The awards are well underway with entries flying in. Winning an award is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your business and stimulate market interest, so get your nominations/entries in quick!

John Saunders, chief executive of the BFA commented:“We are lucky in the UK to be working in a vibrant and innovative sector. Our manufacturing home grown sector is robust and successful. Our design and designers are admired around the world. The retail scene is innovative and changing with the development of new channels and routes to market providing new ways to reach the consumer. The Footwear Industry Awards offer a chance for those people, businesses, brands that make up the foundations of our industry to be recognised and rewarded for their commitment, skill and knowledge that help UK footwear to continue to grow and prosper. So the BFA has no reservation to encourage you to nominate a business or an individual, or even your own business, to be recognised by our industry by entering the Footwear Industry Awards – there are loads of categories to choose from”.

The timeline for the awards is as follows:

Entries Close:
22nd October 2015

Shortlist announced and voting opens:
2nd November 2015

Voting Closes:
16th December 2015

National shop front entries close on:
13th January 2016

Early Bird tickets are available until:
15th January 2016

Venue Update!

We are excited to announce that the venue for this year’s awards is the National Conference Centre (formally known as the National Motorcycle Museum), Birmingham; and is taking place on Sunday 21st February, on the first night of the Moda Footwear Show. The Footwear Industry Awards recognises those in the industry who display innovation and forward thinking, alongside traditional sales and business acumen. Organised 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 – now in its 5th year – promises to be an enthralling evening.

Spectacular opportunities for sponsors

The 2016 Footwear Industry Awards are the perfect opportunity to promote your business in front of a targeted, highly engaged audience, and also great night out with members of the industry and employees. The awards are attended by key industry figures and companies, enjoying a glamourous, entertaining and functional networking opportunity.

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” profile on – with 20 words and direct link to your website
  • Full page advert in our ‘Footwear Today Awards Supplement’

After five strong years, 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 still in the early stages, get your sponsorship in as soon as possible, and accessorise to the max on our multi-channel media.

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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