Make it British The go to destination for consumers & buyers looking for British-made brands and UK manufacturers Fri, 22 Apr 2022 15:27:03 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Make it British 32 32 Live Panel Discussion with 3 UK manufacturers – NC Lancaster, Wonky Woolies and Something Wicked Fri, 22 Apr 2022 04:30:00 +0000

In this episode, recorded as an Instagram Live on Made in UK Day, I chat to three UK manufacturers:

  • Karen and Neville Clokey from NC Lancaster, who make cushions in Lancashire
  • Steff McGrath from Something Wicked, a UK-made lingerie brand and manufacturer.
  • Alison Pottie from Wonky Woolies, a knitted accessory manufacturer in Scotland.

We chat about why local manufacturing is important to them. The history of textile manufacturing in their areas, and how they find and retain skilled staff.


  • [03:44] Alison’s thoughts on why it’s so important to support local businesses
  • [06:54] The challenges Neville and Karen face when looking to recruit skilled machinists and their response to that
  • [09:09] How Steff works with a local university to encourage students into manufacturing
  • [13:11]  What we can do to help educate people about buying products that are made in the UK.
  • [14:32]  The value of a UK-made product overseas
  • [16:36] How UK manufacturers are dealing with rising costs
  • [18:03] Why it’s better to make in the UK as you can make smaller quantities which is more sustainable.

More NC Lancaster on Instagram Website

More Wonky Woolies

Wonky Woolies on Instagram

Wonky Woolies Website

More Something Wicked

Something Wicked on Instagram

Something Wicked Website

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Why Manufacturers Aren’t Getting Back to Your Emails Fri, 15 Apr 2022 17:21:09 +0000

Don’t be like Mr Vague, Mr Long, Mr Price and Mr Clueless – make sure that manufacturers are getting back to your emails by avoiding these four common errors.  


  • [03:08] The amount of emails that manufacturers are getting and why you need to stand out.


  • [04:23] The four reasons why emails to manufacturers don’t get answered.


  • [07:13] The one topic you should NEVER start your email with.


  • [08:16] What you should do BEFORE you first contact a manufacturer.


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Top 13 British-Made Chocolate Brands | Best UK Confectionery Wed, 13 Apr 2022 09:44:10 +0000

You may remember the public outcry in 2017 over the news that Cadbury’s iconic Dairy Milk was no longer British-made chocolate, but was instead being manufactured in Poland.

Cadbury has since reshored some of their Dairy Milk production back to the UK, but despite a high profile announcement about a £75m investment in their Bourneville factory, they still can’t guarantee that every bar of Dairy Milk will be made there.

Cadbury are just one of the famous big three UK chocolatiers that have changed ownership and had their production offshored.

Terry’s is owned by Mondelez, the same company as Cadbury, and all Terry’s production, including the iconic chocolate orange, now takes place in continental Europe.

Rowntree Mackintosh, famous for the KitKat, was taken over by Nestle in the 1980s. According to the Rowntree Society, six million KitKats are still produced at the York factory, but Nestle chocolate is manufactured globally and it’s difficult to find out exactly what is made here as it’s often subject to change.

UK legislation doesn’t require country of origin to be specified on chocolate packaging.  So how do you know where your chocolate is made?

We’ve compiled a top eleven list of chocolate brands that are manufactured in the UK.  We’ve included a range of brands to suit all tastes and budgets.  From ‘bean to bar’ manufacturers who process the cacao themselves, to high street favourites and luxury chocolatiers.

[Updated April 2022]

Buchanan’s (Golden Casket Group)

British-made Chocolate brand Golden casket Buchanans

Known as the “Confectionery Clan”,  Buchanan’s is one of Britain’s most famous confectionery brands. Established in 1856, over 50 brand lines are produced in the Golden Casket factory in Greenock.

Their Chocolate Caramels and Chocolate Peppermint Creams are some of their fan favourites.


Montezuma's UK-made chocolate,

Montezuma’s is a family-owned, British-made chocolate company that has rapidly built a reputation for producing some of the finest and most innovative chocolate available in the UK. Montezuma’s entire range of chocolate bards, truffles, fruits and drinking chocolate is made by them near the beach in West Sussex.

House of Dorchester

British-made chocolates by House of Dorchester
House of Dorchester

House of Dorchester, this premium chocolatier produces a range of high-quality British-made chocolates, crafted at the company’s factory on the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury Estate in Dorset. Proudly British, the artisan chocolate company has been creating award-winning chocolates for 50 years.

