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Selco 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.


February 19th, 2020
Global Make Some Noise charity work.

We’re delighted to unveil Global’s Make Some Noise as our official charity partner of the year!

Global’s Make Some Noise was created by Global, the Media & Entertainment group, to help small projects that support disadvantaged children and young people living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity, and their families.

With the help of Global’s radio brands - Heart, Capital, Smooth, Classic FM, LBC, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold – which collectively reach more than 34 million people across the UK, Global’s Make Some Noise raises money and awareness for small charities that would otherwise struggle to be heard.

Selco has a proud record of supporting charities and will support Global’s Make Some Noise with their work which helps to change young lives throughout 2020. The new partnership will see us work with Global’s Make Some Noise across a number of fundraising activities, events and volunteering opportunities this year.

The partnership got off to a flying start at the Selco Business Conference where £20,000 was raised for the charity and Radio X presenter Johnny Vaughan made a special appearance.

We’re a longstanding supporter of Global’s Make Some Noise and have sponsored the national charity’s annual appeal with airtime on Radio X for the past two years. We’re also delighted to donate £1,000 to Global’s Make Some Noise each time a new store is opened.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director for Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We are thrilled to be starting an official partnership with Global’s Make Some Noise. We have provided a level of support over the last two years which has given an insight into the fantastic work that Global’s Make Some Noise does for disadvantaged children and young people, and it was an easy decision to take it to the next level. We have just under 3,000 colleagues across our Support Centre and 67 UK branches so it’s difficult to find a charity which resonates with everyone geographically. The fact that Global’s Make Some Noise supports numerous projects based across the UK means that our teams in different areas of the country can associate and create a relationship with the small charities closest to them.”

Emma Bradley, Managing Director of Global’s Make Some Noise, said: “We are delighted to be Selco’s official charity partner. Supporting charities and communities is a big part of Selco’s ethos and we’re proud to be working together to help families living difficult lives across the UK. Global’s Make Some Noise is committed to supporting small charities that help children and young people who are living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. The money raised will fund vital equipment or life-changing services, such as therapy, counselling, nursing or support groups, helping children and their families reach their full potential and feel less isolated.”

Global Make Some Noise charity work.


February 14th, 2020
Penkridge players and Selco staff at a Selco branch.

Sports fans in Orpington can test their darting skills against a current Premier League star and former world champion when we open our latest branch in the town next week.

Rob Cross, who won the World Championship two years ago and the World Matchplay last July, will be at the brand new Selco Builders Warehouse on Cray Avenue (BR5 4HE) between 9am and 11am on Wednesday, February 19.

Members of the public are invited to come along to the branch to take on Cross, who is ranked No 4 in the world and is known as Voltage as he is a former electrician, in special nine dart challenges.

The event is being staged to mark the opening of our 68th UK branch and celebrates our official partnership with the Professional Darts Corporation.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “A new branch opening is always an exciting time and there is no better way to mark it than having one of the world’s top darts players present to take on our customers, colleagues and the general public.

“Rob is one of the biggest names in the sport and the way he won the World Championship in 2018 was an incredible story.

“There is no need to book – just come down to Selco Orpington between 9am and 11am. We will have prizes up for grabs and it’s a great chance for people to take on one of the best players in the world.”


February 10th, 2020
Penkridge players and Selco staff at a Selco branch.

Penkridge Cricket Club are toasting a perfect start to their 70th anniversary year after winning £1,000 worth of building materials from Selco.

The Pillaton club claimed the prize after we ran a competition in conjunction with Birmingham Bears, as we were Bears’ headline shirt sponsor for 2019.

The Club Together initiative saw cricket clubs from across the Midlands invited to take advantage of a special discounted ticket offer for Bears home matches throughout the T20 Blast campaign.

The club which sold the most tickets over the summer won £1,000 worth of products from Selco – and Penkridge came out on top.

They will use the funds to carry out improvements to the clubhouse to help support matches and practice sessions for 15 teams covering cricket for men, women and juniors.

