Belleek Pottery has announced the resignation of Managing Director John Maguire.

Mr. Maguire who has held the position since 1993 announced his departure to staff last Friday.

He will leave the business at the end of this month.

Commenting on his decision to step down John Maguire said: “Having spent 32 years in this business I have decided that it is time for a change. My entire career has been forged at Belleek and I consider myself extremely lucky to have been chosen to lead the business back in 1993. 

"My 26 years at the helm of the Belleek Pottery have given me opportunities that few people in business ever experience. I have worked with immensely talented colleagues and craftspeople, forged close relationships with giftware and tableware retailers across the world and navigated this business through many changes and challenges."

Mr. Maguire added: "At 55 years of age I now feel that the time is right to seek a new challenge.  While I will certainly be taking time out over the next few months to take stock, I am sure that 2020 will present me with new opportunities to explore.

"Of course my departure from Belleek Pottery is tinged with sadness but I leave this business optimistic for its future.  As it has done since 1857, Belleek continues to offer retailers, consumers and visitors alike a unique proposition.  I look forward to watching the business go from strength to strength in the future," he said.