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Make it British Podcast: UK manufacturing and British Brands in the Spotlight

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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

Contact:

07753678146


Episodes

112 - How you can help manufacturers at this difficult time

3/24/2020
The number one concern for all manufacturers right now is how they are going to pay their staff. They need help to support the jobs of their workers and retain their skills otherwise they may be gone for ever. We have so few manufacturers that we really can’t afford to lose any more. What is left of our manufacturing base in the UK needs to be protected at all costs. We cannot afford to lose these skills. In this episode I look at ways in which you can support local manufacturers at...

Duration:00:16:05

111 - Going Virtual

3/17/2020
This episode was published on the day our Make it British Live! trade show was due to fling its doors open to 1,000s of visitors. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 outbreak we have had to postpone the live show until further notice. But never has there been a more important time to manufacture locally and support brands that make in the UK. As much of the world is in lockdown and the UK looks to be following suit, many people are looking to continue life as normally as possible. Schools...

Duration:00:19:59

110 - How the coronavirus impacts supply chains - and what we can learn from it

3/10/2020
The coronavirus (Covid-19) is having a devastating impact on businesses all over the world. One of the industries likely to be hardest hit is manufacturing, because so many raw materials cross borders. In this episode I look at we can learn from how the coronavirus is impacting supply chains. Could it cause drastic changes in the way people work, manufacture and shop? Our trade show Make it British Live! is taking place on 17 & 18 March. Register for tickets

Duration:00:34:02

109 - Protecting your design rights - Dids MacDonald OBE, ACID

3/3/2020
On today's episode we're covering a topic that I know bothers a lot of you - how can you protect your designs from being copied. Dids MacDonald OBE has dedicated the last 20 years of her career in helping designers to protect their design ideas. Discover in this episode: If you're interested in finding out more about how ACID can help your business go to acid.uk.com Our trade show: www.makeitbritishlive.com

Duration:00:48:10

108 - Lingerie Manufacturing in the UK - Steff McGrath, Something Wicked

2/25/2020
In this episode I interview Steff McGrath, managing partner at lingerie brand Something Wicked. The collection is entirely made in the UK by Steff's team in Leeds, giving the brand the flexibility to make everything to order. She is now helping other brands to make luxury lingerie in Britain too. More about Something Wicked Something Wicked are exhibitors at Make it British Live! 2020

Duration:00:45:35

107 - Silk Weaving in Suffolk - Laura Gore, Vanners

2/18/2020
Vanners is one of the oldest textile businesses in the UK. They've been weaving silk since 1740, and moved their weaving business from London to Suffolk in the late 18th Century. In this interview I speak to Laura Gore, Vanners managing director, about what makes their business such a special UK manufacturer. Shownotes at www.makeitbritish.co.uk/107 More Vanners Vanners will be exhibiting at Make it British Live!

Duration:00:43:05

106 - How to print sustainably on wool - Nick Morley, Faering

2/11/2020
Nick Morley is the MD of Faering, an innovative, UK manufacturer that prints digitally onto wool and other natural fibres. Using the latest technology and renewable energy they can print direct to garments on-demand and with low minimum order quantities. In this interview Nick talks about how Faering uses the T-shirt printing model to minimise stock by printing multiple designs onto knitwear. Shownotes at www.makeitbritish.co.uk/106 More Faering Well Begun Our trade show MiB...

Duration:00:36:10

105 - The Making of Pantherella Socks - Justin Hall, Pantherella

2/3/2020
Pantherella was founded in 1937 and has been making high quality, lightweight socks in Leicester ever since. I took a trip to the Pantherella factory to meet the current MD, Justin Hall and to find out about how the socks are made. Shownotes with videos and images from my factory tour can be found at www.makeitbritish.co.uk/105 More Pantherella Our trade show MiB Live!

Duration:00:47:22

104 - How we can solve the skills issue post-Brexit - Tamara Cincik, Fashion Roundtable

1/28/2020
Tamara Cincik has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry and is the founder of Fashion Roundtable, the secretariat for The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Textiles and Fashion. Fashion Roundtable supports the diverse voices of the fashion industry, and provides a much needed link between fashion, business, consumers and policy leaders. In this episode Tamara discusses the challenges that Brexit poses to the fashion industry, particularly to manufacturers looking for...

Duration:00:48:22

103 - What does a manufacturer include in a cost price?

