Friday, 12 February 2016

New Askam shoe factory creates nine jobs

A NEW Furness factory making mail order shoes has created nine jobs and hopes to create 20 more.

Entrepreneur Mike Stables launched his Softwalker brand of footwear and a factory shop in the former K Shoes works in Askam.

Most of the shoe workers being taken on to make women’s shoes and sandals with a high-tech polyurethane soles, are former K Shoes and Furness Footwear workers.

Mr Stables aims to take on foreign competition with a range of shoes, which will be sold by mailshots and advertising.

Men’s shoes will follow if all goes to plan.

Mr Stables also employs 40 other staff making squeezy stressbusters and balls out of polyurethane for his Urofoam firm at the site

A group of nurses working at the Dane Garth mental health unit attached to Furness General Hospital have already given the Furness designed and made shoes the thumbs up after trying them out for six months.



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