Dobbies CEO branches out from firm

adv-bg-dobbies-26''James Barnes, Chief Executive, Dobbies Garden Centres

adv-bg-dobbies-26''James Barnes, Chief Executive, Dobbies Garden Centres

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James Barnes, the chief executive officer of Dobbies Garden Centres, has left the firm after more than 20 years at the helm.

Mr Barnes joined the board after his father David, the managing director of Waterers, acquired the company in 1984.

Also leaving with Mr Barnes is Sharon Brown, the company’s finance director.

In 1994, James Barnes led a management buyout of the company and three years later he decided to float the business on the Stock Exchange.

Over the past three decades Dobbies, which has its headquarters in Lasswade, has become one of the country’s leading garden centre operators.

In 2008, Tesco became the parent company with Dobbies still operating independently. The garden firm has 32 stores across the country.

Read more on this story in the July 18 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.