Shoe retailer seeks to be steps ahead of competition

Flashback to the 2015 Footwear Industry Awards and shows James North (second left) with the company's Paul Luesby second right collecting their men's independent retailer of the year accolade from awards officials.
Flashback to the 2015 Footwear Industry Awards and shows James North (second left) with the company's Paul Luesby second right collecting their men's independent retailer of the year accolade from awards officials.

A Bourne-based shoe retailer is out to prove it is one step ahead of the rest – by claiming more prestigious national accolades.

North Shoes, which has stores in North Street, Bourne, Red Lion Square, Stamford, and Westgate, Peterborough, has been shortlisted in four categories at the Footwear Industry Awards 2016.

The store has been shortlisted for Men’s Independent Retailer of the Year, Independent Family Retailer of the Year and Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year.

And owner James North, who is the fifth generation of the family at the head of the business, is shortlisted in the Leaders in Customer Service category.

He said: “The awards honour the finest in the footwear retail industry and it’s great just to be shortlisted.

“We have been lucky in them since 2012 and I’m so pleased and honoured that people in the trade have thought of us again.

“The shortlistings recognise we’re always looking at new things and focusing on quality service and products. The trade sees us as a business that’s progressing and doing well.”

The winners will be announced on February 21.

The independent family business, which was launched in Bourne in 1876 and also has a shop in Cambridge, hopes to add to the three titles it has collected since the awards were launched in 2012 – including Men’s Independent Retailer of the Year in 2015.

North Shoes has won the men’s independent retailer, independent family retailer and ladies’ independent retailer crowns in the past, as well as being highly-commended three times.