Aphrodite Chocolates

Aphrodite Chocolates Uk-made chocolatier
Aphrodite Chocolates

Aphrodite Chocolates is a family-run business who create luxury handmade chocolates with as little mechanical intervention as humanly possible. Founded in 1997 they operate from the Derbyshire countryside and are sold worldwide.

Charbonnel & Walker

Charbonnel & Walker UK-made chocolates
Charbonnel & Walker

Purveyors of fine English chocolates, truffles and confectionery, Charbonnel & Walker hold the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty the Queen. Founded in 1875 with encouragement from Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), their original shop opened at 173 New Bond Street in Mayfair and has remained in Bond Street ever since.


Duffy's British chocolate

Based in Lincolnshire, Duffy’s Chocolate are a small-scale producer of bean to bar chocolate. They buy beans and perform all the rest of the processes themselves. Beans are sorted by hand and carefully roasted to bring out all of their natural flavours and drive off the bitterness.


Land Chocolate UK-made chocolates
Land Chocolate

Award-winning bean to bar chocolate brand, Land celebrates the world’s finest cacao with the whole process of chocolate making taking place from their workshop on the backstreets of E2; from roasting, winnowing, grinding, conching and wrapping.

The Chocolatier – Aneesh Popat

Aneesh Popat UK-made chocolate
The Chocolateier – Aneesh Popat

Aneesh Popat is a self-taught chocolatier who has gone on to become an award-winning chocolatier, showcasing his creations at Michelin starred restaurants and for royalty.


Thorntons British Chocolates

Now one of the most famous British-made chocolate brands on the High Street, Thorntons have been crafting chocolates for over 100 years and all their chocolates are produced in their own factory in Alfreton, Derbyshire.


Whitakers UK-made chocolates

Everything manufactured by wholesalers Whitakers is produced in their modern, purpose-built, factory in North Yorkshire. Whitakers has evolved over 125 years and five generations from a small team manufacturing chocolates by hand in the back of a shop, to a 150 strong workforce producing millions of chocolates every day.

Willie’s Cacao

Willie’s Cacao

Willie is the only small cacao grower and producer in the UK. Using 100-year-old machinery, Willie produces from bean to bar, authentic pure cacao and chocolate from the finest beans from around the world. The bars are all single bean or single estate origin of exceptional quality, representing the natural flavour of the region.

Vegan British-made Chocolate


British-made chocolate Brands Best UK Confectionery Nomo Chocolate
NOMO Chocolate

Because chocolate should be enjoyed by everyone! NOMO is the UK’s no. 1 Vegan & Free From Chocolate brand created by Kinnerton Confectionery who are based in Norfolk.


British-made chocolate Brands Best UK Confectionery Conscious Chocoloate

Conscious Chocolate, the original “raw vegan” chocolate, has been enjoyed throughout the world since 2004. Created in the UK.

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this article about UK-made chocolate brands. If you want to be included you can join Make it British here.

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Top 17 Accessories for Dogs UK | British-Made Pets Brands Tue, 12 Apr 2022 15:49:44 +0000

They are our cherished companions and we love to accessorise our pets! We’ve pulled together a list of the best accessories for dogs made in the UK and British pet brands.

Just in time for National Pet Month (April-May), we’re helping you to treat your furry companion with some wonderful pet accessories that’ll withstand any walk to the park or excitable playtime. Check out our top 17 accessories for dogs and pet brands that make in the UK.

[Updated April 2022]

Collars, Harnesses and Leads


Hettie, UK-made dog accessories

A family-run company making handcrafted accessories for dogs in the UK. Their stunning collection of luxury, award-winning pet products offers something for every four-legged fur baby; from dog collars, leads, jackets, harnesses, bowties and feminine flowers.


IWOOF, UK-made dog accessories

High quality, long-lasting designer accessories for dogs made in the UK, for dogs made by devoted dog lovers. IWOOF have an extensive range of designer dog collars, leads and designer dog harnesses to suit all breeds of dogs.

Seldom Found

Seldom Found UK-made dog accessories
Seldom Found

Seldom Found handcrafts a range of UK-made dogs accessories such as leather collars and leashes all hand cut and crafted from start to finish in one studio. Every item is handmade to order using the finest materials, hand-cut and crafted without the use of any machinery but with a keen eye for detail to create your finished product.

Pugalier of London

Pugalier of London, UK-made dog accessories
Pugalier of London

Pugalier of London is a truly British brand with all of its leather accessories designed by them and handcrafted in England. They know your dog deserves the best, so their top priority is creating products that are comfortable but also functional.

