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Unwins director quits

Published:  23 July, 2008

David Massey, who was brought in by Unwins as a director just six months ago, has left the company. His stated intent, at the time of joining, was to float the company within two years.

Following Massey's departure, wine buyer Rob Hart has been promoted to become head of buying. Massey, meanwhile, is heading for the world of corporate finance.

Hart told Harpers: The whole focus will be getting back to what we're good at, which is selling beer, wines and spirits. This sector gets very cluttered with people trying to do

other stuff, and we're just concentrating on being a

good off-licence.

This business has gone through enormous changes over the past five years, and I think we've finally got an opportunity to get on with what we need to do.' Hart added that Massey's departure was no surprise' to the company.

Unwins' marketing director Ian McLernon admitted that the company was disappointed' that Massey had left but added that Unwins was now putting the basics in place' and that there was a lot of work to be done'.