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Kate Hills shines the light on British brands and UK manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses.
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113 – The History of Harris Tweed – Ruth Masson, Harris Tweed Hebredes

Harris Tweed cloth is renowned the world over. Woven entirely in the Outer Hebredes, using wool from the local sheep, you could say…

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112 – How you can help manufacturers at this difficult time

The number one concern for all manufacturers right now is how they are going to pay their staff. They need help to support…

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111 – Going Virtual

This episode was published on the day our Make it British Live! trade show was due to fling its doors open to 1,000s…

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110 – How the coronavirus impacts supply chains – and what we can learn from it

The coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a devastating impact on businesses all over the world. One of the industries likely to be hardest hit…

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109 – Protecting your design rights – Dids MacDonald OBE, ACID

On today’s episode we’re covering a topic that I know bothers a lot of you – how can you protect your designs from…

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Lingerie Manufacturing in the UK

108 – Lingerie Manufacturing in the UK – Steff McGrath, Something Wicked

In this episode I interview Steff McGrath, managing partner at lingerie brand Something Wicked. The collection is entirely made in the UK by…

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107 – Silk Weaving in Suffolk – Laura Gore, Vanners

Vanners is one of the oldest textile businesses in the UK. They’ve been weaving silk since 1740, and moved their weaving business from…

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106 – How to print sustainably on wool – Nick Morley, Faering

Nick Morley is the MD of Faering, an innovative, UK manufacturer that prints digitally onto wool and other natural fibres. Using the latest…

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105 – The Making of Pantherella Socks – Justin Hall, Pantherella

Pantherella was founded in 1937 and has been making high quality, lightweight socks in Leicester ever since. I took a trip to the…

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104 – How we can solve the skills issue post-Brexit – Tamara Cincik, Fashion Roundtable

Tamara Cincik has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry and is the founder of Fashion Roundtable, the secretariat for The All…

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103 – What does a manufacturer include in a cost price?

What does a manufacturer include – and NOT include – in a cost price? In this episode I breakdown what you can expect…

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102 – How does a textile mill thrive in 2020? David Collinge, John Spencer Textiles

David Collinge runs the the Burnley-based weaving business John Spencer Textiles. He is the sixth generation owner of the mill which, was originally…

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101 – Nine Manufacturing Trends for 2020 and Beyond

What will 2020 hold for UK manufacturing? In the first episode of the year, and the new series, I look at some of…

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Series 2 Make it British Podcast

Introducing Series 2 of the Make it British podcast

We’re back! Series 2 of the Make it British Podcast begins on Tuesday 7th January. You can expect to hear loads more tips…

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6 Reasons why UK-made gifts are more sustainable

Have you bought your Christmas gifts yet? Well, if you haven’t, stop right there. Before you get bombarded by all the Black Friday…

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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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