Thompson & Morgan's Paul Hansord and Neil Sharpe to retire

Thompson & Morgan director Paul Hansord has announced that next summer he is to retire from the business which was bought by BVG in March.

Paul Hansord
Paul Hansord

Hansord said: "Following the acquisition of the Thompson & Morgan group by BVG, I'm very confident that T&M is in safe hands for the future. BVGs investments and clear goals on customer service and quality, and the introduction of a new horticultural team, means that T&M will positively embark on its next chapter. Like all businesses success relies on adaptation to the market and ever-changing customer expectations. I feel that the BVG and T&M executive team understand what customers want and are prepared to invest time, energy and money into the future.

"With this confidence in the leadership of T&M's future, I feel I can make some personal changes by taking life a little easier and enjoying more family time.  Therefore from 1st November 2017, I'll be reducing my workload to three days a week with the intent to retire from the business in the early summer of 2018. 

"I've been proud to have been involved with the success of T&M over the past 30 years, none of which would have been achieved without the dedication of all my colleagues past and present. It is with mixed emotions therefore that I make my decision but we all have to slow down sometime! I wish the BVG Group and all my colleagues the best in continuing to make T&M the market leader through innovation, quality and service."

Head of retail sales Neil Sharpe is also retiring at the end of October.

Joseph Cordy is new head of B2B sales, responsible for wholesale and retail channels, and Jenny Palmer, who has been in retail buying tea for three years, is retail sales manager, with both aiming to grow the retail channel.

Christine Wilcock also retires from the retail department after 40 years service in November. T&M is seeking a new retail business development manager.

Paul Masters is leading the horticulture team and Kris Collins will be rejoining T&M, as quality control manager.

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