National award for shoe retailer in Peterborough

James North (second left) and North Shoes management trainee''Paul Luesby (second right) collect their trophy from compere Paul Sinha and Helen Hook, past ''president of awards sponsor, the Independent Footwear Retailers' Association. Photo: Bryony ''Andrews.

James North (second left) and North Shoes management trainee''Paul Luesby (second right) collect their trophy from compere Paul Sinha and Helen Hook, past ''president of awards sponsor, the Independent Footwear Retailers' Association. Photo: Bryony ''Andrews.

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Peterborough retailer North Shoes has just been acclaimed as one of the nation’s leading retailers,

North Shoes, which are based in Westgate and also have stores in Bourne and Stamford, claimed the independent men’s retailer of the year accolade at the 2015 Footwear Industry Awards.

Cheryl Taylor, editor of Footwear Today Magazine, which promoted the awards, said: “The prestigious Footwear Industry Awards recognise excellence at every level.

“North Shoes are to be congratulated on their achievement in winning the Men’s Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2015.”

It is the third title for North Shoes, which has also won the independent family retailer and ladies’ independent retailer crowns in previous years at the awards.

The 2015 presentations were made at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull to honour the best in the UK shoe retail industry.

James North, the fifth generation at the head of the family firm, said: “It’s amazing that a small retailer with just three shops, like North Shoes, can win a national award - beating off national independent retailers who have a shop in every large city in the country.

“The award celebrates the very best in standards in shoe retail and I’m extremely grateful to all the staff at North Shoes’ three shops for their continued quality service to our customers.

“And it’s great that when an independent retailer is passionate about a brand - in our case Loake - it gets recognised.”

The presentation was witnessed by an audience of about 500 people.