Frank Key Chairman announces retirement

Frank Key Chairman announces retirement

After more than 50 years of serving builders, construction companies and DIY markets within Nottinghamshire and beyond, Frank Key’s Chairman Robert M Sansom has announced his retirement.

On his retirement, Robert made the following statement:

“It is hard to believe Frank Key started out in business in 1907, and even harder to think that when I became involved in the 1970s, Frank Key consisted of 1.5 men (one full time, one part time), a lorry and a tractor with a seized engine (because it had not been used for two years!). Because of you all, we have steadily grown the business, through expansion and acquisition, to the point where we now have 19 depots, 215 staff, over 30 vehicles delivering daily to an area stretching from Lancashire & Yorkshire, down through Derbyshire to our heartlands of Nottinghamshire. I could not be prouder of where we are today.

“I will be turning the ripe old age of 75 in December, and after a year like no other, Erica and I have decided that the time is right for me to step back and enjoy a well-earned rest! I feel very lucky to have a family behind me, supporting this decision, and a brilliant Management Team to keep Frank Key on track.

“The Management Team, comprising of my eldest daughter Victoria, son Ben, son-in-law Richard Meeks, and a dedicated employee in James Norton, Group MD, will collectively lead the business forward. In addition, our youngest daughter Ellie and a Non-Executive Director will be joining Erica and myself on the Board to provide strategic guidance and support to the Management Team, as they develop the next stage of Frank Key’s success.

“My confidence in the Management Team and strengthened Board means that as from 30 June 2021, I will be retiring and stepping back from any day to day involvement in the business. Ownership will remain within our family, as it was when I took over. The business will continue to provide a wide range of support for our customers for many years to come, so watch out for further developments in Frank Key delivering outstanding service to the building, DIY and construction sectors.

“Finally, and importantly, I want to thank our staff (past and present), and our customers for your support, business, and hard work over the last 50 years. Frank Key is its people, and you have certainly made it what it is today. I will be forever grateful.”

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