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New Cheltenham builders merchant spreads Christmas cheer

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8 December 2022

Cheltenham Town Football Club manager Wade Elliott and captain Sean Long were on hand to officially mark the big kick-off for a new builders merchant.

Selco Builders Warehouse opened a new branch on Festival Trade Park on Runnings Road. It’s Birmingham-headquartered Selco’s 74th builders merchant in the UK and, as official club partners, the Cheltenham Town duo were on hand to help cut the ribbon.

To mark the opening, Selco made a £1,000 donation to Cheltenham school Prestbury St Mary’s Federation, as well as pledging a further £2,000 to its nominated charity Cancer Research UK.

The St Mary’s Federation was selected as the winner of the Selco Community Heroes competition, which invited community groups and charities in and around Cheltenham to have the chance to win £1,000 to support their work.

The Federation has a total of 450 pupils in its infant and junior schools and the funding will help support the purchase of books for students.

Kirsty Stevens, chair of Prestbury St Mary’s Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as Selco’s Cheltenham Community Heroes winner.

“With the cost of living crisis every penny counts, not only for the school but also for the parents of our pupils.

“As a Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, we are doing everything we can to ease the financial worries of the families of our children and this Selco donation will be put to great use to fund the purchase of new books for their studies.

“It’s going to make a huge difference and we can’t thank Selco enough.”

Sean Phillips, branch manager at Selco Cheltenham, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to open our Cheltenham branch. It brings the Selco offering into a new part of the country and helps serve tradespeople in the local area.

“Supporting charities and community groups in the areas in which we operate is an integral part of the Selco ethos so we are delighted to mark the opening of our new branch with a £3,000 donation. We hope the funding will make a real difference to two very worthy organisations.”


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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