Find a UK Clothing Manufacturer
Are you looking for a UK clothing manufacturer?
Want to find a British textile factory?
Struggling to find a machinist that can make your samples?
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!
Here are some ways we can help you find a UK clothing manufacturer:
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.