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UK manufacturing

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Why manufacturing in the UK is more sustainable

We’re never going to stop people from buying clothing, but what we can do is aim to produce it in the most sustainable...

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Greatest threat to renaissance of British fashion manufacturing is lack of skills

If UK fashion manufacturing is to get the revival that it is looking for the skills issue needs to be addressed URGENTLY A...

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Why UK manufacturers shouldn't budge on their prices

If UK manufacturers started to charge what they were really worth then everyone would be better off…here’s why I received a call from...

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What have plates, passports and bikes got in common?

Answer: The UK Government seems to think that they are all better made elsewhere! We once had a fantastic volume bicycle manufacturing industry...

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how can we attract young people into manufacturing
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How can we make manufacturing more appealing to young people?

Does the UK’s younger generation really not have the same work ethic as the older one? Or is it just that manufacturers are...

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UK textile manufacturers survey
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2017 ends on a high for UK textile manufacturers

The annual Make it British survey of fashion and textile manufacturers has revealed that 2017 has been another great year for the sector.  This...

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Leicester Clothes the World
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Can Leicester get back to it's garment manufacturing heyday?

Over 60 businesses and stakeholders came together in Leicester last week to develop a plan to support the growing demand for UK garment...

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How reshoring his footwear manufacturing to the UK was a success for designer Joseph Azagury

We took our Facebook Live to Wimbledon Village, to interview designer Joseph Azagury in his shop and to find out more about why...

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'Why I'm bringing UK button manufacturing back' with David Courtney of Courtney & Co.

After spotting an article in Country life in 2013 calling for help to save the last remaining UK horn button manufacturer, commodities broker...

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Why more British brands should open a factory in the UK

As Clarks announces plans for a factory to bring its shoe production back to the UK, we look at why and how other...

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cost of making a t shirt in the UK
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Is making clothing in the UK really more expensive?

We don’t think so, and we’ll show you why… There is a myth that making clothing in the UK is much more expensive...

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sewing factories in the UK
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Why are more women setting up sewing factories in the UK?

Despite sewing traditionally being seen as a ‘woman’s job’ there are still few women running sewing factories in the UK. On International Women’s...

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Government's industrial strategy uk manufacturing
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How the Government's industrial strategy could help UK manufacturers

I was invited on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show today to talk about the announcement of the Government’s green paper on its industrial strategy...

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How can you play your part in the future of UK manufacturing?

Delegates and speakers at the Make it British Forum defined a clear agenda for the future of UK manufacturing – and you can all...

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UK Lanyard Makers help us to keep every last detail made in Britain

At our Meet the Manufacturer event in June, we wanted to keep everything made in Britain where possible. With tight deadlines and so...

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Good news for UK manufacturing as new Fashion Technology Academy opens

Launch of new training academy in London will help address issue of lack of skilled workers within UK fashion manufacturing The lack of...

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A visit to Lancashire Manufacturers – Day Three

The final day of my tour of the factories in Lancashire One of the British-made brands that I really admire is Walsh. Their...

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Lantex Manufacturing i Accrington
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A visit to Lancashire Manufacturers – Day Two

A report from my second day visiting the mills and factories of Lancashire First stop on day two of my tour of Lancashire...

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A visit to Lancashire Manufacturers – Day One

There are more people employed in textiles in Lancashire than any other UK region, according to a recently published report. I decided to go...

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10 Steps to Success for Working with a UK Manufacturer

Looking to manufacture goods in the UK? Here are our top tips for making it all run smoothly We get loads of enquiries here...

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Champions of UK manufacturing recognised in Queen's New Year Honours

Cambridge Satchel Founder Julie Deane, shirtmaker Emma Willis, and ceramicist Paul Cummins, are amongst those given the Queen’s Honours Manufacturing in the UK...

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Is the Government supporting UK manufacturing?
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What does the Government's latest announcement of support for UK Manufacturing mean?

Will the launch of Reshore UK help small businesses support British manufacturing? Today we welcomed the news that the UK Government has launched...

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Mary's Kinky Knickers
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Kinky Knickers manufacturer Headen & Quarmby goes into administration

Set back for British manufacturing as one of the most high profile UK clothing factories calls in the administrators UPDATE: On the 17th...

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What does the future hold for the British Pewter Industry?

Is one of Britain’s oldest manufacturing trades dying out? Or is collaboration between pewter makers and new designers helping them to survive? Changing...

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