Foster & Son

Northampton’s expertise in shoe making has been recognised by a London firm who have opened the town’s first new shoe factory in decades.

Jermyn Street based Foster & Son, who have been making shoes since 1840 opened the new production site in October – showing faith in British production which has faced pressure in recent years from cheaper labour available overseas.

Foster & Son Chairman Richard Edgecliffe-Johnson said: “As bespoke shoemakers, we see a healthy market for English craftsmanship. Northampton’s centuries-old reputation for the highest quality British shoemaking made it the obvious location for us.”

He added: “ We are delighted to invest in British manufacturing and build a talented new team in the best Northampton shoemaking tradition.”

The new factory located on the St James Mill Industrial Estate aims to create 20 jobs over the next year, supporting and acknowledging Northampton’s respected shoemaking heritage.

“It’s a clear vote of confidence in not only high-end footwear but in Northampton,” John Saunders, chief executive of the BFA said,  “The new factory recognises the skills available in the town and its international reputation for quality, as this is a very high-end product.”

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