MHK-UK management has declared its recent inaugural conference and AGM 'an enjoyable, informative and successful inaugural' event with a 'high energy feel that culminated in further retailers signing up to the buying and business support group's unique offering'.
The event, which took place at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire saw the group’s CEO, Werner Heilos, open proceedings followed by presentations from Marcel Crezee – MD of MHK-UK and export director, as well as Paul Wheeler and David Morris, UK sales director and UK sales manager respectively.
“Whilst MHK-UK has been present in the UK market since 2018 our inaugural AGM was really the first occasion that we were able to take stock of our achievements and it transpired that we really had rather a lot to celebrate!”commented David Morris. Besides an overall group trading figure of 8.9billion euros for 2021, MHK-UK posted an increase in sales of over 83% against 2020 having more than doubled its retail membership over the last two years. It now has an almost 80 strong UK-wide network.
The event saw an open discussion, about the future of the supply chain, where various MHK-UK furniture and appliance suppliers, to include Mereway, AEG and ASKO, answered questions posed by KBBFocus commercial director and industry expert Darren Summerfield, while an award for ‘The Most Beautiful Kitchen in the UK’ went to Alistair Fleming Design in East Sussex.
The afternoon finished with a retail members only presentation, to discuss MHK turnover and supplier bonuses, which are a profit boosting advantage of membership, followed by a three-course evening dinner for all.
Paul Wheeler said: “The fact that we and our retail partners are celebrating growth, supplier loyalty bonuses and positive cash-flows that are outperforming the market is testament to our business model. The many benefits we have shown demonstrate that we stand with our retailers, being stronger together and ready to take on the coming years.”