MKM reveals expansion plans

Published:  17 May, 2011

HULL: MKM, the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant, has revealed its expansion plans for the next 12 months, which includes new branch openings, building new offices and job creation. The plans have already started to take shape, with MKM’s 37th branch set to open in Perth, Scotland, in early June 2011.

The company is also starting to re-build its Anlaby branch this month and construct new offices at its headquarters in Hull, to accommodate its growing team.

MKM has appointed local builders to complete each contract including George Houlton & Sons who have been given the £1M contract to re-build the branch in Anlaby, East Yorkshire. This is due to be completed in November 2011. The new £1M offices at MKM’s headquarters will be built by Hull company Hall Construction Group.

The new Perth branch is set to complement MKM’s existing Scottish network and is the first new MKM branch to open since 2009. It is situated perfectly alongside the two other Scottish MKM branches in Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy and will service the market in Perthshire. In keeping with MKM’s policy of recruiting locally, the new branch has created 12 new jobs for experienced locals.

These expansion plans signal MKM’s confidence in the UK construction industry, as David Kilburn, the company’s chief executive, explains:

“We are extremely pleased to be embarking upon an exciting plan of expansion over the next two years, which will hopefully see us open up to 12 new branches throughout the country, generate new jobs and open up interesting opportunities.

“Our Perth branch kick-starts all of our plans and will be open in early June 2011. We haven’t opened a new branch since we opened our Dereham branch two years ago, which just goes to show how confident we are in the future of our business and industry. We believe now is the time to invest in the company and stimulate growth.

“The next two years will see us re-invest in the company to further strengthen our position in the market place as the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant.”

MKM has also recently launched MKM Online, an ecommerce store which sells a wide range of DIY, gardening and building accessory products at affordable prices.

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