Landmark Wholesale’s trading director John Searle has announced his resignation from the business after 22 years of service.

Searle worked at Landmark for two periods, re-joining the company in April 2002 as senior trading controller and later becoming trading director in May 2004.

John Mills, managing director at Landmark, said: “We are saddened to say farewell to John Searle and on behalf of central office, our members and the Board, I would like to thank him wholeheartedly for the continued loyalty, hard work and determination he has given to Landmark and wish him every success and happiness in the future.

“Landmark remains the strongest buying group in the industry and we will continue to build on the success of the past 45 years. We remain dedicated to providing the best terms, promotions, own brands and category advice for our members. Our focus on our growth strategy is clearly paying off with latest figures showing that Landmark is currently experiencing 6% growth at a time when many of the competition are reporting losses or standing still.”

Landmark Wholesale is not currently looking to recruit a new trading director. Senior trading controllers at Landmark, Jim Brown and Jon Burton, will now both report directly to John Mills.