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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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072 Live! – Tom Glover, Peregrine – 100% Made in England

Tom Glover is from a family manufacturing business originally founded in Wigston in Leicester in 1796. He graduated with a degree in product…

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071 – The One Thing Holding UK Manufacturing Back

What’s the one thing holding UK garment manufacturing back? This week I was at the Houses of Parliament for a meeting with the…

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070 Live! – Barbara Burton, Behind Bras

There are around 3,800 women in UK prisons at any one time and only one in ten are able to get a job…

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069 Live! – Small Batch Manufacturing

What’s the best way of successfully manufacturing small quantities in the UK? In this episode, recorded at Make it British Live!, UK garment…

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068 Live! – HebTroCo, How to Make a Million in Brexit Britain

Brant Richards and Ed Oxley tell the story of how they launched British menswear brand HebTroCo. In this audio recording of the talk…

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067 Live! – Craftsmanship versus Technology

How can technology help UK textile manufacturing become more viable? Our panellists discuss what innovations and technology are helping make UK textile manufacturing…

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066 Live! – IP:The Basics and the B Word – Potter Clarkson

Want to understand more about protecting your designs? Potter Clarkson are Intellectual Property (IP) specialists, and in this talk, which was presented at…

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065 – Meet the Exhibitors from Make it British Live!

Join me as I walk you round the trade show floor at Make it British Live! Following on from the Review of Make…

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064 Live! – Kate Dawson, How Mass Customisation and Innovation are Keeping Skills Alive

How Mass Customisation and Innovation are Keeping Skills Alive Kate Dawson is the founder of the All in One Company which celebrates its…

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063 Live! – Fast or Slow Fashion: Which does the UK do best?

Fast or Slow fashion…can we have both when it comes to making in the UK? Find out what our panellists had to say,…

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062 Live! – Tori Murphy – How to get noticed by high end retailers

Interview with Tori Murphy recorded live at Make it British Live! Tori Murphy trained in textiles at the Royal College of Art and…

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061 – Review of Make it British Live!

Inspiring talks about UK manufacturing took place over the two days of Make it British Live! 2019 at The Business Design Centre, London….

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060 – Diana Kakkar, MAES London – High End Product Development in the Fashion Industry

Diana Kakkar runs a high end, small batch manufacturing unit in East London. She works with some well-known fashion designers as well as…

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059 – How to Follow Up with a Manufacturer

How do you follow up with a manufacturer (and have a better chance of a response)? I get contacted by people all the…

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058 – Peter Grey, Just Elegant – How Supermarkets Have Killed the High Street

Peter Grey is new business manager for Just Elegant – a garment manufacturer in Leicester. In this episode he gives an interesting insight…

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057 – Natalie Riachi, Riachi Studio – Follow Your Passion

Natalie Riachi has a real passion for slow fashion, and good quality luxury clothing that is well made. She grew up in Scotland…

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056 – Six Month Synopsis

As we celebrate 6 months of the Make it British podcast what have been your favourite episodes so far? This episode recaps what…

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055 – Lance Mitchell, Mitchell Interflex – The Future of the UK Woven Textile Industry

Lance Mitchell, from weaving firm Mitchell Interflex, discusses the  promising future of the UK woven textile industry. Lance’s family business was established in…

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054 – Peter Philips, Abbey England – Growing the UK Leather and Saddlery Industry

In this episode I interview Peter Philips of Abbey England about his family business based in Walsall – the heart of the saddlery…

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053 – Isabelle Ugochukwu, Isabella Queen – Launching and Growing a Premium British-Made Brand

Starting a British-made brand is a big undertaking.  Isabella Ugochukwu has done just that, and in this episode shares her advice on launching,…

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052 – Why Every Manufacturer Needs a Great Website

Simple tips for how UK manufacturers can attract the right clients by just a few changes to their websites. Sorry manufacturers, but you…

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051 – Adam Robertson, Kalopsia Collective – Small Batch Manufacturing

Kalopsia Collective is a social enterprise run by Adam Robertson and his wife Nina Falk. They do small batch manufacturing for designers and…

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050 – How to Find an Ethical Factory

With the rise in demand for ethical goods how do you find an ethical factory to produce them? The 50th episode of The…

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049 – Bianca Elgar – How to Choose the Right Manufacturer

Bianca Elgar is a print designer, and founder and creative director of the Bianca Elgar brand. I first met Bianca not long after…

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