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Find a UK Clothing Manufacturer

So you're looking for a UK clothing manufacturer. You’ve made the right decision by coming to Make it British! We can help you on your UK manufacturing journey from finding the perfect UK clothing manufacturer to guiding you through the process of developing your products from start to finish.

 

I want to see more and more businesses giving work to UK factories, that's part of the reason that I set up Make it British. I know all of the best places to go, and I want to make sure you do too.

 

Over the last ten years hundreds of designers, buyers and retailers have worked with Make it British to find UK clothing, textile and handbag manufacturers and we’d be delighted to help you too!

We can help you to find a UK manufacturer if:

You are starting a brand and want to make your products in the UK - we have helped many start ups take the first steps in launching a brand made in the UK.

You are currently manufacturing overseas and want to reshore some or all of your production - our clients have included high street retailers, multi-million turnover businesses, and even the UK Cabinet Office, all of whom wanted to find local manufacturers to switch production to.

You are already manufacturing in the UK and want to find additional manufacturers to work with - it’s always a good idea to have a portfolio of manufacturers that you work with once your brand is more established. We can help put you in touch with the very best UK manufacturers.

You have already contacted manufacturers and they’re not getting back to you - nine times out of ten this is a communication issue. We can advise ways to help guarantee you get a response from a manufacturer every time!

We can’t help you if:

You are just looking for the cheapest manufacturer you can find. If you are solely focused on price then a UK manufacturer is not likely the right fit for you.

You plan to just use a UK factory to sample your products and then place the production order with a factory in China - but we can recommend sampling specialists who can help you with product development and who charge accordingly.

You want to make something very specialist and no manufacturer exists for it in the UK - we can’t magic factories out of thin air if they don’t exist. BUT we can advise whether you are being realistic in what you’re trying to achieve.

Here are some ways we can help you find a UK clothing manufacturer:

Browse our manufacturers directory containing the profiles of all our manufacturing members.

Discover our comprehensive list of UK clothing, accessory & textile manufacturers, supplier & services.

Need more bespoke help? Tell me about your UK manufacturing project to find out how we can work together.

Not all UK clothing manufacturers are created equal!

Finding your perfect manufacturer can be an ongoing journey and is never as simple as a ‘quick fix’ one manufacturer suits all.

 

That’s why when people contact me and ask me to give them the name of a garment manufacturer I always say no. Because it’s not like asking me to give you the name of a cleaner, or a doctor. Because each one is different.

 

Just like with lawyers they all specialise in different areas of the law, so you wouldn’t ask a lawyer who helps you buy a house to also sort out your divorce for you, manufacturers are similar.

 

Bear in mind, a manufacturer that you start to work with at the beginning of your product development journey, may be very different to one that you use five years down the line.

 

So having the ability to know how to select manufacturers can be a very important skill to have if you plan to make any sort of product.

 

Also, manufacturers themselves can change over time. They come and go, go under new management, or change direction. So it’s always good to stay on top of who in the UK can make what you need.

 

You may also find yourself wanting to develop different products in the future.

Wondering why you should be looking for a UK clothing manufacturer? Here's 10 great reasons.

1. You can build good relationships with your manufacturers
Being able to meet face to face with your manufacture aids communication and demonstrates that you mean business.

 

2. It gives you more control
With greater communication comes greater control.  You can check on progress, on quality control and negotiate better when your factory is within easy reach.

 

3. You can develop ideas with your factory
Being able to meet with your manufacturer in person opens up the opportunity for them to share their experience with you. They can suggest materials and techniques that you might not even have heard of to improve your product.

 

4. You are never more than a few hours away if there is a problem
Things do, and probably will, go wrong in manufacturing.  Keeping your manufacturing local means you can get to, and resolve, any issues quickly.

 

5. You don’t wait months for the finished product to arrive
Fast delivery is possible to and from anywhere within the UK. No more waiting weeks while your new stock is at sea.  You can have your product on the shelves, ready to sell, straight away.

 

6. Customers appreciate a ‘made in Britain’ label
The Made in UK label has value at home and overseas – the perception of quality has been formed over years of producing exceptional goods using fine craftsmanship and materials. Find out more about the value of made in UK here.

 

7. It helps create employment in the UK
The more products that are made in the UK, the more job security and opportunities there will be.

 

8. The carbon footprint of a product is reduced if it is made locally
By simply taking out the travel to and from an overseas manufacturer, and the shipping of samples and goods, you will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your product. Find out more about why manufacturing in the UK is more sustainable here.

 

9. Enjoy the sense of pride that your products are made in Britain
We have a strong heritage of design and manufacturing in Britain. You can be proud that your brand is British-made and know that it will add value to your customers here and overseas.

 

10. Great Britain becomes a nation of makers again
You are reinforcing the manufacturing sector by making your product here.  If you can make it here – you should. Otherwise, we will lose the manufacturers and the skills needed to make the high-quality products we are known for.

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Who we've already helped find a UK Manufacturer

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