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18/01/2016

Bill Laird, Managing Director of Today’s Group

Following a long illness, it is with deep regret that we sadly announce that Bill Laird, Managing Director of the Today’s Group died peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning (16 January 2016).

A Book of Condolence is now open, click here to leave your message

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Sue Ryder and/or Kate’s Home Nursing, who both did a wonderful job in caring for Bill. A Just Giving page has been set up for both of these charities:

Sue Ryder >> Click here 

Kate’s Home Nursing >> Click here 

Both the Book of Condolence and the two Just Giving pages will close on Friday 12th February.

Bill spent his entire career within the grocery and retail sectors, initially working in store based management roles for Wm. Low and ASDA stores followed by various field management roles at Texas Homecare, Woolworths PLC and Somerfield stores. He spent seven years at Midcounties Co-operative, being promoted from Group General Manager to Chief Operating Officer, where he led a sustained period of growth and business change before joining Nisa-Today’s as Managing Director of the Today’s Group.

Bill was instrumental in the de-merger from Nisa-Today’s and the formation of the Today’s Group in January 2012 creating Today’s Wholesale Services Ltd as a standalone wholesale Buying Group. During his time at the helm, he instigated many new initiatives, including the creation of a state of the art technology platform for the Group, the formation of an On-trade division and an interactive digital retail magazine.

As well as being totally focused on the challenge of running the UK’s leading Buying Group, Bill was always fiercely loyal to his staff and colleagues.

A genial Scot with a mischievous sense of humour, he will be greatly missed by his team in Doncaster, members of Today’s Group, the board of directors of TWS Ltd and all his many friends in the wider wholesale, retail and supplier community.

I am sure you will join us in passing our deepest sympathies to Bill’s wife Dawn, and their children, Alexander, Aletia and Emilia. Funeral arrangements will be communicated in due course.

An online book of condolence is available via this page for people who wish to leave any messages for the family.

John Schofield will continue in his current role as acting Managing Director of Today’s Wholesale Services Limited.

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