Awards & Press


An award-winning night at the BOFTAs for Playdale

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP recently presented Playdale’s MD Barry Leahey with a BOFTA (Board Of Trade) award which is in recognition of our excellence in international trade, our innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism. You can read more by clicking here.

Team Playdale Win International Trade Award

There was a triumphant win for Team Playdale at the recent Insider Media NW International Trade Awards, held at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester. Here’s our Export Account Manager Stephanie proudly holding the ‘Team Of The Year’ award. The judges said they picked up on ‘real passion & a great atmosphere’ in our company. ‘We all can work…but together we win’

Playdale’s MD honoured with prestigious business award

The elite of Cumbria’s business world was celebrated last week at a dazzling award ceremony hosted by TV & radio broadcaster Jeremy Vine. The in-Cumbria Business Awards were held at the Halston in Carlisle where over 250 prominent business leaders enjoyed an evening of recognition and celebration. One of the most illustrious honours of the event was the Business Person Of The Year award which we are extremely proud and delighted to announce was presented to our MD.

Playdale’s MD named in The Manufacturer’s Top 100 2018

The Manufacturer Top 100 salutes the most dynamic leaders and innovators in manufacturing, offering role models for a vibrant future to those who once thought manufacturing in the UK is a thing of the past. The Top 100 project publicly recognises the heroes of UK manufacturing, those who stand out for their contribution to changing the face of industry; finding new markets; making a marked investment in people, processes and customers, or for making an impact disproportionate to their years.

Playdale’s MD is featured in LDC’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders list

Our MD Barry Leahey has been named in the ‘World Beaters’ category of the *LDC’s Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders list, supported by The Telegraph newspaper. This category features business people who have taken their businesses into new and untested international markets which takes courage and perseverance (particularly in unsettled times).
*LDC is Lloyds Development Capital Limited,  a mid-market private equity house and subsidiary of Lloyds Banking Group

Playdale is a Department of International Trade Export Champion

The Exporting is GREAT campaign is a movement that inspires companies to sell overseas. Playdale has actively shared their export success stories, challenges they’ve faced and provided tips on how to overcome them or where to go for help. This inspiration helps other businesses achieve growth and become more productive. Basically, it’s about letting them know that Exporting is GREAT!

Playdale’s Managing Director wins ‘Global Director of the Year’ award – May 2018

Playdale Playgrounds’ Managing Director, Barry Leahey MBE was awarded Director of the Year in the global category at the Institute of Directors (IoD) North West Awards in May this year. The event was hosted by a familiar face to many – BBC sports presenter and anchor of BBC Breakfast, Dan Walker. Click here to read the full story and see more images.

Playdale’s MD attends Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London – April 2018

Our Managing Director Barry Leahey was in London in April attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM). This event brought together representatives and leaders from the worlds of business, civil society and government to address the shared global challenges Commonwealth countries face. Read more here.

Playdale’s MD receives MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace – December 2017

Mid-2017 we announced that Barry Leahey, Playdale’s Managing Director, had been named on the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List to receive an MBE for ‘Services to UK Trade & Investment and Exports’. The definition of MBE is Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Barry has been the driving force behind Playdale’s growth strategy and has successfully formed distribution agreements in 46 countries in less than 7 years. Read and see more here.

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We were delighted and proud when Playdale were announced winners of the Family Business United’s national 2016 Manufacturing Family Business of the Year Award! Family Business United works with family businesses and their professional advisers to bring the family business community together. Read more.

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We were happy to welcome ITV Border News to head office to talk about our export success.

Runner Up in the Rising Star category at the UKTI’s North West of England Greater China Awards 2016Greater China Awards Feb 16

A great night was had by all at the UKTI’s North West of England Greater China Awards 2016. Here’s our Export Account Manager Stephanie Tootill and Export Coordinator Sarah Spencer with our award for runner up in the Rising Star category. Well done to all involved!

Winner of  the National Business Exporter of the Year award at the FSB Worldpay UK Business Awards 2016winners_exporter 1

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We were extremely happy and proud of the whole Playdale team when we won the National Business Exporter of the Year award at the FSB Worldpay UK Business Awards 2016. Read more.

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We were delighted to win the Exporter of the Year Award along with our very deserving export account manager Stephanie Tootill winning the Rising Star award, at the CN Group Business Awards 2015. Read more

Winner of the Emerging Exporter AwardEmerging Exporter Award

We were immensely happy and proud to win the Emerging Exporter Award at the Insider’s North West International Trade Awards 2014. Read more.

UKTI’s Exporting is GREAT

We were chosen as one of the businesses to feature in the UKTI’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ national campaign. Read more.

Export Champions 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

We are very proud to be named as one of the top 30 Export Champions in the North West for three years running, and we are one of Cumbria’s most successful exporters. Read more.

ITV Border Report


On the back of our export success we were delighted to be featured in a report for ITV Border news which was broadcast in January 2015. Read more.

National Press Coverage


We were also featured in the Financial Times, The Spectator and a number of national publications for UKTI’s Exporting is GREAT campaign.