Charlie Parker has retired after 37 years in the gardening and leisure industry.
Parker, who has worked for Gardenex and PetQuip since April 1999, had already stepped back from attending trade shows over the last year and has been working part-time for the past few months.
“Charlie has always shown real enthusiasm for the gardening and pet sectors and for exporting and his commercial experience from working previously at Hozelock and then Halls has been used to great effect in his support for member companies,” said Amanda Sizer Barrett, director-general for the Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers. “On behalf of myself and everyone within the Federation and its member companies, we would like to thank Charlie for everything he has done to help and support UK suppliers during his many years’ service to exporters.”
A company statement added, “Although he will miss the camaraderie of the member companies and buyers, he is looking forward to relaxing and enjoying his hobbies of birdwatching, country walks and caring for his family’s rescue dogs and five cats!”