West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has submitted her nomination to the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group’s ‘Responsible Business Champions Scheme 2022’.   

Her nomination this year is for Unbound Group plc – the parent company to Hotter Shoes, who are based in Skelmersdale in her constituency, but which of course is an internationally recognisable brand.   

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) presents an annual award for responsible business practice to recognise companies that go beyond mere compliance with legal and contractual obligations to support their local communities.   

The award is distinctive because companies can only be nominated by their MP, for impact in their constituency, and the award is judged by Parliamentarians.   

MP Rosie’s nomination states that the group is built on the solid foundation of Hotter shoes, a comfort footwear brand with a database of 4.6million customers. Unbound is focussed on supporting the wellness and active lifestyles of the over 55 demographic through a range of products, services and content that enable people to do more of what they love.  

With the Group’s headquarters based in Skelmersdale, it operates head office functions, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and customer contact centre. The group has 500 employees across its site and 24 store retail portfolio. 68% of the workforce live in West Lancashire.   

They have now created the Unbound Community group with 14 representatives, empowering employees to support the business in making decisions relating to its community engagement plans.  

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: 
“I am delighted to have nominated Unbound – who most people will know as Hotter Shoes – for this Parliamentary Award in recognition of their dedication to training and supporting their staff, who largely are made up of my West Lancashire constituents at their base in Skelmersdale.   

“Their work in and supporting our community through funding public defibrillators, investing in and donating to Marie Curie and ‘Dig In’ charity and their commitment to creating a sustainable site and supporting the local economy is the standard all businesses should be aiming for – and thankfully many are across West Lancashire.”  

Ian Watson, Chief Executive Officer at Unbound added: 
“Upskilling our employees has been a core focus over the past 3 years, the investments we’ve made have fuelled our transformation to become a digitally led, omni-channel, agile company. We have many exciting plans as we launch Unbound Group in September; we have a clear roadmap to continue our training schemes; and to build community on our journey. I’m proud of the team we have built here in the North West and we’re honoured to be nominated for Constituency Responsible Business Champion- I’d like to thank Rosie for her support.” 

Rosie Cooper MP visiting Hotter Shoes factory with CEO Ian Watson (centre) and Operations and HR Director Paul Harnetty (left)
Rosie Cooper MP visiting Hotter Shoes factory with CEO Ian Watson (centre) and Operations and HR Director Paul Harnetty (left)
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