Kitchen Craft significantly change its management
Kitchen Craft announced today a significant change in its management structure.
Following twenty-two years of service Andrew Plant, Managing Director, will be handing over the reins to Garry Biggs, formerly Managing Director of Denby Pottery.
During Andrew’s time at Kitchen Craft, he has been instrumental in facilitating the company’s transformation from a general wholesaler to the focused consumer business it is today and for growing the company’s annual turnover from £5m to well in excess of £40m. More recently Andrew managed the company’s acquisition by Lifetime Brands Inc. and its integration into the Lifetime Group. He leaves the business ideally positioned for its future growth and development.
Andrew comments “Kitchen Craft has always been dear to me and will remain so. The integration into Lifetime has been smooth and with access to Lifetime’s global resources and sourcing expertise, Kitchen Craft is today uniquely positioned to capitalise on many exciting opportunities. I am confident that, with Garry’s experience, drive and leadership, these will be realised. At its heart Kitchen Craft remains a family business with my brother, Richard, cousin Peter and nephew Daniel all remaining in senior roles. I appreciate and thank Lifetime Brands for their understanding and support and I wish everyone at Kitchen Craft and Lifetime Brands the brightest of futures. I am also looking forward to participating in the business in an advisory role in the future.
Garry most recently led the MBO of Denby in 2004 and successfully guided the business for over 10 years through some of the industry’s most challenging times and helped transform Denby into the true multi-channel and export led growth business that it is today. Prior to this, he worked for United Biscuits holding a number of high profile General Management and Marketing Directorships. Garry comments “the housewares sector is one I thoroughly enjoy working in and I have respected the Kitchen Craft business for many years. I’m now delighted to be given the opportunity to lead this great Company under the ownership of Lifetime Brands. I’m immensely excited about how we can develop this ‘family’ business further whilst respecting the Kitchen Craft heritage and culture along with its strong loyalties to both its customers and employees.”
Jeff Siegel, CEO of Lifetime Brands Inc. comments “We respect Andrew’s desire to devote more time to his family and other interests and thank him for the pivotal role he has played over many years in Kitchen Craft’s success. Andrew, his fellow directors and Lifetime Brands have worked hard to secure Garry’s appointment, and we are absolutely confident that he will play an instrumental role in driving Kitchen Craft forward both in the UK and internationally.”
Garry commences his role with Kitchen Craft on 9th November 2015 and Andrew will work with and support Garry for several weeks to ensure that there is a seamless handover.
About Kitchen Craft
Founded in 1850 by Thomas Plant, the Birmingham based business was originally established as a manufacturer and wholesaler of ironmongery and household products. Today, Kitchen Craft is one of the largest UK homewares companies, distributing brands such as Kitchen Craft, Master Class, Colourworks, Sweetly Does It, Bar Craft and Fred and exports to over eighty countries. They were acquired by Lifetime Brands Inc. in January 2014 and are now part of one of the largest global homewares suppliers with an annual turnover in excess of US$600m.
Source: Kitchen Craft