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British Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister visit Pentland Brands Global HQ.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on July 28, 2014

It's not every day the British Prime Minister and his deputy stop by to see what's what. Last Friday David Cameron  and Nick Clegg popped into Pentland Brands--makers of Berghaus, Canterbury, Speedo, Ellesse, Mitre and Boxfresh--in London to see how the family-owned company has grown sales in the UK by 18 percent and 33 percent internationally over the past five years. 

During the visit, both the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister spoke to a number of employees, including interns and recent graduates. They were also shown the 3-D modeling used in the development of the Fastskin Speedo Elite goggle worn by Scotland's Ross Murdoch when he took gold in the 200m Breaststroke at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games last Thursday. 

"In Britain one of our great strengths is design, intellectual property and fashion....

Alzheimer's Association voted winner of $75,000 donation from DSW.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on July 23, 2014

Footwear and accessory chain DSW has announced the winner in its Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program: the Alzheimer's Assocation. The Chicago-based non-profit was nominated by Patti Gilligan, director of change management at DSW, and will receive $75,000 towards its mission. From June 6 through 24, Shoe Lovers everywhere voted up to once per day on shoeloverscare.com to decide which organization they felt was most deserving of the grant money. As an added bonus, the other six organizations that were nominated, including ASPCA, Stop Hunger Now and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, were surprised with a donation of $5,000 each. 

Thirty design students from around the world compete in Pensole's World Sneaker Championship.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on July 22, 2014

Pensole Footwear Design Academy kicked off the Pensole World Sneaker Championship (WSC) yesterday and Founder D'Wayne Edwards calls it the school's most expansive footwear design master class to date. "The goal of the WSC is to show the world how impactful the sneaker industry is, by highlighting the top aspiring sneaker designers from around the world through the premiere sneaker brands in the industry," he says. 

Featuring 30 hand-selected students from 16 different nations around the world, including the United States, Africa, China and Japan, the WSC places its students in eight competitive design teams, with three footwear designers and one color and materials designer in each. Over the four-week class--July 21-Aug. 15--each team will take an original design idea from a concept to a finished design. Among the brands and...

Demi Lovato inks deal with Skechers.
Submitted by Lyndsay McGregor on July 21, 2014

Following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato has signed with Skechers and will appear in the company's global marketing and social media campaigns through 2016. Lovato, known for hit singles "Heart Attack" and "Neon Lights" as well as two seasons as an X-Factor judge, will make her first official appearance in a new Skechers TV commercial and accompanying print ad later this year.

"My generation grew up with Skechers," says Lovato, "and now with all of their cool styles and fun colors I'm excited to introduce the collection to a new generation by sharing this incredible brand's campaign with Lovatics!" Skechers President Michael Greenberg says Lovato "represents everything we look for in a Skechers star." He adds, "Demi's talent certifies her position as a pop music superstar as well as a powerful...

Dansko CFO Jim Fox receives CFO of the Year award.
Submitted by Anonymous on July 18, 2014

Dansko CFO Jim Fox has been named 2014 CFO of the Year in the Medium Company Category by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Selected by an independent panel of judges and sponsored by Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, the award recognizes financial professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area for their outstanding performance as corporate financial stewards.

Since joining Dansko in 2006, Fox has created and implemented financial controls that have served as the foundation for profitable and well-managed growth. He recently worked as the lead internal executive managing Dansko's transition to a 100 percent employee-owned company, displaying a commitment to Dankso's mission of creating a better tomorrow. "Over the past eight years, Jim has effectively offered financial and executive guidance, as well as an ethical model of...