Michael Cole, former MD of Notcutts, is to retire next January after 38 years with the garden centres.
Cole started his 38 year career with Notcutts as a planteria assistant. His career progressed through garden centre manager, regional manager, managing director and more recently business development and retail property director.
Cole is expected to maintain his connection with Notcutts in a part time advisory role. He said, “Having had an eye towards retirement in recent years, I have finally decided that the time is right to spend more time with my partner Fiona doing all those things we have put off for so long. At the top of the list is our own project garden – something that fills me with great excitement”
Commenting on this announcement, Notcutts’ new CEO, Nick Burrows said, “He has been a true ambassador for Notcutts during his career and we are sure this will continue after he moves into semi-retirement.”
Notcutts will be looking to recruit a replacement for Michael Cole over the coming months to lead a programme of redevelopments and refurbishments across the company over the next 5 years.