The Licensing Awards reached a stellar conclusion on Tuesday night (12 September), when Danny and Mark Schweiger, directors of Character World Brands received the Honorary Achievement Award 2023.
Introducing the award, Jakki Brown, md of Max Publishing (which owns and organises The Licensing Awards), commented: “Tonight it is two very special individuals that we will honour, who are very much the left hand and right hand of the company. Without one, there is no other.
“One says “Yes” to everyone, any idea or request, the other says “No” to everything. This is how they are programmed. It really is a winning yin and yang combination. They may often endlessly shout and argue with each other, but they always have each other’s backs and alignment. While one of them has always been the front man, the other has been the financial brains behind the scenes, driving the sustained growth.”
Jakki continued: “These two people we honour tonight have been key figures in the licensing community for several decades, very much helping to make our industry what it is today, not just in the home and lifestyle products they produce, but the contribution they make as people.
“I am well aware that Man City winning the treble this year was a highlight of their lives, hopefully this will score pretty highly too.”
Danny and Mark said that they were “humbled and honoured” to accept the award.
Mark commented: “I was totally overwhelmed and truly honoured to receive such a prestigious award. It was a very humbling moment and it felt totally surreal as it was totally unexpected.”
Danny continued: “Words don’t do justice to how humbled, honoured and proud I am. How fortunate I have been to spend 25 years working, having fun and meeting the most incredible people in without question the best industry in the world. Tommy Schweiger and Mark Schweiger, we couldn’t have done it without each other.
“To every Character World Brands colleague who has been on this journey with us – this wouldn’t have been possible without your incredible support, dedication and hard work. There is so much more to come.”