For a sixth year GSD® are proud to be working alongside Rolex on digital strategy for their UK retailers in 2022.

Collaboration includes digital marketing and the intended roll-out of the retailer digital programme through the official Rolex retail network in the UK and Ireland.

Aims and objectives:

– Improving Official Rolex Retailers visibility in search engines.

– Generating more qualified leads in-store for the Official Rolex Retailers network.

– Enhancing the overall customer experience of the Rolex brand on-line.

Rolex is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.

Forbes ranked Rolex 64th on its 2016 list of the world’s most powerful global brands. Rolex is the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day.

The University of Leeds has renewed it’s digital supplier contract with Graham Shapiro Design until 2023.

GSD® CEO, Graham Shapiro said “It’s testament to the teams at The University of Leeds and GSD® that such a successful partnership has been formed over the last 5 years. To support this leading University on it’s digital requirements is a real honour, paticularly during COVID-19 and we look forward to building on the strong relationship to move things forward even more.”

Whilst formal results and in-classroom learning inevitably contribute to future opportunities, many educators, policy makers, leaders and parents are now asking what other attributes young people need to be ready for the world of work of today and tomorrow.

Non-formal education, such as that offered by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been heralded for helping to develop those ‘soft’ skills – or ‘core skills’ or ‘universal’ skills, as the Award would prefer them to be called – which so many are now seeking.

Our CEO, Graham Shapiro featured in a short film supporting this recently. He commented:

“My admiration for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is strong and long-standing. I was therefore honoured and delighted to be invited to show my support by contributing to a short film outlining the impact and far-reaching repercussions of their work.

The vision, scale and scope of this outstanding programme of activities helps prepare young people for the future and after all, that’s where they are going to spend the rest of their lives. So, imparting life skills such as leadership, building relationships and communication help to inspire other qualities, such as trust and self-confidence. These are skills they will need to successfully navigate the twenty-first century and beyond.

It is my firm view and one that I know is shared by other business leaders, that The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has life enhancing qualities and builds inner strength. This in turn, is empowering and engenders the stand-out features required to differentiate young people to find their purpose in an increasingly challenging and competitive world.”

GSD® CEO Graham Shapiro was announced as the winner of an International Business Excellence (IBX) Award in Dubai 2019, as Inspirational Male Leader.

The International Business Excellence Awards recognise business excellence from across the world. The Finals and the Awards Ceremony was the culmination of an engaging and exciting awards journey for all participants, in their respective fields of endeavour .
The Awards are recognised as a prestigious international occasion as part of the celebrated festival for business, an unprecedented success for the people and government of the United Arab Emirates.
‘Awards International’ provide high-level expertise to stage the awards and succeed in attracting the interest of a formidable array of management intellectuals, business leaders and consultants from around the world.
The clear aim of the awards programme is to create a vehicle for sharing best practice and to promote continuous improvement as a path toward personal development
The Finals and Awards Ceremony for the International Business Excellence Awards 2016 were held on the 29th and 30th of June 2016 in Dubai. The two-day event was an exciting affair celebrating business excellence and “best practice” from around the world.

On receiving the award for ‘Inspirational Male Leader’, Graham Shapiro said:
“Thank you to the IBX judges for their nomination, everyone at The IBX Awards and The Dubai Government. I would like to congratulate all of the incredible finalists in my category*. I have the greatest possible respect for where this journey has brought them, well done. It is important for me to say how much I respect the scale of their collective business achievements. They are all incredible leaders and for this reason, I am honoured and indeed, humbled to be happy to count myself amongst them and be considered for this award. To win this award is truly outstanding.”

*The other finalists in the Inspirational Male Leader category were: Anis Sajan – Milano – Danube Group, Mahmoud Awad – Concorde Corodex Bristol, Jaber Almarar – Aldhafra hospitals, Ramesh Gopal – Deutsche Bank AG, Abdalla Al-Tamimi – 3mushrooms marine consultancy, Adam McEwan – Platinum Heritage Group and Jad Toubayly – Idealz Enterprises LLC.

Pictured below (from left to right): Graham Shapiro proudly receives the IBX Inspirational Male Leader Award from Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Director General of the Department of Economic Development (Dubai Government) and Mark Hamill, Managing Director of Awards International UAE.

