Hotter enjoys triple celebration
Staff at Lancashire-based Hotter recently celebrated the shoemaker being named 'UK Manufacturer of the Year' by a national business magazine, beating Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce to the accolade. The company also secured an impressive 60th place in the sixth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track. This league table ranks Britain's top 200 mid-market private companies and highlights the fastest-growing international sales. Adding to the good news, members of the Hotters team were invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace to commemorate receiving a coveted Queen's Award for Enterprise.
During the past year, Hotter has created 130 jobs across the UK, including 113 at its Skelmersdale headquarters. The company has a 120-seat call centre next to its factory and 75 stores around the country. Hotter designs, develops and manufactures shoes for the international market and is said to ship over two million pairs of shoes around the world each year.
After Hotter was established by Stewart Houlgrave's parents in 1959, he went on to develop the brand in the 1990s with the aim of making stylish and comfortable shoes for both women and men. Hotter now employs over 1,300 people across the UK and claims to be the UK’s biggest shoe manufacturer, making a pair of shoes every 20 seconds.
Photograph shows Stewart Houlgrave meeting Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the September 2015 issue of SATRA Bulletin.