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Made in Britain in the news this week: 23 August 2015

UK manufacturing in the news this week: 04 Bras see surge in demand, Brompton Bikes doubles factory size, Kate Hills is interviewed by Marie Claire magazine, Padders opens UK factory, police in trouble for ordering foreign cars… 

Boom, not bust, for bra makers

Nottingham Post

A company that specialises in making bras, lingerie and swimwear is looking for two new machinists after experiencing a surge in demand.

04 Bras Ltd works with designers from the conception to production phase. The company makes hundreds of garments each week at its factory in Woodview Business Centre in Top Valley.

Brompton Bicycle gears up for growth with bigger factory

The Guardian

Brompton Bicycle is doubling the size of its factory floor space to meet growing international demand for its folding bikes.

The British manufacturer aims to make 100,000 bikes a year by 2021, so is moving to an 86,000 sq ft plant in Greenford, west London, which is nearly twice the size of its current base in nearby Brentford.

Company hopes to manufacture 100,000 folding bikes a year by 2021 to meet accelerating demand from city dwellers overseas

Why We Should Be Searching For ‘Made In Britain’ On Our Clothes Labels 

Marie Claire

Our founder Kate Hills was interviewed by Marie Claire magazine about her thoughts on why we should all be buying British.

Kate Hills, founder and editor of Make it British is on a crusade.  With so many of us buying clothing which is made abroad, she’s keen to get us to buy more British.  She tells us why we should be checking the label…

Padders restarts UK footwear manufacturing


Footwear firm Padders is reinstating its UK manufacturing base with a range made at its workshop in Kettering, Northamptonshire.

The new state-of-the-art facility will allow the company to offer Padders’ branded and made-to-order products, as well as private-label footwear and contract manufacturing.

Ministers under fire for allowing half of Britain’s police forces to order 3,000 foreign-made vehicles


Ministers are under fire for allowing a multi-million pound contract for thousands of new police vehicles to be handed to foreign car firms which will make them outside of the UK.

The deal is the first time that so many police forces have joined together to buy cars at the same time to try to secure a cheaper deal for taxpayers.

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