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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

212 - Where to source deadstock fabric - Deborah Lyons & Piarvé Wetshi, Last Yarn

1/14/2022
One of the biggest problems that many fashion firms face is how they can dispose of their deadstock fabric. At the same time, designers often have issues with sourcing materials in small quantities. In this episode, we meet Deborah Lyons and Piarvé Wetshi, the co-founders of Last Yarn, an online fabric marketplace that solves one of the fashion industry's biggest problems. Discover: More Last Yarn Last Yarn on Instagram Last Yarn Website More Make it British Make it...

Duration:00:38:02

211 - The top 6 business trends in 2022 for brands that make in the UK

1/7/2022
If you have a business making or selling products that are made in the UK, what are the biggest trends that will impact you in 2022? Whilst the last 2 years have shown us that it is almost impossible to predict the unpredictable, having worked with hundreds of small businesses that make in the UK over the last ten years, I can see definite patterns emerging. In this episode, I cover my top 6 business trends for brands that make in the UK for 2022. Discover: 02:45The reasons why...

Duration:00:23:06

210 - Reflecting on 2021

12/31/2021
In this episode I reflect on how much things have changed over the past couple of years for us at Make it British, as I am sure they have for you. I also look at which of the 61 episodes of the podcast I've recorded this year were my favourites, and why. Discover: 01:54 How Make it British has adapted since pre-pandemic 04:18 Why I set up my coaching programme to help small businesses who make in the UK 07:11 The 10 most popular podcast episodes of 2021 Listen to the episodes...

Duration:00:20:21

209 - Running a conscious, luxury womenswear brand championing diversity, Shanna Bent, Maison Bent

12/24/2021
Shanna Bent is the founder of the conscious fashion brand Maison Bent. Having previously worked with Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret, Agent Provocateur, in 2019 Shanna set up her own luxury label, with a determination to bust the myth that black designers just do streetwear. She’s had a lot of success in a short space of time, from showing at London Fashion Week to capturing the attention of the press and featuring in publications such as Vogue Italia. In this interview, she talks about...

Duration:00:33:06

208 - How to plan for 2022 - and why you need to when you are working with manufacturers!

12/17/2021
When you have a product-based business and you're working with manufacturers, it's important to have a plan in place. There's no better time to do this than at the start of a new year. In this episode I give you tips on how to plan for 2022 and why you need to when you're working with manufacturers! Discover: 03:22 Why having a manufacturing plan in place is beneficial to both you and your suppliers 07:27 How you can start planning for the year ahead by setting goals 09:27 Why you...

Duration:00:12:27

207 - Celebrating the North of England’s creativity and manufacturing, Charlotte Raffo, The Monkey Puzzle Tree

12/10/2021
Charlotte Raffo is the founder of The Monkey Puzzle Tree, a homeware business that creates award-winning, artist designed fabrics and wallpapers with a twist and a conscience. Working with artists and designers to produce the most beautiful collection of products, The Monkey Puzzle Tree makes everything within a hundred mile radius of Leeds. The business has also recently won two awards for it’s design and innovation - a Guildmark for their cork wallpaper, and ‘Best in British Product...

Duration:00:45:13

206 - There’s more to marketing your brand than just Instagram!

12/3/2021
Of all the social media platforms that small businesses use to promote their business, Instagram seems to be the one that evokes the biggest love/hate reaction. Especially if you’re a creative person, or run a product-based business. You might be constantly bombarded by a stream of reels and videos from other small businesses who seem much more comfortable in front of the camera than you. And it feels like everyone is winning on Instagram marketing apart from you. I’m here in this episode...

Duration:00:13:59

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