We take our responsibilities seriously and although we are a national company, we are proud of our community-focused values. We are committed to supporting the local communities in which we operate, whether by raising funds for charity, sponsoring local sporting teams, advising young entrepreneurs or lending hands-on support to local initiatives.
We support a number of worthy causes and the MKM team is keen to take part in charity events. Here are some of the charities we are currently working with:
We recently collected over £9000 for the British Heart Foundation by launching the ‘MKM Heart Challenge', which took place at the start of 2010. The challenge encouraged staff members from all of our branches to raise funds by losing weight, improving their diet, taking more exercise and stopping smoking.
As part of the MKM Heart Challenge, individual branches held special fundraising events. Our team in Redcar organised a 20 mile walk from Whitby to Saltburn and our team in Bridlington arranged the ‘Great MKM Bike Ride’ – which saw them cycle over 1000 miles!
British Heart Foundation’s Fundraising Volunteer Manager, Lucy Watson:
"I would like to say a big thank you to MKM for raising a fantastic £9302.25 in support of the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the MKM Heart Challenge. A huge amount of effort went into organising the Challenge amongst the branches and I would like to say thank you to all those involved as all the money raised will make a real difference to those affected by heart disease.”
We successfully raised £8500 for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2009, by hosting coffee mornings at MKM branches up and down the country. We invited both our trade and retail customers to attend the events at their local branches where home baking, coffee and bacon butties were available in return for a £5 donation.
This was part of the charity’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ and to encourage as many people as possible to attend and donate, we held a competition to win £7000 in John Lewis vouchers plus £150 of MKM vouchers.
Nigel Jackson, Manager of our Grimsby branch:
“Macmillan Cancer support is an important charity and its role, improving the lives of patients, families and communities who suffer from cancer, deserves our full support.”
As part of our 2010 World Cup celebrations, we raised money for the Bobby Moore Fund. In return for a £2 donation to the charity, our customers could have a World Cup flag for their car. This was hugely popular and raised over £8000 for the foundation in just two months.
We are keen to support local sporting initiatives and many of our branches sponsor amateur or youth sports teams. We also sponsored the Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k run, which took place in May 2010. Over 5000 runners took part to raise funds for charities including Dove House Hospice, Cancer Research UK, the Daisy Appeal and the RNLI.
We are committed to helping our staff with their personal development and providing each member of the MKM team with a fulfilling and rewarding career. We are constantly providing training for our staff to help them improve their knowledge and skills and hold ‘Branch of the Year’ competitions to reward continued excellence.
Simon Preston, Joint Branch Director of MKM Peterlee - the 2009 Branch of the Year:
“We were delighted to receive this prestigious award. We could not have achieved this accolade without the commitment, hard work and determination from all our staff.”
We also want our 600-strong workforce to be fit and healthy, which was one of the reasons why we introduced our fundraising MKM Heart Challenge. Individual branches regularly arrange their own sporting activities too – such as the Scarborough Squash Team!
We want to give young people a great start in the building supplies trade, which is why we take part in the National Apprenticeship Scheme for 18-24 year olds. To complement this, we run a highly successful work experience programme to give students a taste of real working life.
We are also keen to support young entrepreneurs and several of our team members are heavily involved with the Young Enterprise Programme In fact, our Chief Executive heads the Young Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber ‘Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur?’ judging panel, to help participants develop their entrepreneurial flair.
As our roots are in Hull, we are keen to play a prominent role within the local business community. We sponsor the KC Stadium (home of Hull City AFC and Hull FC) and have co-sponsored the Yorkshire International Business Convention. We are also active members of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce and Hull Construction Partners.
If you would like more information about our environmental policies, commitment to our employees and our customers, please download our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.