Farmer Hayley Hanson set up her business in 2011 after she was unable to find the service she required in the UK. Since then she has developed her business to supply the world’s only Welsh leather and hide across the UK and internationally, diversifying again in 2016 to incorporate a range of luxury leather products, and further in December 2018 to incorporate a more affordable range of fabric products with a leather trim. Hayley launches her new range of animal themed furniture in November 2019.
A 5th generation farmer, Hayley built her parents a house on her farm in 2016, and lives there with her three children, 6, 4 and 3 and husband Mike.
In 2020 Hayley will start on the next phase of her business which is to develop the workshop into a top class design studio (where clients can come and design their own bag alongside her, whilst viewing Hayley’s leather, hide and fabrics) and developing more commercial work, including automotive and marine projects for domestic and commercial use - alongside reroofing some 16th Century barns, and a LOT of repainting! She aims to be, by 2021 (at 10 years into the business), firmly established as the supplier of the best leather in the world, and making beautiful things, for practical people.
Kelly Davies is a former female engineer who now works for Coleg Gwent as an engineering lecturer. Kelly believes that her time as a weapon engineer in the Royal Navy has played a vital part in her professional development.
During her 12 year service she gained numerous qualifications and was one of only a handful of female engineers.
Being a female in a predominantly male environment helped her believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
This attitude is something she carries forward and is a key ingredient to the success of her business ventures.
Kelly owns a beauty business and a non-surgical beauty training academy. She has kept this business running successfully for 11 years and is always on the lookout for future projects.
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