Ruth and Charles Simpson, founders of Simpsons Wine Estate based in Kent, were named one of the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury on the Walpole Power List at an event at the Corinthia Hotel in London last night (Tuesday). Rubbing shoulders with individuals from companies like Chanel, Bentley and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruth and Charles were recognised in the Custodians category – Champions of British-made: advocates protecting craftsmanship and fighting to keep important jobs and skills alive.

Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole said: “As we emerge from another challenging year, but one that our members have weathered with creativity and great stamina, it is a complete joy to recognise the talent of the people working tirelessly to further British luxury, applying their ingenuity, entrepreneurship and sheer graft to making the sector better, more beautiful, more resilient and even more alluring to an affluent, discerning customer”.

As the official sector body for British luxury, Walpole’s purpose is to promote, protect and develop a sector worth £48 billion to the UK economy. Founded in 1992 as a not-for-profit organisation, Walpole counts more than 270 British brands in its membership and is recognised in both Westminster and Brussels.

Ruth Simpson comments: “We were truly stunned to hear about our selection and hugely honoured, especially given the range and quality of the existing Walpole brand members and the size of our business comparatively to many others. We are very committed to Walpole as an organisation and are delighted to have been recognised in this way.”