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.
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.