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Frequently Asked Questions

About Make it British

How can I contact you?

Live Chat

By far the quickest way of getting a response is to use the live chat box on this website.

Social Media

I'm pretty active on social media so just pick your favourite one from this list to message me:

Facebook

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Linkedin

Instagram

Email

Or you can get in touch via email at hello@makeitbritish.co.uk

What do you classify as Made in UK?

In order for you to classify your product as 'made in the UK' it must have undergone its last substantial change in the United Kingdom.

For more details as to how we classify this please click here.

It's important to mention that due to Brexit the rules of origin are changing but are as yet unconfirmed. 

Note: We use the term 'made in the UK' and 'made in Britain' interchangeably, although technically made in Britain does not cover Northern Ireland.

How is Make it British funded?

Make it British is a private initiative and receives no external funding or grants.  

Make it British is able to continue to champion UK manufacturing and British-made brands via our membership and carefully vetted affiliate links on the website.

Can I be a guest on your podcast?

I love interviewing guests on the Make it British Podcast!

If you have a great great story to share with our listeners about UK manufacturing or about building a UK-made brand then we'd love you to get in touch.

Will you speak at my event?

I'm always interested in spreading the word about UK manufacturing and am open to invitations to speak at events.  

If you have a speaking opportunity at you think would be relevant please contact me at hello@makeitbritish.co.uk

About promoting a UK-made brand

How do I get featured on your website?

You can join Make it British as a member to create a profile for your business in our directory and you'll receive a steady stream of referrals and sales from customers who want to buy products made in the UK.

With over 150,000 visitors a month, Make it British is the go-to destination for consumers and buyers looking for British-made goods.

Find out more here.

What is the criteria for joining Make it British?

To be eligible to be a member of Make it British you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • You sell product that is made in the UK under your own brand name
  • You sell product that is made in the UK under someone else's brand name
  • You are a manufacturer who has a factory, workshop or mill in the UK
  • You offer a service to those that manufacturer in the UK eg pattern cutter, production consultant

You must also have a company that is registered in the UK.

As part of becoming a member of Make it British we may ask for proof that you manufacture in the UK.  We reserve the right to verify this but requesting the names of the factories that you work with. Join here.

What types of business do you promote?

We support womenswear, menswear and childrenswear brands as well as stationery, ceramics, leathergoods and furniture manufacturers - and literally anything else you can sell to a consumer that is produced here in the UK!  

Our general rule of thumb is - if you can sell it in a department store then you will do well on our site.

About making in the UK

Can you help me find a UK Manufacturer?

Yes! Make it British can help you find a UK manufacturer if:

- You are starting a brand and want to make your products in the UK

- You are currently manufacturing overseas and want to reshore some or all of your production

- You are already manufacturing in the UK and want to find additional manufacturers to work with

- You have already contacted manufacturers and they’re not getting back to you

Take a look here at the various ways I can help you find the right UK manufacturer for your business > Find a UK Manufacturer 

Please note that I can't give names of manufacturers out over DMs or email.  For me to give you good recommendations and advice I need to understand about your business. There's also a certain way that you should be approaching manufacturers so the best way to ask me to help you find a manufacturer is by following the link above.

What types of products do you specialise in?

Make it British can help you find UK manufacturers for textiles, clothing, handbags, accessories or homeware.

Take a look here at the various ways I can help you find the right UK manufacturer for your business > Find a UK Manufacturer

There are some products that are not possible to have made in the UK at the moment. I can advise where this is the case.

Can I label my product as made in the UK?

Currently in order for you to classify your product as 'made in the UK' it must have undergone its last substantial change in the United Kingdom.

For more details as to how we classify this please click here.

Please note, due to Brexit the rules of origin are changing but are as yet unconfirmed. 

Can I pick your brains / have a coffee with you?

Much as I would love to speak or pop out for a coffee with everyone who asks me, there is simply not enough hours in the day. 

I need to make sure that the people I do take the time out to speak to are the ones who I can give good advice to and support on their journey to manufacturing in the UK. 

The best way to do this is to fill in my 'work with me' form so I can understand about your business and requirements. Then I can let you know the best way I can help you. 

About buying British-made goods

Should everything I buy be made in the UK?

We know that not everything can be made in the UK, and we are not suggesting that you should only buy UK-made products.

However, we do believe that where products are made in the UK - we should be buying them.

Buying UK-made goods means a lower carbon footprint as goods aren't being transported thousands of miles. It supports local jobs and economies and keeps skills alive in the UK that will be lost if we don't continue to support those who are making here.

Can I buy a UK-made electric kettle?

Unfortunately, we aren’t aware of anyone that makes electric kettles in the UK at the moment. Only stovetop ones such as Simplex.

Brands often use terms like ‘designed in the UK‘, ‘developed in the UK‘ or ‘engineered in the UK‘ to give the impression that you are buying a product that is manufactured in the UK when, in fact, it's not. Find out more here.

Why do products made in the UK seem expensive?

UK-made goods are, in the main, very high-quality meaning they cost more to make, and therefore buy, but they will last a very long time.

We often receive messages from people telling us that they can’t afford to buy British-made goods. But in fact it may be the most cost effective option.

When cost per wear is calculated, more expensive items often turn out to be cheaper in the long run.

Find out more about cost per wear here.

Can I suggest a British-made brand for your directory?

Yes! We'd love to hear your suggestions.

If you know of a brilliant UK-made brand we haven't featured in our directory drop us a line to tell us about it here.