The evening started with a welcoming address from the current Master of the the Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, Antony Barrow. Guest speaker addresses included James Laing (wearing his UKLF chairman hat), Kate Hills from Make it British, as well as the main address from Barrow, who all focussed on current political topics and how they affect the industry; the rising trend of UK manufacturing growth and success, and the positive spirit felt by the industry at the present time.

One of the highlights of the evening was the draw for the raffle of a pair of Crockett and Jones shoes, designed for actor Daniel Craig as 007 in the Hollywood blockbuster Spectre. All proceeds from the raffle are due to go to the Leather and Hide Trade’s Benevolent Institution (LHTBI), a 158-year-old organisation that provides charity for many causes including financial support for elderly leather workers.

Dr Kerry Senior, UKLF Director, commented that the evening had been a galvanising event that had created closer ties between leather professionals who were unified through adversity. The success of the event hinted of possible reruns in future years.