British manufacturing from the web this week: English shoes | Hanna Hats | Skills shortage
The Queen’s cabinet maker has bemoaned the fact that more traditional manufacturing, such as furniture making, is not getting the funding it needs to help its skills shortage – “Traditional manufacturing isn’t sexy; the Government is only interested in things with wheels on; trains, planes and automobiles.”
A few months ago the launch of Mark Prisk’s Make it in Great Britain campaign also highlighted to us the fact that engineering was more of a focus for the government’s upcoming exhibition than fashion and textiles were.
Simon Crompton puts over a sound case for why buying British made footwear is a good investment. For further information on which brands still make their shoes here, check out the article that we published a while back entitled English Shoes: Ten brands that are still made in the UK – it certainly caused a lot of debate as to which brands were genuinely 100% British.
Manufacture & Industry have a short piece on the Irish manufacturer Hanna Hats, who’s owner John comes up with the following quote about why great craftsmanship will win through: “the passion will be seen in the finished product. There is a market there for it. I think it can be re-established, and employment can go on the up-scale, if we can instill that in the minds of people again.”