Graham Shapiro – Award-winning UK Designer & Digital Entrepreneur

"I believe that design is life-enhancing & like anything important is worth doing well"

Biography

A chartered designer with over 21 years experience in visual communication...
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Graham Shapiro is a chartered designer with over 21 years experience in the visual communication sector.

Graham is passionate about design and marketing. He is a Fellow member of The Chartered Society of Designers and The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Graham is also an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge.

He has won national and international design awards including his inventions the interloopmailer® and reggie®.

Graham has been directly involved in visual communication projects for many blue chip businesses, including Clive Christian, Komatsu, Liverpool F.C, Rolex, Samsung and Siemens.

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Awards

A national and international award winner...
EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016
Dr Robert Phillips, Lecturer at The University of Manchester, presents Graham Shapiro with the Best Start-up Company of the Year award, for Reggie Enterprises.

EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016

Best Start-up Company of the Year, Technology Entrepreneur of the Year

Celebrating it’s 15th year as the North West’s premier business awards evening, recognising the outstanding contribution to business that this region has to offer.

It is one of the most revered and talked about events in the region with previous guest speakers such as Sir Alan Sugar and Michael Portillo and a judging panel consisting of highly successful entrepreneurs (including a dragon from TV’s Dragon’s Den) and previous winners such as Simon Nixon (Moneysupermarket.com), Jennie Johnson (Kids Allowed), Antony Preston (Pets at Home) and Tom Bloxham (Urban Splash).

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IBX Award Winner
Chief Executive Officer Awards International Ltd with GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro.GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro proudly receives the IBX overall winner for the Sector Specific categories Award from Sir Ronnie Flanagan, Chief Advisor to HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister.

IBX Award Winner

IBX Best Technology and Smart Technology Award / IBX overall winner for sector specific

Graham Shapiro Design (GSD®) were announced as winners of the IBX Award 2016 for Reggie® Smart Technology.

The 2 Awards were: The Best Technology and Smart Technology product for 2016 and the overall winner for the Sector Specific categories.

The International Business Excellence Awards recognise business excellence from across the world. The Finals and Awards Ceremony was the culmination of an engaging and exciting awards journey for all participants.The Awards are a beacon for the UAE providing an un-matched festival of business. They are supported by respected thought-leaders and business excellence institutes and consultancies from around the world, and delivered by Awards International whose sole purpose is provision of expertise in business awards.

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Gold Stevie® Award

Gold Stevie® Award

The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organisations and working professionals worldwide.

More than 3,500 nominations from organisations in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Website of the Year, App of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.

Reggie® has won gold in the App of the Year category for Education and Reference.

Reggie® now proudly joins past Gold Stevie Award winners including: Apple, Sony Playstation, BT, Ford Motor Company and Samsung, among many others.

Stevie Award judges include many of the world’s most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators, and business educators. Each of our awards programs harnesses the insights and talents of more than 200 judges every year.

“We congratulate all of the Stevie winners in this year’s IBAs,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “The quality of entries we receive improves every year. This year’s judges were rewarded with the opportunity to review more than 3,500 stories of business achievement and innovation from around the world. We look forward to celebrating the winners’ achievements in Paris on 10 October.”

interloopmailer® Patent

interloopmailer® Patent

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) awarded Graham Shapiro a patent in 2009 for his interloopmailer® invention.

Patent Number: 2444916

IoD North West Director of the Year Awards Finalist 2017

The region’s top business owners and leaders have been revealed as finalists in the Institute of Directors’ 2017 North West Director of the Year Awards.

Graham Shapiro has been shortlisted for the category ‘North West Director of the Year (Small Company)’ and the winner will be announced at the high-profile Awards Dinner on the evening of Thursday, 30th March 2017 at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.

Geographically and industrially diverse – the finalists cover sectors including digital and creative, pharmaceutical, property, retail and social enterprise.
The group represents businesses spread right across the region including Cheshire, Manchester, Cumbria, Merseyside and Lancashire.
The awards are a public recognition of the key role that directors play, not only in the UK’s economy but also in job preservation and creation. They place emphasis on individual excellence and achievement.

Portfolio

Creating first in the world products alongside a successful design career...

Graham Shapiro Design Ltd (GSD®) - CEO & Founder 1995 - Present (21 years)

For over 21 years GSD® has been one of the UK’s leading providers in creative visual communication. Creating websites, mobile applications, branding and design for print. GSD® pride themselves on delivering ROI for our clients.

Working with a diverse client list from Colleges, Philips, Wrights Food Group, Stephen Webster, Siemens, Paul Mitchell, Motorola, GrandVision, Komatsu, Liverpool F.C, Clive Christian, CSIRO, Samsung and Typhoo Tea.

Reggie® - CEO & Founder 2013 - Present (4 years)

 Reggie® products are the world’s first mobile applications, which allows student and fire drill registration to take place, anytime and anywhere. Reggie® is quick, easy to use and affordable, saving time and money.

interloopmailer® - CEO & Founder 2008 - Present (9 years)

The multi-award winning interloopmailer® is the powerful interactive direct mailer. The mailer has already proved its worth for major clients including: Apple, CSIRO, Motorola, Paul Mitchell, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, and Vauxhall.

 

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) awarded Graham Shapiro a patent for his interloopmailer® invention – Patent Number: 2444916.

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Charities

A supporter of worthy causes that are close to Graham...
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Graham has been involved over the last 10 years with various Charities. One of his companies GSD® have created visual communication at no cost to continue to help raise awareness and support worthy causes.

http://www.gsd.net/about-us/charities/

He's also been involved in individual challenges to raise money for Charity including:

2012 - The London Marathon for The Mental Health Foundation.

