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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'.
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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'.

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Episodes

021 - Jenny Holloway, Fashion Enter - What I've Learnt from Running a Clothing Factory

1/15/2019
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Meet Jenny Holloway, owner of Fashion Enter, a social enterprise garment factory based in North London. Jenny not only manufactures for small brands and start-ups, helping create samples and small production runs, but she's also manufactured for some of the UK's most well-known retailers - such as ASOS and M&S. In this very frank interview, Jenny discusses how tough it was to set up a clothing factory having previously come from a background in buying. She also discusses the principles...

Duration:00:40:41

020 - Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 5

1/11/2019
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Putting it all together Over the last 4 episodes we've looked at products, materials, prices and MOQS. Today's show covers how to put it all together - and make sure that everything is delivered on time This episode is the fifth in a series of 5 podcasts that accompany my Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge. Each episode tackles one of the 5 key things that you need to consider if you want to start working with a a UK manufacturer. To take part in the challenge go to...

Duration:00:12:34

019 - Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 4

1/10/2019
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What is an MOQ and why do manufacturers have them? A minimum order quantity (or MOQ) is the lowest amount that a manufacturer is able to make of a certain product. The manufacturer generally sets their MOQ based on how many of a production run they need to make in order for it to be viable for them. MOQs can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer - and there is always a way to negotiate them, as you'll discover in this episode. This episode is the third in a series of 5 podcasts that...

Duration:00:10:47

018 - Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 3

1/9/2019
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Welcome to Day 3 of the Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge! This episode tackles how to price a product. There are a few little calculations you’re need to make, and in this episode I explain how to make them. As well as a sanity check to make sure that you've got your prices right. I also refer to our handy tool to help you work out your target cost price. You can try out the cost price calculator here. This episode is the third in a series of 5 podcasts that accompany my Get Set...

Duration:00:14:31

017 - Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 2

1/8/2019
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Can a manufacturer source materials for you? Whilst some manufacturers may be able to source raw materials for you, depending on the product, in reality most UK manufacturers won’t have the time or the resources to do so. On this episode I look at why this might be - and what you can do to overcome it. This episode is the second in a series of 5 podcasts that accompany my Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge. Each episode will tackle one of the 5 key things that you need to consider...

Duration:00:09:41

016 - Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge: Day 1

1/7/2019
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Ever wondered why a manufacturer didn't get back to your emails? Listen to this episode of the podcast to find out the top 3 reasons why you may not be getting a response when you reach out to a manufacturer. This episode is the first in a series of 5 podcasts that accompany my Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge. Each episode will tackle one of the 5 key things that you need to consider if you want to start working with a a UK manufacturer. To take part in the challenge go to ...

Duration:00:14:25

015 - Top 9 Manufacturing Trends for 2019

1/4/2019
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What will the next year hold for UK manufacturing? In this episode I look at some of the trends that I think will impact manufacturing in the coming 12 months. With Brexit on the cards in March, 2019 is sure to be an interesting year for the UK - but how will it affect our manufacturers? Listen to this episode to hear my predictions - and let me know if you think I've missed anything out! Get Set for manufacturing Challenge If you are looking to manufacture in the UK but don’t know...

Duration:00:20:05

014 - Ian Maclean, John Smedley - Running the Oldest Factory in the UK

1/1/2019
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In this episode I chat to Ian Maclean, managing director of John Smedley - the oldest operating factory in the world. John Smedley are 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 more...

Duration:00:24:54

013 - 10 Mistakes People Make When Starting a Brand Made in the UK

12/28/2018
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Are you thinking of starting a brand that is made in the UK, or developing a new product? In this episode I cover the 10 mistakes that people make when launching a new product, and give tips on how to avoid them. Get Set for manufacturing Challenge If you are looking to manufacture in the UK but don’t know where to start, join our Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge and be factory-ready in 5 days! Subscribe to this podcast – and support UK manufacturing More Make it British Website:...

Duration:00:22:10

012 - Edward Sexton, Glencroft Countrywear - Why we Support the Independent Retailers

12/25/2018
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Today I am interviewing Edward Sexton from Glencroft Countrywear, a company that have been members of Make it British from the very early days. Glencroft is a family business selling British wool and sheepskin products, as well as traditional country wear such as tweed hats. The business was started by Edward’s father, Richard Sexton, who still to this day trims all of the sheepskin rugs himself by hand. Discover - Why it's important to support local independent stores. - Why testing a...

Duration:00:28:37

011 - UK Textile Manufacturing Review 2018

12/21/2018
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In this episode I look at how UK textile manufacturing fared in 2018, and what I think the future holds for 2019 and beyond. - Was it a good year for the industry? - Who were the winners and losers? - And what are the challenges going into 2019? UK Manufacturing Review This podcast is a summary of an article that I've written for the UK Manufacturing Review, a publication covering the key events, achievements and challenges across Britain's biggest manufacturing sectors. Get Set for...

