A FAMILY business based in Quedgeley were named the Distributor of the Year 2019 at the prestigious Drapers Awards last week.

Gardiners, a footwear wholesaler, triumphed at the ceremony, which took place at Westfield London on Thursday November 21, after being recognised by the panel as the best wholesaler in the fashion industry.

The local business has long roots in Gloucestershire with the distributor starting its life in Alvin Street, Gloucester in 1860.

Five successive generations since then, the company now distributes over 1.3 million items a year, employs nearly 150 personnel and is recognised as one of the largest UK footwear and clothing distributors in the trade.

Their portfolio consists of globally recognised brands including Hush Puppies, Caterpillar, Muck Boots, Skechers, Base London, Dunlop, Dr Martens and Rocket Dog.

Ben Gardiner, the company Director, said: “We are ecstatic to win the 2019 Drapers Award for Distributor of the Year.

"This award is a testament to the strength of the close and trustworthy relationships between the best global brands and our distribution channels. Congratulations to all the winners."