Are you a nominee?
Start promoting your entry NOW!
Simply link it back to http://footwearindustryawards.com/vote.2014.php
Why not run it at the bottom of all your trade emails too?
The standard of entries is extremely high and competition is fierce. If there is a retailer, brand, product or person that you believe deserves to be recognised, don't sit back and wait, use your vote now by clicking HERE.
And don't forget the 'National Shop Front of the Year Award' (by which we mean your window display). Entry is open to independent footwear retailers throughout Britain, large or small. The winner will receive £1,500 of holiday vouchers. Click HERE for more info.
In other news, GDS, Out on a Limb and Moda have all signed up to sponsor the event. Sponsorship opportunities are still available - contact Sue Wiseman on 01622 699185 or click HERE to email.
You can nominate a company or an individual for an award in each of the relevant categories.
There is also the opportunity to self-nominate!
Is there a retailer that you know does a fabulous job? Do you have any 'hero brands' that are a guaranteed hit? How do you separate the best from the rest when there is so much to choose from? Well now is your chance to tell us by highlighting the brands, people, retailers and services of the future.
Laura West of The Society of Shoe Fitters said: "How many times do we hear 'use it or lose it'? It's true though, whatever it is - a shop, an organisation, an event, if we don't participate we only have ourselves to blame when events/businesses/people are no longer available. 'If only' doesn't bring them back! Don't make excuses not to come to the Awards Dinner because it's not expensive and a really good event to unite the industry. You are guaranteed an entertaining night, good food and probably too much drink...but also a chance to congratulate the successful and comiserate with the runners-up. If you ask any of the finalists whether it was worth the effort the majority would say 'most definitely' from the media coverage and kudos it brings after. The only losers are those who don't join in, so dust off your glad rags and let your only regret be your hangover! "
Richard Kottler, Chairman of the British Footwear Association added: "The BFA will be encouraging its members, many of who show at the Moda exhibition, to apply for the nominations and we are looking forward to the evening."
Nominations close Monday 11th November.
New! National Shop Front of the Year
Don't forget about the exciting new addition of National Shop Front of the Year, sponsored by Remonte, part of the Rieker group. By 'Shop Front', we mean your window display, not the building, and award entry is open to all independent footwear retailers throughout Britain, large or small - and you don't have to stock Remonte to win! Please send me your photos by email every time you change your window display, right up until the deadline of 1st January 2014.
The FIA team, including a representative from the SSF, IFRA and BFA, Remonte and myself, as Editor of Footwear Today Magazine, will select a winner to be announced on the night and presented with £1,500 of holiday vouchers.
Independent retailers can also be nominated by somebody else.
The FIA team will contact the nominated retailer to ask them to supply evidence, to be in with a chance of winning this exciting award and the holiday vouchers that come with it! Please send your photos directly to Editor, Cheryl Taylor for consideration.
Remonte, part of the Rieker group is sponsoring a brand new award, 'National Shop Front of the Year'. Managing Director Chris Gorrod explains why: "The window to a retailer is very important for driving footfall. Some retailers spend a lot of time on it and these shopkeepers should be rewarded.
Get ready for the Footwear Industry Awards sponsored by Clarks
Datateam Business Media is delighted to announce that Clarks has signed up as overall event sponsor. Founded in 1825, Clarks still remains the number one shoe brand in the UK, and the fourth largest footwear company in the world. Clarks has come a long way since its humble beginnings in Somerset, but has never lost sight of effortless British style.
Sponsors flock to sign up!
We are delighted to add leading manufacturer and retailer of high quality footwear for the whole family, Clarks to our high profile list of sponsors, including Cherry Blossom, Garvalin, Skechers and Rieker.
- The team are back and making plans for 2014
The second edition of the Footwear Industry Awards an even bigger success
Organised by Datateam Business Media for the industry, with the support of the British Footwear Association (BFA), Independent Footwear Retailers Association (IFRA), the Society of Shoe Fitters (SSF) and Footwear Today, The Footwear Industry Awards were held on the first night of the Moda Footwear Show, Sunday 17th February 2013 at the National Motorcycle Museum. Building on last year's fantastic debut, this year's event was an even bigger success. Following a voting process in which over 2000 individuals had their say, the trade united to celebrate award winning products, people, retailers and services.
Congratulations to all the Winners!
Organised by Datateam Business Media for the industry, with the support of BFA, IFRA, Society of Shoe Fitters and Footwear Today, The Footwear Industry Awards were held on the first night of the Moda Footwear Show, Sunday 17th February 2013 at the National Motorcycle Museum. This fantastic evening, in which excellence was rewarded at every level, was attended by over 250 guests and we are delighted to reveal this year's winners.
Awards Category Sponsors
Leading manufacturer and retailer of high quality footwear for the whole family.
Cherry Blossom is the original and now the sole UK manufacturer of a comprehensive range of shoe care products and accessories designed to shine, protect, nourish, revive and restore footwear mate from a host of different materials.
Garvalin, Agatha and Biomecanics = beautiful, innovative, quality and fit - top children's brands for discerning retailers who demand great value!
Skechers is an award-winning global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry. We design, develop and market lifestyle footwear that appeals to men, women and children of all ages.
16-18 February, NEC Birmingham. Moda is the UK's largest fashion trade show. Home to the national shows for lingerie & swimwear, footwear and menswear as well as offering a diverse selection of contemporary and classic womenswear and accessories.
Rieker Antistress have been making shoes for over 130 years. The brand is currently undergoing rapid growth throughout the world - it operates its fully vertically integrated operations in 62 countries around the world and is one of the largest shoe manufacturers in Europe.
REMONTE is committed to a young and modern design style with outstanding value for money - without losing sight of the quality of its tradition of craftsmanship going back over 100 years. As well as a cool and fashionable look, comfort is a definite must at REMONTE.
Out on a Limb magazine offers news, features and reviews related to development and innovation in directional footwear and fashion accessories. Articles supplied by leading market figures complement the comprehensive focus, which includes analysis, appointments, event previews/reviews and product reference listings.
“As the organisers of GDS we are an important partner in the international shoe industry. We are honoured to be here for the second time as the sponsor of an event which recognises outstanding services to the industry.”