Building supplies firm creates 16 jobs in Blackpool

The doors are open at a building supplies company's new branch in Blackpool.

Thursday, 27th September 2018, 11:44 am
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2018, 7:03 pm
MKM's new Blackpool team

The new move by MKM Building Supplies brings 16 jobs to the town and is the builders’ merchant’s 55th branch nationally.

MKM Blackpool aims to be a one-stop shop for the customers, with a product portfolio spanning building supplies, heating, landscaping and timber.

As well as take-off, brick matching and other services, the new branch has kitchen and bathroom showrooms.

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Hull-based MKM has grown steadily since it was founded in 1995; a milestone 50th branch opened last year, with plans for more than 100 by 2022.

MKM Blackpool’s team of specialists will be headed up by a branch directors, Darren Whiteside and Joe Keane.

In a crowded merchant sector, MKM said its distinguishing focus is on customer service.

Darren said: “The hand-picked team we’ve put together in Blackpool is excited to get started. We want to show what the MKM brand means: great service, fantastic prices and a huge product range.”

Blackpool becomes MKM’s fourth branch in Lancashire. Joe Keane, the branch’s other branch director, said: “All visitors can expect a warm welcome into our new branch.

“We can only ask that you give us a try for your next project.”

The new business is on Hallam Way at the Whitehills Business Park.

Last year, the firm announced a record turnover year after opening five new branches across the country.

ing Supplies saw revenue soar to £332.4m in the year ending September 2017 – up from £284.3m the previous year.

It was founded by David Kilburn, now executive chairman, in 1995 and offers its branch managers equity shares in the company as incentives.

He said: “This performance has been driven both by our new branch roll-out programme, which has seen us expand further into the North West as well as continued organic growth across the existing branch network.”