This company says it is Britain’s biggest shoe maker, with its Lancashire factory supplying 63 stores nationwide. It began selling online in America in 2010. In January, Electra Private Equity paid £85m for a majority stake to fund expansion. Founder Stewart Houlgrave, 54, retains a stake and Peter Taylor, 51, former managing director, took over as chief executive. Exports hit £6m in 2013.
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