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Kate Hills shines the light on British brands and manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses. With tips, hints and tricks to help you manufacture in the UK and buy British.


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10 Things that make British-made businesses great

In this episode I look back over the first 100 episodes of this show to find out what makes British-made businesses great. There…

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099 – Should raw materials come from the UK to call a product British?

There is a lot of confusion about the labelling of products. Can we truly call something ‘made in the UK’ if the raw…

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098 – From Artist to Bespoke Gift Business – Corinne Lewis-Ward, Powder Butterfly

Corinne Lewis-Ward is an artist and designer who is the founder of Powder Butterfly; a design studio that creates a range of British…

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097 – 13 Factories in 3 Days!

It’s so important to get out there and meet manufacturers if you are developing a product. In this episode I explain the reasons…

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096 – A visit to an umbrella factory – Richard Ince, James Ince & Sons

Take a tour round a traditional East End umbrella factory with me as we visit James Ince & Sons. Richard Ince is the…

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095 – How to validate your UK-made product idea

Lots of people try to launch a business or collection with a huge range of products. They then find they don’t have enough…

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094 – How to crowdfund your brand – Sophie Slater, Birdsong

How can you grow a clothing brand sustainably and ethically? In this interview I speak to the inspiring Sophie Slater from Birdsong who…

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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…

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092 – Elaine Stewart, Longthorne Guns – The Ultimate English Shotgun

England used to be one of the biggest manufacturers of shotguns in the world, but sadly, like many manufacturing industries in the UK,…

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091 – Britwashing. What is it? and how to avoid it

You’ve probably heard of greenwashing? But how about Britwashing? This episode tells you everything you need to know about what Britwashing is, and…

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090 – From Idea to International Stockists, SEAMS

Karen Gerrard launched SEAMS because she spotted a gap in the market for a healing hand cream that could be used by milliners…

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089 – Why aren’t manufacturers getting back to your emails?

Reaching out to manufacturers and struggling to get a response? Don’t be like Mr Vague, Mr Long, Mr Price and Mr Clueless –…

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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…

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087 – Help, I’m Launching a Product and I Don’t Know Where to Start!

If you’ve got an idea for a product but you’re tearing your hair out because you don’t know what the next steps are,…

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086 – Pippa Dziubinski, The Little Art Collection

When Pippa Dziubinski started a business making printed bamboo baby muslins two years ago one of the most important things was being able…

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085 – The Mistake to Avoid when Developing a Made in UK Range

Are you making this one big mistake when developing a made in the UK product? On today’s episode I tell you how to…

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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…

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083 – Getting Your Product Pricing Right

It’s very difficult to raise your prices for a product after you have launched it or communicated it to your customers. So how…

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082 – Joel Chudleigh, Made to Last – Product Longevity for Sustainability

Isn’t it disappointing when you buy something you love and it then needs replacing? Joel Chudleigh wants to solve that problem, by helping…

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081 – What Affects a Garment’s Cost Price?

Why do two similar looking items often cost totally different prices, even in the same shop?  A lot of it is to do…

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080 – Mustafa Fuat, Gosha London – Behind the Scenes of a High-End Garment Manufacturer

Join me on a journey around the Gosha London studio to find out what the life of a high-end garment manufacturer is really…

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079 – 8 ways in which a UK-made product is more sustainable

If you’re purchasing something new does seeking out a product that is made in the UK offer sustainability benefits over one made overseas?…

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078 Katie Walker – Designing & Manufacturing Furniture in the UK

Katie Walker studied furniture at The Royal College of Art in the mid-90s and has had her own business making furniture in the…

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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 – Firmin & Sons. Established in 1655, Firmin &…

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