Celebrations as Joseph Cheaney Receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise
27th June 2016
“I am delighted to announce that Joseph Cheaney has been honoured with one of the highest awards for British Business, The Queens Award for Enterprise in International Trade” says Jonathan Church, Joint Managing Director Joseph Cheaney.
“It’s a great accolade to receive the award in 2016; a year that not only celebrates the 90th birthday of the Queen, but also the 130th anniversary of our company. For us the award also demonstrates how quality products ‘Made in England’ are recognised the world over.”
While Joseph Cheaney has been making traditional English shoes in Northamptonshire, England since 1886, its most major growth has been in the past six years. Cousins Jonathan and William Church, fifth generation shoemakers (of the eponymous Church shoe family), saw the brand’s potential, and in 2009 they conducted a management buyout of Joseph Cheaney & Sons. While highly regarded among shoe aficionados, at this time Cheaney was best known in the trade as a contract manufacturer – producing shoes for other brands.
“We believed that we could build the Cheaney brand up and give it a new lease of life; it had all the right ingredients, a strong heritage, its own UK factory and a skilled local workforce. Being independent gave us the opportunity to raise the profile of Cheaney, as a brand in its own right, both in the UK and internationally” William Church, Joint Managing Director, Joseph Cheaney