2013 - Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 miles for MIND.

2015 - GR100 Ironman for The GR Foundation.

2016 - Ironman Barcelona for The Mase Group.

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Public Speaking

Graham is available for public engagement and social events to tell his story...
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Graham Shapiro is a self-made businessman, designer, inventor and entrepreneur whose career path has been said to be truly inspirational, particularly to young entrepreneurs.

As an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge, Graham has done public speaking in Schools, Colleges, Universities, The Institute of Directors (IoD) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

He finds it rewarding to ‘tell his story’ with a view to inspiring designers and business leaders.

If you’re interested in talking to Graham about him being a guest speaker for you, send the enquiry on the get in touch section of his website and he will get back to you.

Get in Touch

Get in Touch

For bookings, enquiries and press related enquiries...

Press/Media & General Enquiries

You can contact Graham direct by sending an enquiry via the enquiry form included here or via LinkedIn.

 

Company Contacts

Graham Shapiro Design Ltd (GSD®) - hello@gsd.net

Reggie® Enterprises - info@reggie.mobi

For interloopmailer® enquiries please contact Whitney Woods.

The University Of Cambridge – Inspiring Leadership & Innovation

The University Of Cambridge – Inspiring Leadership & Innovation

GSD® CEO & Founder Graham Shapiro was honoured to feature in The Inspiring Leadership and Innovation, an official Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) publication.

The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s most recognisable and respected names in education and research, and has been leading its field for over 800 years. Behind its magnificent buildings and architecture lies one of the world’s richest sources of intellectual talent.

It is the exemplary education on offer from Cambridge that makes its global reputation so remarkable. Countries throughout the world have benefited from prime ministers, scientists, scholars, professors, medics, business leaders, industrialists and entrepreneurs who share this common denominator of excellence.
The University of Cambridge is a world-leading model of educational excellence with a reputation that spans the centuries. This long-standing status does not mean, however, that it’s an institution content to rest on its laurels. On the contrary, the university and its colleges continue to invest in the future to deliver an exceptional education to the students of today and tomorrow.

Produced by Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) and St James’s House publishers Cambridge: Inspiring Leadership & Innovation is a lively and informative mix of news, practical information and in-depth articles. Charting the university’s success stories from past and present, and providing current students with the tools and inspiration to follow suit, the book also highlights how selected people and organisations from around the world are promoting best practice and nurturing new innovations.

CUSU: The Inspiring Leadership and Innovation will be made available to:

  • More than 20,000 Cambridge students
  • Members of the Cambridge Alumni Association
  • UK and international government departments
  • More than 30,000 UK education institutions
  • 17,000 higher and further education institutions worldwide
  • International accreditation bodies
  • Ranking organisations

GR100

GR100

At the end of 2014 GSD® CEO & Founder Graham Shapiro was chosen as one of the exclusive 100 team members led by Gordon Ramsey  to compete in GR100.

1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run, all in a set time on the same day!

Graham completed the ironman on Sunday 14 June 2015, to raise money for the GR Foundation Charity.

Overall time: 6hrs 59mins

Split:
1.2 mile open water swim 51mins
56 mile Bike: 3hrs32mins
13 mile Run: 2hrs12mins
Transition time:
T1 – Swim to Bike: 12 mins
T2 – Bike to Run: 11 mins

Graham commented, “When I met with Gordon Ramsey he spoke about how an ironman event could be a life-changing experience and it has been!
Not only to raise money for 6 great causes but to enable me to have the inner strength and determination to tackle the challenges, mentally and physically. If I can do it anyone can! Before December 2014 I couldn’t even swim properly.”

“Thanks firstly to my wonderful family, team GSD®, my ironman coach Steve Cartlidge (without him I would never have got through it, not only did he teach me to swim he was 100% committed to me, attending 5am cold open water swimming sessions and extremely long training sessions) Gordon Ramsey, Tana Ramsey, Will Usher, Nick Dunn, James Halloway and Kevin Justice (two GR100 team members and friends for life!), all the GR100 team, HUUB and finally and most importantly all of my charity supporters that have raised on behalf of my GR100 ironman event £2,771.10 and £700 for the Mase Group charity, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to you all for your immense support and donations to such fantastic causes.”

 

Ironman Barcelona 2016

Ironman Barcelona 2016

GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro took part in ironman Barcelona on 2/10/2016 to raise money for Alzheimer’s support.

An Ironman race is the world’s toughest one day triathlon event.

Graham commented, “I decided to raise money this year for The Monthly Alzheimer’s Support Evenings (MASE). An amazing charity offering help to carers and their loved ones who are on the journey of dementia.

Unfortunately over the last 10 years my very close family has been heavily effected by dementia. It really can happen to any of us!

For what I had to endure for 14 hours of hard work and pain (2.4 mile sea swim, 112mile bike ride and a marathon 26.2 mile within 16 hours) is nothing compared to what sufferers, carers and their loved ones have to go through every single day.

I thank you massively for your contributions. To have raised £4,600 is mind blowing! Every penny we raised will make a huge difference to providing better times for these sufferers.

Thanks also to my wonderful family, friends, team GSD®, my ironman coach Steve Cartlidge, my training partner James Holloway, my nutritionist Mhari Keil, my physio Ruddy Farquharson and my osteopath Ian Whyte. Without these people I would never of achieved full Ironman status.”

If you’d like to still donate please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Graham-Shapiro.

Graham’s overall time: 14hrs 39mins

Split:
2.4 mile sea swim 1hr 33mins
112 mile Bike: 6hrs 51mins
26.2 mile Run: 5hrs 55mins