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AWARDS NEWS


Final countdown to 2017 awards!


As excitement for the Footwear Industry Awards 2017 builds, almost 800 members of the industry have cast over 5000 votes for their top brands and retailers of the past twelve months.


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ivisional manager Carl Hearnden commented: “The Footwear Industry Awards has engaged the industry since its launch in 2012, offering a way


to acknowledge the talent and hard work of outstanding individuals and companies within the footwear trade. Now in its fifth year, the event has won significant backing from a number of high profile sponsors, and with the introduction of our judging panel for the brand categories providing added validation for the winners, the event has continued to raise its profile, grabbing the attention of the whole industry.”


The finalists for 2017 have been carefully and impartially selected by the


judging panel from the top scorers at the voting stage, and can be viewed on the opposite page. The winners of the Footwear Industry Awards 2017 will be announced at the Awards Dinner and Ceremony on the 19th February at the National Conference Centre (formerly the National Motorcycle Museum). Make sure you join us for an unforgettable night hosted by TV personality Ryan Philpot, recognising and celebrating all the successes of the past twelve months!


Tickets going fast! Designed to celebrate everything great about the footwear industry, many companies will use the Footwear Industry Awards as the perfect excuse to reward their teams for their hard work at MODA and over the past year, as well as entertain their key clients and network with industry colleagues and friends.


The box office for the Footwear Industry Awards is still open, but tickets


are going fast for the industry event of the year, taking place at the National Conference Centre on 19th February, after the first day of MODA. Individual tickets can be secured for an early bird rate of £95+VAT or £950+VAT for a table of ten until the 18th January 2017, after which the price will revert to


the standard rate of £99+VAT for an individual place, and £990+VAT for a table of ten. Download a table booking form or contact Sue Wiseman on swiseman@datateam.co.uk


On-The-Night Sponsorship The awards are always a night to remember, so why not take the opportunity to add your branding to the event? Supported by Skechers, Clarks, Cherry Blossom, Froddo, Legero Superfit, MODA, Out on a Limb, pediped and Start- rite; there is still plenty of prospective on-the-night sponsorship. With some of the industry’s finest attending the event, contact Sue Wiseman on swiseman@datateam.co.uk for more information.


Accommodation now available Rooms are available at the Best Western PLUS Manor Hotel, Meriden for the night of 19th February at the heavily reduced rate of £99 for single occupancy and £109 for twin or double rooms. This rate is fully inclusive of B&B, service, VAT and car parking. Please contact the Best Western PLUS Manor Hotel Meriden directly in order to secure any accommodation required. Please ask for reservations at the hotel on 01676 522735 or via email on reservations@manorhotelmeriden.co.uk and quote “FIA 2017” in order to obtain the reduced rate. We would urge you to book relatively quickly as the hotel is looking likely to be busy that evening. Rooms are also available at the Forest of Arden Hotel, Maxstoke Lane.


With a highly successful six years under its belt, The Footwear Industry


Awards returns to distinguish and reward the industry’s’ finest. It continues to gain the support of many industry names, including the Independent Footwear Retailer’s Association (IFRA), British Footwear Association (BFA), Society of Shoe Fitters (SSF) and Footwear Today, alongside its other sponsors.


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