North East-based national footwear retailer Charles Clinkard has been voted the best in the country by its industry peers.

The Stockton-based company, which has 33 outlets around the country, picked up the coveted Multiple Footwear Retailer of the Year title in the Footwear Industry Awards.

The award was presented at a ceremony held at Birmingham NEC, and attended by guests from across the industry.

Cheryl Taylor, editor of Footwear Today magazine, told them: “A key function of the Footwear Industry Awards is to recognise independent footwear retailers and the fantastic job they do – from start ups all the way through to established businesses and multiples.

“To win a coveted Footwear Industry Award is a real quality mark for a footwear retailer, communicating to customers that they offer unrivalled products and service.”

It’s the third time the family-run firm, which was started more than 90 years ago, has won this prestigious award.

Managing director Charles Clinkard said: “It’s a great honour to be chosen for a Footwear Industry Award, because this is a highly competitive industry and to be picked as the best really counts.

“Throughout our long history, we’ve always put the emphasis strongly on providing our customers with excellent service, a wide range of quality footwear for all ages and real value for money.

“It’s good to know that’s still a recipe for success. Our thanks go not only to the people who voted for us, but also to the tireless and enthusiastic staff at all of our stores who put in such an effort every day on behalf of our company and our customers.”

The retailer is also in the running to win another national award later in the year after being shortlisted in the Best Online Footwear offer category at the Drapers Footwear Awards.