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One Small Step One Giant Leap founder exits the company

The founder of kids’ footwear mini-chain One Small Step One Giant Leap Nick Schwefel has left the business as the parent company puts expansion plans on hold.

Schwefel exited the business at the end of March as Start-rite, the kids’ footwear brand that acquired the eight-store chain in 2011, decided to “pause” further expansion at the company.

Start-rite managing director Peter Lamble said the company wanted to iron out kinks in the retailer’s back of house: “One Small Step One Giant Leap is still important for us, but we want to put a pause on expansion in order to get our logistics running smoothly and our warehouse and stock management working more efficiently.”

He added that there were no plans to close down any of the eight One Small Step One Giant Leap stores or the business’s five department store shop-in-shops.

Jamie Taylor will replace Schwefel as retail director at the company. Taylor has 25 years’ retail experience, including a decade as a general manager. He was most recently head of retail for the UK and Ireland for Nestlé Nespresso.

In its most recent set of accounts for the year to December 29, 2012, sales at the company increased by 6.9% to £6.2m, up from £5.8m in 2011. The company made an operating loss of £166,000, although this was narrowed from a loss of £423,000 the previous year.

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