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Kate Hills is on a one-woman mission to save UK manufacturing. In this podcast she shines the light on British brands and manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses. With tips, hints and tricks to help you manufacture in the UK and buy British. Never has there been a more critical time to get behind 'made in Britain'.

Kate Hills is on a one-woman mission to save UK manufacturing. In this podcast she shines the light on British brands and manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses. With tips, hints and tricks to help you manufacture in the UK and buy British. Never has there been a more critical time to get behind 'made in Britain'.

Location:

United Kingdom

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Kate Hills is on a one-woman mission to save UK manufacturing. In this podcast she shines the light on British brands and manufacturers, and goes behind the scenes of their businesses. With tips, hints and tricks to help you manufacture in the UK and buy British. Never has there been a more critical time to get behind 'made in Britain'.

Language:

English

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07753678146


Episodes

New Series Coming Soon!

10/8/2021
The new series of the Make it British Podcast is coming very, very soon! Make sure you subscribe so you don't miss it. As well as the usual advice and tips for making in the UK, along with interviews with some of my favourite people that manufacture products in Britain, we are doing something a little bit different this series. Listen in to this trailer to find out what it is!! About Kate Hills & Make it British Kate Hills is on a one-woman mission to save UK...

Duration:00:03:21

200 - 20 tips for building a great UK-made business

8/27/2021
I've interviewed some fantastic guests over the past 3 series of the Make it British podcast. To celebrate the milestone which is 200 episodes, I'm bringing you a summary from 21 of the Make it British members that I have interviewed over the last few years. All of them have built great UK-made businesses and have some great advice to impart! Discover the Top 21 tips for building a great UK-made business: Finding the 'why' behind your brand - Julie Deane CBE, The Cambridge Satchel...

Duration:00:23:48

199 - 11 tips for starting a UK-made brand

8/24/2021
Starting any business can be tough - especially one that involves making products! Whether you are just about start a brand, or you've already launched and it's not quite going to plan, here are 11 tips that will help ensure success. Discover: Why you should start with why [01:43] Mentioned in this episode Manufacturing Made Easy - find out how we can work together to build your British-made brand How to Launch a UK-made Brand - my video course walking you through the steps you...

Duration:00:18:28

198 - How long does it take to launch a new product?

8/20/2021
Probably one of the questions that I get asked more than any other is 'how long will it take me to launch a new product if I make it in the UK?' The short answer is - 'how long is a piece of string!' The long answer is more complex, and involves taking into account several different variables. All of which I cover in this episode. More Make it British Manufacturing Made Easy - find out how we can work together to build your British-made brand Make it British website Join Make it...

Duration:00:13:42

197 - From the archive: The Importance of Quality - Maria Grachvogel, Maria Grachvogel London

8/17/2021
London-based designer Maria Grachvogel is renowned for her clever use of cutting to flatter the female figure. In this interview, Maria talks about why she has chosen to use more UK manufacturers for her collection, and how changing her business model has helped her to build closer relationships with her clients. She also discusses the importance of quality, and how buying less, of better quality would solve many of the sustainability issues with clothing and...

Duration:00:42:13

196 - From the archive: How to follow up with a manufacturer

8/13/2021
How do you follow up with a manufacturer (and have a better chance of a response)? In this episode I give you some great tips on how to make sure that you get a response back from a manufacturer ever time. This episode will be particularly useful for anyone who wants to follow up with someone that they met at an event or trade show. Discover: How to stay at the top of a manufacturer's mind 01:07 More Make it British Manufacturing Made Easy - find out how we can work together to...

Duration:00:07:23

195 - From the archive: Made in Britain Starts Here - Andy Ogden, English Fine Cottons

8/10/2021
One of our epidode's from the very first series that is well worth a revisit is this one with Andy Ogden at English Fine Cottons. Greater Manchester was once known as cottonopolis because it was the home to the world’s cotton yarn and fabric production during the industrial revolution. At the turn of the Twentieth Century, there were 9,000 people employed in the cotton industry in Ashton-under-Lyne, operating 2 million spindles. But after years of decline, the last commercial cotton...

Duration:00:41:47

194 - From the archive: What To Do When Manufacturing Goes Wrong

8/6/2021
Unfortunately, mistakes can and do, happen in manufacturing, but there are ways to avoid them. In this episode, we look at the main reasons that manufacturing a product usually goes wrong, how to resolve the situation if it does and how to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Discover: What are the common problems that can happen when you're manufacturing a product 01:50The things you can do to try and fix any issues you may have encountered 06:28What you can do if you're not...

Duration:00:12:51

193 - From the archive: Running the Oldest Factory in the UK - Ian Maclean MBE, John Smedley

8/3/2021
In this episode, I chat to Ian Maclean, managing director of John Smedley – the oldest operating factory in the world. John Smedley is one of the finest knitwear manufacturers in the world. The company was established 235 years ago, at the start of the Industrial Revolution, and they still operate out of the same factory in Matlock in Derbyshire. In the interview, Ian talks about the challenges that come with operating out of such an old mill, and how he is making his manufacturing...

