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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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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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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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016 – Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 1

Ever wondered why a manufacturer didn’t get back to your emails? Listen to this episode of the podcast to find out the top...

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015 – Top 9 Manufacturing Trends for 2019

What will the next year hold for UK manufacturing in 2019? In this episode I look at some of the trends that I...

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014 – Ian Maclean, John Smedley – Running the Oldest Factory in the UK

In this episode I chat to Ian Maclean, managing director of John Smedley – the oldest operating factory in the world. John Smedley...

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013 – 10 Mistakes People Make When Starting a Brand Made in the UK

Are you thinking of starting a brand that is made in the UK, or developing a new product? In this episode I cover...

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012 – Edward Sexton, Glencroft Countrywear – Why we Support the Independent Retailers

Today I am interviewing Edward Sexton from Glencroft Countrywear, a company that have been members of Make it British from the very early...

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011 – UK Textile Manufacturing Review 2018

In this episode I look at how UK textile manufacturing fared in 2018, and what I think the future holds for 2019 and...

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010 – Katya Wildman, Bombshell – Why I Choose to Manufacture in London

What are the benefits of manufacturing locally if you are a small clothing brand? In this interview with Katya Wildman,  founder of Bombshell,...

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009 – How to Manufacture in the UK for Less

Do you think that manufacturing in the UK is more expensive? In this episode I dispel some of the myths around making in...

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008 – Bhavik Master, British Christmas Jumpers – How to Succeed with Seasonal Products

In this interview I chat with Bhavik Master, director at Leicester knitwear manufacturers Jackmasters and producers of British Christmas Jumpers Did you know...

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007 – The Best Place to Find a Manufacturer

Want to know the best place to find a UK Manufacturer? In this episode I want to talk to you about how you...

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