United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
All over England and Scotland
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Other Goods In Specialised Stores
47.72 - Retail sale of footwear and leather goods in specialised stores

262 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 March 2017
Employment effect (start)
24 March 2017
Foreseen end date


The administrators of the London-based shoe retailer Jones Bootmaker have confirmed the immediate loss of 262 jobs and the closure of 31 stores. After weeks of uncertainty, Jones Bootmaker was placed in administration on 24 March 2017 and consequently a large part of the business was sold to private equity firm Endless. While 31 underperforming stores have been closed, the remaining 72 stores will continue to operate. Representing the administrators, Steve Absolom of KPMG said it was their priority to ensure that employees who have been made redundant 'receive the information and guidance they need' (The Daily Telegraph) to claim redundancy pay and other monies owed them from the Insolvency Service.

Jones Bootmaker was founded in London in 1857 and is one of the oldest brands in the United Kingdom.


  • 26 March 2017: BBC News
  • 27 March 2017: The Sutton Coldfield Observer
  • 24 March 2017: The Daily Telegraph


Eurofound (2017), Jones Bootmaker, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 90624, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90624.