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SHOP FRONT OF THE YEAR WINNER 2016


Most Amazing 10 days thanks to Footwear Industry Awards


B


ack in February 2016, Billy Goat had only been open for six months and so winning


‘Shop Front of the Year’ sponsored by HB Shoes was an amazing start for us, and a real honour! At the Footwear Industry awards dinner, we met lots of really experienced retailers and footwear industry experts and thoroughly enjoyed quizzing them about the industry over a glass of wine or three!


As part of winning this award, we also won


holiday vouchers, which meant that we HAD to go on holiday…. a well needed break after having to cancel our family holiday the year before, to ensure we were ready to open for business!


So with my husband Andy and our children


Lottie (12) and Toby (10), we had a family discussion about where to go. It was decided, we were off to Île de Ré.


Île de Ré is a small island off


the west coast of France near La Rochelle. The island is only 30km long and 5km wide, it has ten villages and is made-up of lovely sandy beaches, beautiful ports and sprawling forests.


Probably the best thing about Île de Ré and the


main reason we were going there, was for the cycling. The island is very flat and therefore perfect for cycling around, there is a maze of designated cycle paths meaning that you can safely cycle around the island even with a young family.


The pace of life on the island is very different,


everyone cycles everywhere and even during the busiest times, the little winding streets can feel very quiet and tranquil.


We spent our days either relaxing by the pool


or whiling away the day on the beach…..whilst the evenings provided the chance to visit some beautiful restaurants and sample the ‘vin local’. One day we cycled around the whole island (well 18miles of it), whilst also enjoying some beautiful coffee shops, a little independent seafood shack on the beach and an amazing ice-cream shop – Lottie and Toby also discovered macarons!


We had an amazing 10 days and thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Île de Ré. Thank you very


18 • FOOTWEAR TODAY • JANUARY 2017


much to Footwear Today and also all the sponsors of the Footwear Industry Awards. Winning this award was a great help to us as a new business and resulted in some very positive coverage in our local papers, helped to increase our Social Media presence and meant that we took a well needed break!


Thank you x


Jo Hemsley, owner Billy Goat, Alresford, Hampshire. www.billygoatshoes.co.uk


Shop Front of the Year 2016 Sponsored by HB Shoes


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