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Sunday Express - Running Shoe firm now to tread overseas path

>>19 January 2010

UK Gear, which supplies running shoes to the British Army, is to take on the US and other overseas military markets using a £1.125 million cash injection from venture capital firm Catapult.

As part of the deal, Mike Tomkins, non-executive chairman of online sportswear retailer M and M Direct, is to become chairman of UK Gear. Tomkins led M and M through a £90 million sale in 2007.

"We will use the investment in UK Gear to explore new markets," he said. The firm will also recruit new sales staff and expand its commercial offering through specialist retailers.

The company beat larger rivals to provide the British military with high-performance training footwear that will endure extreme conditions. It also has contracts with the US Army. America has the largest defence budget in the world.

The company was founded in 1993 by entrepreneur David Hinde. It began working with the British Army in 2001 and its shoes are the world's first commercial product to earn the right to bear the British Army's crossed-swords insignia.

By Emma Vickers

Sunday Express