They offer a luxurious look but with the confidence that their products are hard wearing and have undergone tests in the garden, park and even on the beach. With Pugalier’s growing range of high quality, timeless designs, your dog can now be treated to the same luxury that you enjoy.

Scottish Textiles Showcase

Scottish Textiles Showcase UK-made dog accessories
Scottish Textiles Showcase

These gorgeous Harris Tweed leads and collars from the Scottish Textiles Showcase are the perfect treat for a faithful dog, whether they’re yours or for a dog lover in your life.

Handcrafted from classic and hardwearing Harris Tweed, handwoven in the Western Isles of Harris and Lewis, these collars and leads can take quite a bit of rough and tumble.

CountryMun Dogwear

CountryMun Dogwear, UK-made dog accessories
CountryMun Dogwear

CountryMun Dogwear specialises in quality, long-lasting dog coats and accessories for dogs made in the UK at prices that belie the expertise and love that goes into every product from initial design through to the final handmade product.

Skilled craftspeople are behind every item in the range – from the protective neoprene wetsuit coat and handmade Harris tweed walking coats to the ultimate dog drying coat featuring luxury cotton towelling.



Fabulous matching leather accessories for dogs made in the UK for the style-conscious dog and owner!

Broughton & Co

Broughton and Co, UK-made dog accessories
Broughton and Co

Broughton & Co is a UK brand creating handmade, bespoke & personalised leather pet accessories for your companion. They specialise in creating fashionable/trend-led leather goods. Each of their UK-made dog accessories are 100% hand-crafted from start until finish, using traditional leather craft tools and techniques.

Accessories for Dogs UK – Beds and Carriers

Berkeley Dog Beds

Berkeley Dog Beds, UK-made dog accessories
Berkeley Dog Beds

Luxury Dog Beds by Berkeley are some of the best! Smart and cosy so the bed looks great in your home and your dog will love it; all made in the UK.


Accessories for Dogs UK British-made Pets Products by Baavet

Keep your pet cosy and warm with one of Baavet’s cube dog beds, the higher back and sides will protect your dog from any drafts whilst the lower cut front allows easy access. Baavet pet products are the ultimate in pet comfort, made from natural materials with all the benefits of their wonderful Baavet wool quilts; breathable, moisture-wicking, temperature regulating, mould resistant, and very, very comfortable.

Duxenall Dog Bedz

Duxenall Dog Bedz, UK-made dog beds
Duxenall Dog Bedz

Hand-made, flat-pack wood and canvas dog beds. Each bed is lovingly hand made in three sizes and varied colourways/fabrics. They are personally assembled, then packed for you in a handy hessian bag, making the ideal bed for travel, holidays and camping! The raised design makes them comfy, hygienic, and easy to care for.

Hector Hartley

British-made Accessories for Dogs UK by Hector Hartley
Hector Hartley

Hector Hartley creates luxurious and stylish dog bed duvets that are ultra-soft and comfy for your dog to nestle into, combined with durable designer fabrics.

Teddy Maximus

Teddy Maximus UK-made dog accessories
Teddy Maximus

Teddy Maximus is all about Fun, luxury British style for you and your dog. Designed and made in the UK by fine craftsmen.

Jacwicks Designs

Jacwicks Designs, uk-made dogs accessories
Jacwicks Designs

Jacwicks Designs brings you the Pet Perch, the soft fleece with a warm quilted inner and waterproof back that will keep your favourite pet warm and cosy. Rolled for ease of carrying and fastened with Velcro on a webbed strap, you can take the Pet Perch anywhere.

Toys for Pets

Dr Zigs

British-made dog toys by Dr Zigs
Dr Zigs

An innovative, bubbly product that will make every pet jump for joy. Dr Zigs offers giant bubble toys for both cats and dogs; either catnip or peanut butter scented!

Gifts for Pet Owners

Pet Mirrors

Pet Mirrors, dog collar tags
Pet Mirrors

Pet Mirrors create pet-themed acrylic mirrors of various shapes, sizes and colours. They are perfect for brightening up your home or the workplace.

Illustration by Abi

Gifts for Pet Lovers British-made Pets Products from Illustration by Abi
Illustration by Abi

Abi designs quirky and individual pen & ink animals full of character and life which adorn all her high-quality designs. Whether you see yourself as a dog or cat lover, Illustration by Abi has the perfect pet lover product to suit everyone including custom pet portraits of your fluffy companion.

