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Made in Great Britain is your gateway to buying British! As a proud supporter of British makers, manufacturers and brands that make in the UK, we provide you with the means to Make it British whenever possible. 

This page is a guide to buying British and our most popular pages. There is also other ways that you can help the Buy British campaign succeed further down this page. 

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Buy British - Complete Guide

Buy British for Women - The Complete Guide

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Browse some of the best makers of women’s clothing, from summer dresses to winter coats. 

Take a look at some of the best British shoemakers. Buy British made flats, sandals, heels and boots. 

Buy British made bags, handbags and luggage of the highest quality in this list of Great British makers. 

It matters what you wear underneath. So make it British made when it comes to lingerie and underwear in this list of the best British brands. 

Look your best around the pool on holiday this Summer. Shop for the best made bikinis, costumes and beach accessories. 

Dress for Summer occasions in a British made dress. Take a look at our list of beautiful women’s dresses made in Britain. 

If you are looking for a bit of adult time, here are some of the best and only UK made sex toys.

British made menstrual cups, what they are and how to use them. 

Whether you are still wearing one or not, here are face masks that are completely made in the UK. 

Buy British for men - The Complete Guide

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Browse some of the best Men’s clothing brands, from Summer shirts and shorts to winter jackets. 

The best of British made shoes. Shop from the top makers and manufacturers of quality shoes, boots and trainers for men. 

British made jeans of the highest quality to last you a lifetime. Find out where to buy the best denim jeans made in the UK.  

A classic British staple. The Polo shirt is a smart classic basic. Here are some of our favourites. 

Not just for men, but we thought we would pop it in. Some of the finest British beers, ales and lagers of Britain. 

Another smart classic look at some of the best Moleskin jeans and trouser brands. 

British made coats and jackets from great British brands. 

Find out which trainers and sneakers are made in Britain!

Buy British Kids, The Complete guide

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Shop for kids clothing brands that make in Britain. From luxury unique, to classic and affordable toddlers to teens. 

British clothing brands for babies and toddlers. Everything from romper suits to cute bibs and accessories.  

Best British toymakers and brands of everything from soft cuddly bears to educational games and puzzles. 

 

Buy British Beauty - The complete guide

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Buy from the best UK beauty brands, from handmade soaps hair care products. 

Beauty and skincare products. We have found loads of great products to make you feel beautiful and look your most glamorous.   

Buy British supplements for your health and wellbeing. Shop for vitamins and protein powders and shakes. 

If you rely on the powers of CDB oils and other products, take a look at the best available and made in the UK. 

Buy British Home and Garden - The Complete Guide

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Our list of products for the home and kitchen from makers in the UK. 

Furniture including beds and sofas from some of the finest furniture makers in Britain.  

Britain has some fabulous mattress manufacturers so if you are looking to upgrade, make it British made.  

Buy British tools for home DIY and the garden from brands and manufacturers in the UK. 

Turn it up to volume 11 and buy British made speakers and turntables from the best British Audio Brands and Manufacturers

How good is a British made Washing machine and where can you buy one from? 

Are there any British TV manufacturers out there? let’s take a look!

Buy British Leisure & Outdoors - The Complete Guide

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Our list of UK products for cycling equipment, including helmets, bikes, and accessories. 

Buy British made tents, sleeping bags and other essential items for the Great British Outdoors.  

Find manufacturers of the best gym equipment in the UK, from frames and weights for home and commercial. 

Make sure you look the part when working out. Leggings, sports bras, yoga pants and clothing for the gym. 

If you are thinking of taking your holiday in Britain this year, here are some of the best and most popular UK staycations. 

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or treating a loved one to a day they wont forget, here are some fantastic day out ideas in the UK. 

We might not quite be the car manufacturing country that we once were, but we still do have an industry that provides jobs. Here are some of the best cars still made in Britain. 

Buy British Food & Drink

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Some of our favourite artisan foods, snacks and drinks made in Britain. 

Take a look at some of the best British lagers, ales and beers from  makers all over the country using the finest hops and ingredients. 

The Great British Corner Shop. Selling the best in British brands of groceries and shipping them worldwide to British ex-pats. 

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Sir Gordon Bennett sell only British made gifts and products for all occasions. 

Our list of gifts and jewellery of all types, from candles to cuff links, made in Britain. 

Shop for the perfect gift for him. 

Make sure don’t forget that special occasion. Here are some great gift ideas for the woman in your life. 

Whether you are shopping early or late for Christmas, here are some fabulous British made Christmas gifts for the whole family.  

It’s one of the most important days of the year for some. Find gift ideas for both men and women here. 

How to help support the Buy British Campaign!

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Read More about Buying British!

There are lots of positive and negative things people might say about the state of the manufacturing industry in this country. Also, there are many right and wrong thoughts about certain products and brands made here. We hope to help you make the right decisions when it comes to shopping for products made in the UK. Hopefully you will find some new information, or a product or brand you never knew about on this page. Below is a bit more reading for you about Buying British. 

"Nothing is made in Britain anymore"!

I bet you have heard people say ” Britain dosen’t make anything anymore ” That’s clearly not true, but you can see where they are coming from. Previously big names in manufacturing have either disappeared or been taken over by companies in other countries. Some businesses make out like they are British made when in reality they are only designed in Britain. Normally if a company makes their products in Britain then they will clearly say so on the product or website. 

Identifying British made products

Just displaying the British flag on a website or product does not mean it was made in Britain. Many people purchase an item with our flag displayed only to find out it was made elsewhere.

