Barry Franks served as a Non-Executive Director of Ultimate Products for fifteen years, stepping down from the Board in September 2020. Barry remains with the business as President in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contribution to Ultimate Products since its inception in 1997. He has 50 years’ experience in the retail and wholesale trade. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was Managing Director of Parker & Franks, a North-West-based retailer and wholesaler with 35 stores and 500 employees at its peak. In 1990, Barry left Parker & Franks and founded Barimar, a clothing importer and supplier to UK and European retail. During this period, Barry built up substantial experience in discount retailing and sourcing from China and South Asia. In 1997, Barry invested in Ultimate Products alongside Simon Showman, becoming the majority shareholder. This subsequently led to an investment into the business by LDC in 2005 and, at this point, Barry became a Non-Executive Director. In 2014, Barry invested alongside Simon Showman and Andrew Gossage in the buyout of LDC’s shareholding.