Canute Group has confirmed that its operations director Gary Sharp has retired.

Sharp joined the firm in 2013 and according to the company’s website had responsibility for all logistical operations.

In a statement to staff, Canute MD Noel Marshall, said: “It is with regret that Gary Sharp has decided to retire from transport operations after 43 years in the industry.

“He has decided after long deliberation that his days are now in the fields tending to his cattle and I wish him well and good luck in his retirement.

“I am sure we all thank him for his time at Canute and the contribution he has made and wish him good luck for the future.”

It is not yet known who will replace Sharp at Canute.

Last month Canute was forced to reassure staff that the business would endure after a delay in paying wages sparked concern.

In a letter to employees, seen by MT, Marshall attributed staff payment delays to problems arising from the company’s decision to switch banks earlier this year, which “proved to be the wrong choice”.