1/21/2020
What does a manufacturer include - and NOT include - in a cost price? In this episode I breakdown what you can expect a manufacturer to take into account when they quote you a price. And how to make sure that there a no nasty surprises when you get your final bill. If you want to work out what your target cost price should be try out my cost price calculator Follow @makeitbritish on Instagram

Duration:00:24:39

102 - How does a textile mill thrive in 2020? David Collinge, John Spencer Textiles

1/14/2020
David Collinge runs the the Burnley-based weaving business John Spencer Textiles. He is the sixth generation owner of the mill which, was originally founded by his great great great grandfather 150 years ago. I love David’s story because it is one of survival. It epitomises why some UK manufacturers have remained and flourished whilst many others fell by the wayside. John Spencer textiles was once one of a 190 weaving mills in Burnley, Lancashire, which between them had over 100,000 looms...

Duration:00:45:54

101 – Nine Manufacturing Trends for 2020 and Beyond

1/7/2020
What will 2020 hold for UK manufacturing? In the first episode of the year, and the new series, I look at some of the trends that I think will impact manufacturing in the coming 12 months. What's changed since this time last year? And what is the single biggest thing that will impact UK manufacturers and brands that make in the UK? Listen to this episode to hear my predictions - and let me know if you think I've missed anything out! Make it British Instagram Mentioned in this...

Duration:00:31:03

Introducing Series 2 of the Make it British podcast

1/2/2020
We're back! Series 2 of the Make it British Podcast begins on Tuesday 7th January. You can expect to hear loads more tips and tricks for making in the UK, along with interview with UK manufacturers - and a few factory tours thrown in for good measure. In the meantime, if you're looking to launch a brand made in the UK in 2020 join our Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge - and be factory-ready in just 5 days! Sign up for the Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge...

Duration:00:04:55

Introducing Series 2 of the Make it British podcast

1/2/2020
We're back! Series 2 of the Make it British Podcast begins on Tuesday 7th January. You can expect to hear loads more tips and tricks for making in the UK, along with interview with UK manufacturers - and a few factory tours thrown in for good measure. In the meantime, if you're looking to launch a brand made in the UK in 2020 join our Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge - and be factory-ready in just 5 days! Sign up for the Get Set for Manufacturing Challenge Meet UK manufacturers and...

Duration:00:04:59

BONUS: 6 Reasons why UK-made gifts are more sustainable

11/26/2019
Have you bought your Christmas gifts yet? Well, if you haven't, stop right there. Before you get bombarded by all the Black Friday deals, listen to this episode of the Make it British podcast and find out why buying a British made Christmas gift is more sustainable. This is a bonus Christmas episode. Series 2 of the Make it British Podcast starts in January. Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you don't miss it! Shownotes (including transcript):...

Duration:00:09:56

100 - 10 Things that make British-made businesses great

11/5/2019
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 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:00:29:54

099 - Should raw materials come from the UK to call a product British?

11/1/2019
There is a lot of confusion about the labelling of products. Can we truly call something 'made in the UK' if the raw materials are from overseas? As the traceability of a product's supply chain is becoming increasingly important more and more people are questioning just how authentic a 'made in Britain' product can be if its raw materials are imported. Find out how the origin of raw materials affect the provenance of a product and what really determines a truly British...

Duration:00:09:48

098 - From Artist to Bespoke Gift Business - Corinne Lewis-Ward, Powder Butterfly

10/29/2019
Corinne Lewis-Ward is an artist and designer who is the founder of Powder Butterfly; a design studio that creates a range of British contemporary homeware gifts. Corinne was trained as a photography and has used her love of British landmarks to create a unique, and very British range of products. Living in Newcastle she started with a range that celebrated the Angel of the North, which she prints onto products such as tea towels, pottery and coasters. Since then her range has expanded...

Duration:00:35:49

097 - 13 Factories in 3 Days!

10/25/2019
It's so important to get out there and meet manufacturers if you are developing a product. In this episode I explain the reasons why you should be visiting factories, especially if you are making in the UK because they are on your doorstep. Shownotes: makeitbritish.co.uk/097 📅Our trade show Make it British Live! 📝FREE Online Masterclass: Insider Secrets to Finding a Manufacturer ✅Want to manufacture a product in the UK? Download my FREE Quickstart Guide to Working with a UK...

Duration:00:12:53

096 - A visit to an umbrella factory - Richard Ince, James Ince & Sons

10/22/2019
Take a tour round a traditional East End umbrella factory with me as we visit James Ince & Sons. Richard Ince is the sixth generation of a family business which was founded 215 years ago. East London was once the centre for umbrella making in the UK due to its proximity to the City of London where many of them were sold. Find out about the history of umbrella making in the UK and how they are made as we take a walk around a (rather noisy) umbrella factory. More about James Ince &...

Duration:00:30:50