Clare Mills, secretary of the club which has their first team playing in the South Staffs County League, said: “It’s fantastic news that we have won the prize and a great start to what is a special anniversary year for the club. It’s a huge boost to players, members and spectators alike.

“We are looking to use the Selco products to carry out work to our clubhouse which is looking tired and it’s a very important focal point for the club.

“We are always aiming to improve on and off the field and this will help us towards achieving that.”

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “One of the key aspects of our sponsorship of Warwickshire and Birmingham Bears has been to ensure we give something back to the community and local cricket clubs is a great way to do that.

“Penkridge Cricket Club are worthy winners and we hope our prize will make a big difference to the club.”

Ben Seifas, commercial partnerships manager at Warwickshire CCC, said: “We’re very grateful to Selco and to all local cricket clubs that signed up to our Club Together scheme, particularly the winners at Penkridge CC.”


February 6th, 2020
Selco Stars.

We’re giving charities and community groups in Orpington the chance to benefit from a share of a £3,000 windfall!

We’re inviting groups from in and around the town to submit an application for our Selco Stars scheme for the chance to win £1,000.

It’s just one way we are marking the launch of Selco branch number 68, which opens on Cray Avenue in Orpington on Wednesday, February 19, creating more than 50 local jobs in the process.

Applicants are invited to explain in no more than 100 words how the money would benefit their organisation.

In addition to the one winner selected from the Selco Stars initiative, we’ll also make a £2,000 donation to our new charity partner Global’s Make Some Noise, which helps small projects that support disadvantaged children, young people and their families who are living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity.

Mat Brice, branch manager at Selco Orpington, said: “We’re very excited to be opening in a new location, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by offering a great opportunity to local charities and community groups.

“So many organisations do such fantastic work in our community and we are very proud to be able to give them the chance to win a sum of money which will make a real difference.”

Entries can be made by filling in a form form at by midnight on Wednesday February 12 and one group will be selected by a panel of judges to win the £1,000.


Selco presenting cheque to charity.


February 5th, 2020
Hike team for Macmillan.

Selco has started the new decade with a bang by crashing through the £700,000 fundraising barrier for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Our staff, customers and suppliers have embarked on numerous fundraising projects for Macmillan since 2012.

The sustained push to raise money has paid dividends with the total amount donated to Macmillan standing at £733,000.

The fundraising exploits have seen hundreds of events staged including golf days, participants taking part in epic bike, walking and running challenges and supporting the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We are thrilled to have raised more than £700,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. “That amount seemed a distant dream when we teamed up with Macmillan back in 2012 but the charity has captured the minds of everyone associated with the business.

“So many people have first-hand experience of the outstanding work the Macmillan team do and it’s a charity which has resonated with customers, staff and suppliers alike. “While we support a host of charities through local community initiatives, the drive to raise money for Macmillan has been one of our big charity priorities over the last seven years and the results have been outstanding.

“While our official partnership is now coming to an end, we will continue to support Macmillan moving forward and plan to host Coffee Morning events in all 67 branches and our Support Centre.

“We look forward to announcing a new official charity partner we will be working with in 2020 and beyond over the coming weeks.”

Fern West, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said “We are so pleased to have worked with Selco during the past seven years and the incredible £733,000 they have raised has made a massive difference to people living with cancer.

“Being told ‘you have cancer’ can affect so much more than your health – it can also affect your family, your job, even your ability to pay the bills. But you’re still you. We get that and, after over 100 years of helping people through cancer, we get what’s most important is that you’re treated as a person, not just a patient.

“But all this work could not continue without the generous donations we receive from dedicated partners like Selco Builders Warehouse. For information, support, or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit”

Selco presenting cheque to Macmillan


December 2nd, 2019

Three charities were given a pre-Christmas cash windfall and local residents had the chance to test their darting skills against a world class darts star as we opened our new branch in Kingston.

