Robert Jenrick MP visited the Newark branch of MKM, to see how the independent builders’ merchant is tackling carbon emissions and paving the way to greater sustainability, both across its network and the solutions it provides its customers.
The visit to the branch, which opened 18 months ago, was arranged by the Builders Merchants Federation. Jenrick, who was appointed as Immigration Minister last month, was welcomed by MKM Chief Executive Kate Tinsley and branch director Bill Burroughs.
Jenrick said: “It was great to visit MKM to learn more about how the business is embracing low and zero-carbon initiatives, whilst continuing to serve the needs of their customers operating across the building, construction and property improvement markets. It’s encouraging to find a successful, forward-looking business like MKM, having just celebrated opening its 100th branch, embrace not only carbon-neutral suppliers, but carbon-negative ones too. I’d like to thank Kate, Bill and their team for providing a fantastic service to builders, landscapers other trades and DIY enthusiasts with their building and home improvement projects. It gave me the chance to see their contribution to not only the Nottinghamshire economy, but also more widely throughout the East Midlands”.
The visit came after the government announcements on the Energy Price Guarantee and Energy Bills Relief Scheme aimed at helping both households and companies.
Tinsley said: “At MKM, it’s really important to us that we are ‘doing the right thing’ which extends to ensuring we are operating in the most sustainable way possible. MKM Newark is pioneering in this area, so we were delighted to welcome Robert Jenrick to our branch and show him the initiatives we have introduced to lead the way in sustainable practices. It is great to have a former Housing Secretary maintain an interest in our supply chain and gain insight into the construction, housing and property RMI markets we serve.”
MKM is currently undertaking a pilot scheme to trial solar power for onsite renewable electricity. The aim is to successfully generate enough energy to power the branch’s own operational demand, allow for future EV charging, and sell renewable electricity back to the grid. Solar PV panels at branches is another step in MKM’s journey towards its ambitious strategic sustainability goals. This also includes the introduction of Compressed Natural Gas HGVs to its delivery fleet, electric forklift trucks for its yard and warehouse operations, and the installation of CV charging points across its branch network.