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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Cheaneys win Queen’s Award

Posted by: JHM Date: 02 May 2016

Congratulations to Cordwainer cousins William and Jonathan Church, joint Managing Directors of Joseph Cheaney and Sons, which has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

CHeaneys-2106“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.  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” said William.

The full press release is available on the Cheaney website.