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Preston man receives special award for services to equality in business

Posted on - 3rd May, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, People, Preston Council, Preston News
Lee Chambers Freedom of the City of London

Lee Chambers has received Freedom of the City of London for his services to equality in business.

The Preston-based founder of Essentialise and Male Allies UK was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London this week, at a special ceremony at Mansion House.

He received the award from Lord Mayor Professor Michael Mainelli for services to equality in business and his contribution to gender equality nationally.

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The Freedom of the City of London has been awarded since 1237.

Chambers was nominated for the Freedom by Lord Mayor Professor Michael Mainelli and City Corporation Alderman Alastair King.

The ceremony at Mansion House was the first of it’s kind for 125 years.

Lee Chambers Freedom of the City of London

Lee said: “I’ve been in business for 16 years, and for the first 12 years, I kept my head down and worked hard to make a difference.

“To join an esteemed list of individuals, including the likes of Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman, is a moment to remember. You never know who is noticing the impact that you make, and this did come as quite a shock.”

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Lord Mayor Professor Michael Mainelli said: “Today’s ceremony embodies the essence of connectivity that underscores my mayoral theme. These people receiving the Freedom today are remarkable individuals who exemplify the City’s spirit of innovation and dedication, enriching the Square Mile’s diverse tapestry with their extraordinary contributions.”

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