Garden-centre boss takes charge at Evans

Former Dobbies Garden Centre MD Andy King has become the CEO at Evans Cycles. Prior to Dobbies King was the CEO of Notcutts Garden Centres; earlier he was global marketing director at The Body Shop and Mothercare.

He replaces Nick Wilkinson who left the company earlier this year.

King said: “I’m a keen cyclist and can honestly say I have long wanted to work at Evans Cycles, so taking the job was an easy decision for me. I’m a big fan of the company and its aim to be at the heart of UK cycling as both a retailer and a supporter of grassroots cycling. 

"I am looking forward to getting to know the business and its colleagues across the UK."

George Moss, partner at ECI Partners, who invested in Evans Cycles in May 2015, said: “Andy brings great knowledge and experience from a career in specialist retail, and we are looking forward to working with him through this next period of growth.”

Mike Tomkins, Chairman at Evans Cycles, said: “With Andy’s marketing background and focus on customer service and experience, he’s just the man to help the company take the next steps forward.

He added: “Evans Cycles is at an exciting stage in the company’s development right now. We’ve seen consistently strong trading since July, especially in the bike category. Our B2B business continues to perform strongly and gain market share in the various employee tax free schemes and our new FWE winter clothing and accessories range has been well received by our customers.

"Our investment in e-commerce is also paying off with our new web platform launched in the spring performing well and strong sales growth through mobile devices. On top of this, Evans Cycles continues to grow its high street presence, with new store openings continuing in 2017.”

Evans Cycles was founded in 1921. The company has 60 stores nationwide.

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