Today the Footwear Industry continues to be a substantial part of the UK economy, with £6bn of shoes sold annually in the UK, plus exports in excess of £500m.
The British Footwear Association, which is in its one hundred and fourteenth year, represents over 130 key footwear companies employing 9,000 people.
Member companies represent manufacture, import, design and source specialists. All sizes of companies are represented including major international brands, smaller innovative labels, as well as high profile suppliers to the High Street.
The one factor all our Members have in common is a commitment to high service levels and pride in craftsmanship and innovative design.
Our mission at the BFA is to help create and establish a favourable operating environment by supporting our Members in all aspects of their business. To that end the BFA provide Members with specialist advice and unique services, which are only possible due to our understanding of their businesses and the industry.
The BFA is responsible for representing the industry’s interests with the Government and other trade bodies and for raising the national profile of the sector.
The benefits of being a British Footwear Association Member are covered elsewhere on this website, which is the first port of call for information about the Footwear Industry in the UK and linked organisations.
Big or small, the BFA is relevant to each Member company and together the industry is stronger for that.
The BFA Board
The BFA Board is drawn from all sections of the Footwear industry and the Non-Executive Directors give their time freely to set the strategic and operating performance of the Association.
Non Executive Chairman: Andrew Loake – Chairman and Managing Director, Loake Bros Ltd
Executive Director: Richard Kottler – Chief Executive
Stephen Etheridge – Group Chief Executive, Church Group
Michael Kelly – Commercial Chief Executive and Joint Chairman of the Sutton Group
Paul Humphrey – Group HR Director, R Griggs Group
Adam Marsden – Head of Sales – UK and ROI, Clarks International
Matt Rock – Managing Director, Pentland Footwear Division
John Hawksfield – Independent part time Financial Director
The operational team is:
Richard Kottler – Chief Executive
John Saunders – Sales & Marketing Director
Kevin Traynor – General Manager
Kirsty Friend– Member Services
Rachel Plimmer – Accounts Assistant
Nicholas Parry-Billings – Marketing Consultant
Martin Baker – Distribution Consultant