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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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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

205 - A visit to Shahtex to see seamless garment production

11/26/2021
Today we are going on a trip to Leicester to meet the family behind textile firm Shahtex. The guys at Shahtex are experts in circular knitting. Up until recently, they have been knitting fabrics for big online retailers. ⁣ Shahtex have now invested in four state-of-the-art circular knitting machines, the first of their kind in the UK. ⁣These machines enable the factory to produce seamless garments, the likes of which you would have had to go to Europe for before to get made.⁣ ⁣ In...

Duration:00:19:31

204 - Making luxury lingerie in the UK - Lucy Jones, Lucy Jones Lingerie

11/19/2021
Lucy Jones was the founder of a prestigious, luxury lingerie brand back in the 1980s. Her distinctive silk lingerie was stocked in retailers such as Harvey Nichols and Rigby & Peller. After two decades working in education, Lucy decided to relaunch her lingerie brand, making the entire collection herself and at a small atelier in the UK. In this episode, Lucy speaks about some of the differences between running a luxury ingerie brand in the 1980s, compared to...

Duration:00:31:15

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

11/12/2021
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 has now gone back to creating smaller quantities of premium knitwear from British wool, lambswool and merino. They even now have their own brand. Mars Knitwear are kindly offering 15% off all of their...

Duration:00:29:16

202 - How I dealt with the copycats and came out on top, Monika Young, Monika the Label

11/5/2021
Monika Young is the founder and creative director of Monika the Label - a sustainable fashion brand inspired by 70s California and made in the UK. In this episode, Monika tells the story of how she set up and her brand, and what actions she took when she discovered her original designs and prints being copied by fast fashion online retailers. Discover: 04:12 How Monika's experience as a fashion buyer lead her to question the industry and pushed her to start her own clothing brand 11.21...

Duration:00:55:00

201 - 7 things that successful British-made brands do

10/29/2021
What are some of the things that I see successful British-made brands do consistently? In the first episode of series 4 of the Make it British podcast I look at what makes for a great British-made brand. If you enjoy this podcast, you'll love British Brand Blueprint our virtual conference for businesses that make in the UK. Find out more here. Discover: 04:11 Why having a great story to tell can help customers relate to your business 06:17 How doing one thing brilliantly is better...

Duration:00:18:33

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