Having been made redundant in 1998 following the closure of one of the worlds largest lambskin tanneries, Ian and Amos joined forces to create GH Leathers and build on the many years of experience they had gained between them through their sales responsibilities in North America and Europe.
In the early years we continued to concentrate on the garment industry we knew and the supply of lighter weight leathers and suede, but at the same time developed our links with other industry sectors and their associated tanneries, raw materials and products.
The growth of the business in the first few years led to the recruitment of John (Ian's father) who had also been a casualty of the tannery closure, and who brought to the business over 30 years of experience.
Our Product Range
Such a wealth of experience and global connections ensured we could consistently source a vast majority of raw material and finished product, and the business expanded rapidly into new markets serving leather goods, accessories, upholstery and interiors. Our product range grew to include not only lambskins but also cow hides, pig suede, goat suede, calf, wool on sheepskin, vegetable tanned hides and heavy leather splits.
Whatever new product we look for, we continually rely on our original foundations of supply quality, service and reliability to our customers - a philosophy we believe has enabled us to become one of the major suppliers in the UK.
In order to maximise our customer service we keep a large stock of product and probably more importantly colour in our warehouse, from which we can support orders for as little as one skin up to larger production quantities. We work with reliable transport companies so that our product can be delivered promptly, and a next day service is available as standard for a small transport charge.
One of the most important tools we have to promote this programme is our brochure which shows all of the articles and colours available, and which we aim to update on an annual basis. Of course, we are more than happy to work with customers on a bespoke basis for individual product or colour requirement, although there is usually a larger minimum order requirement for this service.
The last few years have seen changes in the personnel team as John took retirement to pursue a degree course. In sales and administration Gail and Ayeisha now handle our day to day enquiries and are always willing to answer any questions and queries on most things! Our warehouse team of Jac and Conor ensure we can despatch most of the orders we receive on a same day turnaround, with Steve assisting on stock control and quality checking.
The additional concentration of business in and around London meant the need for full time attention and Barry Francis came on board to bring his considerable sales knowledge to the business. Together with new contacts for additional products and introduction to a larger customer base, it quickly became apparent that a warehouse located in London would be ideal. This is now up and running (see contacts page) and assisting Barry is Dee Ahmed.