Desborough shoemakers to be presented with international business 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.

The county’s Lord Lieutenant will visit a Desborough shoemakers today (Thursday) to present an international business award.

David Laing will visit Joseph Cheaney to present the company with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Exports have grown rapidly since cousins Jonathan and William Church bought the company in 2009.

During this time turnover has more than doubled, while exports now account for nearly a third of the company’s turnover.

Today 80 per cent of export sales come from Europe and the Far East, with Italy being Cheaney’s biggest market in Europe, and Japan its largest export market overall.

Joint managing director Jonathan Church said: ““We are honoured to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to our factory in Desborough, and we are very happy to be able to share this moment with our 160-strong workforce of skilled craftsmen and

women, without whom we would not have been able to achieve this award.”

Fellow joint managing director William Church said: “We are very proud of our British manufacturing heritage.

“Cheaney has been making shoes in this factory since 1886 and our vision for the future is to grow and develop the brand, by making the most of the huge, innate skill potential that lies within the business.

“Increasing our exports in new and existing markets and extending our retail portfolio will be our key strategies for the growth of Cheaney.

“Above all we will continue our commitment to producing the finest footwear, entirely made in England.”