Similarly if you see the words, British Designed or British engineered  it was also more than likely made somewhere else.

There are no exact rules for how much of a product needs to be made in this country before adding the Made in Britain stamp.  But if you go by the 1968 trade descriptions act, “Goods shall have been deemed to have been manufactured or produced in the country they last underwent a treatment or process resulting in a substantial change “

So its not about a certain percentage, it’s about substantial changes being made. Having a product designed in Britain is not enough to display the name, neither is just supplying the parts or  whether the company is British owned or not. However, they can display the Union Jack and this can then be very misleading. 

Not all British Brands make everything in Britain

If someone wanted to Buy British and asked you to name some truly British made products brands, you may be forgiven for naming some of the following. They may make some of their lines here and may have at one time made entirely in this country, but they are not always a 100% exclusively Made in UK brand now. 

British Brands not made in Britain
  • Barbour – Founded in 1894 and home to the iconic wax jacket, Barbour may be one of the first names off your tongue when asked about a British made clothing brand. And although they still make jackets in their South Shields factory, some of their other jackets are made in places such as Portugal, Bulgaria and Turkey.  
  • Dr Martens – With it’s headquarters based in the Northamptonshire, and an iconic symbol of the 1970’s and 80’s punk movement, many people insist on the quality and style of a Dr Martens shoe or boot. Unfortunately only a small percentage are still Made in England with many now made in China and Thailand. But it’s easy to spot which ones are Made in Britain. Just look inside the tongue of the boot or shoe and notice the not so attractive stamp of Made in Thailand. You can buy Made in England Doc Martens here. 
  • New Balance – New Balance were founded in Boston USA. Yes they do make 30% of their trainers in Frimley, England, but most are made in the USA, so be sure you check they are from the Made in UK range before buying, or better still buy a pair of Norman Walsh, Made in England trainers. The only British owned and made in Britain trainer manufacturer. 

Other brands making overseas

  • Burberry – Founded in 1856 in Basingstoke, Hampshire this very British brand produced outerwear for explorers to the military. The iconic Burberry check is a trademarked design. They still manufacture in the UK, but also in China, India, USA and Europe. 
  • Clarks Shoes – Steeped in history, Clarks shoes were founded way back in 1826 in Somerset. Well known for their comfort and practicality, Clarks were worn by British army officers in World War 2. Their shoes are now made in China, India, Brazil and Vietnam after their British factory closed. Please check before buying as Clarks keep changing where they now manufacture.
  • These are just a few fashion and shoe brands that many people will quote as being, Made in UK or Great Britain. To really  find British made, then either do your research first or bookmark our website and British Business Directory

How do you search for British made online?

How do you find British made products? For many, it’s just a matter of typing into Google, search terms such as British made shoes or Womenswear Made in Britain for example. But this can bring up a whole load of websites that sell men’s clothes that aren’t Made in Britain. This is time consuming, and can get frustrating when you are mislead into thinking an item is made in this country. So why not bookmark our British Business Directory and check out some of the best British made products? 

When shopping online you can find out more about a company and the products it makes if you click on the about us link. This will usually be found at the bottom of the page or in the menu.  It will usually tell you the company history, where they source their materials and all about their manufacturing of the products. If it is still unclear where the product is made then  always email them or live chat their customer services to be sure. 

Buy Made in Britain and support our economy!

Back in 1968, Britain was in the economic doldrums. Then five young female typists working at Colt Ventilation and Heating Ltd in Surbiton, made a New Year’s resolution.  To work an extra half an hour a day without any extra pay. This statement was quickly picked up by the press and the movement had begun. Other companies also started to announce that their employees would also be extra for no extra pay. Then Harold Wilson, the then Prime Minister gave his backing. Suddenly a media storm erupted and the secretaries were at the centre of it. Before you knew it, hastily made “I’m Back Britain T-shirts, mugs  and badges were being made….in Portugal…

As we all know, situations change. At the time of writing this article, we are still living in the so called, “new normal” and feeling the effects of the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. To add to that, which was inevitable the UK economy has now entered recession. It is even more important than ever to support UK companies, manufacturers, and independent businesses that make their products here. Many British businesses will suffer during this period. Some will continue and some will flourish. British manufacturers have started to make face masks and coverings with off cut materials, just to help with their turnover. But ultimately some will close and we could lose skilled craftspeople in the process.

Use Made in Great Britain to Buy British!

The reason why Made in Great Britain was created was to help people find British made products easier and encourage them to Buy British more often. In the British Business Directory we put together categories of 100% British made items. So it’s easy to find British made Menswear, British Beauty and Skincare, Furniture, Gym Equipment, Footwear and more. And then you will be confident that you know exactly where it was made.

Companies on our Made in Great Britain website manufacture in Britain. A few may also make a couple of products elsewhere but that is stated on their website. There may be cases where a company uses raw materials from other countries such as Italian leather for example. It is quite alright to purchase textiles or materials required for making a product from overseas.  But there must be a substantial change to the end product in the final processes to display the country of origin. As a rule, we at Made in Great Britain only want to show businesses who actually make, design and produce British made products. 

 

Dont stop now! Do your Bit!

Buy British. It just rolls of the tongue dosen’t it? It’s been the slogan of quite a few National campaigns throughout the years, with different governments trying to encourage the British population to Make it British made and Buy British to support the economy and keep people in jobs. We think we need another Buy British Campaign and really get the support of the nation behind it. Now with the power of social media we could actually have a successful Buy British campaign with your help. 

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