This company claims to be Britain’s biggest domestic maker of shoes, with its Lancashire factory supplying comfortable footwear to its 75 stores nationwide as well as customers in America and Germany, where Hotter has established online and mail-order businesses. It plans to expand in the Middle East using funds from Electra Private Equity, which bought a majority stake last year for £85m. Exports reached £9.3m in 2014 under chief executive Peter Taylor, 52.
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