Thomas Ware and Sons Limited


Thomas Ware and Sons Ltd, established in 1840, remains the biggest of the traditional leather tanneries.

Best known in the shoe trade they supply: Quality sole leather including all bottom stock leathers to the shoe manufacturing and repair markets: Equestrian leather including bridle, stirrup, saddle and harness butts as well as saddle strap leathers: Industrial leathers including industrial belting and friction leathers: Quality leather goods including wallets, belts and briefcases: and Speciality leathers including flooring, cricket balls and dog leads.

An on-going modernisation programme with CAD/CAM cutting machines, new splitting and buffing machines and additional spraying facilities continues to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Traditional leather skills remain core to the business success, whilst the technical developments ensure that Thomas Ware and Sons Ltd. remain successful now and in the future.

Their products are supplied to customers all over the globe, and in April 2018 they were awarded the UK’s most prestigious business accolade, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, in recognition of Thomas Ware And Sons Ltd’s outstanding achievement.

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TWS win Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2018

This weekend we were honoured to be awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding achievement in the category of International Trade.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise largely recognises our increasing success in exports, having radically grown the level of international trade within a few short years.
Each year, we process between 15,000 and 20,000 hides, turning them into into heavy leathers used in the shoe, equestrian, cricket, industrial, canine, belting and leather-goods trades. The products are sold all over the world – in Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Israel, the US, […]

We’re now on Twitter and Instagram

For a look at what goes on inside TWS you can now follow us at @TWS_Tannery on Twitter and @tws_tannery_uk on Instagram.

2018 APLF Trade Show Visit

Last month we visited the APLF Leather Fair in Hong Kong. Our Sales Manager Barry visits every year, and this time he took Alistair along with him.
Master Leatherseller Ian Russell MBE and Mrs Sue Russell meeting Barry and some of our international distributors at APLF 2017.
Alongside our Chinese and Japanese distributors, they showcased Thomas Ware’s products at the world’s leading leather trade show. It was an excellent opportunity to boost TWS’s profile in the leather industry and following their trip there are several exciting new developments in the […]