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Yorkshire entrepreneur wins international award while toasting prestigious contract

Independently-owned Coupland Leather, based in Osmotherley has been named the winner of the International Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the UK, in the Corporate LiveWire Innovation and Excellence Awards, which comes as the company celebrates a contract with high-end lifestyle brand Twisted Automotive.

Coupland Leather recently started offering bespoke luggage for customers commissioning a Land Rover Defender, in partnership with Twisted Automotive of Thirsk and has now been recognised for its exceptional business performance, innovation, experience, sustainability, and service on an international level. Over 90,000 businesses and corporate professionals, magazine contributors, and subscribers nominated companies and individuals to win the award.

Stuart Coupland, managing director of Coupland Leather, said: “It’s an honour to win the Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Since the launch of Coupland Leather, we have managed to send products to 18 different countries and within the US, to 17 different states, with new orders and opportunities popping up from all over the place.”

Coupland Leather is a luxury leathersmith, set up by Stuart Coupland following redundancy in January 2020. Stuart won several awards in 2022, including The Best New Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Tees Business Awards, Insider’s 42 under 42 list, Leather Products Retailer of the Year in the North East Prestige Awards, and Best Men’s Luxury Leather Goods and Accessories Retailer (North East) in the Northern Enterprise Awards.

Charles Fawcett, founder and managing director of Twisted Automotive, said: “Just as a Land Rover Defender is handed down through generations, so is quality leatherware. We’re offering people the complete package by teaming up with Stuart at Coupland Leather. Craftsmanship is at the heart of both businesses, so it makes sense to work together.”

Coupland Leather now exports its handcrafted products worldwide and has partnerships with Araminta Campbell, Master Debonair and the Jet Centre, as well as selling through the Coupland Leather website.

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