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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.
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.
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.
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 you can always email them or live chat their customer services to be sure.
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.
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. You can 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.
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.