Henry Deakin wins IOD West Midlands Director of the Year 2018



We are very excited to announce that Managing director Henry Deakin, was named as IoD West Midlands Director of the Year 2018 in the Family Business Category!

Henry Deakin was awarded the accolade due to his response to specific challenges facing directors in family firms and how he has contributed to the success of the diverse, dynamic and innovative family business sector.

The awards breakfast, held at Edgbaston Cricket Club on June 19, also saw Brian Hall announced as the new chair of IoD West Midlands.

With ten overall categories, the awards were open to directors from the private, public and third sectors across the West Midlands and aimed to recognise an individual’s achievements, the importance of the director’s role in the community and their overall commitment to the success of the business.

“Deakin & Francis has been going from strength to strength and it’s a huge achievement for me to win this award!” said Deakin, managing director of Deakin & Francis.

“As the seventh-generation family member to manage the business, alongside my brother James, my passion has always been to build our brand and offer an innovative, quality range of products that our customers are proud to wear, backed up by a first-class service. To be recognised in this category is such a privilege.”

Deakin & Francis is built on a belief of family traditions and manufacturing methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. They recognise the importance of keeping this magic alive especially in a time when lots of corporate companies are taking over. ‘I think its so important to keep our heritage alive, I love being able to tell people all of our products are made in the same building with the same methods that were used 100’s of years ago, its just fascinating!’

It is however important for brothers Henry and James to keep the company evolving, with fresh ideas and forward thinking. ‘It is easy sometimes to rely on our history to impress people yet we also want to keep up the excitement, and so we are constantly bringing new ideas to the table, via design, our flagship store in London and a few other ideas we have up our sleeve!’