Screwfix has reached a number of landmarks over the past year, with a continued focus on its colleagues and customers. As sales reached £2bn in the year to January 2021, Screwfix has opened 30 new stores, taking the total number of stores across the UK and Ireland to 725. The new stores have brought Screwfix closer to its busy tradespeople, many of whom have played a crucial role in keeping homes warm, safe and with power throughout these difficult times.
This growth has led to significant recruitment at Screwfix, including welcoming to the team over 1,000 colleagues aged under 24, the age group which have been impacted the most by the pandemic. The overall growth brings the number of new jobs created by Screwfix in the past five years to 4,000, during which time the business has opened on average, a new store every week and doubled sales from £1bn to £2bn.
In addition to recruitment, Screwfix is investing in their people too. More than 800 colleagues have been promoted internally, including many colleagues who have completed apprenticeships this year.
Thanks to the amazing generosity of Screwfix customers and colleagues, The Screwfix Foundation has raised £2m this year. Already this year, the Foundation has supported over 400 charities and not-for-profit organisations to help fix, repair, maintain and improve their facilities for people in need across the UK.
Screwfix is also committed to supporting the future generation of the construction trades with the launch of its annual competition, Screwfix Trade Apprentice. The competition launches on 8 February with a career-boosting £10k tools, tech and training bundle up for grabs.
John Mewett, Screwfix CEO comments: “I’m incredibly proud of what our colleagues have achieved this year. We have continued to keep our customers supplied safely whilst creating opportunities for our colleagues. We have also been able to give back to our communities when they have needed support the most. I’d like to thank all of our colleagues and customers for their incredible support during what has been an extremely challenging year.”