Graham Shapiro – Award-winning UK Designer & Digital Entrepreneur

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

Graham Shapiro – Award-winning UK Designer & Digital Entrepreneur

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

Graham Shapiro – Award-winning UK Designer & Digital Entrepreneur

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

Biography

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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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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

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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.

2017 - Ironman Switzerland for The Mase Group.

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Public Speaking

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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.

Ironman Finland 2018

Ironman Finland 2018

Excited to get a place in Finland’s first ever Ironman. June 30 2018.
The race is in Lahti, one of the leading event cities in Finland and the gateway to the Finnish Lake District.
A unique element of this race is its start time at 4 p.m. The finish line will be open until midnight, where, regardless of your finish time, it will still be bright and all athletes will get to witness the nordic midnight sun.

MA in Leading Innovation and Change

MA in Leading Innovation and Change

I’m excited to embark upon another new challenge and have decided to do an Online MA in Leading Innovation and Change.

In partnership with Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland, York St John University offers one of the most innovative postgraduate programmes available, the MA in Leading Innovation and Change, to managers and leaders throughout the world. The programme includes a compulsory one-week residency in Zürich.

I feel that MA in Leading Innovation and Change will enhance my thought process and expertise in continuing to lead and move my businesses forward.

I also feel personally this programme will be useful to challenge my mind more in thinking through decisions I make.

Special thanks initially to Sheetal Mahajan who encouraged and supported me to make the decision to study this programme. Also Peter Smith an ex student who helped with his experiences and advice.

Ironman Switzerland 2017

Ironman Switzerland 2017
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“I’m did Ironman Switzerland 70.30 in June 2017 to raise money for Dementia support – The Mase Group.

Over the last 11 years my very close family has been heavily effected by dementia. It really can happen to any of us!

7 hours of pain is nothing compared to what these poor carers and sufferers have to go through every day forever!

I thank you kindly for your contributions. Every penny raised will make a huge difference to providing better times for these sufferers.”

If you’d like to donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Graham-Shapiro1

 

850,000 people have dementia in the UK.

There has been a 56% rise in the number of people diagnosed with dementia from 2010/11 to 2015/16.

Globally, the numbers of people living with dementia will increase from 46.8m in 2015 to 131.5m in 2050, a 281% increase.

The diagnosis rate in England was 67% in February 2017.

2017 Cambridge Strategies: Innovation 800

2017 Cambridge Strategies: Innovation 800

Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), in partnership with St James’s House, is excited to announce the digital launch of Innovation 800.

This new publication tells the story of eight centuries of innovative thinking from one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Innovation 800 covers a range of subjects – from the impact of the University of Cambridge’s groundbreaking thinkers (from the philosopher Erasmus to the Monty Python team and beyond) to the university’s unique tutorial system, which helps students think for themselves. It also examines the rise and growth of Silicon Fen – Cambridge’s equivalent to Silicon Valley.

Featuring contributions from industry pioneers and commentators, as well as informative features, engaging insights and expert advice for students and alumni, Innovation 800 connects students, innovators, educators, recruiters and the wider world of business.

CUSU President Amatey Doku said: “As a showcase for innovation across a variety of industries and career paths, we’re thrilled to be publishing this new and valuable resource for our students.”

The launch will be supported across social media via CUSU and St James’s House platforms with the hashtag #Innovation800.

As an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge, Graham Shapiro said: “Graham Shapiro Design (GSD®) is proud to be featured in this impressive project, which tells the creative story of the University of Cambridge and will help inspire its students to be the world’s next great innovators.”

The latest digital edition in their ongoing Cambridge Strategies series is now live, and can be viewed via the project website here: www.cambridge-strategies.org.

The commissioned GSD® article can be viewed via this link:http://www.cambridge-strategies.org/pioneers/graham-shapiro-design/

The Cambridge Strategies Reggie® Education app video can also be found here on the same website: http://www.cambridge-strategies.org/videos/graham-shapiro-design/

Proud to collaborate with Apple

Proud to collaborate with Apple

A very proud moment for me personally that my invention the interloopmailer® was used by Apple.

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in April 1976 to develop and sell personal computers.
Apple is the world’s largest information technology company by revenue, the world’s largest technology company by total assets.

Apple were launching the new model of iPad and required a direct marketing piece to promote the launch of the product. Apple were aiming to promote the fact that “Everything changes with iPad”. iPad is a device like no other. One that changes the way you do things and what you think is possible from the moment you start using it.

