By Hallie Engel
Duncan Groves, buyer at retailer Charles Fish, is set to leave Fish Brothers Group after 35 years working for the London company.
Groves has opted to part ways with Charles Fish amid a restructuring of the group’s retail business and changes to its current roles.
After a career spanning 35 years, Groves told WatchPro that he will enjoy a break with his wife before assessing his next move.
Groves joined Fish Brothers Group in 1977 as a sales assistant, later moving into its pawnbroking operations. He became the manager of the two Charles Fish retail stores before becoming the company’s buyer.
He told WatchPro that the highlight of his career was working with “fantastic people", and that he “would like to thank them for all of the experiences I never would have had if I weren’t in this trade.”
Groves represented the retailer at many high profile jewellery events during his time as buyer, enjoying trips with companies including Casio and Pandora. He said the chance to sail a yacht owned by Hugo Boss was a particularly memorable adventure.
Samantha Hansard, Fish Brothers Group retail director, confirmed that Groves is set to leave the group after many years of dedicated service.
Hansard said: "The business required restructuring and Duncan decided that the new role available was not for him. We wish him all the very best for the future and he will of course be greatly missed by us all."
Looking ahead, current Charles Fish area manager Leigh Jones will take over the role of buying for the retail business, combining this with his area manager duties in a new retail operations role.
Jones will report to Hansard, with a focus on increasing efficiencies within the Charles Fish retail operation whilst remaining relevant to the consumer.