Here we round up our highlights of 2017 as we continue to celebrate another great year for UK manufacturing
2017 has been a great year for UK manufacturing and for us here at Make it British, as we continue our campaign to support British-brands that make in the UK.
Traffic to the Make it British website has doubled this year, and we now have over 300,000 page views a month. That shows the growing interest for making in the UK and buying British-made products.
Interest from overseas has also increased massively, and International visitors to the website now make up 30% of the site’s traffic. USA, Canada, Germany and Singapore have shown the biggest growth in our visitor demographics.
So as we reflect on 2017 we take a little look back at our highlights from the past year.
- – Make it British founder Kate Hills appears on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show to talk about the Government’s Industrial Strategy
- – We published the first of our Top 20 lists, which was 20 of the Best British Baby Brands
- – UK Manufacturing growth hit a 30 month high, as reported in our Facebook post.
- – Our Top 20 of British Yarn Producers was published and since then we’ve added several more thanks to the suggestions left in the 38 comments that the post has received
- – Our Top 50 British-made Bags list went live and has since had over 100,000 views
- – We announced the launch of a brand hall at our Meet the Manufacturer trade show, which went on to be a great success (see May)
- – The Independent ran a story about Make it British, and the team of mums that work here, in a piece entitled ‘Entrepreneur left her high-flying job to support small British manufacturers and business is booming after Brexit‘
- – Local sourcing starts to feature in the national press, as The Times asks ‘Is it time to start sourcing locally?‘
- – Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, named as industry influencer in Power List 2017
- – Our Top 30 of British-made shoe brands is launched and has been no.1 in Google searches for ‘British shoes’ for most of 2017
- – For International Women’s Day we wrote a piece about women setting up sewing factories in the UK which went on to be one of our most shared articles on social media
- – Kate went on a tour of manufacturers in Northern Ireland to find out more about the Irish linen industry
- – One of our most controversial posts was published, as we asked ‘Is making clothes in the UK really more expensive?‘ The debate on this one got particularly heated on Linkedin.
- – It was good news for UK manufacturing as survey finds ‘Made in the UK label is one of the most respected in the world‘
- – More great news, as textile ‘reshoring’ made the headlines, with more predicted to come back to the UK
- – Meet the Manufacturer, the only 100% British sourcing event, is declared a resounding success, as 185 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors from 27 different countries attended our yearly trade show at the Truman Brewery in London
- – We got something we didn’t bargain for when a fire alarm went off during a Facebook Live broadcast on the second day of Meet the Manufacturer
- – Our interview with womenswear designer Justine Tabak, who left corporate life to launch her own label struck a cord with many and was our most popular post on Facebook that month
- – Reshoring stories continued, as Clarks announced plans to open a factory in the UK and our post about this on Facebook reached over 78,000 people
- – Shoe designer Joseph Azagury continued the reshoring theme, in an interview on our Facebook live talking about how he has brought his footwear manufacturing back to the UK
- – Button manufacturing made a return to the UK too, in this article about Courtney & Co buttonmakers
- – ‘Why more British brands should open a factory in the UK’ was one of our most popular articles of 2017, and received over 3,000 shares on social media
- – We went behind the scenes with Freed of London, the famous ballet shoe maker
- – Export of British-made goods increase, and we looked at why every British-made brand should be exporting
- – The David Nieper fashion house told us how they were tackling the textiles industry skills shortage
- – In a very informative interview with the founder of the Isabella Queen, we found out how to launch a handbag brand
- – More good news, as Manufacturers defied Brexit gloom with rapid growth.
- – We visited manufacturer Surface Print to find out how they’re continuing the tradition of making wallpaper in the UK
- – Our second Make it British Forum conference welcomed 250 delegates who wanted to find out more about how to build a made in Britain brand
- – We launched our yearly Make it British Christmas Gift Guide which went on to have 24,000 unique visitors in six weeks
- – 2017 ended on a high as we announced the results of our annual UK textile manufacturers survey, carried out in conjunction with the BBC
- – The reshoring of cotton manufacturing to the UK made primetime news on Boxing Day in this feature that came about as a result of our textile survey