Bedford’s King’s Honours recipients recognised by HM Lord-Lieutenant

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High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Bav Shah, Damian Hopkins CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant Susan Lousada. Image: HM Lord-Lieutenant
High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Bav Shah, Damian Hopkins CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant Susan Lousada. Image: HM Lord-Lieutenant

The King’s representative of Bedfordshire, HM Lord-Lieutenant Susan Lousada, has honoured Damian Hopkins for his award of a CBE for his services to Retail and Fashion at a recent presentation.

The event for King’s Honours recipients took place at Cranfield University and Business School in Bedfordshire.

Mr Hopkins received his CBE in the King’s inaugural Birthday Honours List in recognition of his 25-year career in fashion and retail.

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His business was one of the early adopters of sustainable and ethical manufacturing processes, and Damian actively promotes British retailers and brands internationally.

As well as a long track record in the industry, Damian has also given a great deal back supporting the retail and fashion industries being closely involved with the Retail Trust charity for over a decade. 

He chaired the Fundraising Committee from 2018 to 2019 and was instrumental in launching the Mentoring and Ambassador programmes for people in retail and raising awareness of the charity. 

Damian Hopkins CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant Susan Lousada. Image: HM Lord-Lieutenant
Damian Hopkins CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant Susan Lousada. Image: HM Lord-Lieutenant

The event at Cranfield University was attended by Bedfordshire dignitaries including the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Bav Shah, the Mayor of Bedford, heads of the Bedfordshire police force, armed forces, and fire brigade, as well as other Honours recipients and Professor Dame Helen Atkinson DBE, FREng, DL, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Cranfield University.

With fashion and retail being a hot topic of discussion on the day, Damian Hopkins CBE was pleased to learn that uniforms worn by both the Lord Lieutenant and the High Sheriff were manufactured in the UK.

The Lord-Lieutenant worked closely with a British tailor to produce her uniform made from British cloth with embroideries produced by hand in the UK.

The High Sherriff’s uniform, designed by students at Nottingham Trent University, incorporates modern requirements including a pocket for a mobile ‘phone and internal rear flap for a heat pad, for when the Sherriff attends outdoor events in cold weather.

Damian Hopkins CBE said of the event: “It was wonderful and very humbling to meet with other Bedfordshire Honourees who have done amazing things for their communities and for the country at large, all of whom are hugely inspirational.

“I’d like to thank my wife, my two daughters and my parents for all their support throughout and my career and it was lovely that they were able to attend today.”

 
 
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