IOD Director of the Year Awards

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Barry Leahey profile




Managing Director
Playdale Playgrounds Ltd

In 2008 Playdale predicted the UK market was going to contract by 30%. Barry’s Blue Ocean Strategy was to export. After Barry’s 500+ flights Playdale now have distributers in 48 countries covering 57% of the global population. In 2017 Barry received a MBE for services to Export and International Trade.



Playdale have been designing, manufacturing and installing fun, exciting outdoor play equipment for over 35 years. Their playground equipment caters for local authorities, schools, nurseries, communities, architects, pubs and recreation grounds.

They pride theselves on providing an “Experience”, not just playground equipment. From initial design through to Aftersales care, they are here to look after you.


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