Footwear Specialists TRIPAL GROUP move to larger, purpose built premises

In 2015 the TRIPAL GROUP sold in excess of two million pairs of safety shoes to a wide variety of industries around the globe.  From its humble beginnings in 1995 when three friends with a background in safety and military footwear production founded the business in the small town of Raunds, Northamptonshire, this milestone marks an incredible achievement. This is a testament to the foresight of the three friends who recognised that the UK market for footwear manufacture was rapidly changing and becoming commercially difficult and thus looked further afield, expanding their business to sourcing and importing finished safety footwear from the Far East.

The TRIPAL GROUP has since identified additional areas for growth and now as well as designing and sourcing footwear for its bespoke business the Group has launched its own brands, not only of safety footwear but also workwear and specialist slip resistant and outdoor footwear.

As with any business success, there are also challenges to overcome along the way and most recently for the TRIPAL GROUP was the need for larger premises to accommodate its growing workforce and the requirement for additional warehouse space. In light of the somewhat unstable global economy it was a tough decision to make but the growth, success and demands of the business dictated that in March 2016 the TRIPAL GROUP moved into its own purpose built premises in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, maintaining its ties to a county that is renowned globally for its quality footwear offering.

The move into the new building was also an opportunity to bring together all of the company’s operations under one roof, as previously the warehouse and offices were in different locations. It has also enabled the group to make a further investment in their technical department. Already fully committed to ongoing research and development with representation on the EN/TC161 European Safety Standards Committee and a collaboration agreement in place with Sheffield University, with one of its Polymer Chemists working for the business, the TRIPAL GROUP has now established its own on-site laboratory. 

Simon Poole, one of the three TRIPAL GROUP directors commented; “The TRIPAL GROUP has come a long way since 1995 and its steady and solid growth through tough global and domestic economic conditions is testament not only to the quality of the products and service that we provide but also to the hard work and commitment of our team.”   He continues “the move into our new premises defines the confidence both we and our customers have in our business and we are now looking forward to the future and the opportunities we have to grow both our bespoke business and our brands domestically and globally.”


About the TRIPAL GROUP: The TRIPAL GROUP is based in Northamptonshire and is a specialist in high quality safety, specialist slip resistant and outdoor footwear as well as workwear. The company consists of four brands:

Anvil Traction: the UK market leader in slip resistant safety and occupational footwear (

Kanyon Outdoor: the performance and lifestyle brand that provides a range of premium quality footwear for both outdoor pursuits and leisure activities (

Zephyr Workgear: providing a range of workwear including clothing and safety and occupational footwear (

Bespoke by TRIPAL GROUP: provides fully compliant Bespoke designed safety footwear branded for the customer.

Picture: TRIPAL GROUP Directors (from left to right); Mark Burman, Simon Poole, Michael Turner