a quarter – and has raised £5,000 for charity in the process.

Selco Builders Warehouse has seen the number of single-use plastic bags sold across its 66 branches reduce dramatically, from 120,000 in 2017 to 90,000 in 2018.

Selco has decided to split the proceeds from the carrier bags, which were sold at 5p each, between two good causes.

CRASH, the construction industry’s charity, and Macmillan Cancer Support have received £2,500 each.

Rob Brewill, Finance Director at Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We, like so many companies and organisations across the UK, are committed to reducing the number of single-use carrier bags we use.

“We’re delighted to see the number of plastic bags being sold reducing dramatically year-on-year.

“The Government’s carrier bag charge has also offered us another way to help charities close to our hearts.

“We were impressed with the work CRASH does, offering practical and financial help to homelessness charities and hospices.

“We are also long-standing supporters of Macmillan, having donated more than £550,000 since 2012.”

Selco’s generous donation will help CRASH continue to improve the lives of vulnerable people who are homeless, as well as men, women and children receiving end of life care in a hospice by transforming the buildings they use.

Kate Marsh, Senior Partnership Manager at CRASH Charity said: ‘‘We are so grateful to Selco for the important part they have played in helping CRASH continue to create places that care for people.’’

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YORK HOSPICE GETS FAMILY ROOM BOOST

April 17th, 2019

St Leonard’s Hospice has been donated dozens of toys from staff and customers at Selco Builders Warehouse in York, which has recently celebrated its first anniversary.

The hospice, based on Tadcaster Road, provides specialist palliative care and support for local residents with life-limiting illnesses.

Many of the hospice’s visitors are children coming to see their relatives, and the toys will be situated in family-friendly areas of the hospice.

Annie Keogh, corporate and community fundraiser at St Leonard’s, said: “While we are an adult hospice and care for patients over the age of 18, we have a lot of families and children visiting relatives in the hospice.

“Books and toys are situated in the family and children’s rooms and it helps bring some normality to their visit.

“We are extremely grateful for the Selco donation. The toys will be used to help us continue to create a home from home for youngsters visiting the hospice and will also be used in children’s bereavement sessions.”

Selco York, based on Osbadlwick Link Road, has been a supplier of building materials and products for trade professionals in the city over the last 12 months.

To mark its anniversary, Selco held a day of celebration for customers which included collecting donations of toys to donate to a local charity.

Ainsley Murray, from Selco York, said: “We have had close links to St Leonard’s since we opened a year ago and they were one of three local charities we gifted £1,000 to mark our opening.

“It’s fantastic that we are able to continue that support. While the primary purpose of the hospice is to provide specialist support to those with life-limiting illnesses, the support network around it is also a crucial aspect.

“Hopefully, the toys we have donated will provide some comfort to those visiting loved ones going through a tough period.”

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RHINOS STARS JOIN BUILDERS MERCHANT CELEBRATIONS

April 9th, 2019

Second row stalwart Carl Ablett and loose forward Stevie Ward will be in the Roundhay branch of Selco Builders Warehouse, on College Trade Park, Roundhay Road, between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday April 11.

Fans of the Rhinos are invited along to meet and have their pictures taken with the duo.

The branch, one of two in Leeds with the other based on Elland Road, is celebrating its anniversary after first opening its doors 12 months ago.

Matt Keith, branch manager for the Leeds Roundhay, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Carl and Stevie into branch.

“Leeds is a massive sporting city and the Rhinos are a big part of that. Many of our customers are regulars at Rhinos so we are hoping it will bring a good buzz to the day in addition to the offers and other attractions we are running.”

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SELCO ADDS NEW DELIVERY SERVICE

April 8th, 2019

Selco Builders Warehouse has unveiled ‘Click ‘N’ Deliver,’ which sees customers able to purchase bulky items and have them delivered to their jobs directly from branches at the click of a button.

Customers will place their order online, with any made before 3pm likely to be delivered on the next working day.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco, said: “We are always looking to enhance our customer offering and give them as many different options to purchase their products for a job as possible. Click ‘N’ Deliver certainly achieves that.

“We have offered Courier Delivery on smaller items for some time and that option will remain, but this opens up a wide range of larger items to delivery, including products such as sand, cement, timber and sheet materials.

“In the first few days of the service being introduced, we have seen some extremely positive results so there is every reason to believe this will prove very popular with tradespeople right across the UK.”

The Click ‘N’ Deliver service also bolsters Selco’s digital offering and will sit alongside Click & Collect.

Carine added: “The most important thing for us is to be adaptable to different shopping methods and a mobile phone or device is now playing an increasingly important part in the daily lives of many tradespeople.

“While we are aware that many tradespeople still enjoy that traditional experience of coming into branch and buying their products for their projects there and then, others are looking for a different approach.

“Click & Collect and Click ‘N’ Deliver are perfect options for those who are facing time pressures working on a project.”

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SELCO HELPING STUDENTS CEMENT FUTURE

Milton Keynes College has linked up with the city’s Selco Builders Warehouse branch to ensure its students taking the Level 2 Bricklaying Course are fully equipped to learn their trade.

Selco has donated tools and merchandise to the students who are taking their first steps in the industry.

Steve Sherwood, course team leader at Milton Keynes College, said: “We have a group of very enthusiastic and talented young bricklayers and we are always delighted to receive donated tools and materials to carry out the practical elements of the course.

“With that in mind, we are hugely grateful to Selco for its support. It’s fantastic to have the backing of a major national company and is fully appreciated by not only us as staff but also the students.

“Hopefully this can be the start of a long-term relationship with Selco and we can give the students not only the bricklaying training they require but also the understanding of what to expect when they finish the course and start their working careers.”

