MKM founder gets Kings Birthday Honour

David Kilburn, co-founder of MKM Building Supplies, has been awarded a CBE in the first King’s Birthday Honours, for his services to the construction industry, and to charity.

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Commander of the Order of the British Empire is the highest ranking award below a knighthood, given for having “a conspicuous leading role in regional affairs through achievement or service to the community, or a highly distinguished, innovative contribution in his or her area of activity.”

Kilburn said: “It is a very moving experience, and I think of all the people who have contributed to what has been achieved. It is very humbling, that’s how I feel about it, and I’m very happy to receive it.

“This sort of recognition does not happen without the great people who have worked with us, the talent. I have been very lucky as without the support from lots of people, my wife Linda, and lots of others, it wouldn’t have been possible. It has been a very interesting journey and it is a very humbling experience.”

Kilburn and Peter Murray founded MKM Building Supplies in 1995; since then it has grown to a £818 million turnover operation with more than 100 builders’ merchants branches nationwide.

June also sees the first anniversary of the latest evolution, MKM Home – a heavily invested showroom set-up aimed at homeowners.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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