Independent builders merchant MKM Building Supplies will provide building materials to maintain Hull’s entire social housing stock after landing a three year, multi-million pound contract.
The builders merchant, based in Stoneferry, has been appointed as sole supplier to Kingstown Works Ltd (KWL), which is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Hull City Council’s housing stock and other private sites.
The contract, worth around £2.6m each year, will see MKM recruit two or three apprentices at its Hull headquarters to work exclusively on the KWL deal.
The new deal is extendable by one year based on performance and gets underway from September 1.
Keith Eames, joint branch director at MKM Hull, said securing the contract was important because it amounted to a local company looking after local people. He said “As a business deeply rooted in the city winning it is a source of great satisfaction to the entire management team here because it means we will be playing a part in ensuring local people are looked after, jobs are secured here in the long term and we are creating further employment for Hull people.”
Daren Hales, chairman of KWL, said it was fantastic news that the new contract will be creating employment for young people. He said: “Working with local companies is something we are always very keen to do.
“It means we’re not only helping to keep roofs over people’s heads in Hull, we are benefitting the city’s wider economy also.”
KWL currently maintains around 25,000 social houses and a further 1,000 houses on private sites.
Kevin Redmore, business leader at Kingwood-based KWL, said appointing a local supplier was excellent news for both companies as well as for the wider city region. He said: “We have used two main suppliers ever since the company was formed in 2007 but with contracts being due for renewal we decided to re-evaluate our approach to the process.
“The tender was bias heavily towards innovation in terms of operational processes, support and the way the financials are structured; MKM Building Supplies measured up in all aspects of the requirements.
“We are confident working closely with the company will assist us in delivering our services within the cost base and time scales agreed with our customers, whilst benefitting from the coherent and efficient service a single supplier is able provide.”