Josef Seibel is taking over the distribution in the UK, which has become over the past few years one of the most important foreign markets for this German brand of comfort shoes along with the USA, where it already has a sales subsidiary. It boasts more than 500 client doors and deliveries of about 250,000 pairs in the UK. Effective next June 30, Seibel will acquire its 9-year-old UK distributor, called The Gordon Smart Partnership, from its two owners, Gordon and Margaret Smart. Martin Ingram, agent for the line in Southern England, will take over as sales manager of the new company, Josef Seibel UK, after working with Gordon Smart to ensure a smooth transition. His territory will be handled by Kevin O’Regan, formerly with Clarks.