Selco News


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.”


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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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.”



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

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.”



A London community hospice is preparing to re-open access to its scenic gardens after winning a national competition.

The Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice has been named as one of the latest winners of the Selco Stars scheme, organised by leading UK builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse.

The charity has won £500 worth of building materials from Selco’s Crayford branch – based on Kennet Road – which it will use to purchase products to help build a new walkway to its gardens.

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

The hospice provides free care and support to people with terminal illnesses, as well as their families and carers. Around 2,500 people utilise the hospice’s services each year.

Louise Bishop, fundraiser for the hospice, said: “We are fortunate to have a stunning woodland setting for the hospice but that means you have to go down a steep slope to reach our gardens.

“We need a new path to improve access, particularly for those in wheelchairs or who are physically frail.

“Winning the Selco prize will go a very long way towards helping us make access to the gardens available to all, which will be a huge benefit to people using the hospice.

“The garden is a calming, inspiring, reflective and cheering place and appreciated by everyone at the hospice. We are hugely grateful to Selco for the 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

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “The hospice does outstanding work in the local area and provides excellent support during very difficult times for people.

“We are delighted to be helping restore access to the gardens and it’s certainly a fitting Selco Stars winner.”



November 30th, 2018

Thousands of tradespeople are being left out of pocket every year as vans are being increasingly targeted by thieves for their tools.

Police figures from 30 out of 45 areas show there were 14,063 thefts of tools from vehicles in 2015 rising to 22,749 last year.

In response to this, Selco teamed up with Herts Police to provide crime prevention advice, with a focus on tool theft from vans.

Recently, tradespeople in and around Hemel Hempstead were provided the opportunity to visit their Selco branch where officers were on hand to provide tips and advice on improving security.

Customers were offered free tool engraving and tamperproof number plate screws to help bolster security.

Here are some of the other ways which PCSO Rob Rowlings and his team highlighted to prevent vehicle and tool theft.

  • It might sound obvious, but make sure you lock the doors and shut the windows whenever you leave your van unattended.
  • Never leave any valuables visible – keep ALL possessions out of sight. Even if you know that there is nothing valuable in your jacket pocket or file left on the seat, a thief may try their luck.
  • Remove tools from your van when left overnight.
  • If removal of tools is not possible, fit a tool safe like the Van Vault and ensure it is fully secured with good quality locks.
  • Consider parking your van close to a hedge or wall in order to restrict access for anyone trying to get inside.
  • Engrave or mark tools and their boxes with your postcode and house number.
  • Fit additional external locks to van doors.
  • Use an approved steering lock or gear clamps and remember to set your immobiliser and alarm if you have one.
  • Fit a dual band tracking device that works on VHF/UHF and GPS to ensure that one tracking system is still functioning if criminals use GPS blocking techniques to avoid detection. Purchase devices to ‘Thatcham’ and ‘SBD’ approval to combat this type of vehicle theft, as vehicles equipped with a tracking device are often promptly recovered.
  • Use a “Pedal Box Guard” to encase the pedals when the vehicle is not in use.
  • Fit an on-board diagnostic (OBD) safe device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s OBD port, inside the cabin, to prevent additional keys being coded.

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Selco Builders Warehouse has marked 10 years of having branches in Yorkshire by donating hundreds of pounds of building materials to Marie Curie Hospice Bradford.

Selco has had branches on Tong Street in Bradford and Elland Road in Leeds since 2008. Additional branches have opened in York and Leeds Roundhay over the last 18 months.

Marie Curie Bradford provides care and support to people suffering from terminal illness and their families and will use the materials from Selco to make a real difference.

Aanika Dhillon, community fundraiser for Marie Curie Bradford, said: “We would like to congratulate Selco for reaching 10 years in Yorkshire and offer huge thanks for the generous donation.

“We are a dementia-friendly hospice and a high percentage of our patients suffering from terminal illness are also affected by dementia.

“Having access to an enjoyable outdoor space can create numerous benefits to people suffering from dementia so we are delighted this project is moving ever closer to being completed.

“It is only because of the generous support of the companies like Selco and other surrounding businesses that we are able to continue developing our care and services to reach more terminally ill people who need us in Bradford.”

Selco Bradford branch manager Kevin O’Rourke said: “Marie Curie Bradford does outstanding work and there are members of our team who also volunteer there, so it was an obvious fit when we were looking for a charity to support to mark our Yorkshire landmark.

“Providing support in the local communities is a major part of the Selco ethos and this dementia garden will have a real impact on people who are going through a very difficult time in their lives.”


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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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.