Wyevale Garden Centres changes include new regional management structure

Retail operations director David Anderson has promoted Chris Brannigan to director of garden centres and is replacing area managers with regional managers.

Elizabeth Oddy, who was regional operations director, has moved into the newly created head of horticultural development role, while Jeremy Byfleet takes the newly created role of director of central operations and customer services.
Byfleet will manage F&B operations manager Tracey McCormick, retail operations communications manager David Woodward, Arun Bhardwaj and and Costa brand manager Robin Skilling.
Wyevale said it was replacing the area manager role with regional managers, and merging the North and South regions into one team. There will be 11 regions.
James Taylor and Tony Bryan are leaving while Karen Hamer and Helen Pyttlik return to general manager roles at Endsleigh and Bicester Garden Centres.
Wyevale has begun a key time working right people, right place, right time initiative.
The 149-centre Terra Firma-owned company has 90% of garden centre staff on contractual base hours and wants to better manage seasonal variation in weekly sales and weather conditions.
Recommendations include a reduction in the number of 39 hour contracts, increase in the number of 20 hour contracts and flexibility around working days/hours according to seasons. 
Second half of 2017 garden centre wages are being reduced by £1.2m compared to budget. 
Wyevale spent £34.4m in the first half of 2017 compared to £31.5m in the first half of 2016, an increase of £2.9m, so the forecast spend for 2017 is still £4.2m (6%) higher than 2016.
Wyevale must publish its annual accounts by 30 September and is refinancing ahead of doing so. The company has previously published accounts by 30 June. KPMG are new auditors. 

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