Nick Burrows appointed as new Notcutts chief executive

He joins Notcutts having recently undertaken dual roles as executive chairman with First Sports Group and Thames Club where he led the transformation and brand repositioning of these two companies.

Nick Burrows
Nick Burrows

Burrows is the company’s new chief executive officer and Bryan Laxton is non-executive.

Prior to the First Sports and Thames Club roles he held director positions with Nuffield Health, Whitbread, Rank and Holmes Place Health Clubs. His early career was spent in the hospitality and tourism sectors. He replaces Andrew Staff.

Laxton has recently retired from Cushman & Wakefield, a global property company, where he was UK chief executive officer until 2013 and more recently head of EMEA client programme.

He holds a number of non executive positions, including Turn2Us, a charity which fights UK poverty and the Reading Real Estate Foundation.

For the quarter to end May 2015, Notcutts turnover has increased by £1m or five per cent with  plants and furniture "performing strongly".

Notcutts said it sells 30 different varieties of heucheras and sales have tripled through strong visual merchandising including a planted shed roof.

Furniture growth sees a move to "all weather" woven resin weave away from traditional wood and metal, with two-thirds of the range new and exclusive to Notcutts.  Online continues its impressive growth with turnover up by 30 per cent.

 Notcutts chairman Nicky Dulieu said: 

"We have had a good start to the financial year and are at an exciting stage in our growth strategy, from redevelopment and new build to acquisition. It’s therefore great timing that we can now introduce twp terrific new additions to our team.

Nick brings a wealth of skills and insight into brand development and customers in both leisure and retail sectors as well as in-depth knowledge of hospitality. I am extremely excited for him to join us in September as we plan for next year as well as trade this autumn.

"Bryan brings a vast depth of knowledge of strategic property investments, including retail assets having worked on major structured property transactions for both Marks and Spencer and Boots and will be joining the business immediately."

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