234 – What is a Factory Fortnight, and Why Do You Need to Prepare for it?

Summer is a time for holidays – not just for you, but also for your manufacturer and suppliers.

The Factory Fortnight – a time when manufacturers traditionally shuttered their doors for a couple of weeks – may be less common in the 21st century, but it is still something to prepare for.

In this episode I talk about the history of the Factory Fortnight, and what you can do to make sure that you are prepared for any lull in production during the summer months.


  • 02:12 Why Factory Fortnight started in the UK and what that meant for workers at the factory.
  • 04:08 How Factory Fortnight differed depending on each region in the UK.
  • 05:09 How the summer holidays affect manufacturers in the 21st Century.
  • 06:00 How to prepare for factory closures during the summer.
  • 09:12 How Factory Fornight can increase productivity.

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