Gloucestershire Family Business, Gardiners Shortlisted for Distributor of the Year 2019

Ben Gardiner

A family business, based in Quedgeley, has been shortlisted for Distributor of the Year 2019 in the highly respected Drapers Awards, recognising the top performing and most innovative businesses in fashion.

Gardiners is the UK’s leading distributor of global footwear and workwear brands to the retail trade.

The company has long roots in Gloucestershire with the distributor starting its life in Alvin Street, Gloucester in 1860.  Fast forward through five successive generations and the footwear wholesaler now distributes over 1.3 million items a year, employs nearly 150 people and is recognised as one of the largest UK footwear and clothing distributors to the trade.  Its diverse portfolio consists of globally recognised brands including Hush Puppies, Caterpillar, Muck Boots, Skechers, Base London, Dunlop, Dr Martens and Rocket Dog.  Showing continued growth and strategic development in trading, Gardiners also promotes recruitment opportunities in warehousing, loading and merchandising.

Ben Gardiner, Director, said: “We are ecstatic to be shortlisted in the 2019 Drapers Awards for Agency/Distributor of the Year.  This nomination is a testament to the strength of the close and trustworthy relationships between the best global brands and our distribution channels.  We are looking forward to meeting associates that share a passion for a wide breadth of brands and supporting a diverse market of fashion consumers at the award ceremony.”

The awards ceremony will take place ind London on Thursday November 21.