Duration:00:23:13

192 - From the archive: Why you should visit a factory

7/30/2021
I think visiting a factory is essential for anyone that is developing a new product. One of the benefits of making in the UK is that factory visiting is far easier than if you are making your products overseas. In this episode, I run through my 7 reasons why you should be visiting a factory – and hopefully, if you’re not doing so already, I will have convinced you by the end! Discover: Why face-to-face communication is best when working with a UK manufacturer 01:21 More Make it...

Duration:00:10:18

191 - From the archive: Building a great British brand - Julie Deane CBE, Cambridge Satchel Company

7/27/2021
Julie Deane CBE, set up the Cambridge Satchel Company in 2008 with £600 and went on to make it a global, multi-million-pound business. But behind the success story, there was a lot of hard work, including having to set up her own factory in Leicestershire almost overnight. In this interview, she tells the story behind the brand and talks about how the business has evolved over the last 12 years. Discover: Why Julie ended up setting up her own factory and why she’d recommend that any...

Duration:00:56:06

190 - From the archive: Why UK manufacturers don't sample for free

7/23/2021
Some people think manufacturers should do any initial work for no charge in order to pitch for your business. But that’s often not the case. In this episode, I explain why many UK manufacturers charge for sampling – and how that can be a good thing. Discover: The incorrect assumptions people may have about why UK manufacturers don't sample for free 01:02 More Make it British Manufacturing Made Easy™ - find out how we can work together to build your British-made brand Make it...

Duration:00:12:08

189 - From the archive: Calling out Boohoo for using unethical garment factories - Dominique Muller, Labour Behind the Label

7/20/2021
Labour Behind the Label is a workers rights organisation that fights for living wages for garment workers. They have produced a report about the unethical working practices of factories in Leicester making for Boohoo. The industry has often called into question how Boohoo can sell dresses for £4 and still make them ethically in the UK, and this report by Labour Behind the Label makes for distressing reading. Talking of staff made to work in factories making Boohoo clothes whilst...

Duration:00:43:44

188 - From the archive: 10 things that make British-made businesses great

7/16/2021
In this episode, I look back over the first 100 episodes of this show to find out what makes British-made businesses great. There are many common themes running through the last 100 episodes and that I’ve heard again and again from those I’ve interviewed. Here are the 10 things that make British-made businesses great: UK manufacturers are partners to the businesses they make for Katya Wildman (Ep 10), Sian Reekie (23), Tom Glover (72) Transparency is integral to their supply...

Duration:00:23:21

187 - How to make sales on live video - Lindsey James, Violet Flamingo

7/13/2021
Today I’m chatting to Lindsey James, who is the founder of womenswear brand Violet Flamingo. Lindsey was making and selling bespoke clothing for her clients from her studio before covid hit. Finding herself with no way to reach customers during lockdown, she started to do regular Facebook live calls from her studio, talking to her customers just as she would do if they were visiting her in person. She soon found that the calls were a great way for her to continue serving her customers...

Duration:00:40:35

186 - Taking a break!

7/9/2021
Just a quick one today, to say that I'm taking a break from recording new episodes after next week. In the meantime, I have selected 10 of the best episodes from the archive for your enjoyment, which will be episodes no.s 188 - 197 I'll be back on 20th August (not 13th as I said on the audio!) with a brand new solo episode no.198 More Make it British Manufacturing Made Easy™ - find out how we can work together to build your British-made brand Make it British website Join Make it...

Duration:00:06:31

185 - How we are reeducating customers to buy better and buy less - Rita Britton, Nomad Atelier

7/6/2021
Rita Britton is somewhat of a fashion legend. For 50 years she ran an independent fashion store in Barnsley, Yorkshire called Polyanna, which was an International hub for luxury fashion stocked with Rita's unique style. When Polyanna closed in 2014, Rita focused on developing her own brand, Nomad, made in the UK with fabrics sourced from Yorkshire mills such as Abraham Moon and Joshua Ellis. Rita has a very loyal customer base, and she knows a thing or two about retail and fashion. So it...

Duration:00:15:49

184 - Should you use a production consultant to help make your products?

7/2/2021
If you want to develop a range of products but have little manufacturing experience you might be thinking of employing the services of a production consultant. In this episode, we’re going to look out what services a production consultant might offer, and why you might not want to use one if you want to manufacture in the UK. I’ve also got advice on how to choose a production consultant if you decide to go down that route, and what the alternatives are if you don’t want to use a third...

Duration:00:19:51

183 - It was a stupid idea in the pub and now it’s a million pound business - Brant Richards, HebTroCo

6/29/2021
Brant Richards is one of the founders of HebTroCo. 5 years ago, he and his business partner Ed had an idea in the pub - to start making trousers in Hebden Bridge, a town in Yorkshire that was once renowned for its trouser making. They launched the business on Kickstarter, knowing nothing about making trousers, and within five hours of switching on their crowd-funding campaign they had sold their first 176 pairs. So Brant and Ed quit their jobs and went on a journey that has seen them...

Duration:00:51:44

182 - Why Google is the last place to look for UK manufacturers

6/25/2021
Do you want a manufacturer in the UK? On today's episode I discuss the reasons why searching in Google for a manufacturer to make your products could be a very costly mistake to make. Discover: What can happen if you select a manufacturer using a Google search 1:29 Examples of what you really find on page one of Google when you type in 'UK clothing manufacturer' 5:22The misleading phrases that companies use that can make you think their factory is in the UK 7:28Some tips for how to...

Duration:00:11:36