The interloopmailer® offered the perfect solution to communicate this message. My company GSD® designed the concept for the Apple interloopmailer® which was received well. My designers created a clean and contemporary interloopmailer® using bold graphics to communicate key product information.

www.interloopmailer.com

GS® branded triathlon gear by Huub design

GS® branded triathlon gear by Huub design

Many thanks to Huub Design and DS Screenprints for my GS® branded triathlon gear, for ironman Switzerland. HUUB has 4 decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports which they use to create the best triathlon you’ll find.

Named as the ‘Best triathlon wetsuit brand of the year’ by 220 Triathlon Magazine for the past 3 years. HUUB is the brand you’ll see worn by triathletes such as the Brownlee brothers and also by team Ichiban, Jenson Button’s triathlon team.

Special thanks to my team at GSD®

Special thanks to my team at GSD®

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

“Amazing what so many talented people past & present have achieved #teamgsd

As the CEO & Founder I feel very privileged to be writing this message as this is a special time in celebrating our 20th anniversary.

I have found it incredible to reflect on just how far we have come since I began our journey on November 11, 1995 as a sole trader, situated under ‘the stairs’ at Globe House Office in Nantwich, Cheshire, UK.

I founded and created my business 20 years ago and ever since I have been leading my team to evolve, innovate and develop visual communication in an ever-increasingly competitive global market. Starting out as a traditional Graphic Design business, followed by a move into Digital and New Media I continue to drive my business to create online and offline designs for some of the largest companies in the world.

At GSD® our core is ‘design is life enhancing’ and like anything important is worth doing well. We have built our business on a strong culture where everyone has great ideas and our people are the most important asset. Our team is passionate about creating innovative digital and graphic designs to help businesses make money and succeed.

My words will never be enough to praise my team (past and present) for their great work and dedication, my family and friends for the love and support, my clients, who without them we would not have been given all the incredible opportunities to do what we do, my collaboration partners, suppliers and everyone associated with the success of GSD®.

I want to sincerely thank you for being a part of my Company and for continuing to drive us forward so that our future may be just as great as our past.”

Graham Shapiro Judge at IBX Awards 2017

Graham Shapiro Judge at IBX Awards 2017

Having won 3 IBX Awards in 2 years, I was really proud to be asked to be a judge at the 2017 Awards in Dubai.

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

 

One of my proudest moments!

One of my proudest moments!

Stafford’s Blessed William Howard High School recognised their students during the annual awards and reunion evening.
I was very honoured to be asked to present certificates and give a talk to students, parents and teachers about my own career journey. It has to go down as one of my proudest moments, going back to my old school as guest to give out the awards and certificates.

 

 

 

The Kirsty Club Skydive

The Kirsty Club Skydive

On Saturday 6th October 15 2012 I travelled to Cockerham Airfield, Lancashire to Skydive 27,000 feet from a Pilatus Porter Aircraft. Amazing experience which also helped to raise £1,000’s for this great charity!

The Kirsty Club is building on the success of the Kirsty Appeal, which raised £5 million to secure the future of Francis House. Now fundraising to expand and improve the facilities and capacity so we can help even more children.

The Kirsty Club

 

Ironman Finland 2018

Ironman Finland 2018

Excited to get a place in Finland’s first ever Ironman. June 30 2018.
The race is in Lahti, one of the leading event cities in Finland and the gateway to the Finnish Lake District.
A unique element of this race is its start time at 4 p.m. The finish line will be open until midnight, where, regardless of your finish time, it will still be bright and all athletes will get to witness the nordic midnight sun.

MA in Leading Innovation and Change

MA in Leading Innovation and Change

I’m excited to embark upon another new challenge and have decided to do an Online MA in Leading Innovation and Change.

In partnership with Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland, York St John University offers one of the most innovative postgraduate programmes available, the MA in Leading Innovation and Change, to managers and leaders throughout the world. The programme includes a compulsory one-week residency in Zürich.

I feel that MA in Leading Innovation and Change will enhance my thought process and expertise in continuing to lead and move my businesses forward.

I also feel personally this programme will be useful to challenge my mind more in thinking through decisions I make.

Special thanks initially to Sheetal Mahajan who encouraged and supported me to make the decision to study this programme. Also Peter Smith an ex student who helped with his experiences and advice.

Ironman Switzerland 2017

Ironman Switzerland 2017
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“I’m did Ironman Switzerland 70.30 in June 2017 to raise money for Dementia support – The Mase Group.