Do you have your own UK-made brand accessories for dogs or pet products made in the UK? Feature your brand in this article by joining Make it British today.

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Making it your own; the advantages of running a micro-factory – Paul Brown, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Fri, 08 Apr 2022 04:30:00 +0000

In this episode, I chat with Paul Brown, founder of Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, a UK-made brand based in Suffolk.

Paul founded his clothing business back in 2012, knowing nothing about clothing manufacturing, but went on to set up his own micro-factory.

He shares how much it cost him to get his micro-factory up and running, and what the benefits are of having control of your own production.

We also discuss how the brand has found success exporting to countries like America and Australia.


  • [03:09] How Paul went from no experience in clothing manufacture to setting up his own micro-factory.
  • [10:01] What has led to sales from overseas customers.
  • [16:17] How the brand manages to offer hundreds of different options for their ‘Create Your Own Trousers’ range.
  • [19:28] The exciting new relaunch coming up this year for Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

More Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

WISC on Instagram

WISC Website

Paul’s Podcast on British Fashion & Style

Information on WISC British Chinos

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WIN – A British-Made Deckchair from Perkins & Morley Wed, 06 Apr 2022 08:56:46 +0000

Perkins & Morley has teamed up with us to offer you the chance to win a Burr Parsley Green Deckchair to enjoy this Springtime!

Perkins & Morley Blog Competition Deck Chair

Perkins & Morley are design duo Jill Perkins and Jan Morley – two women who produce different, unique designs and have a passion for cards, gifts and home-wares that celebrate nature, wildlife and our landscape.

The brand story started over 30 years ago when Jill and Jan both studied graphic design at Middlesex Polytechnic. Their shared passions for art, design, travel and nature led them to travel to Sri Lanka where they created designs for a wooden toy manufacturer. Still designing for other companies, they branched out into tableware, and then, in 2010, an idea from Jill and a drawing of an otter from Jan sparked the beginnings of their own brand.

The otter drawing became part of their best-selling Collective Noun range of greetings cards and giftware, loved by customers all over the globe.

The brand is proud to say they design and make everything in the UK; their cards are printed in Essex, the tea towels in Redcar and a range of gifts including coasters, key-rings, clocks, and chalkboards are all hand-made in Pershore.

Perkins & Morley’s newest ‘Vintage Flora & Ferns’ collection takes its inspiration from the Victorian walled garden where a sense of overgrown order prevails. Butterflies flit happily through flora and ferns whilst limes green, greys, aqua blues, sage green and purple make this a stunning collection.

With Springtime in full swing and Summer just around the corner, you could be enjoying your garden or decking area in a handmade UK deckchair. These FSC certified beech wood deckchairs will bring a splash of colour and personality to your home wherever you decide to put them.

Perkins & Morley Blog Competition 2022 Deck Chair Pattern

Find out more about Perkins and Morley and their products here.

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Which educational institution did founders Jill and Jan study graphic design?

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Launching an innovative new dog product – Rosie Macpherson, Where’s Winnie Fri, 01 Apr 2022 04:30:00 +0000

Rosie Macpherson is the founder of Where’s Winnie, a luxury dog travel brand.

Rosie came to me when she had an idea to develop an innovative new type of dog car seat. One where a small dog can travel in style and comfort, but which also offered safety and security.

In this episode, Rosie talks us through the journey from the initial idea for her product, to a very successful launch. 


  • [03:55] How the brand Where’s Winnie came about
  • [07:34] How Rosie handles juggling the new business with her family life and day job
  • [09:26] What Rosie found most daunting about developing a new product in the UK
  • [13:33] Rosie’s experience working with UK manufacturers
  • [17:06] How Rosie planned the successful launch day of Where’s Winnie’s first dog car seats
  • [21:49] How Rosie was able to gather invaluable customer feedback through Instagram

Further reading

Client Success Story: How we Helped Where’s Winnie to Develop an Innovative Dog Car Seat in the UK

More Where’s Winnie

Where’s Winnie on Instagram

Where’s Winnie Website

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Top 10 UK Lingerie and Underwear Brands Thu, 31 Mar 2022 08:53:23 +0000

We bring you our top 10 UK lingerie brands & underwear brands made in the UK.

Thought you couldn’t get lingerie or underwear that was manufactured in the UK? We’ve found a host of UK lingerie brands who design and make here, from comfortable, everyday pieces to luxury items for special occasions.

