GORE-TEX LONDON PREVIEW WITH JOHNNY BALL
Published: 30 April, 2012
A comprehensive short and intensive bespoke four day footwear design and making course, with the option to pick and mix your choice of learning. Over the four days the fundamental process of footwear design and making are examined through practical and technical workshops.
- Almost 370,000 applications made online in three months
- New tools for employers to hire apprentices launched
According to new figures (1) released by the National Apprenticeship Service, almost 370,000 Apprenticeship applications were submitted online between February and April 2013 (Academic Year Q3 2012/13). This represents growth of over 32%, when compared to the same period last year. In the Retail and Commercial Enterprise sector, the number of Apprenticeship applications has increased significantly (over 45%) - 54180 (Q3 2012/13) up from 37250 (Q3 2011/12). The number of vacancies in the sector has also increased but only by 10.86% (5664 up from 5109), resulting in a higher ratio of applications to vacancies (9.57 up from 7.29).
The British Footwear Association (BFA) has announced the appointment of John Saunders in the new role of Sales and Marketing Director. John, 55, has over 30 years experience in the footwear industry, having worked internationally and in export with SSL/ Scholl at director level and in senior roles with US company Brown Shoe Corporation, Florida Group and Start-rite.
The new Sales and Marketing Director role has been created by the BFA in line with its development programme aimed at providing increasing support for its members and the UK footwear industry. A key part of the role is to take over management of all exhibitions and international shows that BFA members attend. He succeeds Nicholas Parry-Billings who is retiring.
Richard Kottler, CEO of the BFA commented: "We are delighted John is joining us in this exciting period of development in the BFA. The new role is a critical development in our strategy of providing major support for British footwear companies. John will be the primary link with our increasing membership, and his particular skills and export experience will be invaluable".
"I would also like to pay tribute to Nicholas Parry-Billings who is retiring after 19 years with the BFA. He has stamped his unique style on the job of building up and supporting the export efforts of British footwear companies. Under his guidance these efforts are being translated into great success and the industry owes him a huge debt of gratitude for these achievements."
Everyone at David Roberts would like to thank our customers for their support and generosity towards this draw. Mr. Andrew Roberts, the third generation of the Roberts’ family, who has run the business for the past 45 years, is shown presenting a cheque for £5,150 to Mrs. Beverley Bradley the area fundraiser for Ty Gobaith. David Roberts celebrated 90 years of Shoe Fitting on May 17th 2012, at their site of Knightsbridge House, Gloddaeth Street, Llandudno. The founder David Roberts, having resigned his post, back in 1921 as Buyer of the Shoe Department of Harrods of Knightsbridge, London, to bring his family back to his native North Wales, hence the use of Knightsbridge in his new house in Llandudno.
WELL, IF THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH FOR JAMES BOND….
Northampton shoe maker, Crockett & Jones supplied 4 styles to live up to James Bond’s expectations. These include; Alex in Black Calf, Highbury in Black Calf, Tetbury in Black Nubuck and Islay in Dark Brown Scotch Grain.All styles are available from Crockett & Jones retail shops in London, Birmingham, New York, Paris and Brussels. www.crockettandjones.com