About Us

 

UK Leather is the trade association for the UK leather industry. We are a membership-based organisation with the remit to represent, promote and protect the UK leather industry. 

Our role is to represent and promote the interests of the UK leather-producing industry and all those who support, supply or use the output of the UK leather industry in their activities.
Our vision is to be the outstanding trade association promoting the sustainable growth of the British leather industry.
Our mission is to maximise membership value through the promotion, protection and development of research, innovation, training and education within the UK leather industry.

Business support and networking
We influence education faculties to support and develop the next generation of leather technologists and design and fashion students. We are developing incubator hubs to nurture emerging designers and craftspeople. We are collating a database resource of all leather related businesses and training courses and we can put businesses in touch with each other, in addition to hosting regular events and networking opportunities.

Resources
We provide an information and enquiry service on issues affecting the industry. Plans are underway to develop a UK resource centre where businesses and students can have access to a showcase of UK manufactured leather to help promote and enhance their work.

Representation
We represent the entire UK leather industry at a national and international level. We utilise our membership of the British Association of Allied Trade Federations (BATF), the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE), the European Tanners Association and collaboration with other trade associations, such as the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and the British Footwear Association (BFA), to broaden and add strength to our own representations in the UK and Europe.

Industry promotion
We represent the industry at major trade shows, develop consumer education campaigns, industry-focused PR and marketing with plans to create a British Leather authenticity label for leather and leather goods sourced and made in the UK.

Access to funding
Through our two industry trust funds, anyone can apply for awards for industry-relevant training and travel, subject to approval by the trustees.

See here for further details of benefits and how to join.

For more information email info@ukleather.org or call 01604 679977