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‘One shoe can change your life.’ – Cinderella

Now in its fifth year, the Footwear Industry Awards 2016 is returning on Sunday 21st February, so save the date! So far, the event is looking to be as exciting as ever!

Entries for the awards are now open! Start lining up your window displays for the National Shop Front of the Year, polish your best shoes for Footwear Brand of the Year and crack out the cheesy jokes for Personality of the Year.

Winning an award is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your business and stimulate market interest. Join the ranks among the greats, with previous winners including Comfort/Wellness Footwear Brand of the Year 2014- Hush Puppies, Fashion Brand of the Year 2015 – Skechers, and Children’s Brand of the Year 2015- Pediped. 2016 also brings a new retail category into the running, The Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year, as a new opportunity to promote the hard work and effort of retailers.The entry/nomination stage is well established using a secure online nomination and voting process. Five finalists are produced in each category with the winners being those who have attracted the most votes overall.

“Clarks, Cherry Blossom, Moda Footwear, Out on a Limb, pediped and Rieker are all returning as sponsors of the event”

The National Shop Front of the Year Award is also returning! Launched in 2014, this award in particular is designed to reward the creative efforts of independent retailers. The FIA team knows that designing and organising a perfect window display often goes unappreciated; and the skill, dedication and vast amounts of effort involved deserve to be recognised. Only the great, the stunning, and jaw-dropping shop window can drive footfall and increase consumer interest, which is why we love this award.

Returning Sponsors

The Footwear Industry Awards recognise those in the industry who display innovation and forward thinking, alongside traditional sales and business acumen. Organised by Datateam Business Media for the industry, with the support of the British Footwear Association (BFA), the Independent Footwear Retailer’s Association (IFRA), Society of Shoe Fitters (SSF) and Footwear Today, the event is always a night to enjoy and remember.

With the plans already in motion for a fantastic evening, we are pleased to announce that we have Clarks, Cherry Blossom, Moda Footwear, Out on a Limb, pediped and Rieker are all returning as sponsors of the event.

Our main sponsor is Clarks. Head of sales (UK & ROI Region), Adam Marsden commented: “Clarks are once again delighted to sponsor the Footwear Industry awards which celebrate the best of footwear retailing in both Independent and Multiple retailer categories as well as recognising the best of the brands which support them. We are proud to be working with a large number of these retailers and to play a part in celebrating their success. The awards are an important event in the annual footwear calendar and are well attended by a cross section of the footwear industry providing a great opportunity to catch up with other retailers and brands”.

Moda Footwear is sponsor for ‘Ladies Footwear Brand of the Year’. Sean O’Connor, event director commented: “Moda Footwear is happy once again to support the Footwear Industry Awards.  Having the national awards ceremony at the national trade footwear show is a perfect fit and we look forward to seeing the industry getting the recognition it deserves”.

Out on a Limb are sponsoring the ‘Men’s Footwear Brand of the Year’, group sales manager of the Script Media Group Ltd, Beverley Green commented: “Out on a Limb is delighted and honoured to be supporting The Footwear Industry Awards once again. It is not only a highly successful way of recognizing all that is good about our industry; it also offers invaluable networking opportunities in a social atmosphere. Good luck to all nominees and we look forward to meeting the winners at one of the most prestigious occasions in the footwear industry calendar”.

Rieker returns to sponsor ‘Ladies Independent Retailer of the Year’; Chris Gorrod commented: “Rieker remains proud to be a sponsor and associated with the annual Footwear Awards.  The annual event is an excellent way for the Footwear industry to come together and acknowledge companies and individuals who have excelled in the past 12 months. It is also a wonderful way to see and catch up with colleagues from all over Footwear Industry in the UK”.

pediped will again sponsor ‘Children’s Retailer of the Year’.  Matt Wright, UK sales director commented:  “We are delighted to sponsor the Children’s Retailer of the Year once again.  We deal with the best retailers in the UK and witness how hard they work to make their businesses a success.  We look forward to announcing and handing over the award to the deserved winner”.

With the night almost ready to strut its stuff, keep up to date with the latest news, such as guest hosts and venue by following us on twitter @FootwearToday with #FIA2016

A Night of Opportunities!

The 2016 Footwear Industry Awards are the perfect opportunity to promote your business with on-the-night sponsorship and a great night out with members of the industry.  The awards are attended by key industry figures and companies, enjoying a glamorous, entertaining and functional networking opportunity.

With five strong years under our belts, the awards always provide a night to remember, so why not add your company’s branding to the event and maximize your exposure? With the run up to the event, get your sponsorship in as soon as possible, and accessorise to the max on our multi-channel media.

Typical sponsorship includes:

  • Association with all promotional material in connection with the Footwear Industry Awards
  • On the night evening Audio/Visual references
  • Engraved Logos on the awards trophy
  • Appearances in the official events brochure (available on the night)
  • A company representative to present the award of the category to the Winner
  • Use of official photographs for your own promotion
  • Table of ten at the awards evening, allowing you to invite your customers/clients to the event
  • “Sponsors” button on – with 20 words and direct link to your website
  • Full page advert in our ‘Footwear Today Awards Supplement’

We have plenty if ‘On-the-night’ sponsorship available, including, but not limited to:

  • After dinner favours
  • Invitations
  • Table Decorations
  • Menus
  • Sponsorship of Host/ Evening Entertainment

To discuss sponsorship please contact:

Sue Wiseman at:  01622 699185 or

Jacqui Hunter at: 01622 699106 or

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