The Botanist bars owner appoints Amber Wood as COO

By Gary Lloyd

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New appointment: Amber Wood has “a wealth of industry experience”
New appointment: Amber Wood has “a wealth of industry experience”

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Bar operator New World Trading Company (NWTC) has appointed Amber Wood as its new chief operating officer.

The news comes as the business, which runs 33 bars and restaurants under eight different brands, as NWTC launched its latest The Botanist venue – a flagship site at St James Quarter in Edinburgh on Monday (7 August).

NWTC said Wood brings a wealth of industry experience with expertise in strategic management and brand expansion, having previously held senior roles most recently as managing director of Cosy Club and head of operations at Novus Leisure.

New openings under way

She will lead and support the operations team as well as overseeing brand and marketing activity at NWTC as its portfolio grows, with development currently under way for new openings in Sunderland, Durham and Bournemouth.

NWTC executive chairman Rod McKie said: “Amber has a wealth of experience in leading operations and has been instrumental in the success story of Cosy Club.

“She is a talented leader and will be an invaluable asset at NWTC as we continue to strengthen and evolve the business.”

Exciting pipeline

McKie continued: “We’ve had a great start to the year and are looking ahead to an exciting pipeline of openings while remaining focused on industry innovation and delivering great customer experiences.”

Former COO Natasha Waterfield departed NWTC in November last year​ became HR director at NWTC in 2015 and, five years later, took on the role of COO, to navigate the business through the pandemic.

Along with the 24 branches of The Botanist, NWTC also operates North Light in Chester, which opened in May this year​; The Oast House in Manchester; The Florist in Liverpool and Watford; The Furnace in Sheffield; The Smugglers Cove in Liverpool; The Canal House in Birmingham; The Club House in Liverpool and Cardiff Bay; and The Trading House in London.

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