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Billy Tannery to stage crowdfunding campaign for Goatober

Lauretta Roberts
29 August 2019

Billy Tannery, the British goat leather brand, will launch a crowdfunding campaign on 1 October to fund the move and scale-up of its innovative leather tannery.

The campaign ties in with Goatober an annual celebration designed to spread the word that goat meat is "delicious, ethical and sustainable" and to get it on more restaurant menus.

Northamptonshire-based Billy Tannery uses hides that are a by-product of the goat meat industry to create its premium bags and accessories. Its founders Jack Millington and Rory Harker discovered that, due to the work done by Cabrito Goat Meat to promote goat meat in the UK, coupled with the decline of the British leather industry, there were thousands of goatskins going to waste each year.

In 2017 they took to Kickstarter to launch a range of luxury goat leather bags and accessories that are designed and handmade in Britain and use the skins, which otherwise would have gone to waste, in a campaign that achieved double its original target.

This time the brand is returning to Kickstarter between 1 and 21 October with exclusive products at special Kickstarter prices, along with rewards linked to Goatober. Funds raised will go towards the relocation of its tannery, which must move since the farm it is based on has been sold.

Co-founder Jack Millington said: “At this key moment in our business journey we are delighted to join forces with Goatober to not only promote goat meat, but to also help us raise the money we need to continue completing the circle by turning the wasted skins into goat leather products. Our partnership with Cabrito is the reason we exist, so it seemed fitting for us to approach this new challenge in this way.”

Billy Tannery products are available on its website, ranging in price from around £25 for a key wrap to £650 for its signature backpack. It is also sold via Dashing Tweeds, Opumo, Bombinate and TheRake.

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