International Festival for Business Comes to Knowsley

Published on: Monday, 09-June-2014

At a unique event as part of IFB2014, Keith Hanshaw, Executive Director and Master Craftsman at Leather Satchel Company, will tell the story of the company’s success.

The Leather Satchel Company is a family owned business established in 1966. It is a group of British master craftsmen who create satchels based on the traditional Oxford and Cambridge school style.

The company has grown from a street stall to exporting most of its products outside of the UK. It has collaborated with French fashion empire Hermes, Italian fashion house Armani and its products have featured in Vogue and GQ.

Based in Huyton, Knowsley, the company is now preparing to expand to meet increased demand with support from Knowsley Council and ERDF funding and UKTI.

“I’m looking forward to telling our story”, said Keith from Leather Satchel Company, “We are receiving great help from Knowsley Council. The ERDF support and the other funding will help us with our expansion plans. By sharing our story, I hope it will highlight the support that is available to local businesses and will inspire them to take advantage of this.”

Cllr Dave Lonergan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills said: “IFB2014 offers fantastic opportunities for businesses in Knowsley and the wider City Region. In Knowsley, we’re helping our business community to make the most of these opportunities and this event is just one of the ways we’re doing this. I would encourage everyone to come along to find out more about the support that is available to help their companies become more successful.”

The breakfast conference will showcase the growth of a number of local businesses and will bring together key business services from across the North West.

Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and speak to expert business advisors, plus the chance to network with other business contacts and agencies.

The Grow Your Business event takes place on Thursday 26 June, 8am – 10.30am at Knowsley Hall, Grand Marquee.

You can book your FREE place now here, call 0151 477 4000 or email

Partners include:

Merseyside Business Support Programme
Knowsley Council
North West Fund
Manufacturing Advisory Service
Knowsley Works
Skills for Growth Bank
Liverpool John Moores University
The Local Enterprise Partnership
Knowsley Community College
Knowsley Chamber
Sefton Council
Halton Council