Over the last 11 years my very close family has been heavily effected by dementia. It really can happen to any of us!

7 hours of pain is nothing compared to what these poor carers and sufferers have to go through every day forever!

I thank you kindly for your contributions. Every penny raised will make a huge difference to providing better times for these sufferers.”

If you’d like to donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Graham-Shapiro1

 

850,000 people have dementia in the UK.

There has been a 56% rise in the number of people diagnosed with dementia from 2010/11 to 2015/16.

Globally, the numbers of people living with dementia will increase from 46.8m in 2015 to 131.5m in 2050, a 281% increase.

The diagnosis rate in England was 67% in February 2017.

2017 Cambridge Strategies: Innovation 800

2017 Cambridge Strategies: Innovation 800

Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU), in partnership with St James’s House, is excited to announce the digital launch of Innovation 800.

This new publication tells the story of eight centuries of innovative thinking from one of the world’s most prestigious universities.

Innovation 800 covers a range of subjects – from the impact of the University of Cambridge’s groundbreaking thinkers (from the philosopher Erasmus to the Monty Python team and beyond) to the university’s unique tutorial system, which helps students think for themselves. It also examines the rise and growth of Silicon Fen – Cambridge’s equivalent to Silicon Valley.

Featuring contributions from industry pioneers and commentators, as well as informative features, engaging insights and expert advice for students and alumni, Innovation 800 connects students, innovators, educators, recruiters and the wider world of business.

CUSU President Amatey Doku said: “As a showcase for innovation across a variety of industries and career paths, we’re thrilled to be publishing this new and valuable resource for our students.”

The launch will be supported across social media via CUSU and St James’s House platforms with the hashtag #Innovation800.

As an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge, Graham Shapiro said: “Graham Shapiro Design (GSD®) is proud to be featured in this impressive project, which tells the creative story of the University of Cambridge and will help inspire its students to be the world’s next great innovators.”

The latest digital edition in their ongoing Cambridge Strategies series is now live, and can be viewed via the project website here: www.cambridge-strategies.org.

The commissioned GSD® article can be viewed via this link:http://www.cambridge-strategies.org/pioneers/graham-shapiro-design/

The Cambridge Strategies Reggie® Education app video can also be found here on the same website: http://www.cambridge-strategies.org/videos/graham-shapiro-design/

Proud to collaborate with Apple

Proud to collaborate with Apple

A very proud moment for me personally that my invention the interloopmailer® was used by Apple.

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in April 1976 to develop and sell personal computers.
Apple is the world’s largest information technology company by revenue, the world’s largest technology company by total assets.

Apple were launching the new model of iPad and required a direct marketing piece to promote the launch of the product. Apple were aiming to promote the fact that “Everything changes with iPad”. iPad is a device like no other. One that changes the way you do things and what you think is possible from the moment you start using it.

The interloopmailer® offered the perfect solution to communicate this message. My company GSD® designed the concept for the Apple interloopmailer® which was received well. My designers created a clean and contemporary interloopmailer® using bold graphics to communicate key product information.

www.interloopmailer.com

GS® branded triathlon gear by Huub design

GS® branded triathlon gear by Huub design

Many thanks to Huub Design and DS Screenprints for my GS® branded triathlon gear, for ironman Switzerland. HUUB has 4 decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports which they use to create the best triathlon you’ll find.

Named as the ‘Best triathlon wetsuit brand of the year’ by 220 Triathlon Magazine for the past 3 years. HUUB is the brand you’ll see worn by triathletes such as the Brownlee brothers and also by team Ichiban, Jenson Button’s triathlon team.

Special thanks to my team at GSD®

Special thanks to my team at GSD®

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

“Amazing what so many talented people past & present have achieved #teamgsd

As the CEO & Founder I feel very privileged to be writing this message as this is a special time in celebrating our 20th anniversary.

I have found it incredible to reflect on just how far we have come since I began our journey on November 11, 1995 as a sole trader, situated under ‘the stairs’ at Globe House Office in Nantwich, Cheshire, UK.

I founded and created my business 20 years ago and ever since I have been leading my team to evolve, innovate and develop visual communication in an ever-increasingly competitive global market. Starting out as a traditional Graphic Design business, followed by a move into Digital and New Media I continue to drive my business to create online and offline designs for some of the largest companies in the world.