The course offers students predominately aged between 16 and 18 the chance to learn how to design and build a variety of structures and buildings.

Chris Barber, branch manager of Selco Milton Keynes based on Denbigh Road in Bletchley, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the tradespeople of tomorrow in their studies.

“Courses such as this are providing vital skills to the future workplace which will be utilised across Milton Keynes and beyond.”

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Romsey self-help charity wins building materials

March 28th, 2019

Members of a men’s shed group in Romsey are celebrating after winning building materials for a new project.

Romsey Men’s Shed, based on Greatbridge Road, has received £500 to spend at Selco Builders Warehouse after being named as one of the latest winners of the company’s Selco Stars scheme.

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

Romsey Men’s Shed aims to counter social isolation and promote health and wellbeing amongst mainly older men. It’s a safe place where men work together on practical projects that benefit the community, or just drop in for a coffee.

The group plans to use its Selco windfall to create an activity space where social and informative events can be held.

And things could yet get better for Romsey Men’s Shed, which will be one of the Selco Stars finalists competing for £5,000 in cash later in the year.

Richard Rose, of Romsey Men’s Shed, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this prize from Selco Builders Warehouse.

“We completed our workshop last year which is being used extensively by our increasing membership. We now need to create a social and activity space which we will build ourselves using the Selco materials.”

The group will be visiting Selco Southampton on Millbrook Industrial Estate to make its purchases.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “We were really impressed with the work Romsey Men’s Shed is doing support these men in Hampshire.

“We’re delighted to be able to help out with these materials and wish them well for the future.”

Entries to the Selco Stars competition have now closed.

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Birmingham community centre handed boost

A community centre in a deprived area of Birmingham is celebrating after being awarded building materials to help improve its facilities.

Warstock Community Centre, in Billesley, has received £500 to spend at Selco Builders Warehouse after being named as one of the latest winners of the company’s Selco Stars scheme.

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

A group of trustees has taken over the running of Warstock Community Centre from the council. More than 300 people use the centre each week for an array of activities, including Slimming World, karate and street dance.

The group plans to use its Selco windfall to enlarge and upgrade its disabled toilet to include baby changing facilities.

And things could yet get better for Warstock Community Centre, which will be one of the Selco Stars finalists competing for £5,000 in cash later in the year.

John Barnes, a trustee of Warstock Community Centre, said: “It was fantastic to hear we had received this prize from Selco Builders Warehouse.

“During the past year we have been able to obtain grants to help modernise the building to meet the needs of our users. These materials will help us take another step forward.”

The group will be visiting Selco Stirchley on Charlotte Road to make its purchases.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “We have had hundreds of applications to Selco Stars, so it’s always a tough decision.

“But Warstock Community Centre was one to catch the eye as it serves its community so well. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

Entries to the Selco Stars competition have now closed.

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Rehab care home given building boost

A rehabilitation care home in Manchester which supports men with mental health and alcohol problems has won a national prize to help with new projects.

Mary & Joseph House, on Palmerston Street, has received £500 to spend at Selco Builders Warehouse after being named as one of the latest winners of the company’s Selco Stars scheme.

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

Mary & Joseph House helps men with mental health problems rebuild their lives. The charity currently has 41 residents and works with the men through activities including woodworking, gardening and art.

The charity used the funding to buy wood and materials from Selco’s Ardwick branch on Hyde Road to build a new chicken coop.

And things could yet get better for Mary & Joseph House, which will be one of the Selco Stars finalists competing for £5,000 in cash later in the year.

Manager Julie Hoszowskyj said: “This generous donation from Selco Builders Warehouse is a huge boost.

“One of our key rehabilitation techniques is to help the men develop new skills, particularly woodworking.

“The donation has helped us to buy some of the equipment we need to build a chicken coop – and we’ll be going all out to win the big £5,000 prize later in the year as well!”

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “We were really impressed with the work Mary & Joseph House is doing to support these men in Manchester.

“We’re delighted to be able to help out with these materials and wish them well for the future.”

Entries to the Selco Stars competition have now closed.

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YOUTH CLUB AND CHILDREN’S CHARITY HANDED BUILDING MATERIALS

February 22nd, 2019

A thriving youth club in Warrington and a children’s charity in Guildford are celebrating after winning building materials from Selco Builders Warehouse.

Warrington Youth Club and Cherry Trees are the latest good causes to benefit from the Selco Stars scheme.

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

Warrington Youth Club aims to help vulnerable young people build their skills and confidence to enter the job market and runs a project focusing on skills in the construction industry through a link-up with a local landlord.

The group will use its prize to buy much-needed new equipment and tools from Selco’s Warrington branch on Milner Street.

Cherry Trees, which has its home near Guildford, is a lifeline for the families of more than 100 children and young people who are regularly cared for, whether it be after school for a few hours, a weekend or even a couple of weeks stay.

The charity is looking to renovate its garden into an active sensory play area and will use the materials from Selco to make that dream a reality.

And things could yet get better for either group as they will both be Selco Stars finalists competing for £5,000 in cash later in the year, which will be decided by a public vote.

Jamie Patterson, fundraiser at Warrington Youth Club, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this prize from Selco Builders Warehouse.

“Through our link-up with the local landlord, we have the opportunity to refurbish a small retail unit which currently lies empty and turn it into a charity shop.

“This project will enable disadvantaged young people to gain valuable hands-on trade experience as well as giving something positive back to the local community.

“The donation will help us to buy some of the equipment we need – and we’ll be going all out to win the big £5,000 prize later in the year as well!”

Jill Cook, head of fundraising at Cherry Trees, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this prize from Selco Builders Warehouse.

“We already have the free support of local architects Scott Brown Rigg for our garden project, so this donation from Selco will really help make the dream become a reality.”

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

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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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