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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

Description:

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

163 - How to use data and digital tools to transform your business - Jodi Muter-Hamilton

4/20/2021
Data and digital are drastically changing how we all shop and the way that products are made. In this conversation recorded at Make it British Live! Online, a panel of digital experts from within the fashion industry discuss the importance of data for businesses both large and small, and how it can initiate much more personalised conversations with customers. The panel is chaired by Jodi Muter-Hamilton, who is joined by Cathy McCabe from Proximity Insight, Craig Crawford from Crawford...

Duration:00:57:14

162 - Fail to plan...plan to fail!

4/16/2021
A range plan is an essential tool for any product business. Without it you are setting yourself up for failure. Yet many of the small businesses that I speak to that are developing products say they don’t have a range plan. Or they don’t even know what it is! So in this episode, I explain what a range plan is and why it’s a valuable tool for our business. And if you really feel like geeking out on why you should not offer your customers too much choice, take a look at this study I...

Duration:00:12:12

161 - 50 years of manufacturing in the UK - John Elliott MBE, Ebac

4/13/2021
John Elliott MBE founded Ebac nearly 50 years ago. The company has also sold 1.5 million dehumidifiers over the years and is the only manufacturer of washing machines in the UK. John is very passionate about UK manufacturing and his thoughts on the UK Government, the supermarkets and Which? make for entertaining listening. Discover: How John left school at 15 with no qualifications and set up Ebac by making a small order of dehumidifiers 01:35 How he used the profits to plough back...

Duration:00:33:00

160 - Launching a clothing brand? Should you start with a seamstress or a factory?

4/9/2021
If you want to launch a clothing label should you get your first samples made by a seamstress or should you go straight to working with a factory? In this episode, I cover the pros and cons of both so that you can make the decision for yourself as to which you think is best for your business. Discover: More Make it British Join Make it British - become a member of our community Work with me - find out how we can work together to build your British-made brand Make it British...

Duration:00:15:43

159 - Tips for trading with the EU as a UK-made small business - Rachel Bowditch, Alice Bow

4/6/2021
How Rachel Bowditch discovered a gap in the market and turned it into a thriving business with loyal fans. Alice Bow became an overnight sensation when it was reported that the Duchess of Cambridge was a big fan. Rachel discusses how she rapidly grew her business overnight by bringing her manufacturing in house. She also has some great tips about how to protect your brand's IP, as well as how small businesses can trade with the EU post-Brexit. Discover: How Rachel spotted a...

Duration:00:56:50

158 - What is a critical path and why do you need one?

4/2/2021
Does the phrase critical path fill you with dread? Or make you jump for joy? When it comes to manufacturing a product a critical path is...critical! In this episode, I cover exactly what a critical path is and when and why you need one. You’ll also find out how to create one, and most importantly, keep it updated. Discover: What is a critical path? 01:23 Examples of when you would need a critical path 03:11 Why you need a critical path if you're working with a factory 06:19 How to...

Duration:00:17:12

157 - Tapping into deadstock materials - Dessy Tsolova, Fashion Insiders & Co

3/30/2021
How can you find deadstock materials for your brand? In this episode, Dessy from Fashion Insiders & Co and I discuss some of the challenges of starting a fashion brand, including one of the biggest challenges of all, which is how to find raw materials in small quantities. Dessy has recently launched a platform call My Factori which hosts online pop-up sales selling raw materials that designers may otherwise not have access to. It also solves a problem for the manufacturers that have...

Duration:00:37:27

156 - 5 reasons why you might not be able to find a UK manufacturer

3/26/2021
If you're struggling to find a UK manufacturer there's usually one of five reasons why you can't find one. In this episode, I explain what those five situations are. And give you suggestions for how to have more success in finding your ideal manufacturing partner. Discover: Why more people are looking for UK manufacturers now 00:45 Questions I ask when someone says they can't find a manufacturer 02:14 Why your prices may be unrealistic 02:58 Why you might be looking for a type of...

Duration:00:13:59

155 - Creating change in the UK fashion industry - Lee Akpareva

3/23/2021
Lee Akpareva is a fashion designer, tailor and technology consultant. He's also creative director of Never Fade, a fashion store and creative space on Old Compton Street in London. We chat about collaborations within the fashion industry, helping new designers get a head start, and how blockchain and technology are impacting the fashion industry and manufacturing. Discover: About Lee and his background before becoming a designer 02:40 Having a second-life career 05:34 Why he decided...

Duration:00:43:03

154 - Made in UK vs Made in Britain

3/19/2021
Should you use Made in UK or Made in Britain? And what's the difference? A few people have asked why we chose to call the awareness campaign Made in UK Day and not Made in Britain Day. United Kingdon, Great Britain, The British Isles...it can be very confusing trying to get your head around all the different ways you can describe the countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. In this episode, I break down what each one means. You'll also get to hear which one gets significantly...

