The UK leather industry is comprised of specialist, high end producers of automotive, upholstery, shoe upper and sole, gloving, equestrian leather and wet blue leather. The UK exports more than 80% of its leather production, with destinations in over 80 countries.
The optimistic start to 2020 was soon crushed by the Covid-19 crisis that locked down countries across the globe, paralysing supply chains and closing down the manufacturing and retail sectors. The impact was felt across the global leather industry with demand across all destinations initially falling dramatically and for some, very slow recovery. The UK leather industry and its client industries were also deeply affected.
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