We are MKM, a builders’ merchant with a difference. With an extensive range of building materials, timber, plumbing & heating, tools & equipment. In fact, everything you need for your building project. But we also have everything you need to finish a property to the highest standard; the latest porcelain paving, aggregates and landscaping materials, contemporary and traditional kitchens and bathrooms, doors, windows, flooring and ceramic tiles. Open to the trade and public – everyone receives the same warm welcome at MKM.
What is an interesting fact about your organisation?
Since we started trading we have given a friendly ear and around 8.5 million hot drinks to our tradespeople across the nation.
Why are you supporting TEDxWarrington?
Our business is meritocratic; people who started as an apprentice in a warehouse can become director of a branch, in turn creating and nurturing their own team. TED and TEDx represent a really accessible resource for those wanting to learn and grow, and is one that’s been so helpful in the development of many of our teams. In addition, we’re social beings, and working together brings out the best in people. So to be able to start to meet up and support one another in person again is really exciting and one of the reasons we want to get involved in TEDxWarrington.
As the UK’s largest independent builders merchant we have grown quickly from our first branch in Hull in 1996, to 98 branches. We have 98 branches – from to Inverness in the Scottish highlands, Weymouth on England’s south coast to Llandudno in North Wales. Every one of our branches is a standalone business in its own right, empowered to provide excellent service, reliable advice and top quality products to our customers. We’re proud to be local people supporting local people. For us that’s through our products and services, but also working with our local communities. Our team in Warrington is proud to have supported a wide range of causes; in our first year an epic bike ride from Hull to Warrington, raising money for Disability Awareness Day and since then as major sponsor of Warrington Oktoberfest we regularly put in shifts behind the bar, with profits going to the NHS. We’re also proud to work with Warrington College construction department in their Skills Build Challenge for students; it’s important to get more young people into the construction industry – it’s an exciting and diverse field, and we’re happy to support the workforce of the future.