Quarterly Forecast Webinar

We are pleased to welcome the return of the BFA’s resident Economist, Gary Raines, and Wayne Gibson of RIF Worldwide to present a webinar for BFA members on Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 2pm.

Whilst Gary will be speaking on broader issues that colour the UK market outlook for footwear (as well as narrower issues endemic to footwear), Wayne will be providing an overview on the Chinese New Year; how it can affect your businesses and any challenges which are to be expected.

A list of topics for discussion include:

• The broader UK economic outlook, and how that can influence the footwear market

• Trends at retail for footwear – demand & prices

• Foreign trade developments – a review of imports and exports of footwear

• Covid & consumer confidence

• Chinese New Year, what to expect

• Freight challenges

After the 30 minute presentation, there will be an open Q&A session. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have to Gary and Wayne.


Gary Raines is the Chief Economist and co-Founder of Red Sky Economics. He forecasts and manages all of the Red Sky Economics consulting projects and has over a quarter-century of experience in risk management, supply chain analysis, forecasting and economic modelling.

Gary brings a wealth of experience to all his clients. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics, a minor in statistics and two Master’s degrees in economics and Textile & Apparel Technology Management so is well placed to advise our members at the BFA.


Wayne is the Managing Director at RIF Worldwide Plc. He started his career as an Import Clerk and has held a variety of different roles within the business which has enabled him to gain vast experience in all aspects of the business from the ground up.

Wayne is a highly driven & focused individual who has over 20 year’s experience within international freight forwarding. He is always forward-thinking and has sound decision-making skills.