The Make it British blog has been shining a (very bright but energy efficient) light on all-things-local since 2011.

Globe-Trotter suitcase

How a Globe-Trotter suitcase is made

Steve Lancefield’s stunning photos taken inside the Globe-Trotter factory in Hertfordshire depict the craftsmanship that goes into making each suitcase The Globe-Trotter suitcase company was established in Germany in 1897 by an Englishman named David Nelkin. He relocated the company […]


Innovation and expansion in British carpet design and manufacture

The unique collaboration between Timorous Beasties and Brintons Carpets was highlighted last week in a fascinating talk organised as part of the Clerkenwell Design Week festival. Founded in 1783, Kidderminster based Brintons Carpets, a worldwide market leader in the supply of

Save a British button manufacturer

British button manufacturer James Grove & Sons went into administration in December 2012 – but now there is a new business rising from its ashes James Grove was the last horn button manufacturer in Britain, and when the business closed


UK Manufacturers say Government is failing them

Survey reveals UK manufacturers less confident now than before the coalition came to power The results of a survey of 1000 manufacturers carried out by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers last month showed that the Government could be doing more

British manufacturing apprentices

Why more British manufacturers should be taking on apprentices

As National Apprenticeship Week approaches we look at why more British manufacturers need to invest in the next generation [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFTt8PYls0I] With UK manufacturing now showing signs of growth it is very depressing to read that it is a lack

Scottish lace manufacturers: MYB Textiles

Video of the last remaining Scottish lace producer shows the skill required to produce this delicate fabric [vimeo http://vimeo.com/38014104] MYB Textiles, based in Ayrshire in Scotland, specialise in producing lace for interiors, and are one of the few remaining lace

Why are British factories turning away business?

We look at why UK manufacturers might be saying ‘no’ to potential orders This week I had an email from a lady who was having trouble getting her new handbag range made in the UK. She had approached a small

Debenhams in 'Fake it British' campaign shocker

Retail giant promotes new Made in Britain range with product made overseas This week British department store Debenhams announced that it was developing a new range for its stores that supported British manufacturing. Entitled ‘Made by Great Britons’, the range of

Long Live The British Factory (photo: Common Sons)

Who says nothing is made in Britain anymore?

Eighteen months ago we set out to prove to people that there was still products made in Britain – and now there are more than ever As a nation, Britain has had a long and successful history of making things.

How popular is made in Britain fashion?

BBC asks 'How popular is made in Britain fashion?'

News feature by BBC makes depressing viewing as retail experts declare price sole driver of British buying decisions Last week the BBC News posed the question of how much of the clothing bought in the UK is actually made in this

10 great reasons to support local manufacturing

A video showing why Ally Capellino uses a Hackney factory to make 40% of her bags inspired us to come up with our top 10 reasons to support local manufacturing The below video is one of a series by DISC (the Designer


How The Cambridge Satchel Company fought back and won

The story of how British bag makers The Cambridge Satchel Company ended up receiving an undisclosed sum from rival bag firm Zatchels in an out of court settlement It goes something like this…The Cambridge Satchel Company was launched by Julie

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Sites we love: The Harris Tweed Authority blog

Sharing the websites that we love to read about products made in Britain – the first of these is the Harris Tweed Authority blog What’s it all about? Harris Tweed is a fabric dyed and spun in the Scottish Outer

Margaret Howell documents the best of British manufacturers

Designer supports British manufacturers with a map depicting location of British suppliers Margaret Howell has produced a stunning map, currently displayed in the window of eponymous London store, showing all of the British manufacturers that the company uses.

The decline of the Lancashire cotton mills

The decline of the Lancashire cotton mills

A little history lesson on the Lancashire cotton mills and a great video made by the British council in 1941 Did you know that Britain used to be the biggest cotton cloth producer in the world? The mechanised spinning and

Kinky Knickers

Kinky Knickers by Mary Portas

Mary Portas launches Kinky Knickers made in her British factory – and they’re not pants at all (If you are looking for stockists of Kinky Knickers see the bottom of this page) I must admit that when I reported back

Some interesting statistics on UK manufacturing

An article in this weeks Sunday Times, entitled ‘Made in Britain is so much sweeter’, has some interesting statistics on UK manufacturing. Apparently manufacturing accounts for only 11% of gross domestic product today, compared to 22% 20 years ago. There