At GSD® our core is ‘design is life enhancing’ and like anything important is worth doing well. We have built our business on a strong culture where everyone has great ideas and our people are the most important asset. Our team is passionate about creating innovative digital and graphic designs to help businesses make money and succeed.

My words will never be enough to praise my team (past and present) for their great work and dedication, my family and friends for the love and support, my clients, who without them we would not have been given all the incredible opportunities to do what we do, my collaboration partners, suppliers and everyone associated with the success of GSD®.

I want to sincerely thank you for being a part of my Company and for continuing to drive us forward so that our future may be just as great as our past.”

Graham Shapiro Judge at IBX Awards 2017

Graham Shapiro Judge at IBX Awards 2017

Having won 3 IBX Awards in 2 years, I was really proud to be asked to be a judge at the 2017 Awards in Dubai.

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

 

One of my proudest moments!

One of my proudest moments!

Stafford’s Blessed William Howard High School recognised their students during the annual awards and reunion evening.
I was very honoured to be asked to present certificates and give a talk to students, parents and teachers about my own career journey. It has to go down as one of my proudest moments, going back to my old school as guest to give out the awards and certificates.

 

 

 

The Kirsty Club Skydive

The Kirsty Club Skydive

On Saturday 6th October 15 2012 I travelled to Cockerham Airfield, Lancashire to Skydive 27,000 feet from a Pilatus Porter Aircraft. Amazing experience which also helped to raise £1,000’s for this great charity!

The Kirsty Club is building on the success of the Kirsty Appeal, which raised £5 million to secure the future of Francis House. Now fundraising to expand and improve the facilities and capacity so we can help even more children.

The Kirsty Club

 

Graham Shapiro shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Graham Shapiro shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards

It has just been announced that Graham Shapiro was shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Innovation of the Year award.

Graham Shapiro beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist, with over 1000 businesses entering the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

Graham Shapiro commented, “As a national GB Award this is truly a great honour, to have been shortlisted for Great Britain Innovation entrepreneur of the year. To be accredited alongside the other incredible entrepreneurs in my category is mind blowing. Thank you to the GBEA, and the judges. I am very proud to be a British designer, inventor and entrepreneur!”

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.

 

 

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards:
The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards acknowledges the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain.

Press Contacts: For GBEA, contact Front Door Communications on 029 20 020 360 or 07740 459171, or by emailing Kath@FDComms.co.uk or Bethan@FDComms.co.uk.

 

IoD North West Director of the Year Awards Finalist 2017

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.

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.”

IBX Award Winner

IBX Award Winner
GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro proudly receives the IBX Best Technology and Smart Technology Award from HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Also in the photograph are HE Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development (Dubai) and Mark Hamill, Managing Director of Awards International UAE.
GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro proudly receives the IBX Best Technology and Smart Technology Award from HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Also in the photograph are HE Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of the Department of Economic Development (Dubai) and Mark Hamill, Managing Director of Awards International UAE.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 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.

Website: ibxawards.com

EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016

EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2016
Nick Wheeler presents Graham Shapiro with the Best Start-up Company of the Year award.
Nick Wheeler presents Graham Shapiro with the Best Start-up Company of the Year award.Dr Robert Phillips, Lecturer at The University of Manchester, presents Graham Shapiro with Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, for Reggie Enterprises.
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).

Start Up Business of The Year Video

Technology Entrepreneur of The Year Video

Website: awards.enforbusiness.com

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

Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Graham Shapiro, was highly commended for Digital Entrepreneur of the Year and shortlisted for an International Trade Award at EN Magazine’s North West Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2015.

Celebrating its 14th 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).

Commenting on the award Graham Shapiro said: “It’s amazing to be highly commended for these awards. Massive thanks to EN Magazine, the judges, my collaboration partners, clients and brilliant digital team who continue to support me on exciting global projects.”

The event was held on the 21st October 2015 at The Mere in Knutsford.

Fellowship of The Chartered Society of Designers

Fellowship of The Chartered Society of Designers

Graham Shapiro was awarded Fellowship of The Chartered Society of Designers in November 2001.

2008 Young Businessman of the Year Award

2008 Young Businessman of the Year Award
In March 2008 The Sentinel in partnership with the British Awards Association honoured Graham Shapiro with the Young Businessman of the Year Award.

Fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Marketing

Fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Marketing
Graham Shapiro was awarded Fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Marketing in September 2013.

Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge

Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge

Graham Shapiro was honoured to be asked to be an Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge in December 2012.