PLMR Founder Kevin Craig, who started the company in 2006, has received the Freedom of the City of London for services to enterprise and charity.
The recognition, which dates back to the Middle Ages, was given to Kevin today in an ancient ceremony at the Guildhall.
The Freedom of the City of London has existed since 1237. In the Middle Ages, the Freedom of the City enabled he or she who received it to trade in what was referred to as the ‘Square Mile’ of London.
This continued through to the Victorian Era. Anyone with the Freedom of the city also has the right to walk a herd of sheep or cattle over London Bridge.
The Freedom has been presented to many distinguished figures throughout history and the ceremony is one of the oldest continuing traditions in the United Kingdom. Previous recipients include Benjamin Disraeli, Margaret Thatcher and US actor Morgan Freeman.
Kevin said today:
“This is a super recognition to receive, and I feel lucky and very honoured. It was a lovely ceremony today and great to do it with my family. I am really grateful and intend to carry on supporting every aspect of life in London and the great work undertaken across the City and by the Corporation.
My Mum and Dad who came to England from Ireland to find work in the 1960’s would have enjoyed today had they lived to see it and I accept this recognition knowing that without the sacrifices of those who went before I would not have had many of the opportunities I have had in life to date.”