The ribbon has been cut at Selco’s 67th branch, which is based on St Georges Industrial Estate on Richmond Road and has created 50 jobs in the local community.

To mark the opening and as part of our partnership with the Professional Darts Cooperation, world No 8 James Wade stepped up to the oche in the branch to take on customers and staff in fun darts challenges.

In addition, we also made three £1,000 donations to the Fire Fighters Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Global’s Make Some Noise.

Roy Barnard, Branch Manager at Selco Kingston, said: “We are delighted to have opened Selco’s latest branch and our newest one-stop shop for tradespeople.

“There was a fantastic buzz in branch on our official launch day and a real sense of pride that we were able to support three charities which do fantastic work in Kingston and beyond.

“Macmillan Cancer Support and Global’s Make Some Noise are our nominated national charity partners and we were delighted to select the Fire Fighters Charity, which provides specialist lifelong support for member of the UK’s fire services, as our third recipient.

“Our branch is very close to the fire station in Kingston so it was a natural fit.”

The Fire Fighters Charity provides mental, physical and social support to past and present firefighters across the UK.

Natasha Mason, Regional Fundraising Manager for the Fire Fighters Charity, said: “We support around 5,000 fire personnel a year who have fallen on difficult times and our main aim is to help people move forward positively with their lives.

“Selco’s donation is a wonderful gesture and will go a long way to supporting our beneficiaries.”

We are committed to supporting Global’s Make Some Noise, a national charity that funds and empowers projects and small charities across the UK helping children and young people living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. Charities include Our Time, Regenerate and Skylarks, all of which operate near Kingston.

Jasmine Morgan, Make Some Noise’s Partnerships Development Manager, said: “We’re thrilled that Global’s Make Some Noise has been recognised by Selco for this latest opening in Kingston.”

“Selco’s generous donation will help us to continue supporting small but vital charities close to Kingston and across the UK. These charities can be the difference between coping and not for vulnerable or disadvantaged children, young people and their families.”

Selco’s donation to Macmillan Cancer Support’s work in Kingston is in addition to more than £700,000 it has raised for the charity nationally over the past seven years.

Fern West, from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Selco has provided amazing backing nationally over the last seven years and it is fantastic that people in and around Kingston will benefit with assistance for bills, such as heating, through Selco’s contribution towards Macmillan grants.”

Selco Gives Charities £20k Supplies Boost

November 25th, 2019

Charities and hospices across England and Wales have received almost £20,000 worth of food and supplies, thanks to a generous pre-Christmas giveaway by Selco.

All of our 67 branches surprised local good causes with food bundles and gifts as the countdown to the festive season begins.

Each branch was given at least £250 worth of vouchers, with our staff enjoying going wild in the aisles before delivering the goods to their chosen groups.

The total value of donations was a huge £19,400.

Groups right across the country benefited, from Changing Lives York, which is close to our most northern branch, to Dorset Children’s Foundation, near the most southern Selco in Poole.

We have since been inundated with messages of thanks and support.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We decided that it would be a great thing to do to give these amazing groups a boost in the lead-up to Christmas.

“We regularly support charities through our Selco Stars initiative but it was nice to do something completely out of the blue as a one-off surprise at a special time of year.

“I know the branches enjoyed selecting their chosen groups and then going to purchase and present the goods to the charities.

“Money can be so hard to come by for charities so donations like these really do make a difference.”

Defibrillators fitted at all Selco branches

November 18th, 2019

Selco has demonstrated its commitment to customer and staff welfare by installing dozens of new defibrillators across the entire business.

All 67 of our branches, as well as our Support Centre in Wythall near Birmingham and our new Edmonton delivery hub, will be fitted with a defibrillator in the run-up to Christmas.

Selco chief executive Howard Luft explained it is about enhancing the survival chances of anyone who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest at one of our branches.

He said: “We have five million individual customer visits annually and more than 3,000 staff so, when you are dealing with that number, there is a chance that incidents around unexpected cardiac arrests can happen.

