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

Deborah Lyons and Piarve Wetshi Last Yarn Where to source deadstock fabric podcast episode
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Where to source deadstock fabric – Deborah Lyons & Piarvé Wetshi, Last Yarn

In an effort to be more sustainable, designers are looking to deadstock fabric to use in small quantities. But where do they go to find it? Deborah Lyons and Piarvé Wetshi share their innovative solution in this episode.

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The top 6 business trends in 2022 for brands that make in the UK

If you have a business making or selling products that are made in the UK, what are the biggest trends that will impact you in 2022? Here I share my top 6 business trends for this year.

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Reflecting on 2021 and my favourite episodes of the year

In this episode, I reflect on how much things have changed over the past couple of years for us at Make it British, as I am sure they have for you.

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Running a conscious, luxury womenswear brand championing diversity, Shanna Bent, Maison Bent

Shanna Bent is the founder of the conscious fashion brand Maison Bent. In this interview, she talks about how to get press for your fashion brand and how her Jamaican grandparents who came to the UK during the Windrush era, have impacted her outlook on life and business.

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How to plan for 2022 – and why you need to when you are working with manufacturers!

In this episode, I give you tips on how to plan for 2022 and why you need to when you’re working with manufacturers!

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Charlotte Raffo, The Monkey Puzzle Tree podcast
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Celebrating the North of England’s creativity and manufacturing, Charlotte Raffo, The Monkey Puzzle Tree

Charlotte Raffo is the founder of The Monkey Puzzle Tree, a homeware brand that creates award-winning, artist-designed interiors with a twist.

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Podcast episode 206 more to marketing your brand than Instagram
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There’s more to marketing your brand than just Instagram!

Just can’t get your head around Instagram? In this episode, I tell you there is more to marketing your business than just Instagram!

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A visit to Shahtex to see seamless garment production

In this interview, I chat with Tejas and Pramod Shah of Shahtex in Leicester about their newest investment in circular knitting machines

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Lucy Jones Lingerie made in the UK podcast episode
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Making luxury lingerie in the UK – Lucy Jones, Lucy Jones Lingerie

Lucy Jones was the founder of a luxury lingerie brand back in the 1980s. She tells why she decided to relaunch after 2 decades later.

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Mars Knitwear podcast episode
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30 years of knitwear manufacturing in Leicester with Mars Knitwear

From mass manufacturing to premium garments, join me on a trip to Leicester to meet Said Saleh and Keith Cummings from Mars Knitwear.

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Monika the Label
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How I dealt with the copycats and came out on top, Monika Young, Monika the Label

Monika tells the story of how she set up and her brand, and what actions she took when she discovered her original designs and prints being copied by fast-fashion online retailers. 

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Podcast episode 201 British-made brands
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7 things that successful British-made brands do

In this first episode of series 4 of the Make it British podcast, I look at what British-made brands do to make it great.

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20 tips for building a great UK-made business
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20 tips for building a great UK-made business

To celebrate 200 episodes, I’m bringing you a summary from 21 of the Make it British members that I have interviewed over the last few years.

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11 tips for starting a UK-made brand

Starting any business can be tough – especially one that involves making products! Here’s my 11 tips for starting a UK-made brand.

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How long does it take to launch a new product?

How long will it take me to launch a new product if you make it in the UK? It involves taking into account several different variables. All of which I cover in this episode.

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The importance of quality Maria Grachvogel podcast

From the archive: The Importance of Quality – Maria Grachvogel, Maria Grachvogel London

Maria Grachvogel, renowned fashion designer, talks about reshoring her production to the UK and the importance of garment quality

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How to follow up with a manufacturer podcast episode 196

From the archive: How to follow up with a manufacturer

In this episode I give you some great tips on how to make sure that you get a response back after you follow up with a manufacturer

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English Fine Cottons Andy Ogden Podcast episode

From the archive: Made in Britain Starts Here – Andy Ogden, English Fine Cottons

Listen to this episode of the Make it British Podcast (41:48) 0.75x 1x 1.25x 1.5x 2x 0:0041:48 From the archive: Made in Britain…

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From the archive: What To Do When Manufacturing Goes Wrong

In this episode, we look at the main reasons why manufacturing mistakes occur and how to resolve the situation if they come up

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Podcast episode 193 Running the oldest factory in the UK

From the archive: Running the Oldest Factory in the UK – Ian Maclean MBE, John Smedley

John Smedley are known as one of the finest knitwear manufacturers in the world. Join me as I interview Ian Maclean, managing director

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From the archive: Why you should visit a factory

If you’re developing a product, it’s essential you plan a factory visit! Find out my 7 reasons why you should visit a factory

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Julie Deane CBE Podcast Episode

From the archive: Building a great British brand – Julie Deane CBE, Cambridge Satchel Company

Julie Deane CBE, who set up The Cambridge Satchel Company, tells me how she got the now multi-million-pound business to where it is today

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

From the archive: Why UK manufacturers don’t sample for free

Find out why UK manufacturers don’t make samples for free and how this can actually be a good thing for developing a partnership with them

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Podcast 189 Labour Behind the Label

From the archive: Calling out Boohoo for using unethical garment factories – Dominique Muller, Labour Behind the Label

In June 2020, Labour Behind the Labour produced a damning report against Boohoo for using unethical garment factories

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