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The Brooke Ceramics at MKM Home story at a glance…

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1926 – Eernest Brooke opens iron mongers on Hull’s Holderness Road, beginning his family’s long association with business in the city

1945 – With business prospering, Eernest’s son Reg returns from the war and helps grow the business further, expanding into DIY and hardware

 old photo of original brookes hardware store

1981 – Geof Brookes joins the business and takes the bold move to switch from DIY and hardware to focusing solely on tiles and bathrooms

1988 – Geof founds Brooke Ceramics Ltd

1993 – Geof opens the Brooke Ceramics tile superstore in Hull

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Brooke Ceramics 1993

1995 – David Kilburn and Peter Murray open the first MKM branch in Hull, turning over £3.5m by the end of the first year

1996 – Success of inaugural branch in Hull saw business model replicated in Driffield, with the second branch opening its doors

1997 – Third branch opened in Scarborough, following in footsteps of Hull and Driffield by giving branch directors a 25% stake in the business

1998 – Private equity firm 3i invests in MKM.

2005 – MKM celebrates its 10th anniversary by opening its 15th branch in Beverley

2005 – Brooke Ceramics tile superstore undergoes significant expansion, growing to feature a huge range of bathroom products

brooke ceramics store on stoneferry road hull

2006 – 3i increases its minority share in MKM by making a £21m investment

2006-2014 – Steady continued growth for MKM, with an average of seven new branches opening per year

2016 – MKM celebrates its 21st anniversary in style, with a charity concert headlined by Rod Stewart

2016 – Bain Capital acquires 3i’s shares in MKM, a move that enables the business to up its nationwide investment programme

2019 – MKM acquires Brooke Ceramics

2020 – MKM marks its 25th anniversary with the opening of its 70th branch

2020 – Industry leader Kate Tinsley joins the business as CEO

2021 – After a 20-year association, MKM and Hull City announce the new name of the city’s sports stadium – the MKM stadium

2021 – Doors open to Brooke Ceramics at MKM Home, an innovative tile showroom which features more than 300+ products from the MKM and Brooke Ceramics range in dynamic, tangible display units

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2021 – By December of this year, the business will have opened its 92nd branch and be delivering a turnover of £660m