Thriving footwear firms
Just as it was a centre for knitwear, hosiery and coalmining, Leicestershire once had a glorious and thriving boot and shoe-making industry.
In the early to mid-20th century, Leicester and towns such as Earl Shilton, Sileby and Syston were a hive of activity with thousands employed in making footwear.
At its peak, the city's shoe industry made more goods than anywhere in the country, with 130 shoe and boot factories.
By the 1990s, cheap overseas imports meant it was harder to compete, leading to factory closures and the loss of thousands of jobs.
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Operations run by companies such as Stead & Simpson and T Crick & Co have made way for modern buildings, and within the last decade the Liberty shoe building in Leicester's Eastern Boulevard was leveled to make way for flats.
Equity Shoes, founded in 1886, and once employed more than 250 workers, went under three years ago. The Equity Shoe building, in Western Road, is now flats.
The British United Shoe Machinery Co, founded in 1886. It had 200 staff at the turn of the last century. In 1996, most of the business moved to Middlesbrough, and the company went into receivership in 2000.