We are overjoyed to announce that Leon Paul has received the prestigious King's Award for Enterprise, a testament to our entire team's dedication and hard work. This recognition from His Majesty King Charles III marks a significant milestone in our company's history, celebrating our unwavering commitment to innovation in the fencing industry.

The King's Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen's Awards for Enterprise, and the new name reflects His Majesty The King's desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The awards programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country.

After over 100 years of work it is a fantastic honour to be recognised in this manner.
We are currently investing in developing exciting new equipment including, Wireless Fencing and a new Epee blade. We are looking forward to continuing our journey for another 100 years. This accolade not only honours our past achievements but also reaffirms our ongoing commitment to fairness and quality in every aspect of our business.

London Olympics

Barry Paul, reflecting on this wonderful occasion would like to say the following:

 "Receiving the King's Award is a proud day and back in 1921, I don't think Leon, in his wildest dreams, would think that the company he founded would eventually be recognised by royalty 100 years later. It's an honour that speaks volumes about our commitment to the future of fencing and the generations that will continue to enjoy this sport. We look forward to celebrating this achievement, and I look forward to getting my second visit to Winsor Castle. Cheers to the Future." Barry Paul grandson of Leon Paul. 

We thought it would be fitting to share some of Leon Paul's story. Queen Victoria was the monarch when he was born and Queen Elizabeth II, when he passed away in 1963. Still, the company he founded in 1921 has continued on.

Leon Paul at the door of the shop on Neal St, Covent Garden

Leon Paul was born in Perpignan, France, in 1881. He came from humble beginnings with his father, a bank clerk, and his elder brother, a monk. Orphaned early, Leon left his family at 17 to join the army, where he earned his fencing diploma. In the early 1900s, he moved to England, working under fencing master Lucien Morel in London and later serving as an interpreter in the French army during World War I. Returning to England in 1919, Leon met and married Anna in 1920, a Lithuanian immigrant skilled in tailoring.

Anna taught herself English, and used to do exceptional gold thread work for Gieves & Hawkes a specialised waistcoat maker engaged on naval contracts in Saville Row, London. Together, they founded a fencing equipment business. Driven by Leon's expertise and Anna’s craftsmanship, the company flourished, evolving into a family enterprise renowned for its quality and innovation.

From Left to right Anna, Raymond, Rene and Leon.

After an incendiary bomb attack in 1940 and after yet another V2 rocket attack they opened a tiny shop in lower Monmouth Street. Leon's passion for fencing led him to teach extensively, even as the family faced personal tragedies and the upheavals of war the business survived and continued to expand under the stewardship of their children and grandchildren. Leon passed away in 1963, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and excellence in fencing. Anna, affectionately known as Nana, worked until her death in 1978 making fencing clothing.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to every member of the Leon Paul team - they are the backbone of our companies success. We also extend our deepest gratitude to our loyal customers and trusted suppliers; your continuous support has been instrumental in achieving this honour.