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Work with Manufacturers

Know what you want to make but no idea how to make enough to scale? By watching these top tip videos, you’ll open up UK manufacturing doors for you and your brand.

why you should visit your factory

288 – Why You Should Visit Your Factory

This week I’ve been in the Midlands visiting factories, which is always one of my favourite things to do. I’d planned to take my podcast mic with me and get an episode to you today with an interview with one

how do i go from idea to prototype

FAQ: How Do I Go From Idea To Prototype?

Discover the essential steps to turn your idea into a successful prototype. Get practical advice on how to bring your concept to life efficiently and cost-effectively and how to common pitfalls. FURTHER RESOURCES 5 Steps to Finding a UK Manufacturer

Make it British Podcast

264 – 12 Manufacturer Red Flags and How to Avoid Them

Welcome to Episode 264 of the Make it British Podcast! What are the red flags to watch out for when searching for a manufacturer, particularly if you’re starting your search on Google or another search engine? From misleading claims of

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245 – How to Plan Your Production

When it comes to manufacturing a product, planning is critical! In this episode, I cover exactly what you need to have prepared before going ahead with your production. You’ll also find out what a critical path is, why you need

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236 – How to Find a UK Manufacturer

Do you want to manufacture in the UK but factories keep giving your efforts the silent treatment? This one’s for you. In this episode, I share five actionable tips for things that you can do before you start to reach

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232 – What is a Manufacturing Agreement?

When you get a product manufactured, most of the time everything will go as planned. But what about the odd occasion when it doesn’t? It’s always better to have thought about what could go wrong in advance, and make sure

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227 – The Cost of Choosing the Wrong Manufacturer

If you have a limited budget to spend on product development and stock, the worst thing you can do is pick the wrong manufacturing partner. Here’s how to make sure that you don’t.   Discover: 06:00 The expensive mistakes brands make

226- The Make it British Podcast Kate Hills - Live Panel Discussion with 3 UK manufacturers

226 – Live Panel Discussion with 3 UK manufacturers

In this episode, recorded as an Instagram Live on Made in UK Day, I chat to three UK manufacturers: Karen and Neville Clokey from NC Lancaster, who make cushions in Lancashire Steff McGrath from Something Wicked, a UK-made lingerie brand

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208 – How to Plan For 2022

When you have a product-based business and you’re working with manufacturers, it’s important to have a plan in place. There’s no better time to do this than at the start of a new year. In this episode I give you

How to follow up with a manufacturer podcast episode 196

196 – How to follow up with a manufacturer

How do you follow up with a manufacturer (and have a better chance of a response)? In this episode I give you some great tips on how to make sure that you get a response back from a manufacturer ever

what to do when manufacturing goes wrong

194 – What To Do When Manufacturing Goes Wrong

Unfortunately, mistakes can and do, happen in manufacturing, but there are ways to avoid them. In this episode, we look at the main reasons that manufacturing a product usually goes wrong, how to resolve the situation if it does and

why you should visit a factory

192 – Why you should visit a factory

I think visiting a factory is essential for anyone that is developing a new product. One of the benefits of making in the UK is that factory visiting is far easier than if you are making your products overseas. In

Why UK manufacturers don't sample for free podcast episode 190

190 – Why UK manufacturers don’t sample for free

Some people think manufacturers should do any initial work for no charge in order to pitch for your business. But that’s often not the case. In this episode, I explain why many UK manufacturers charge for sampling – and how

12 questions to ask a new manufacturer

166 – 12 Questions to ask a new manufacturer

Choosing a manufacturer is one of the most important decisions you can make in the development of your products, so it’s important to find the right one. When you are assessing whether a manufacturer is a good fit for you