[Updated 2022]

UK Lingerie Brands

Something Wicked

Luxury undergarments UK Lingerie Brand Something Wicked
Something Wicked

Something Wicked is an independent UK lingerie brand. All their luxury undergarments and accessories are carefully handmade in the UK using the most exquisite materials such as Japanese plonge leather. Amidst today’s fast fashion market, they provide a more sustainable, unique service. Never off-the-rack, every piece is made to order. Each exquisite piece is made from start to finish by their team of skilled seamstresses.

Lucy Jones Lingerie

UK Lingerie Brand Lucy Jones Lingerie
Lucy Jones Lingerie

Lucy Jones Lingerie is a luxurious design-led UK lingerie brand that excludes lace but exudes glamour and sophistication. Uniquely detailed cutting, with delicately embroidered edges, combine to make lingerie and loungewear that is delightfully timeless and exquisitely contemporary.


UK underwear and lingerie brand Phaein

On a mission to create underwear that’s modern, adapted to fit multiple body shapes, and available in a large range of bra sizes. Phaein is a UK lingerie brand that is creating undergarments designed to fit the different needs, tastes, and preferences that every woman has.

Beautifully Buxom

Beautifully Buxom - UK Lingerie Brand
Beautifully Buxom

Born from frustration to find lingerie and loungewear to fit and flatter curves as a ‘large cup’ sized woman. Beautifully Buxom produce lingerie pieces such as loungewear with built-in support such as PJs, nightwear, camis and more.

Having launched in 2021 with their first collection, they will be expanding their product range soon.

Mouse to Minx

Mouse to Minx - UK Lingerie Brand
Mouse to Minx

Inspired by retro fashion design and traditional English aesthetic, Mouse to Minx designs garments with a narrative twist. Their handmade lingerie plays on the old popular British phrase “spend-a-penny”.

David Nieper

British Lingerie and underwear brand David Nieper
David Nieper

David Nieper is a British fashion house designing and manufacturing luxury women’s clothing including nightwear, in Derbyshire for more than 50 years. They are passionate about growing local skills and actively support sustainable manufacturing in the UK. From the design table to hand-finishing, every part of the manufacturing process of their own label garments takes place at their studio and workrooms in Alfreton.

UK Underwear Brands

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - UK Underwear Brand
Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Offering classic fits for maximum comfort, each pair of boxer shorts is hand-cut and made at Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Suffolk Factory in England.

Emma Willis

Emma Willis - UK-made Underwear made in Britain
Emma Willis

Emma Willis Boxer Shorts are made in their Gloucester factory using the finest Swiss two fold Cotton for the ultimate in luxury UK-made underwear. They use a more flattering wider elastic that threads through the tunnel waistband, so the cottons of the Boxer Short are against your skin, not the elastic. At the front, they finish the boxers with two Mother of Pearl buttons.

UK Lingerie Manufacturers

Intimate Apparel Solutions

UK Lingerie Manufacturer Intimate Apparel Solutions
Intimate Apparel Solutions

Providing an efficient and enjoyable service for UK lingerie brands, Intimate Apparel Solutions has years of experience in the development of undergarments. So if you’re looking for something that’s not quite yet on the market, Intimate Apparel Solutions have the technical know-how to help bring your idea to life.

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this article about British-made lingerie. If you want to be included you can join Make it British here.

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Julie Deane CBE, Cambridge Satchel Company – Why it’s important to keep UK manufacturing alive Fri, 25 Mar 2022 04:30:00 +0000

Julie Deane CBE is the founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, which manufactures all its bags in the UK.

In this episode, recorded as an Instagram Live on Made in UK Day, I chat to Julie about why the Cambridge Satchels are made in the UK, and how important it is to retain craftsmanship here in Britain.

Back in October 2021 I also had the good fortune to be invited inside the Cambridge Satchel factory. I wrote a blog post all about it where I shared photos taken by my daughter Flossie who accompanied me on the trip, showing the craftsmanship that goes into making each Cambridge Satchel bag.


  • [03:17] Why Julie feels there should be a kitemark to recognise products made in the UK
  • [06:04] How Julie thinks we can encourage more people to find out where products are made
  • [08:29] Why sustainability is so important to the Cambridge Satchel brand
  • [11:43] The reason why Julie decided to set up Cambridge Satchel’s own factory
  • [15:28] Julie’s advice for small businesses looking to get their name out there

Watch the live version from Made in UK Day

Further Listening
Episode 142 – Julie Deane CBE – Building a Great British Brand

Watch the live episode that was recorded on Made in UK Day on our YouTube channel here.

More Cambridge Satchel

Cambridge Satchel Company Instagram

Cambridge Satchel Company Website

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