Award for Essex board games firm

PUBLISHED: 12:31 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:08 10 May 2010

Staff of Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd with the Game Cube (Picture: ANDY STEEL)

Staff of Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd with the Game Cube (Picture: ANDY STEEL)

BOARD games are a very serious business for a world-renowned design company which has won a prestigious award on its 50th anniversary. Wimbish-based company Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd picked up an outstanding design award at The Decorex Interior Design Sho

BOARD games are a very serious business for a world-renowned design company which has won a prestigious award on its 50th anniversary.

Wimbish-based company Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd picked up an outstanding design award at The Decorex Interior Design Show last Sunday (September 21).

Director Max Parker, 48, said: "We were the only board game manufacturer at the awards, so it really helped us to stand out. People were impressed with our ideas about putting games rooms into houses."

In 1958 craftsman Geoffrey Parker started building luxury board games at a workshop in Upper Green, and 50 years later the company which he founded, now under the stewardship of his son Max, is still thriving.

"The company has had many highlights in its 50-year history," said Mr Parker who started working for his father when he was 17 years old. "We built the board that was used in the final of the first-ever world backgammon championships held on the QE2 in 1975.

"In the famous World Chess Championship final of 1972 between American challenger Bobby Fischer and defending champion Boris Spassky from Russia, the game was played out on one of our boards."

Geoffrey Parker Games has designed and built a range of boards for Formula One teams and premiership footballers.

The company's client list includes American singer Stevie Wonder who bought a backgammon board and businessman Donald Trump who ordered a custom Monopoly set.

"It has always been a challenge, but we are proud of what we have achieved," said Mr Parker. "Because we make luxury versions of existing games, we are always behind the brand. This award is recognition of all our hard work."

Judges at the design show, held at London's Royal Hospital Chelsea, were particularly impressed with the company's Game Cube which comprises 24 games in one.

For more information visit www.geoffreyparker.com or call the company on 01799 599100.


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