Hewitt, who began his garden retail career at Wyevale almost 30 years ago, has spent the past 10 years at the helm at Klondyke and plans to continue his role as non-executive chairman at Klondyke alongside the new Kelkay role.
Kelkay managing director Antony Harker said: "We’ve come a long way since we started Kelkay and we’ve learnt a lot along the way, but of course, we are still a family business. Garden Centres have been at the centre of our strategy and we believe we understand their needs pretty well. To help us further develop our product and services for garden centres, I’m thrilled that Bob has agreed to join us. His experience and insight into the needs of garden centres, large and small, will be so valuable. I’m really looking forward to working with him."
Hewitt said: "I’ve watched this family business develop during my time in the garden industry and Kelkay has become a significant and key supplier over the years. Antony has been a real innovator and he now leads one of the most exciting small businesses in the garden sector. Added to the fact that he is a thoroughly decent bloke with such a hard working team around him, I’m delighted to call him a friend as well as an important business associate."
Hewitt is working on product and category development plans for 2018 as well as looking at the medium to longer term strategic development of the business.