Walpole is a unique alliance of British luxury Brands and supports what has become a valuable sector of international commerce for the United Kingdom. Founded in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation, it counts more than 210 British brands in its membership and is recognised in Westminster but also in all leading European capital cities where fashion is prominent. As the voice of British luxury, Walpole’s purpose is to promote, protect and develop a sector worth £32.2 billion to the UK economy and one that remains in many respects, the jewel in the crown of UK business.

Walpole Members exude the substance and fabric of a strategic programme that serves to exemplify the exacting standards of British luxury through heritage, superior craftsmanship, innovation, style and design at the highest level. Members include, Alexander McQueen, Bentley, Clive Christian and Harrods.

Graham Shapiro, Chief Executive of Graham Shapiro Design said:

‘My respect and admiration for Walpole is strong and long standing and I am therefore delighted to be invited to join its ranks. Above all, I take particular note of the influence that Walpole commands in representing the best interests of luxury companies operating in the United Kingdom and overseas. GSD has equally extensive relationships with leading brands and seeks to participate in supporting the luxury sector and contributing to the shared challenge of reinforcing British brands’.

Graham Shapiro Design is pre-eminent in the field of creative solutions, providing luxury clients with visual communication online and offline.

GSD® announced today (5.2.2019) that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which is an Italian and American multinational corporation and is the world’s eighth largest auto maker, has signed a three-year contract extension, to supporting them on UVL websites worldwide for Fiat, Fiat Abarth, Jeep and Alpha Romeo.

With this renewed agreement, GSD® will extend it’s services to deliver its Digital Strategy through till 2023, cementing a five year successful association with this automotive leader.

Graham Shapiro, CEO of GSD®, commented:

“I am proud of our contract extension with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. This reflects both the hard work that our teams have put in and the genuine partnership we have had during this period. Building on that relationship, the new agreement is focused on driving greater innovation, value and improved digital platforms.”

Graham Shapiro has won a gold stevie award as Entrepreneur of the Year for his contribution to the internet and new media.
He now proudly joins past Gold Stevie Award winners including: Apple, Sony Playstation, BT, 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.
The 2018 IBAs received entries from 74 nations and territories.

Graham Shapiro commented, “It is incredible to receive a Gold Stevie Award for Internet and New Media Entrepreneur of the Year. Thank you to the Stevie Awards and the judges for their nominations. To receive this recognition is truly mind-blowing, particularly when you consider 3,500 entries from 74 nations worldwide and the vote from 200 judges. None of this would be possible without my terrific design teams, past and present. I represent a team of designers who work tirelessly and who support my vision. I am immensely grateful to receive this award especially when you consider the incredible achievements of the other finalists.”

GSD® are proud to announce a visual communication collaboration with Rybrook Holdings until at least 2023.

This will include web and digital platforms and any associated printed literature.

Rybrook Holdings is among the largest privately owned new and used car dealer groups in the UK. It represents specialist and luxury franchises in the United Kingdom. The company’s inventory includes new and used cars. It also provides corporate and fleet options, as well as aftersales services, including spare parts supply.

Graham Shapiro, CEO & Founder of GSD®, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious North West Institute of Directors (IOD) Awards.

The awards are designed to recognise excellence in a broad range of areas including commercial success, contribution to the wider community, innovation and leadership.

Graham Shapiro said: “I am honoured to be shortlisted for this award. A special thank you to my family, GSD® team and clients. They have supported me massively and allowed me the opportunity to be the innovative entrepreneur and business leader that I am today.”

Claire Ebrey, Regional Director, IOD North West said: “The calibre of entries was, once again, extremely high this year. The finalists have demonstrated outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements. All deserve to be congratulated.”

A ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 May at the Midland Hotel, Manchester where the overall winners of the 2018 IOD North West Awards will be revealed.

The full list of finalists can be seen here

Princess Motor Yacht Sales,  the world’s largest distributor of Princess Yachts became the latest company to choose GSD®.

As a result of extensive discussions with the team at Princess Motor Yacht Sales who operate mainly in the UK and Europe we’re delighted to announce that we will be working alongside the company on their annual magazine and printed literature campaigns.