Friday, August 12, 2022

Chairman retires after over 50 years with Frank Key

After over 50 years of serving builders, construction companies, and DIY markets within Nottinghamshire and beyond, Frank Key’s Chairman, Robert M Sansom, has retired.

Sansom joined Frank Key, which started out in business in 1907, in the 1970s when it consisted of 1.5 men (one full time, one part time), a lorry and a tractor with a seized engine.

Since then, the business has steadily grown through expansion and acquisition, to the point where it now consists of 19 depots, 215 members of staff, over 30 vehicles delivering daily to an area stretching from Lancashire & Yorkshire, down through Derbyshire to the heartlands of Nottinghamshire.

“I could not be prouder of where we are today,” Samson said when announcing his retirement. “I feel very lucky to have a family behind me, supporting this decision, and a brilliant Management Team to keep Frank Key on track.”

He continued: “The Management Team, comprising of my eldest daughter, Victoria, son, Ben, son-in-law, Richard Meeks, and a dedicated employee, 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 30th 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 you, 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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