Screwfix opens its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London

Screwfix opens its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London

 

Milestone site brings Screwfix closer to even more tradespeople

LONDON, 2017-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading omnichannel retailer, Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London, marking a major milestone in the retailer’s expansion of its store network.

Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has grown significantly and has opened one store per week for the past six years meaning 90% of the UK population is within a 20-minute drive time of a store.

Screwfix’s second store in Enfield – Southbury has brought 15 more jobs to the local community, bringing the UK Screwfix team to over 10,000 employees.

As well as its omni-channel approach, extensive product range and focus on convenient customer service, Screwfix has also been recognised as a great place to work. In 2016, Screwfix was crowned “Employer of the Year” by Retail Week and as one of the Glassdoor Best Places to Work in 2017.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, commented: “We’re immensely proud to be opening our 500th Screwfix store. This is a significant moment for our business and demonstrates our focus on continued growth to meet the needs of our busy customers.

“As we reach this milestone for Screwfix, I want to thank our staff and, of course our customers.  Our success relies on their success, so we remain as committed as ever to making things easier for them.”

Since starting life as the Woodscrew Supply Company in 1979, Screwfix has always strived to deliver convenience, value and the wide product range required by its busy trade customers and serious DIYers. Its store network is visited by 2.9m customers a year and Screwfix.com by 2.5 million unique visitors each week.

Screwfix’s continued investment in bricks and mortar alongside other elements of its omnichannel retail model, ensures customer convenience is prioritised, as they know they can get the products they need at a store close by. Screwfix understands that time is money for many of its customers and, as a result, offers other services for convenience such as its award-winning 24/7 UK contact centre, extended opening hours at its stores and next day deliveries seven days a week.

In addition, its ever-growing Click & Collect service, which enables customers to pick-up their goods in as little as one minute after ordering online or over the phone, has already received more than 13 million orders.

The retailer’s expansion continues to bring Screwfix closer to even more tradesmen and women and it plans to have a network of around 600 stores in the next couple of years.

For more information on Screwfix, visit www.screwfix.com, call 03330 112 112 or visit the nearest store.

Contact:

Annabelle Davis,
McCann Public Relations
Tel: 0121 713 3761
Email: annabelle.davis@mccann.com

Source: Kingfisher

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Screwfix and Department of Business, Innovation & Skills releases booklet ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’

LONDON, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) visited a Screwfix store in Brixton on 25 February to launch a new guide created by the retailer to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice.

The free booklet will be available in Screwfix stores across England and entitled ‘Your Guide to Hiring an Apprentice’. It was released by Screwfix in conjunction with BIS in response to recent research* revealing that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus help in understanding how to take apprentices on.

The easy-to-use, free information source is designed to expose many of the myths surrounding apprenticeships. As a pocket-sized guide, it includes everything those in the trade need to know in bite-size chunks – from the benefits of taking on an apprentice, to where to go first and the help available.

Screwfix has released the guide in response to feedback from its trade customers and the findings of its Tradesman Manifesto*, which highlighted that more than three quarters of UK tradespeople want the Government to raise the number of apprenticeship places from 110,000 to 400,000 and encourage as many school leavers to take up apprenticeships as go to university. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned by the Screwfix poll have little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only 14% having employed one in the last year.

Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix, comments: “As a key supplier to the trade, we’re always looking for ways to support UK tradespeople in growing their businesses – from enabling them to get the right products at the right time to finding out and helping to address the issues that matter most. We understand how vital apprentices are as the future lifeblood of the trade, but it’s clear from what our customers are telling us that more needs to be done to simplify the process of hiring one.

“We have developed this guide to help tradespeople who have little or no experience of apprentices. Whether they’re looking to find out a bit more about who to hire an apprentice through, or the financial support available to them to help with taking one on, we encourage interested tradespeople to pick up their free guide from one of our stores in England now.”

Business Secretary Sajid Javid, said: “Business has always been part of my life, and I know how hard it can be to succeed and find the right people for the job. This guide will be an essential tool to help the trade to plug the skills gap by finding and developing the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women and realising our goal of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.”

To download a copy of the guide, visit www.Screwfix.com/apprenticeguide

*Screwfix Tradesman Manifesto is a survey of more than 600 UK tradespeople undertaken to understand what is important to them and how they are reacting to the constantly changing economic and technological landscapes.

** Josh Lee and James Ling were Highly Commended in Screwfix’s 2015 Trade Apprentice Competition. Josh now has a full time job and James runs his own business.
For more information, please contact:

Screwfix

Laura Westcott, McCann Public Relations, Tel: 0121 713 3768, laura.westcott@mccann.com

Rachel Tillman, McCann Public Relations, Tel: 0121 713 3593, rachel.tillman@mccann.com

SOURCE: Kingfisher plc

 

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Picture: Josh Lee**, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Andrew Livingston CEO of Screwfix and James Ling** 'cutting the red tape to hiring apprentices' at a Screwfix store in Brixton on Thursday 25 February 2016.

Picture: Josh Lee**, Business Secretary Sajid Javid, Andrew Livingston CEO of Screwfix and James Ling** ‘cutting the red tape to hiring apprentices’ at a Screwfix store in Brixton on Thursday 25 February 2016.