Bringing together members of the footwear industry to celebrate the most outstanding retailers, brands and individuals of the past 12 months, the Footwear Industry Awards 2018 will take place on 18 February at the National Conference Centre (formerly known as the National Motorcycle Museum) in Birmingham.

Designed to reward the retailers and brands that demonstrate hard work and dedication, the Awards recognises the efforts and successes of industry members. Guests will enjoy an evening with friends, colleagues and peers, offering an exclusive opportunity to network and enjoy a night of celebration with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Commenting on the importance of attending the Awards, John Saunders, CEO of the British Footwear Association, says: “BFA are proud to once again be involved in and to promote the Footwear Industry Awards. The Awards uniquely recognises the footwear brands and individuals that form the foundations of and add to the vibrancy, excellence and innovation of the UK footwear sector.

“The Awards offers everyone in the trade a chance to take centre-stage and showcase brands and the hard working professionals, often unsung heroes, who form the backbone of the sector, driving profitable sales through the many multiple and independent stores in the UK and Ireland.

“The Footwear Industry Awards is the only UK Awards for the footwear industry where brands and retailers are nominated and voted for by their peers in the trade. Winning an award is a badge of honour offering a sector approved endorsement of achievement.

“I would encourage everyone to participate and to do their bit in recognising the brands and people who put the Great in British Footwear.

“Plus, this a chance to attend a glittering Awards evening too – it doesn’t get much better!”

Tickets to the Footwear Industry Awards include a drinks reception, three-course meal with wine, the Awards presentation, a charity fundraiser and after dinner networking.

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Celebrating the creative efforts of the industry

Drawing in new customers and encouraging people to dip their toe into new footwear stores, the impact of a creative window display is not to be underestimated. With this in mind, the Shop Front of the Year title is awarded to the most inspiring and eye-catching window display in the industry. Acknowledging the time, effort and skill that goes into creating an exemplary shop front display, this category is the perfect opportunity for retailers to showcase their finest window arrangements.

Cheryl Taylor, senior editor of Footwear Today, comments: “The Shop Front of the Year award is a unique accolade designed to celebrate the wide scope of creativity in the industry. Window displays are a brilliant way to showcase new products and draw in customers, especially over the busiest time of year, and this award celebrates the originality, passion and creative efforts of those in the trade.”

All independent retailers are welcome to enter this Award. Agents and manufacturers can also nominate a retailer with a fabulous window display with the retailer’s permission. What’s more, the overall winner will receive £1,500 of holiday vouchers.

To enter, retailers (or agents) must send one image or more of their shop front display to Sue Wiseman at Entries will close on 12 January 2018.

The Footwear Industry Awards is supported by Skechers, Cherry Blossom, Froddo, Hotter, Moda, Superfit and Legero, BFA, IFRA, SSF and Footwear Today magazine.

For further information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue Wiseman on 01622 699185 or email