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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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041 – Paul Smithers, Halcyon Blue – The Challenges of Making Swimwear in the UK

Why is swimwear so difficult to make when the products look so simple? This is one of the questions that I put to...

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040 – How I set up a trade show for UK-made brands and manufacturers

How our trade show came about – and how it nearly went horribly wrong! In 2014 I had the idea to set up...

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039 – Genevieve Sweeney, Knitwear Designer – Building a Premium British Knitwear Brand

In this episode of the Make it British podcast I discuss a love of knitwear, in particular the lost art of hand-intarsia, with...

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038 – Why you should visit a factory

I think visiting a factory is essential for anyone that is developing a new product One of the benefits of making in the...

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037 – Debbie Humphreys, Redhound for Dogs – Finding a Winning Business Formula

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best Debbie Humphreys stumbled across her business idea when she took ownership of a whippet called Bruno...

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Can I label my product as made in the UK?

036 – Can I label my product as made in the UK?

What are the rules surrounding whether you can label a product as made in the UK? “Can I label my product as made...

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035 – Katherine Hooker – Creating the Perfect Coat

Katherine Hooker started her business with one garment and has been perfecting it ever since In this episode designer Katherine Hooker tells the...

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034 – Should I Use Made in Britain or Made in UK?

When it comes to labelling your products what is the best term to use? Made in Britain, made in the UK, or something...

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033 – Andy Ogden, English Fine Cottons – Made in Britain Starts Here

Cotton spinning has returned to the UK! Greater Manchester was once known as cottonopolis because it was the home to the world’s cotton...

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Ethical Audit Committee Report on Sustainability in the UK Fashion Industry

This week the Government released the Ethical Audit Committee’s report into sustainability of the UK fashion industry. The report raised the issue of...

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031 – Mick Cheema, Basic Premier – Life as an Ethical Clothing Manufacturer in Leicester

What’s it really like being a clothing manufacturer in Leicester? In this episode we hear from Mick Cheema, who runs garment factory Basic...

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ethical audit committee report on the sustainability of the uk fashion industry

030 – My favourite British-made Footwear Brands

You may have heard of English shoemakers such as Church’s, Cheaneys and Tricker’s, but there are quite a few other footwear brands that...

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029 – Adam Mansell, UKFT – Guiding the Textile Industry Through Brexit

How can the fashion industry prepare for Brexit? In this episode I catch up with Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion and...

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028 – Retailers Under Fire for UK Sourcing Practices

House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Interim Report on the Sustainability of the Fashion Industry Last week the UK Government released its interim report...

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027 – Mat Booth, Both Barrels – The Importance of Collaboration

In this episode I chat to product designer Mat Booth, founder of accessory and luggage brand Both Barrels. Mat founded Both Barrels a...

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026 – Why UK Manufacturers Don’t Sample For Free

Should manufacturers make samples for free? Some people think manufacturers should do any initial work for no charge in order to pitch for...

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024 – Is the UK Manufacturing Revival Over?

Is the news that Clarks may close its brand new footwear factory in Somerset a sign that the UK manufacturing revival is over?...

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023 – Sian Reekie, The Hettie Trading Co. – My Manufacturing Journey

Sian Reekie of The Hettie Company shares her experiences setting up a British-made lifestyle brand I’m delighted to welcome long-standing Make it British...

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022 – Is Making in the UK Really More Expensive?

Is it really more expensive to make in the UK? Or is there a reason that some of the most profitable retailers are...

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021 – Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter – What I’ve Learnt from Running a Clothing Factory

Meet Jenny Holloway, owner of Fashion Enter, a social enterprise garment factory based in North London. Jenny not only manufactures for small brands and...

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020 – Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 5

Preparing to meet a manufacturer Over the last 4 episodes we’ve looked at products, materials, prices and MOQS. Today’s show covers how to...

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019 – Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 4

What is an MOQ and why do manufacturers have them? A minimum order quantity (or MOQ) is the lowest amount that a manufacturer...

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018 – Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge! This episode tackles how to price a product. There are a few...

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017 – Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 2

Can a manufacturer source materials for you? Whilst some manufacturers may be able to source raw materials for you, depending on the product,...

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