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Should the UK Government be buying British?

MP demands to know why Parliament aren’t serving on plates made in Stoke-on-Trent When Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth noticed plates in the...

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Cotton: The mills are alive with the sound of sewing

Make it British helped put together this piece for  BBC News about the regeneration of the UK cotton supply chain The film follows...

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UK textile manufacturers survey
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2017 ends on a high for UK textile manufacturers

The annual Make it British survey of fashion and textile manufacturers has revealed that 2017 has been another great year for the sector.  This...

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Why I quit my corporate job to save UK manufacturing
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Why I left my corporate job to save UK manufacturing…and why I'll never go back

In 2008 I left my well-paid job as a fashion buyer with a mission to do something about the decline in UK manufacturing....

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Leicester Clothes the World
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Can Leicester get back to it's garment manufacturing heyday?

Over 60 businesses and stakeholders came together in Leicester last week to develop a plan to support the growing demand for UK garment...

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Adam Mansell UKFT
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Interview: Adam Mansell, CEO of UK Fashion & Textile Association

We interviewed Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion & Textile Association. Read the interview to find out how his organisation helps fashion...

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export British-made brand
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11 reasons why you should be exporting your British-made brand

Recent figures show that UK exports of British-made products are at their highest for 7 years. If you are a British-made brand or...

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Why more British brands should open a factory in the UK

As Clarks announces plans for a factory to bring its shoe production back to the UK, we look at why and how other...

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cost of making a t shirt in the UK
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Is making clothing in the UK really more expensive?

We don’t think so, and we’ll show you why… There is a myth that making clothing in the UK is much more expensive...

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made in uk ranked 4th
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Made in UK label is one of the most respected in the world finds survey

A recent survey has shown what we suspected all along, that the ‘made in UK’ label is one of the most highly prized...

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sewing factories in the UK
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Why are more women setting up sewing factories in the UK?

Despite sewing traditionally being seen as a ‘woman’s job’ there are still few women running sewing factories in the UK. On International Women’s...

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Irish linen
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The Irish linen industry and my tour of the textile manufacturers of Northern Ireland

The Irish linen industry once employed over 40 percent of Northern Ireland’s working population, but sadly most of the mills have since closed...

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Government's industrial strategy uk manufacturing
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How the Government's industrial strategy could help UK manufacturers

I was invited on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show today to talk about the announcement of the Government’s green paper on its industrial strategy...

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Make it British on BBC Breakfast

45% of UK textile manufacturers say business is better than last year finds research by Make it British for BBC

Business is booming for UK textile manufacturers, but the skills shortage is still holding it back, according to Make it British research carried...

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make it British campaign authentic
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Why authenticity is important to us

…and why Make it British is not affiliated with any other ‘made in Britain’ campaigns… I was recently contacted by a web developer,...

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Will you be flying the flag for Made in Britain post-Brexit?

Will you buy more British-made products when the UK leaves the EU? Enter our poll and let’s find out! I took part in...

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Calling on British-made businesses to join a trade mission to China

There’s never been a better time for British-made brands to sell into China. Enterprise Nation’s small business trade mission to Hong Kong & China...

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The Great British Debate
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Can we make it all here? The Great British Debate decides…

Yes, we can make it all here, but first a lot needs to be done in terms of investment, education, public perception and...

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Textile and total manufacturing output since 1948 (Source: ONS)
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Is there really a decline in the UK production of textiles and leathergoods?

Latest ONS figures show an 8% decrease in textile production over the last two years – really?  This month the Office for National...

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Is Kickstarter the best place to find new British-made brands?

Brands turn to crowd-funding to raise money for products made in Britain If like me you like to keep an eye out for interesting...

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Is the Government supporting UK manufacturing?
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What does the Government's latest announcement of support for UK Manufacturing mean?

Will the launch of Reshore UK help small businesses support British manufacturing? Today we welcomed the news that the UK Government has launched...

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What does the future hold for the British Pewter Industry?

Is one of Britain’s oldest manufacturing trades dying out? Or is collaboration between pewter makers and new designers helping them to survive? Changing...

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Does the future of British manufacturing lie in digital technology?

We look at how 3D printing is changing British manufacturing The Science Museum in London is currently holding an exhibition titled ‘3D: printing...

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