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NEWS INBRIEF


MKM takes branch to Birkenhead


Last month MKM Building Supplies opened its first new branch since the COVID 19 crisis began. MKM Birkenhead is a two- acre site, offering a one-stop shop for local building trades and retail customers, with a wide range of building essentials including plumbing and heating, joinery, under floor heating, brick matching and take off service. The branch will also feature a kitchen and bathroom showroom and landscaping display.


The launch of the branch has been delayed for several months due to the national lockdown, and is headed up by branch directors, Chris Winskill and Phil Morris.


Obituary: Kevin Fowler


It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected death of Kevin Fowler, Founder and Managing Director of the Pavestone Group of Companies, at his home, following a sudden heart attack, on the morning of 28 July 2020.


Kevin’s career began with Rogers Concrete. Seeking a bigger challenge, he became Production Manager for Atlas Concrete Products at Chipping Camden and as a key member of the Atlas management team he was instrumental in the management buy-out and subsequent sale of the business. Recognising a potential market opportunity to substitute the sale of traditional concrete paving, with imported natural stone paving, Kevin set about demystifying the products and marketing natural stone paving to builders merchants’ in ‘easy to lay’ patio project packs, through a newly formed company, Pavestone UK Limited. Seventeen years on, the three businesses trading as Pavestone, which include Bekstone and Paving Direct,


Winskill said: “The new team is really excited about opening up. We do have more challenges than usual for a new branch and are doing things differently, but I believe that if we get it right from the start then we can turn these challenging times around into something more positive” Morris said: “This has been a tough time


today have a combined turnover of over £40m. However, when asked what he


thought was


his greatest accomplishment he would frequently respond that it was his family he was most proud of. Terry, his loving wife of 37 years and son Ben were his world and would always be his top priority. His son Ben had this to say of his Dad “My dad made me so proud. I have and will always look up to him. I have never met anyone who knew my dad, that over the years, he had not helped in some way, he was so kind. I am looking forward to continuing his legacy, with upmost pride and hope I can become half the man he was. He will be missed so much.”


People were important to Kevin and his extended ‘Pavestone family’ of employees could always count on his compassion and generosity when needed. A larger than life character, with a wicked sense of humour, Kevin was always the life and soul of the party and he will be sadly missed by us all.


August 2020 www.buildersmerchantsjournal.net


for trade and our team is looking forward to welcoming customers and supporting their projects. “The safety of our staff and customers has been paramount in planning for our opening and I have been really impressed by how the whole team has pulled together to prepare for the launch of our new branch.”


David Kilburn, CEO MKM Building Supplies Ltd said: “The last few months has been a challenging and unprecedented time for business, but we are heartened and encouraged by the support of our trade customers and the resilience of our staff. This positive spirit is just what we need to rebuild.”


Selco confirms Salford plans


Builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse will open its 69th branch in the UK in Salford in October. The new branch will be the merchant’s second in 2020 following from Orpington at the start of the year.


Chief executive Howard Luft, says: “We are delighted to announce the plans are still very much in place for us to open our Salford branch later this year. “The coronavirus crisis has been an extremely challenging period for the entire country. However, opening in Salford has been a long- term target and we are determined to achieve that. We are confident that the branch will be open in October, subject to ongoing developments with coronavirus. The operating conditions will be dictated to by government guidance, which we are following closely.”


The opening will strengthen Selco’s position in the Manchester area where it already has three branches, as well as another in Warrington.


City Plumbing Supplies has opened a new branch at Ribston Trade Park on Roundhay Road in North Leeds. The company, which has more than 370 branches throughout the UK has taken 5,515 sq ft of space across two units.”


NMBS has announced that, due to continuing social distancing requirements, it has cancelled the NMBS Dinner Dance for 2020.The event, which was due to be held on October 24th, will now take place on October 30 next year at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.


Builders merchants are among companies employing more than 100,000 people which have signed up to support the Construction Leadership Council’s Talent Retention Scheme. Early adopters in the merchant sector who have roles listed at launch include Bradfords, MP Moran & Sons and Travis Perkins.


The online portal is now live at www.clc-talentretention. co.uk and is open to both businesses and candidates looking for work.


Following a period of consultation CEMEX has confirmed it will mothball its South Ferriby Cement Plant in North Lincolnshire. Around 110 employees will be affected. Customers will be supplied from the company’s existing cement plant network and CEMEX says that it remains “committed to the UK and its European business, which is one of the company’s largest regions,” and that it will “continue to have a strong national presence”.


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