As the appetite to shop locally and support local businesses grows, Make it British, a community of UK-made brands and manufacturers, is calling on everyone to celebrate UK makers by taking part in the first-ever Made in UK Day on Tuesday 9 March 2021.
Make it British was founded on 9 March 2011 by ex-retail buyer Kate Hills, who started this blog to champion all the wonderful products that are made in the UK.
Since its launch 10 years ago, the Make it British site has been visited by more than 6.5 million people looking to buy UK-made products and search for UK manufacturers.
This year alone has seen a 68% increase in enquiries since the UK left the EU’s single market and customs union.
UK manufacturing is currently worth £192 billion to the UK economy and employs 2.7 million people*.
By pledging to buy UK-made products on Made in UK Day you will be helping to:
Lower your carbon footprint
Buying products made closer to home means you can significantly reduce the number of miles something has travelled. In turn, this reduces its carbon footprint.
UK-made products are often made in much smaller quantities, too. Many can be made to order, discouraging waste within the supply chain.
Save essential skills
Manufacturing requires skill. Not everyone suits working in a service-based industry. By purchasing a product that is made in the UK you are helping to save skills within local communities. Skills that would otherwise be lost.
Create job opportunities
2.7 million people work within manufacturing in the United Kingdom. When you buy a product that is made in the UK you are directly contributing to keeping someone in employment.
Promote UK craftsmanship
When you buy a product that is made in the UK you are helping to preserve craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations.
Preserve UK manufacturing
If everyone living in the United Kingdom bought just one item made in the UK worth £20 on Made in UK Day it would be worth £1.3bn!
Spend your money wisely and help UK manufacturing to thrive.
Boost local economies
Buying locally-made directly contributes to your local economy.
Spend your money wisely and help contribute directly towards the area in which you live.
How to get involved in Made in UK Day
Consumers can get involved in the campaign by pledging to buy something that is made in the UK on 9 March and share their pictures on social media using the hashtag #madeinukday
Businesses that make in the UK are invited to get involved by sharing stories on 9 March about the people that work in UK manufacturing.
For more information and to download a championing pack visit madeinukday.co.uk
*According to figures from Make UK