“By Christmas we will be in a position where we can respond to such a situation immediately and all the statistics suggest that being able to administer effective treatment quickly can be the difference between life and death.

“It is imperative that the business made this investment and, even if we save one life over time, it’s money very well spent.”

In the UK, there are around 30,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests and more than 90 percent of those people will die without immediate treatment.

Survival chances increase significantly if a shock is delivered within three to five minutes of collapse.

Kerry Fairhurst, marketing manager for which Selco purchased the equipment from, said: “We applaud the measures Selco have taken and we encourage other businesses to follow suit.

“Research shows that more than 52 percent of businesses have never considered purchasing a defib which is alarming because many of those will be customer-facing.

“Selco have been very proactive in their approach and the business is certainly well-prepared should any incidents happen in branches or their headquarters in the future.”

Fans Get Chance To Do Battle With Defending Champion Price

November 5th, 2019

Sports fans in the West Midlands are being given a unique chance to test their darting skills against one of the best players in the world – at their local Selco branch.

World number five Gerwyn Price will be making a guest appearance at Selco Wolverhampton, on Stafford Road (WV10 6HH), between 11am and 1pm on Friday.

Members of the public are invited to visit the branch to take on the ‘Iceman’, who is a Premier League star, in special nine dart challenges for the chance to win spot prizes.

It’s the perfect way for darts fans to warm up for a huge week of action in Wolverhampton, with the Grand Slam of Darts taking place at Aldersley Leisure Village from Saturday, where Price will be defending the title he won last year.

Price’s appearance at Selco is part of our flourishing partnership with the Professional Darts Corporation and follows a recent similar event with darts legend Gary Anderson in Leicester.

Carine Jessamine, Selco marketing director, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Gerwyn into our Wolverhampton branch.

“Gerwyn is one of the biggest names in the sport. To be able to give people the chance to play darts against him is fantastic – a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“The people of Wolverhampton love their darts and look forward to the Grand Slam each year, so it should be a cracking event.”

There is no need to book – just come down to Selco Wolverhampton between 11am and 1pm. The event is free of charge.

Selco shortlisted for national energy award

October 17th, 2019

We’ve been recognised for our commitment to the environment by being shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Selco is one of seven companies and organisations shortlisted for the Lighting Energy Impact category at the Energy Awards.

Our award entry caught the eye of the judges after we undertook a major project to fit our entire branch network with high-tech LED lighting.

More than half of the branches have already completed the change – and those which haven’t will be making the switch in the coming months to complete the ambitious LED lighting refit programme.

The impact of Selco moving to LED has already been eye-catching, with the investment resulting in the saving of almost 69 tonnes of carbon per store every year.

Scaled over all 66 branches, that represents the equivalent of almost 200,000 trees – or 89 football pitches full of trees.

Our Reading branch has seen its electricity usage plummet from 141,565 kWh since March 2018 to 86,774 kWh in the same period this year – a decrease of 40 per cent, while our Tyseley branch in Birmingham has seen usage reduced by more than 55 per cent.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director of Selco Builders Warehouse, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for what are the biggest awards of their kind in the UK.

“The LED refit programme is a huge undertaking and requires a significant financial investment, but we are committed to maximising our sustainability as a business and utilising the best environmental solution possible.

“We have also received very positive feedback from customers and staff who all believe that the changes have improved the working and shopping conditions in our branches.”

Sensors operating in tandem with each individual LED luminaire are also being introduced to each branch.

The sensors react to the contribution of natural daylight delivered via the transparent roof light panels in-store, thus producing the necessary light levels required rather than constantly being at a higher fixed illumination output. Utilising daylight harvesting technology improves the efficiency of the LED lighting system by between 10 and 15 per cent.

The LEDs and sensors are being installed by Thorn Lighting UK. Based in the north east of England, Thorn is the country’s largest lighting manufacturer.

Amongst the other finalists for the awards are Marks and Spencer and London Luton and Heathrow Airports. The winners will be revealed on Thursday November 21 at a ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

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