Shoe shop shortlisted for award

Owners of Poppy Red Jenny Rhodes, second from right, with her mum Helen Rhodes, right, outside the shop with Suzanne Johns of Approach PR, far left, and Kay Walsh

Owners of Poppy Red Jenny Rhodes, second from right, with her mum Helen Rhodes, right, outside the shop with Suzanne Johns of Approach PR, far left, and Kay Walsh

First published in Local news

A children’s shoe shop has been shortlisted for an industry awards as one of the top independent footwear retailers.

Poppy Red, on South Hawksworth Street, Ilkley, is one of only five businesses on the shortlist in the Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year in the Draper Footwear and Accessories Awards.

This sees the shop competing against retailers of all types of footwear, not only children’s shoes.

Staff now have to wait until May 1 to find out if they have won the award - due to be announced in a ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel, London.

The business was taken over by Helen Rhodes and her daughter, Jenny, almost three years ago.

Turnover at the shop has seen a dramatic increase year on year since taking over and it now also does a lot of business online.

The shop also employs two permanent part-time staff, two casual staff who are Ilkley Grammar School students, and has recently taken on a full-time apprentice.

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