Based in Bradford, this company’s three factories handle 20,000 cattle hides and 50,000 sheep and lamb hides each week. The skins are collected from abattoirs before being treated and shipped to tanneries around the world. Its clients typically use the skins to produce leather jackets, upholstery and shoes. One third of the company’s sales are in Europe. The rest come from exporting worldwide, notably to China. Under John Woodward, managing director and son of the firm’s founder, international sales have grown 39% a year from £20.3m in 2009 to £39.3m in 2011.
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