Builder suppliers Selco open new store in Portsmouth

In the centre, branch manager Rob Thorpe and chief executive Chris Cunliffe open the new Selco store in Portsmouth 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (160922-6699)

In the centre, branch manager Rob Thorpe and chief executive Chris Cunliffe open the new Selco store in Portsmouth Picture: Malcolm Wells (160922-6699)

  • Business says it is the best option for traders
  • They’re set to create 50 new jobs
  • Selco also offer opportunities to rise in the ladder of the business
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A NEW trade suppliers that has opened in Portsmouth has pledged it will offer the best service and deals to local tradesmen.

Selco Builders Warehouse unveiled its new unit in Northarbour Spur, Cosham, yesterday.

Selco has been looking to open a new store in Portsmouth for 10 years and says it has been waiting for the right site to come on to the market. Chris Cunliffe, chief executive at Selco, said: ‘We’re bringing 50 jobs which has got to be good for the city.

‘I started off as a supervisor with Selco 26 years ago and never imagined one day that I would be chief executive. There are many opportunities for people who show us their hard work and who can reap the rewards to work their way up the company.’

Selco has made £1,000 donations to local charities the Alicia Pannell Fund, which helps a young girl who has cerebral palsy, the Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service and the West Paulsgrove Scouts and Community Association.

Mr Cunliffe added: ‘We pride ourselves on offering the best deals and service to tradesman.

‘We looked at our success in Southampton and believed a shop in Portsmouth would be successful as both are thriving cities where there is a lot of trade. Customers come to us as opposed to places like B&Q because they can come in and out quickly and not be bothered by other shoppers.

‘They only make money when they’re working on site, so the quicker they’re in and out of our shop, the better it is for them. We are here for their convenience. We also have a number of specialist stands offering advice and we’re open for 83.5 hours per week from 6.30am on weekdays.’

Selco, opening its 44th store nationwide, offers apprentice schemes and promotion opportunities for any worker who shows great initiative.

The new unit will be for tradesmen only.

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