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Founder Stories

Learn from the best British brands and find out how they’ve successfully built their businesses in the UK.

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093 – Made in UK Clothing Hit by Huge US Tariffs

From 18th October 2019 many UK-made clothing items exported to the US will face tariffs of 25% In this episode I discuss what items are affected and what this means for British brands that manufacture in the UK. Stay in […]

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088 – A Visit to a Footwear Factory – Crown Northampton

Join me on a tour round Crown Northampton’s footwear factory In this episode I chat to Chris Woodford, owner of Chancery Footwear, the factory which makes the Crown Northampton collection, and Mark Higgs, brand manager for Crown Northampton. Launched only

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086 – Pippa Dziubinski, The Little Art Collection

When Pippa Dziubinski started a business making printed bamboo baby muslins 2 years ago one of the most important things was being able to make the product in the UK. But she faced many of the same struggles that other

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084 – A Visit to Duchess China and Heraldic Pottery

A trip to Stoke-on-Trent this week to visit one of the last remaining potteries. I meet Andy Tooth and Jason Sims, owners of Heraldic Pottery, a company which bespoke prints fine bone china and glassware for designers and illustrators. More

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077 – Tony Kelly, Firmin & Sons – The Queen’s Button Maker

Join me on a factory tour around the Her Majesty The Queen’s button maker. Established in 1655, Firmin & Sons are the oldest, privately-owned manufacturing company in the UK. At their prestigious metalworks in Birmingham they make not only buttons, but also

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072 Live! – Tom Glover, Peregrine – 100% Made in England

Tom Glover is from a family manufacturing business originally founded in Wigston in Leicester in 1796. He graduated with a degree in product design, and used his design skills to create the Peregrine clothing brand. He knew that the way forward

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070 Live! – Barbara Burton, Behind Bras

There are around 3,800 women in UK prisons at any one time and only one in ten are able to get a job when they leave. It costs £46,000 a year to put women in prison in the UK –

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064 Live! – Kate Dawson, The All in One Company

Kate Dawson is the founder of the All in One Company which celebrates its 10th year in 2019. In this inspiring and moving talk Kate tells of the highs and lows of founding the UK’s original onesie company.  Made entirely