Nicholas Bird, chairman of Derbyshire family bakery firm Birds Bakery, has died aged 63.
His wife and Birds chief operating officer Lesley Bird has announced Nicholas’ death to team members.
“Nick’s death is a shock to us all. He was much loved in the company and he will be missed greatly,” she said.
Nicholas, who leaves Lesley and three sons, was on the board at Birds.
Founded in 1919 by three brothers, the family run business supplies baked goods and confectionery. The business currently has 62 stores within the Midlands, employing more than 700 people.