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203 – 30 years of knitwear manufacturing in Leicester with Mars Knitwear

Mars Knitwear podcast epsiode

Join me on a trip to Leicester to meet Said Saleh and Keith Cummings from Mars Knitwear.

Based in Wigston, Leicestershire, the chaps at Mars have been making knitwear for over 30 years.

Having been manufacturing thousands of pieces of acrylic knitwear for the big store groups, Mars Knitwear has now gone back to creating smaller quantities of premium knitwear from British wool, lambswool and merino.

They even now have their own brand.

As a special thank you, Mars Knitwear are offering 15% off their entire website for Make it British podcast listeners!

Use code makeitbritishpodcast at the checkout.



  • [04:08] How Said got into the knitwear industry
  • [07:37] Keith’s own history within the knitwear industry and how he came to work with Said
  • [10:20] Why Said decided that his factory would start making higher quality knitwear
  • [14:25] How the manufacturer has been able to pivot their business to selling their own branded products online
  • [18:11] How Mars decides on what their next products are going to be and how they keep an eye on trends
  • [19:52] Keith and Said’s thoughts on recycled yarns and natural fibres
  • [22:25] Keith and Said’s plans for the future of Mars and their thought on the future of the UK knitwear industry
  • [25:22] Why the biggest problem manufacturers face is getting skilled staff and why Keith and Said believe more young people should work in factories

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