Bob was also a new media pioneer in the tanning industry and founded Spindlemedia with one of the first websites in the sector. Over the years he helped many companies in the industry set up their first websites at extremely reasonable rates.

He was best know as the Founder of Markendale Machinery and was also a well-known and popular member of the Society of Leather Technicians and Chemists (SLTC).

He was a familiar face at many UK industry events, particularly the social ones where he was exceedingly hospitable and generous.

At the UK Fellmongers’ Dinner or the SLTC annual dinner for instance everyone received a Markendale voucher for the bar.¬†

Bob Johnson was a regular attendee at Tanning Tech where he took time to introduce clients to his representative Italian machinery manufacturers.

His son Howard Johnson will continue in the business.