Gymshark and Boden founders recognised in new year honours

Ben Francis

Gymshark founder and chief executive Ben Francis has been awarded an MBE for services to business in the 2023 new year honours list.

In a Linkedin post, the 30-year-old – who began making fitness clothing in his parents’ garage in 2012 after his grandmother taught him how to sew – expressed disbelief at the news.

“This is probably the most surreal feeling I’ve had when being given an award,” he wrote. “I’m so grateful to all those around me who support me in all that I do at Gymshark.”

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