Honours upgrade for Barry Dodd OBE, founder of the GSM Group

It is not uncommon for people who have previously received a queen’s honour to later receive a higher award, but this only happens when their have been significant developments in their achievements. There are many instances of this happening more and more for individuals. 
 
One such individual in the New Year’s list is Barry Dodd. Barry was awarded an OBE in 2006 for his services to business. He turned a two-person start-up operation in North Yorkshire into a multinational company with four manufacturing plants across the UK. 
 
A typical serial entrepreneur, Barry is also Chairman of Addpower Technologies, a high tech start-up which has developed an instantly rechargeable battery.
 
Since receiving his OBE in 2006, Barry has accomplished many notable achievements. In recognition of his work, his CBE has been awarded for services to the Yorkshire Economy and voluntary service to the community. 
 
For over 10 years Barry has devoted one day per week to unpaid public service. He is currently a Member of the UK Automotive Industry Council, Chair and Pro-Chancellor University of Hull, Chair of CO2Sense Yorkshire, 
 
As Chair of the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Barry is now running a business-led partnership with the public sector that will help businesses in York North Yorkshire and the East Riding improve and grow. 
 
In total, 74% of Queen’s Honours recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. Barry Dodd CBE is a fine example of a successful individual who has always maintained a strong commitment to voluntary work and his achievements are a great example to others. 
 

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