Duration:00:19:55

010 - Katya Wildman, Bombshell - Why I Choose to Manufacture in London

12/18/2018
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What are the benefits of manufacturing locally if you are a small clothing brand? In this interview with Katya Wildman, founder of Bombshell, I talk to her about why she chose to reshore the production of her dresses back to the U.K. and the impact that's had on her business. Recorded inside the busy factory in North London where Katya's garments are made, you'll get a glimpse behind the scenes as I also speak to Raif Ali, the owner of the factory. 4 years ago Katya was making most of her...

Duration:00:30:38

009 - How to Manufacture in the UK for Less

12/14/2018
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Do you think that manufacturing in the UK is more expensive? In this episode I dispel some of the myths around making in the UK being more pricey. Quite often it's down to not WHERE you manufacture, but WHAT you manufacture. Yes, the price of labour in the U.K. is higher than it is in many other countries, so products which are very labour intensive will have a higher cost price. But when you compare the cost price of a product made overseas, are you comparing eggs with eggs? There are...

Duration:00:15:40

008 - Bhavik Master, British Christmas Jumpers - How to Succeed with Seasonal Products

12/11/2018
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In this interview I chat with Bhavik Master, director at Leicester knitwear manufacturers Jackmasters and producers of British Christmas Jumpers Did you know that £220 million of Christmas jumpers are sold every year? Many of them are produced in Leicester thanks to the ability of local factories such as Jackmasters to turn around seasonal product in as little as two weeks. Discover Shownotes: makeitbritish.co.uk/008 British Christmas Jumpers Jackmasters knitwear...

Duration:00:22:21

007 - The Best Place to Find a Manufacturer

12/7/2018
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Want to know the best place to find a UK Manufacturer? In this episode I discuss how you can find a UK manufacturer. I believe the best way to find a manufacturer that’s right for you, and your specific product, is at a trade show. Discover: Why a UK manufacturer might not be responding to your emailsThe reason why I set up Make it British Live!The importance of meeting a manufacturer face-to-faceThe benefits of being able to see a manufacturer’s product in the fleshWhy attending a trade...

Duration:00:16:35

006 - Keith Hanshaw, The Leather Satchel Co. - The Joy of Manufacturing

12/4/2018
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There’s a misconception that manufacturing is unpleasant and unwanted work. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Producing physical product can be incredibly satisfying and fulfilling. Listen to my interview with Keith Hanshaw from The Leather Satchel Co. to find out more about the joy of manufacturing I had the pleasure of interviewing Keith Hanshaw, who works in his family's leather satchel business. Keith discusses the joy he finds in manufacturing - in creating something of value...

Duration:00:31:49

005 - So you want to manufacture in the UK?

11/30/2018
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There are so many benefits to having your product made in the UK. But, once you’ve made the decision to make here, how do you find the right manufacturer for you? Whether you’re starting out with a new brand, or you’ve been making overseas and want to bring your production back to the UK, it can be difficult to know how to find the perfect UK manufacturer for your business. In this episode I help you with some advice if you’re just starting out on your journey to look for a UK factory to...

Duration:00:13:53

004 - Jo Ashburner Farr, Red Dragon Flagmakers - Flying the Flag for Made in Britain

11/27/2018
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Can running a social enterprise and manufacturing a world-class product go hand in hand? I talk to the inspiring Jo Ashburner-Farr, who has reinstated her family's flag making business as an ethical manufacturing business, focusing on social profit. Run as a social enterprise, Red Dragon Flagmakers take on staff regardless of their background. They give them the skills and training required to make world-class flags, offering the opportunity of a job for life. All profits go back into the...

Duration:00:29:05

003 - Why is UK Manufacturing Important?

11/23/2018
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What difference does it really make if you choose to manufacture in the U.K. rather than overseas? You may wonder why I think it is so important that we support our U.K. manufacturers and continue to make here in Britain. In this episode I talk through some of the reasons why I bang the drum for U.K. manufacturing. Discover how UK manufacturing can: Subscribe to this podcast – and support U.K. manufacturing 😃 Shownotes: makeitbritish.co.uk/003 More Make it British Website:...

Duration:00:14:38

002 - James Eden, Private White V.C. - Why I'm boycotting Black Friday

11/20/2018
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How do UK manufacturers and brands compete with huge overseas factories and the likes of Black Friday discounting? In this episode I conduct a 'no holds barred' interview with James Eden, owner of Private White V.C. James tells me how he's turned a clothing factory that solely manufactured for other brands, into one that makes 9o% own-brand luxury clothing sold direct to the customer. Find out how (and why) James took on this challenge, and his unique costing policies which have helped...

Duration:00:33:58