Tower London Directors brothers Yiannis and Gerry Demopoulos join ANTENTOKOUNBROS Board
British Footwear Association
by Lorena Barkute
2M ago
Tower London Directors brothers Yiannis and Gerry Demopoulos join ANTENTOKOUNBROS Board TOWER LONDON the multi-award-winning footwear retailer proudly announces the appointment of Gerry & Yiannis Demopoulos to the board of Greek streetwear fashion brand, ANTETOKOUNBROS the personal brand of the Antetokounmpo family. This alliance will bridge the worlds of Footwear, Streetwear, Sport, Family and Greek heritage, fostering growth and building upon both brands close relationship. Since its establishment in 1980, Tower London has risen from a small family-operated business to be the leading in ..read more
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Footwear50 2023 – List Unveiling
British Footwear Association
by Lorena Barkute
3M ago
BFA Footwear50 2023: Celebrating Excellence in Footwear Industry in Partnership with Imbox Protection 30 November 2023 – The British Footwear Association (BFA) is thrilled to announce the unveiling of the BFA Footwear50 2023 list, in a prestigious event in partnership with Imbox Protection. This esteemed initiative spotlights 50 remarkable individuals from the footwear industry, selected for their significant contributions and innovative spirit. This year’s Footwear50 showcases a diverse and inspiring group of professionals – including visionary retailers, creative designers, skilled manufactu ..read more
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Cole Haan Opens First UK Shop-in-Shop
British Footwear Association
by Lorena Barkute
5M ago
Cole Haan Opens First UK Shop-in-Shop At SOLE | TRADER’s London Location To Further The Brand’s International Presence Cole Haan, the 90-year old American heritage brand, unveils its first ever physical location in London, England in the form of a shop-in-shop store within high-street shoe retailer SOLE|TRADER. The iconic brand’s distinctively curated collection of both men’s and women’s shoes and bags will be available for curious consumers and brand loyalists alike to explore and experience firsthand. The shop-in-shop at SOLE|TRADER offers an immersive shopping experience, showcasing t ..read more
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BFA Launches Footwear50 Nominations in Partnership with Imbox Protection
British Footwear Association
by Lorena Barkute
6M ago
British Footwear Association Launches Footwear50 Nominations in Partnership with Imbox Protection A/S The British Footwear Association (BFA) is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated return of its Footwear50 initiative for 2023. Teaming up with the renowned footwear protector, Imbox Protection A/S, the BFA seeks to celebrate the best talent of the industry, recognising 50 outstanding figures across a diverse spectrum of the footwear sector. With nominations officially open from today, the Footwear50 serves as an exciting platform to spotlight the talent, innovation, and leadership that con ..read more
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Fake Websites: what to do, where and when
British Footwear Association
by WP Activity Log
7M ago
Fake Websites: what to do, where and when Let’s face it, internet scammers and fraudsters are clever as they often employ sophisticated techniques to deprive consumers of their hard earnt cash (and businesses of their revenue). It’s on the rise and the damage is significant, the Office for National Statistics reports that large increases in consumer and retail fraud were seen in 2022 and that the average loss per fraud was £79. In addition to causing financial loss, website scammers also cause damage to a brand’s reputation. For this reason, and many (many) more, it’s important that businesse ..read more
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BFDT Launches Footwear Education and Training Grants
British Footwear Association
by WP Activity Log
7M ago
British Footwear Development Trust (BFDT) Announces Launch of Footwear Education and Training Grant Programme The British Footwear Development Trust (BFDT) is proud to unveil its new grant programme, designed to support individuals and businesses to reach their full potential within the dynamic UK footwear landscape. The British Footwear Development Trust, a recognised charity, is committed to supporting the ongoing development and success of the UK footwear industry. With the rollout of this new grant programme, the BFDT aims to enhance skillsets, ignite creativity, and fuel growth across th ..read more
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EU publishes long-awaited and ambitious Customs Reform and it includes VAT implications
British Footwear Association
by Lorena Barkute
7M ago
Presented by BFA Partner, Simply VAT The European Commission published in May 2023 a package of proposals to transform and modernize the EU Customs Union.   The reform aims to significantly simplify current customs procedures with measures such as replacing traditional customs declarations and giving customs operators digital tools able to cope with the recent boom in parcels entering the EU, notably due to the growing digital economy.   As mentioned in the press release published by the European Commission, the intention behind this reform is to introduce a data ..read more
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UK signs treaty to join vast Indo-Pacific trade group as new data shows major economic benefits
British Footwear Association
by Lucy Reece-Raybould
7M ago
Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch has formally signed the treaty to accede to the CPTPP trade group in New Zealand. Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch formally signed the treaty confirming the UK’s accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) – the Indo-Pacific trade bloc now worth £12 trillion in GDP – in New Zealand today [Sunday 16th] To celebrate this huge moment, the Government released new figures showing CPTPP-owned businesses employed one in 100 UK workers, with membership expected to turbocharge investment in the UK e ..read more
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The Raising Trend of AI in Footwear E-Commerce
British Footwear Association
by Lorena Barkute
9M ago
The footwear industry has seen a significant shift in recent years with the rise of e-commerce. With online sales projected to account for 45% of total footwear sales by 2025, companies are turning to AI to gain a competitive edge in this rapidly evolving market. AI technology is revolutionising the way we shop for shoes online. With AI, e-commerce businesses can optimise their inventory, enhance their customer experiences, and increase their conversion rates. Here are some of the ways AI is being used in the footwear industry: Personalised Recommendations: AI can analyse customer data to ..read more
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Big Interview: Gerald Forbes of The Boot Repair Company on Military Ties and Brand Partnerships
British Footwear Association
by Sarah Jordan
1y ago
Don’t be fooled by the matter-of-fact nature of its name because The Boot Repair Company is a multi-faceted business that boasts well-established collaborations, forward-thinking ideas, and innovative partnerships with leading brands. Here, we speak to Commercial Director, Gerald Forbes, to learn more about its progression since 2011 and its working relationships with fellow BFA Members Vivobarefoot and Dr. Martens. The Boot Repair Company was formed in 2011 when two family businesses – Charles Birch Ltd and Craggs Shoe Repairs – decided to work together. The former is the UK’s largest whol ..read more
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