Duration:00:11:00

153 - Building a family business in post-Brexit Britain - Gillian Tusting

3/16/2021
What does it mean to be a UK leather bag business in 2021? Today I’m chatting with Gillian Tusting from English heritage leathergoods brand Tusting. Gillian shares the story of how the family business, founded in 1875, evolved from a small tannery to a thriving part of the UK's leathergoods industry. She describes the craftsmanship that goes into the making of their leather bags, and how collaborations with brands such as Aston Martin are an important part of their business. Like many UK...

Duration:00:52:27

152 - Are you charging enough for your UK-made products?

3/12/2021
If you manufacture a product in the UK, selling your product for too low a price could be detrimental to your brand. And putting your prices up could actually increase your sales! If you prices are too low, especially if you make in the UK, your customers may think there is something wrong. This applies not just for brands, but for UK manufacturers too. In this episode I look at the reasons why this might be the case, and how to know if you are selling your products too cheaply. More...

Duration:00:12:59

151 - 10 years of Make it British - what's changed?

3/9/2021
Welcome to series 3 of the Make it British podcast! On the 10th anniversary of the founding of Make it British I take a look back at some of my milestones over the last decade. How have perceptions of UK manufacturing changed in that time? To celebrate 10 years of Make it British we have launched Made in UK Day on 9 March 2021. Find out more at madeinukday.co.uk More Make it British Join Make it British - become a member of our community Work with me - find out how we can work...

Duration:00:22:06

BONUS EPISODE: Made in UK Day

2/23/2021
Made in UK Day is taking place on 9 March 2021. In this episode, I explain why I've started an awareness day for UK makers, and how you can get involved! Follow #madeinukday on social media to keep up to date with the campaign. Find out more at madeinukday.co.uk

Duration:00:11:56

150 - 11 trends for 2021 and beyond

12/29/2020
What will 2021 hold for businesses that make in the UK? In the last episode of 2020, and the last of series two, I look at some of the trends that I think will impact businesses that make in the UK in the coming 12 months. Listen to this episode to hear my predictions - and let me know if you think I've missed anything out! Here are my 11 trends for UK manufacturing and British-made brands in 2021: From Global to Local 128, Rob Law MBE, Trunki 122, Maria Grachvogel The Brexit...

Duration:00:27:21

149 - A look back on 2020

12/22/2020
Today's episode is part one in a two part series where I'll be looking back on our year in 2020 and then looking forward to 2021. There is no doubt that 2020 has brought its share of challenges for everyone, but I am not going to dwell too much on the negative today. Instead, I take a look at what positives have come out of this most unusual year. Discover: Thinking of launching a brand that's made in the UK? Sign up to my How to launch a UK-made brand course. More Make it...

Duration:00:13:55

Ep148 - How to promote a UK-made brand

12/15/2020
UK-made goods have huge value both at home and abroad. If you have a UK-made brand are you doing enough to shout about it? In this episode, I share my 7 foolproof tips you can action right now to shine a light on the products that you make. Discover: Download the slides that accompany this episode. Watch the webinar - 7 Proven ways to sell your UK-made brand. Join Make it British - become a member of our community Brilliantly British feature on Make it British members in The...

Duration:00:27:10

147 - Catherine Erdly, The Resilient Retail Club

12/8/2020
Catherine Erdly is the founder of The Resilient Retail Club. She has a background in retail as a merchandiser for some of the best-known High Street retailers but now works exclusively with independent retailers and small businesses. In this episode, we discuss what went wrong at Debenhams and Arcadia, how the buying model of the big retailers is now becoming less relevant, and how now is a good time for small and independent businesses to thrive. Discover: More Make it British Work...

Duration:00:40:22

146 - LIVE: No Black Friday

12/1/2020
This is a recording of an Instagram live that I did on the last Friday in November. A day often referred to in the retail calendar as Black Friday. I discussed why the heavy discounting from many stores at this time of year are not really deals at all, and why many UK-made brands don't do heavy discounting. Discover: - The tricks big retailers use on Black Friday - Why most UK-made brands don't take part in these 'deal days' - Some of the other ways that small businesses are 'giving...

Duration:00:23:33

145 - Revisited: James Eden, Private White V.C.

11/24/2020
How do UK manufacturers and brands compete with huge overseas factories and the likes of Black Friday discounting? In this episode, I revisit an interview I did back in 2018 which is still very relevant today. It's a ‘no holds barred’ interview with James Eden, owner of Private White V.C. who tells me how he’s turned a clothing factory that solely manufactured for other brands, including Burberry, into one that makes 90% own-brand luxury clothing sold direct to the customer. Find out how...

Duration:00:33:32