Dear members, Please find below a summary and links to the government’s guidance on the extension to the furlough scheme (CJRS). I have also added the details of the further economic support available which may help businesses through the second lockdown period. Our HR partner, Petaurum are currently compiling detailed guidance for members regarding the CJRS, […]

Iconic global shoe brand Clarks forms partnership with LionRock Capital

LionRock Capital to acquire majority stake in Clarks. Clark family to remain a key shareholder in the business. Partnership will secure a sustainable future for the 195-year-old world-renowned British shoe brand. The investment from LionRock Capital is conditional on shareholder approval and on a Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) for Clarks’ UK and Republic of Ireland businesses […]

Retail – Let’s get going

Retail companies are being urged to get going on key actions as the UK counts down to its new trading relationship with the EU after 31 December.   The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is holding a further series of webinars throughout November to help businesses understand the important actions they need […]


  To combat rising mental health concerns due to global isolation, Vans donates $1M to 10 global charities and unites the Vans Family around a shared mission of mental health and well-being Costa Mesa, CALIF. (October 27, 2020) – Vans, the original action sports brand and advocate for creative expression, announced today the second-annual Vans Checkerboard Day to be […]

LIFE GreenShoes4All: an European journey towards reducing the environmental impact of footwear products

Two years after the launch of the project co-funded by the European Commission “Footwear environmental footprint category rules implementation and innovative green shoes ecodesign and recycling”, the consortium shared its achievements. With an increase in footwear consumption in 2018 to 3.1 pairs of shoes for each person on earth and the worrying numbers of global waste, LIFE GreenShoes4All project is […]

Eco Footwear – Ocean Refresh Turning the Tide on Plastic

Ocean Refresh is launching a Kickstarter campaign today to help fund our incredible new OCEANA sneakers, made with 100% recycled ocean plastic. You can get a sneak preview of them here. You can also watch their video.  They will be LAUNCHING on Kickstarter  TODAY, Thursday 15th October at 12pm GMT +1 You can help them by pledging: For £288 […]

Skechers Footwear Donations Surpass 16 Million Pairs Through Its BOBS From Skechers Philanthropic Program Latest Donations Include Footwear for Those Impacted by the California and Oregon Wildfires, Hurricane Laura in Louisiana, and the Beirut Port Explosion – Well done Skechers!

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– With 105,000 pairs of BOBS from Skechers donation clogs enroute to Lebanon, Romania and Nicaragua, Skechers has now given more than 16,000,000 new pairs of shoes to children in need globally. Recent donations include footwear and other items to victims of the wildfires in the West, hurricanes in the South, and […]

Multipronged Benefits and Soaring Demand Among Millennial Fuelling Sales of Vegan Footwear, Finds FMI  

The global vegan footwear market is estimated to be valued at ~US$ 24.86 Bn in 2020 and expected to expand at 7.2% between 2020 and 2030. Millennial have emerged as a key demography for the market, demonstrating high willingness to spend on fashion apparel and footwear. Younger generation are demonstrating impressive eco-consciousness. To an extent […]

Fashion’s crucial role in biodiversity loss as UN officials call for action to preserve the natural world

During the SDG Media Zone, run alongside the United Nations 75th General Assembly streaming dialogues and interviews focused on the power of science, solutions and solidarity to transform our world, UN officials working to preserve the natural world are also urging “action now” ahead of the crucial biodiversity summit where world leaders are expected to declare their […]


As part of Hotter’s transformation to a digital first business, and with the aim of getting its  core audience to reappraise both brand and products, the UK’s largest shoe manufacturer is  set to launch a bold new TV advert challenging society’s perceptions and biases towards  older women. Claire Reynolds, Hotter’s Head of Brand & Strategy […]