Garden centres group Notcutts names Nick Burrows as its new chief executive

PUBLISHED: 13:34 03 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 09 June 2015

Notcutts Garden Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Notcutts Garden Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


Family-owned garden centres group Notcutts has named its new chief executive, and announced the addition of a new non-executive director to its board.

Nicky Dulieu, chairman of Notcutts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYNicky Dulieu, chairman of Notcutts. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Nick Burrows, who comes originally from Suffolk, will take up the role of chief executive at Woodbridge-based Notcutts from September.

He has recently undertaken dual roles as executive chairman at both First Sports Group and the Thames Club, where he led a transformation and brand repositioning of the two companies.

Previously, he held director positions with Nuffield Health, Whitbread, Rank and Holmes Place Health Clubs, having spent the earlier part of his career in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Mr Burrows, who has two daughters and currently lives in Essex, is also a trustee of the Inspire Suffolk charity and is a keen supporter of Ipswich Town FC.

Bryan Laxton, who is joining Notcutts as a non-executive director with immediate effect, recently retired from global real estate advisers Cushman & Wakefield where he was UK chief executive until 2013 and more recently head of its EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) client programme.

Mr Laxton, who holds a number of other non-executive positions, at organisations including Turn2Us, a charity which helps people in financial hardship, and the Reading Real Estate Foundation, lives in Suffolk with his wife and two sons.

Notcutts is a member of the EADT/EDP Top100 listiing of the 100 largest companies based in Suffolk and Norfolk. News of the two appointments was announced by Notcutts alongside a first quarter trading update showing a 5% increase in turnover for the period to the end of May.

The increase, which is cash terms represents additional sales of around £1million, included strong growth in both of the company’s key departments, plants and furniture. Online sales were 30% up on the same period a year earlier.

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 two 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 & Spencer and Boots and will be joining the business immediately.”

Caroline Notcutt, vice chairman, added: “This signifies a major step forward in the professionalisation of the leadership of our great family business.”

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