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Leeds-based fashion start-up highly commended in IoD awards

The founder and director of a Leeds-based fashion brand has been highly commended at the Institute of Director’s Yorkshire & North East Director of the Year Awards 2018.

Established in 2015 by Claire Shakespeare, Butterfly Tree learnt that it had been shortlisted in the start-up director of the year category earlier this year.

Operating out of AW Hainsworth & Sons Spring Valley Mills in Pudsey, Butterfly Tree designs and handcrafts unique hand bags with quality and locally sourced wool and leather.

Claire joined other regional finalists at a black-tie awards ceremony on 5th July 2018 at Principal York in York.


The annual IoD awards seeks to recognise leadership and business excellence in the region, as well as the significant contribution leaders make to society and economic prosperity.

News follows other recent award successes for the firm, which celebrated a win at Leeds Beckett University’s Business Advantage Awards earlier this year. Butterfly Tree also recently launched its second range of products in Spring 2018.

Commenting on the awards, Claire Shakespeare said:

“I am absolutely overwhelmed to have been presented with the highly commended award. A lot of hard work has gone into the release of my new collection and I feel like this really does make it all worthwhile. We’re going to continue to work really hard to grow Butterfly Tree and we’re already making plans for our 2019 collection… watch this space!”.

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