Major awards success for Gloucester based footwear business


A family business, based in Quedgeley, Gloucester secured a major industry award last week, winning Distributor of the Year 2019 in the Drapers Awards.  The awards recognise the top performing and most innovative businesses in fashion.

Gardiners, has long roots in Gloucestershire. The distributor starting its humble life in Alvin Street, Gloucester in 1860.  Five successive generations since, the footwear wholesaler now distributes more than 1.3 million items a year, employs nearly 150 personnel 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 win the 2019 Drapers Awards for Agency/Distributor of the Year!  This award is a testament to the strength of the close and trustworthy relationships between the best global brands and our distribution channels. Congratulations to all the winners!”

Drapers editor Kirsty McGregor said: “There is no denying that it has been yet another challenging year for fashion retail. Not one but two Brexit deadlines have come and gone, dragging down consumer confidence, and making forward planning harder than ever. A general election looms between now and Christmas, and competition and trading conditions are tough.

“But the Drapers Awards are a welcome and timely reminder that many fashion brands and retailers continue to thrive, despite the challenges. The awards highlight how much creativity and innovation there is to celebrate in the industry. And while doomsayers often claim the high street is dead, our awards prove otherwise – showing retailers are pushing the boundaries of experience and design in bricks and mortar, as well as online.

“Above all, the Drapers Awards underline the fact that the fashion retail industry is full of exceptional and inspiring people. Congratulations to all of our winners!”