Hull builders merchant MKM opens 50th branch and plans for 100 in five years

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Oct 2017

Hull-based builders merchant says it has hit a “significant milestone” as it opens its 50th national branch, coming along way from the solitary Hull store in a “big shed” 22 years ago.

David Kilburn started MKM Building Supplies in 1995, which has seen rapid growth in the last year, opening seven new branches across the country.

He says he plans to continue the company’s impressive expansion and have 100 branches open by 2022.

The company has now opened its 50 branch in Leamington Spa and the Chief Executive says he plans for many new branches in the pipeline.

He says that while the company is having a greater national presence, it all started in that shed in Hull.

David Kilburn of MKM

“It’s a really significant milestone for us. We started in what was effectively a big shed in Hull as our only 22 years ago.

“I suppose it’s down to a lot of hard work from a lot of people who have seized the opportunity to help make us successful.

“It’s similar to a franchise so it has people pushing forward with the businesses and they have really made it work.

“Hull is very much a core part of the business as this where our humble beginnings began and we are very supportive of Hull. Our success in Hull has allowed us develop, branching out further and has meant we can open up in new places, such as Honiton and Leamington Spa recently.”

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The company works similar to a franchise, and the Chief Executive says they have had significant interest to push plans to reach 100 branches in the next five years.

“We are more national now than we have ever been before,” he said. “We are significantly developing in the North West, in Scotland, and we cover all down the east coast to Deal in Kent. We are moving towards being a more national business.

David Kilburn at the opening of MKM's 50th branch

“We are looking, if possible, to have 100 branches by 2022. There are plenty of people wanting to open their own units and develop them, run and manage them.

“We have arrived where we have because we have a brilliant team of people who work hard and long hours and we are extremely proud of them.

“They are all pivotal to us continuing to grow and that is good for the city, as it creates local jobs.

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“Hull is receiving a boost for the economy which is seeing development which is helping to create a greater demand for our products. That development is hopefully what will help to leave an important legacy for the city.”

The new branch has employed 18 staff everything from building, heating and plumbing supplies, through to landscaping and timber, as well as having a bathroom and kitchen showroom.

The Leamington store in one of seven planned for opening by the end of this year, expanding further across the UK.

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