Desborough shoemakers win prestigious award

Joseph Cheaney - Jonathan and William Church in their Jermyn St Flagship Store.
Joseph Cheaney - Jonathan and William Church in their Jermyn St Flagship Store.

A Desborough shoemaking firm has won one of the highest awards for British business, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Joseph Cheaney has been making shoes in the county since 1886, but has seen major growth since being bought by two cousins - Jonathan and William Church - in 2009.

And now they have won the prestigious business award, which recognises companies which have seen huge commercial success and growth.

Jonathan said: “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.

“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.”

William said: “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.”