Harold Birkin retired from the company in 1979. Prior to his retirement Harold’s two sons, Barrie & Roger had taken over the running of the company as General Manager and Sales Manager respectively. As their father did, the two sons also gave their entire working lives to the company retiring in the early 90’s
The shareholders agreement that was in place since the formation of the company has meant that it has passed down through the 4 founding family groups giving great continuity and a sense that it’s still at heart a family business.
Being a small traditional tannery, today we continue to offer a diverse range of leathers for many different market types that are processed the traditional way in pits or alternatively in drums or a combination of both pit and drum and by using a variety of tanning techniques
Market types served include leathers for industrial use, equestrian and saddlery, footwear, cricket balls, luxury leather goods, fashion accessories, collars and leads for animals, historical re-enactment clothing and accessories, hobbies and craftwork, archery accessories, military clothing and accessories, Ministry of Defence contracts, musical instruments, sport and leather accessories in general, for interior design, marine and boat accessories, orthopaedic use and interior design.