Every month we aim to put the spotlight on a business within the community, whether a shop or a market trader. For our fourth entry in the series we popped down to say hello to seller of fantastic footwear, Trendy Steps. Trendy Steps first setup shop in 2013 and has gone on to become one of the most trusted, and appreciated members of the Pudsey business community.
We caught up with Phil on his Trendy business and how he has coped throughout the pandemic.
My name’s Phil and I’m the owner and sole trader of Trendy Steps, I’m originally from the Manchester area but lived in and around Pudsey since 1996. I moved here in the 90s after marrying a Pudsey girl and have never looked back.
Previously I was a sales manager in the motor trade but I always wanted to work for myself. In the winter of 2012 the idea of opening Trendy Steps was born and we opened our shop on Lidget Hill in March 2013. The opening of the shop took a lot of time, dedication and significant investment to allow us to become established, although the business is in good health the past 12 months have been our most difficult throughout the COVID pandemic. We are however one of the lucky ones, still trading when many other small retail businesses have closed.
We are a professional children’s shoe retailer with a passion for great customer service and providing quality footwear.
We offer a professional foot measuring and shoe fitting service and an amazing range of shoes, boots, trainers and sandals from famous brands.
A big part of our business is in the school shoes area, with popular brands like Lelli Kelly, Start-Rite, Bobux and Geox.
We also stock lots of continental brands from around Europe such as; Birkenstock, Kickers, Camper, Petasil, Biomecanics & Hummel.
Pudsey is a great place to live and work, there is a tremendous community feel about the town, we have good schools and a fab choice of independent shops.