Video Course

How to Start a
UK-Made Brand

A 6-part video course with Kate Hills to get your product made in the UK.

Kate Hills -

So you've decided to start a brand and get your products made in the UK, but you don't know where to begin?

You've got a great idea for a product but don't know where to start.

Maybe you've reached out to manufacturers but none of them have got back to you.

You're new to the industry and not sure what order you need to do everything in.

You want to find manufacturers that can make small quantities and work with start-ups.

What if I told you that I'm going to give you a proven formula for getting your ideas off the ground, so that you have everything you need to start working with UK manufacturers?

Make in British Founder Kate Hills | Made in UK

Hello, I'm Kate

I’ve been passionate about UK manufacturing ever since I had my own recycled clothing company and micro-factory in the early '90s! After 20 years as a designer and buyer developing products all over the world, I launched Make it British to support creative business founders that want to make locally.

Over the last ten years, I've helped 1,000s of businesses to work with UK manufacturers. Now it's your turn!

Beth Crane - Slow Living London

"The way the course is structured is excellent. It breaks down something that feels so complex into digestible chunks. For someone who works full time in a demanding role, this felt achievable and has accelerated the process vs if I had muddled through alone and probably been stuck researching in the wrong places and in the wrong order. I loved the accountability of the assignments as this helped me stay on track.

Kate's insider tips on approaching manufacturers have made that next step less daunting - I feel I can have an informed conversation to start making the vision a reality." Beth Crane, Slow Living LDN.

6 info-packed modules and bonuses! Here's what you'll learn:

  • My proven launch framework, that will help you to get your brand off to a flying start.
  • Clarity on who your ideal customer is, so that when you launch your products they sell like hotcakes.
  • An understanding of who your REAL competitors are, so that you can develop a marketing strategy that blows them out of the water.
  • How to formulate a cost sheet , and why getting this right is your blueprint to profitability.
  • What a BOM is, and how to find raw materials that you can buy in small quantities.
  • The best way to communicate with manufacturers, so that you get an answer first time and they're keen to work with you.

By the end of this course you'll have everything you need to start working with UK manufacturers.

Carolyn Axon, Tookie

“I wish I’d done it 18 months ago! It’s given me a really good framework to build upon. It has given me a lot more confidence. When I first went to manufacturers I knew I was a small fish - but then we did the course and we got a lot slicker and we went to the manufacturers prepared and they started to talk to us. It really works!" Carolyn Axon, Tookie 

Here's the Nitty-Gritty of What We'll Cover in this Course:

  • 1

    Module 1: Customers

    You'll get clear on who your product is for and why it's important to know this before you reach out to manufacturers.
    By the end of the module you'll have defined who your ideal customer is and know how you're going to reach them.

  • 2

    Module 2: Competitors

    You'll understand the market you're selling in and who you're really competing with (I doubt it's who you think).
    By the end of the module you'll have done your market research and got a sales and marketing strategy worked out.

  • 3

    Module 3: Collection

    We'll get into the details of what products you're making and why what you leave out is as important as what you include.
    By the end of the module you'll have a definitive range plan that is affordable to produce, and that both customers and factories will love!

  • 4

    Module 4: Components

    You'll compile a list of all of the raw materials and components that you need and find out where to source them. As well as why you need to do this if you make in the UK.
    By the end of the module you'll know where you can source raw materials and have a bill of materials (BOM) mapped out.

  • 5

    Module 5: Costings

    You'll learn why it's important to have target selling prices at this stage, and what goes into your costings. Plus the one thing everyone leaves out!
    By the end of the module you'll have a cost sheet for each of your products with a realistic target cost price to aim for.

  • 6.

    Module 6: Communication

    In this final step you'll put all of your research together and begin to reach out to manufacturers. You'll also find out how best to communicate with a manufacturer to guarantee a great response.
    By the end of the module you'll be ready to start contacting manufacturers! 

You'll finish with the skills you need to confidently work with UK manufacturers.

Sue Eagle

"I now know everything I require to approach a manufacturer competently. The course was very good value for money. You don't know what you don't know! I am now a lot more informed. " Sue Eagle

Six In-Depth Video Sessions

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  • 6 Lessons Delivered in Either Video or Audio Form
  • Watch Back at Your Own Pace
  • Actionable Steps to Get You Moving Forward
  • Downloadable Worksheets to Get Your Ideas on Paper

This course to start a UK-made brand will guide you through my simple, but very effective method that I have used to help hundreds of businesses start a UK-made brand.


Make it British Courses and Workshops with Kate Hills

All Lessons Available in audio-format, delivered to your favourite podcast app

Everyone that signs up to How to Start a UK-made Brand will get all of the lessons delivered into their favourite podcast app as a special private podcast feed.

What's Included?

Get Production Ready

Everything you need know to start working with UK manufacturers.

Workbooks For Each Step

Each lesson includes a workbook for you to note down ideas and get a plan in place.

Video/Audio Lessons

Delivered by Kate in either video or audio version to listen back to in your own time.

A Clear Timeline

A clear process to ensure you move forward with your ideas and start working with manufacturers.

Easy to Follow Framework

Each step explains a stage of the process to help you to start a UK-made brand.

12 Months Access

Access to all the video recordings for twelve months after you join.

Zoe Jeffery

"It's a great resource for people who are looking to start their UK manufacturing journey." Zoe Jeffery

How Much is the Course?


Here's a Recap of Everything You Get


6 In-Depth Video Sessions

Each of the modules are covered in a video or audio track for you to watch or listen to in your own time.


Easy to Follow Framework

Inside our learning portal. Find everything you need to start your UK-made brand all in one place.


12 Months Access

All of the sessions are available for twelve months so you can go back and watch them at your own pace.


Session Workbooks

You'll get downloadable workbooks for each module to help you move forward.

What Students Love About Our Course:

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Imagine having a product ready to launch within weeks!

By the time you've finished this course you will have everything in place to start your brand by working with UK manufacturers with confidence.

This Course is For You if:

✅ You've wanted to start a brand for a while but you've felt so overwhelmed you don't know what to do first.

✅ You don't come from a product background and find all of the terminology confusing. But is equally as useful if you have been doing it for a while and things aren't quite going to plan.

✅ You don't have a big budget to get started and want to avoid making costly mistakes right from the get-go.


This Course Isn't For You if:

❌ You want one-to-one mentoring from me. Apply to British Brand Accelerator if you want to work with me directly, starting at £695 a month.

❌ You are happy to hand over your production to a third party and lose the transparency and flexibility that working directly with manufacturers gives you.

You aren't prepared to put in the work. There is no point investing in this course if you're not ready to commit to launching your brand!


UK-Made Brands We've Helped

Brant Richards, HebTroCo Manufacturing Testimonial Make it British
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Katya Wildman, Bombshell London, Manufacturing Testimonial Make it British
Bombshell - Katya Wildman, Make it British Manufacturing Testimonial
SOMA Sportswear, Chris Kyriacou, Manufacturing Testimonial Make it British
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Rosie Macpherson, Where's Winnie, Manufacturing Testimonial Make it British
Rosie Macpherson - Where's Winnie, Make it British Manufacturing Testimonial

Get Your UK-made Brand Off To a Great Start!