Blue Max Banner founder retires
Mary Fawcus, founder of Wiltshire-based Blue Max Banner, is to retire.
By Laura Turner
25 September 2013
Mary Fawcus, founder of the Blue Max Banner group, is to retire at the age of 72. Fawcus, who began Blue Max single-handedly in 1987 by mail-ordering commemorative sweatshirts from an attic room to raise funds for the Olympic Equestrian fund, has played an integral role in building the company over the years.
A much-respected and liked character within the industry, Fawcus’ policy has always been to put customers first, with her robust approach to customer service continuing to be core to the business ethos today.
Despite retiring, to ensure she remains part of company policy decisions going forward, Fawcus will adopt the role of non-executive director, assigning one-to-two days per week to Blue Max Banner business development and customer liaison.
"I’ve been immersed in the business for so long that it’s in my blood,” says Fawcus. “It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m honoured by the commitment of our customers who have helped us build the company into the size it is today. I am so very grateful to all my colleagues, who have played such a major part in the successful Blue Max Banner story. I would particularly like to thank Nigel Plenderleith, our managing director, for his untiring efforts since he joined us three years ago – and for his unfailing good humour and patience!”
Blue Max Banner will remain a family business at heart, with Fawcus’ husband continuing in his full-time role as Blue Max Banner chief executive, her daughter as purchasing director, and her son-in-law continuing to manage the marketing and export side of the business.
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