Rt.Hon Theresa May MP visits new Maidenhead Screwfix store

Published:  12 July, 2016

Trade supplier Screwfix, welcomed local Member of Parliament Theresa May to its new Maidenhead store on Friday 8 July, prior to the announcement that she would become the next Conservative Party leader and UK Prime Minister.

Screwfix is currently opening new stores at the rate of one a week. The new store in Maidenhead, which opened in February, is now one of a network of 470.

Screwfix employs over 9,000 people across the UK. The new Maidenhead store will initially employ 17 people from the local area. Mrs May was given a tour of the new store where she met store staff.

John Mewett, marketing director at Screwfix, shared with Mrs May some of the feedback from its trade customers and some of the key issues, opportunities and challenges facing people in the trades in the local area.

Last year, Screwfix launched its Tradesman Manifesto, which highlighted the desire of UK tradesmen and women to hire their own apprentices, and called upon the government to support this increase in the trades. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned had little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only a small percentage taking on an apprentice in the last year.

In response to this Screwfix, alongside the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has launched a handy guide for tradespeople on how to go about hiring an apprentice. Mrs May was keen to learn more about how Screwfix is helping people in the trades hire apprentices.

For one in three tradespeople, cost is the biggest barrier to taking on an apprentice and research shows more available funding would allow small businesses to hire and train the tradesmen and women of tomorrow.

Mr Mewett commented: "As a key supplier to the trade, we have a great relationship with our trade customers and can really help amplify their voice by getting their message across on visits like today's.

"Many of our customers are busier than ever right now so it's important we work closely with the wider industry and the government to consider ways to help them and to encourage growth in their businesses."

Mrs May MP commented: "I am delighted to visit this new Screwfix store in Maidenhead. It is always good to see the businesses bringing jobs to Maidenhead and this is another boost for the town centre."

Pictured: (from left) Scott Parsons, director of retail operations; John Mewett, marketing director; Theresa May MP; Carl Dinsmole, store manager; Steve Youens, area manager; John Kirkham, supervisor

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