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Our Story

Our Labour of Love is Local

It’s a factory in Yorkshire that’s been weaving blankets for 180 years. It’s 5 generations of shoemakers crafting footwear in Northampton. It’s a design studio in London stitching high street fashion that only travels the distance of a postcode to meet the shop floor it’s sold on. It’s over 100 years of fine bone china fired in the kilns of Stoke-on-Trent.


It’s proudly building brands in every village, town and city from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. It’s giving every proud creator in Britain a chance to Make it British.

Our story by Kate Hills founder of Make it British

Hello I'm Kate

Even as a little kid growing up in Essex I loved making things. From the age of twelve my heart was set on being a fashion designer. Straight out of art college, in the early nineties I launched my own brand - one of the UK's first ethical clothing companies. Making locally was a given back then.

Fast forward thirty years, via a couple of decades selling my soul to the devil (aka working for big brands churning out cr*p and leaving a stonking carbon footprint to boot), in 2008 I jacked it all in to set up Make it British and save our utterly stellar UK manufacturing.

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Kate Hills inside a UK knitting factory

Matchmaking founders with factories to help people who want to make in the UK, connect with people who can make it for them.

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Our Mission

To Save our (utterly stellar) handcrafting skills.

To Support our (gloriously diverse) communities.

To Shine a (very bright but energy efficient) light on all-things-local.

Kate Hills founder of Make it British | Made in UK

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