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What do shoppers really think about buying British-made products?

Our survey reveals that Brits associate British-made products with quality and value. Make it British recently carried out a survey to find out...

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Scarlet Argent Cashmere Teddy Bear
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What's the link between one of the oldest textile mills in the UK and the Royal baby?

Answer: Quite a few actually. When the much-awaited Royal baby makes an appearance in July 2013, it will no doubt mean a deluge...

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Pearce Leather
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Pearce Leather – gone, but not forgotten

This stunning Art Deco building was once home to W. Pearce & Co, one of the largest tanneries in England W.Pearce & Co...

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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...

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How craftsmanship is returning to the UK Tableware Industry

Designer/Makers are teaming up with small UK manufacturers to bring their designs to a wider audience As someone who has been working in...

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M&S Best of British collection – is it any good?

Marks & Spencer previewed their forthcoming Best of British range this week, and we got a sneak peak… When Marks and Spencer announced...

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Primark
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Bangladesh tragedy – will people now stop to think where their clothes are made?

There is a reason why products made in Britain are often more expensive – safe working conditions for one. The terrible news about...

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Old Aquascutum Factory
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Old Aquascutum factory is reinvented as The Clothing Works

One of the UK’s largest clothing manufacturing units is now under new ownership and ready to take on fresh challenges Last Friday I...

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Margaret Thatcher Launer Handbag
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Margaret Thatcher and her British-made handbag

Whatever is said about Baroness Thatcher and her legacy on British manufacturing, at least her famous handbags were made in England Since Baroness...

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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...

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Sunspel Factory in Long Eaten Notts Photo: Sunspel
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'Studies in Industrial Organization'- a fascinating look into post-war manufacturing

A study into the state of UK garment & textile manufacturing in 1946 foretold of its decline. Those that read this blog regularly...

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Fake it British – the worst example yet?

High Street retailer is caught mis-labeling product as Made in England  – an attempt to confuse or a genuine mistake? Recently I put a...

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British manufacturing apprentices
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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...

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Made in Britain labelling for ceramics

MP raises Fake it British issue in Parliament as foreign-made ceramics are passed off as Made in Stoke Anyone that reads this blog...

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Vitsœ: standing up to a world that favours new over better

What can Vitsœ’s 606 Universal Shelving System teach us about living better with less that lasts longer? When people say to me that buying...

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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...

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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...

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Yarn Exchange
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Sites we love: Yarn Exchange

Yarn Exchange is the online portal that makes it possible for textile companies to trade their excess  yarn It’s such a simple idea...

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Long Live The British Factory (photo: Common Sons)
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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...

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HP Sauce - no longer very British
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The HP Sauce backlash: "I'm not buying it anymore if it's not made in Britain"

Fans of HP Sauce are up in arms to discover that the production of their favourite Full English accompaniment is no longer made...

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British-made bicycles: then and now

We love the contrast of these two films portraying British bicycle manufacturing – one from 1945, and the other made 8 decades later...

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