Builders’ merchant beefs up its presence north of the border

Hull-headquartered independent builders’ merchant, MKM, has further expanded its branch network in Scotland by acquiring Woodrow Timber & Supplies.

Founded in 1979 as Rowan Timber Supplies, the business officially rebranded to Woodrow Timber & Supplies in 2021 and has grown to become one of the country’s leading suppliers of timber, sheet, and joinery products, operating across three branches in Airdrie, Ayr, and Dunfermline.

The acquisition takes the total number of MKM branches in the UK up to 97. It further strengthens the merchant’s presence in Scotland and follows both the purchase of Spey Valley Timber and the establishment of new branches in Peterhead and Inverness in 2021.

Nick Higgins, managing director at Woodrow Timber & Supplies, said: “After many years of building our reputation, product offering and services in the Scottish timber industry, we wanted to make sure the business was best positioned to continue to grow.

“Ensuring the future of our three branches was incredibly important to us and we are confident they will continue to go from strength to strength under MKM’s leadership.”

Kate Tinsley, CEO of MKM, added: “We would like to thank the teams at both Woodrow and MKM for a successful acquisition.

“I speak for everyone at MKM when I say we are looking forward to building on the successes of both businesses together.

“With more than 40 years of experience and expertise, we are confident Woodrow is the right partner to help us drive further growth and success in Scotland.”