Alan Nuttall Death – Alan Nuttall, a pioneer of retail environments reportedly died the age of 80. Alan Alan Nuttall passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022 following a short illness. He was much loved and respected, both his legacy and passion for the business continue to live on through The Alan Nuttall Partnership – an employee-owned company.
Alan Nuttall was a proud Yorkshireman from a working-class background, Alan will be remembered as a dedicated entrepreneur with a nurturing presence, both as a friend and mentor. He enjoyed nothing more than sharing his enthusiasm for the business and seeing Partners develop personally and professionally.
He was born on 3rd July 1942, he recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and assumed the position of the Partnership’s Founder. By standing down as Chairman, he prepared the business to continue a journey built on the solid foundation he had established over decades. The Alan Nuttall Partnership and its two brands are now fortunate to be able to continue in a position of great strength, with a rich heritage for which they have Alan to thank.
Alan began transitioning his business to employee ownership in 2015, at a time when the concept was still in its infancy. This structure is wholly dedicated to ensuring the long-term future of the company by empowering its Partners. Entrusting his legacy to his Partners is yet more proof of his progressive approach. He truly believed employee ownership made the business stronger than ever and the best possible foundation for continued growth.
A pioneer within the industry, Alan Nuttall embodied true entrepreneurial spirit. His story of small beginnings started in 1966 when he launched – with just £137 – Alan Nuttall Ltd specialising in greengrocery shopfitting. Growing his business over the next 56 years, today The Alan Nuttall Partnership is a successful, multi-award-winning company. It comprises two distinct brands – Nuttall, a retail interior and display specialist and Flexeserve, the world leader in food-to-go hot-holding.
He was a keen innovator, the self-service fruit shops he saw in the U.S. inspired him to develop the UK’s first ever self-service system for fruiterers in 1975. A year later, this led him to create Fruity Fruits, which went on to be the largest independent fresh produce wholesale and retail business in the UK when it was sold to Birmingham Co-op in 1989 – with 67 stores employing over 650 staff.
This innovative retail model was adopted by many major supermarkets such as Asda, Dunnes Stores and Morrisons, and is still used today – nearly 50 years later. This forward-thinking approach, sparked by his remarkable vision, was a trademark of Alan’s career, and his positivity drove him to start up and acquire multiple successful businesses, such as Project Solutions, Premier Signs and Refrigeration.