The Pavers story began in 1971 when Catherine Paver founded the company. She had big dreams of changing the world of footwear and a passion to provide comfortable and stylish shoes to all.
Starting small she sold shoes at village halls and homeware parties and was successful enough to open the first Pavers shop in Scarborough in 1981, where Catherine’s three sons joined the business. One of her sons - Stuart - still runs the business today. Stuart was joined by his son Jason in 2016, and as of 2020, they run the business together as Joint Managing Directors.
From these modest beginnings, Pavers Shoes has grown to be a UK leader in today’s comfort footwear industry, with over 140 stores nationwide.
Pavers is an ever-growing, highly profitable and independent family-run business with a strong balance sheet. We employ over 1,600 people and in 2018 acquired Jones Bootmaker and Herring Shoes, whilst remaining acquisitive.
We were voted one of the Top 10 Employers in Retail in the UK in 2020. At Pavers we truly believe the talents, passion, and dedication of our employees are the reasons for our success.
In 2021 we became the first major retailer to achieve Carbon Neutral status. Championing sustainability is at the heart of everything that we do, and we’re committed to leading the way in changing the future of retail for the better.
We strive for diversity of thinking across the business and believe strongly in supporting our local communities. In 2018 we donated over £2.2m to establish the Pavers Foundation, with the specific purpose of providing charitable grants for causes important to all our colleagues in the areas of health, education, and community. Every year Pavers donates 2% of its net profits to the Foundation, together with monies collected from the plastic carrier bag levy.
We are passionate about providing comfort and happiness to our customers, and we make sure to employ people who also think this way.
We look for positive, enthusiastic, and customer-oriented individuals, and we provide great jobs in a supportive environment for them.
We know that without our colleagues there is no business, so we have created a work culture that promotes inclusivity, ambition, opportunity, and growth opportunities for all.
We always try and do the right thing by our people. We are dedicated to investing and developing our whole team as they form the foundation of our success and continuing growth.
Our colleagues benefit from in-house training, external development opportunities, and other routes to progress their careers and build their knowledge and skills. We encourage internal progression and can offer opportunities in stores and at our warehouse and head office.
The Pavers Academy is our Learning & Development environment, focusing on a variety of areas including job-focused learning and leadership development to provide career pathway support to our colleagues.
We are adding new pathways to the Academy all the time as we want to provide our people with the skills, knowledge, and mindset to deliver the best service and perfect products to our customers.
We use a variety of routes to support development including, but not limited to, online learning, face to face courses, apprenticeship, professional qualifications, and mentoring programmes.