Pavers Honoured In Prestigious EY Awards
4th July 2017
Pavers Shoes, the global footwear retailer based in York, has won a prestigious honour at the EY North Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 awards ceremony in Manchester.
A special award, the EY Family Business Award of Excellence, was presented to Stuart Paver, managing director of Pavers Shoes.
This honour recognises leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families. It is awarded in over 25 countries and is continuing to grow every year.
“The award reflects a business that has shown successful transition between generations (at least two), innovation and entrepreneurial spirit continuing through those generations.
“Pavers are a great example of diversity with the business founded by Catherine Paver, of innovation with expansion at the second generation to India, successful transition with Jason now in the business as generation three.”
Stuart Paver said: “This is a tremendous honour, which is a great tribute to everyone who works at our family business. We have a loyal and committed workforce and I would like to dedicate this award to them. To be recognised in this fashion in these very prestigious awards is absolutely amazing.
“On a personal note, it is both fitting and emotional that we have won this important award in the year when the founder of Pavers, my mother Cathy, passed away. The honour is a reflection of her vision and hard work and it means a great deal to all of us here at Pavers.”
The fast-growing shoe business was founded in 1971 in York and is now one of the UK’s leading shoe retailers with over 100 outlets in the UK and Ireland.
Stuart Paver added: “These are exciting times at Pavers. We are planning to create a significant number of new jobs in York as we double the size of our headquarters. We currently employ almost 1,500 staff in the UK and Ireland, with another 800 overseas.
“The £4m, 50,000 sq ft extension to our offices and warehouse in York will cater primarily for our extra storage requirements, which are expected to double over the next five years. We currently have 120 shops in Britain and Ireland and the extension gives us room to continue to grow.
“We are continuing to expand internationally, with a number of new stores opening in the Middle East and Asia later this year. There are a tremendous number of exciting opportunities available at the moment.
“We are especially keen to increase our presence in town and city centres in the south of England. Whilst we are already a true multi-channel retailer, with sizable online and catalogue businesses, as well as our own TV channel –Sky 669-, our stores are primarily in mills, retail parks and designer outlets, and we want to redress the balance. We believe a heightened profile on the UK’s high streets is both timely, given the number of voids on the high street, and desirable.
“We are also looking to increase our sales online, and via catalogue and TV, which we regard as vital parts of our retail operation going forward.”
The company, which had annual sales of more than £105 million in 2016, has overseas operations in India, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi.
Mr Paver said: “My mother’s legacy is very special. We are determined to build on it, by spotting new business opportunities and, crucially, by continuing to provide the comfortable, stylish and good value footwear that our customers want.”