BFA Links

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Alpha Reworking & Remedial Services
This service, developed by Bacup Shoe Ltd., offers remedial services to the footwear industry. These include 100% product check, stitching errors, rivetting, swing tagging, debranding, pairing, pick and pack, price pointing, providing and applying composition labels.Karl Marsh 


BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd
BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd is the world leading technology support organisation for the leather supply chain. BLC is a commercial organisation providing a wide range of services to the leather industry, the scope of which covers all areas from raw material through to finished product in retail. BLC is membership based and provides extensive testing, problem solving, training, consulting, market research and information backed up by a comprehensive research programme for members.Address
Kings Park Rd., Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6JD 

Tel 01604 679999
Fax 01604 679998
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British Fashion Council
Supports and promotes British fashion designers in the global marketplace.Caroline Rush. 

Tel 0207 759 1999

British Travelgoods and Accessories Association
The BTAA is a non profit trade association committed to promoting the growth and image of the British luggage, handbags and leathergoods industry.Address
Federation House, 10 Vyse Street, Hockley, Birmingham 

Tel 0121 237 1107
Fax 0121 236 3921
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European Footwear Manufacturers Confederation (CEC
Trade Association for European federations of Footwear ManufacturersAddress
Rue Francois Bossaerts 53, B-1030 Brussels, Belgium, 

Tel 00 32 2736 5810
Fax 00 32 2736 1276
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Footwear Friends
Formerly ‘Footwear Benevolent Society’. Charity existing to help needy footwear industry employees past and present and their families/dependants.Address
3 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AR 

Tel 0207 843 9486
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Independent Footwear Retailers Association
IFRA was founded in 1943 as the National Shoe Retailers Council (NSRC) and they have over 280 member companies representing in excess of 1,500 retail shops. These are situated throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland and the objectives of the Association are to help members to provide a sound, efficient and quality service to their customers. They endeavour to help members to maintain and expand their profitability and the ranges of footwear they stock.Address
Bank House, 81 St Jude’s Road, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0DF 

Tel 0870 330 8620
Fax 0870 330 8621
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White Models is a company which has been producing models for many different well known British footwear brands and manufacturers since 1978. Their main focus is the manufacture of model soles and footbeds and regularly contribute to design processes.David White, White Models Ltd. 07931 557144 

Tel 0116 866504

MultiService Association
Trade Association for Shoe RepairersAddress
PO Box 9378, Newark, NG24 9FE 

Tel 01400 281296
Fax 01400 282326
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SATRA Technology Centre
World’s leading footwear research and testing centre for members drawn from international footwear and consumer goods industries.Address
SATRA House, 249 Rockingham Road, Kettering, NN16 9JH 

Tel 01536 410000
Fax 01536 410626
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The site for information on Independant Shoemaking and Clogmaking in the UK. All of the companies listed have small workshops with a few skilled craftsmen and excell in producing a range of individually hand crafted footwear with the emphasis on foot comfort. Ranges include Made to Measure, Clogs, Vegan footwear and Orthopaedic footwear. All of the listed companies believe in keeping skills alive and going out of their way to offer exceptional customer service..Web site 


Society of Shoe Fitters
Training Courses in shoe fitting, leading to professional qualification. A not for profit organisation since 1959, assisting the trade and public.Contact: Laura West 

The Anchorage. 28 Admirals Walk, Hingham, Norfolk, NR9 4JL

Tel 01953 851 171
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Spring Line Ltd
Last manufacturer offering a bespoke last service for shoemakers and members of the public. Can design and develop a new last for an importer, then digitalise the last and e mail it to a partner company overseas for reproduction in bulk.Address
Pond Wood Close, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 1RT, UK. 

Tel 01604 644961
Fax 01604 495090
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The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents
Patent Agents – serious inventors should consider obtaining specialist advice on protecting their ideas – Patent Agents are usually listed in yellow pages – a full list of Registered Agents is also available.Address
Staple Inn Buildings, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7PZ 

Tel 0207 405 9450
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UK Leather Federation
The role of the UK Leather Federation (formerly British Leather Confederation) is to represent and promote the interests of the UK Leather producing industry and all those who support, supply or use the output of the UK Leather industry in their activities.Address
Kings Park Rd., Moulton Park, Northampton, NN3 6JD 

Tel 01604 679917
Fax 01604 679998
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Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Professional organisation for Chiropodists and PodiatristsAddress
27 Wright Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 OTL 

Tel 01704 546 141
Fax 01704 500477
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Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
Professional Association for State Registered ChiropodistsAddress
1 Fellmongers Path, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3LY 

Tel 0207 234 8620
Fax 0207 234 8621
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Cordwainers College/ London College of Fashion
Leading footwear design education establishmentAddress
20 John Princes Street, London, W1G OBJ 

Tel 020 7514 7400
Fax 020 7514 7484
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Leicester College
Aiming to be a footwear centre of excellence in educationAddress
Freemans Park Campus, Aylestone Rd, Leicester, LE2 7LW 

Tel 0116 254 1818
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Leicester De Montfort University – School of Footw
Footwear design courses at HND and degree levelAddress
Faculty of Art and Design, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH 

Tel 0116 257 7555
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Noble Footwear
Training courses for footwear buyers and consultancy – contact Frank JonesAddress
175 Newchurch Rd, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, BB4 7SU 

Tel 01706 211181
Fax 01706 214729
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Northampton Central Museum Footwear Collection
One of the world’s largest collections of footwear exhibitsAddress
Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP 

Tel 01604 838111
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University of Northampton
Courses in footwear design etc.Address
Park Campus, Broughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL 

Tel 01604 735500
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The Patent Office
For information on current footwear patents and on registered designs/trademarks in the UK. Also for information on Intellectual Property Rights available to designers.Address
Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport South Wales, NP10 8QQ 

Tel 08459 500 505
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World Trade Organisation
Information on world trade- market access and disputes involving footwear and other goods and services. 

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Weekly apparel trade magazine, aimed at independent clothing retailers, with some footwear interest and good coverage of financial stories.Address
EMAP Publications, 33 – 39 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0DA 

Tel 0207 812 3700
Fax 0207 812 3760
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Footwear & Fashion Extras
Monthly trade magazine.Address
the Old Town Hall, Lewisham Road, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5AL 

Tel 01484 846069

Footwear News
American footwear news weekly with some international coverage, particularly UK and interesting comments on fashion trends and photoshoots.Web site 

Footwear Today
Monthly footwear trade magazine aimed at UK independent retailers and their suppliers.Address
Datateam Publishing Ltd., London Road, Maidstone, Kent ME16 8LY 

Tel 01622 687031
Fax 01622 757646
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Out on a Limb
Bi-monthly glossy trade magazine for directional footwear and accessories.Address
Wharncliffe Publishing Ltd, 47 Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2AS 

Tel 01226 734333
Fax 01226 734477

Shoe Intelligence
News and analysis of the international market.Address
32 Rue de la Prairie, 94360 Bry sur Marne, FRance 

Tel 0033 14983 8242
Fax 0033 14983 8224
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World Footwear
Global monthly magazineAddress
36 Crosby Road North, Liverpool L22 0QN 

Tel 0151 928 9288
Fax 0151 928 4190
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Skillset is the industry body which supports skills and training in the UK creative industries, including footwear.Address
Focus Point, 21 Caledonian Road, London N1 9GB 

Tel 0207 713 9800
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UK Fashion & Textiles Association.UK clothing exporters’ trade association. 

3 Queen Square,Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AR

Tel 0207 843 9460
Fax 0207 843 9478
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