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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'.
 
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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 ha…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 rep…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Just a quick one today, to say that I'm taking a break from recording new episodes after next week. In the meantime, I have selected 10 of the best episodes from the archive for your enjoyment, which will be episodes no.s 188 - 197 I'll be back on 20th August (not 13th as I said on the audio!) with a brand new solo episode no.198 More Make it Briti…
 
Rita Britton is somewhat of a fashion legend. For 50 years she ran an independent fashion store in Barnsley, Yorkshire called Polyanna, which was an International hub for luxury fashion stocked with Rita's unique style. When Polyanna closed in 2014, Rita focused on developing her own brand, Nomad, made in the UK with fabrics sourced from Yorkshire …
 
If you want to develop a range of products but have little manufacturing experience you might be thinking of employing the services of a production consultant.In this episode, we’re going to look out what services a production consultant might offer, and why you might not want to use one if you want to manufacture in the UK.I’ve also got advice on …
 
Brant Richards is one of the founders of HebTroCo. 5 years ago, he and his business partner Ed had an idea in the pub - to start making trousers in Hebden Bridge, a town in Yorkshire that was once renowned for its trouser making.They launched the business on Kickstarter, knowing nothing about making trousers, and within five hours of switching on t…
 
Do you want a manufacturer in the UK? On today's episode I discuss the reasons why searching in Google for a manufacturer to make your products could be a very costly mistake to make. Discover: What can happen if you select a manufacturer using a Google search 1:29 Examples of what you really find on page one of Google when you type in 'UK clothing…
 
Johnstons of Elgin is the largest textile manufacturer in the UK. The 223-year-old company employs over 1,000 people and was the first to bring cashmere weaving to Scotland. Simon Cotton, the chief executive of Johnstons, describes himself as working for the most exciting company in the UK. Listen to find out how he plans to make the company last l…
 
This episode is a lesson to anyone that wants to make in the UK but is struggling to make their pricing work.YES, it is possible to have a thriving and sustainable brand that is made in the UK and be profitable. You just need to change the way you look at things. Discover: Why trying to find a cheaper manufacturer is not the solution 02:05 Why pric…
 
Rebecca Mills has a background in buying and retail for some big-name brands, yet when it came to running her own business she found it very different. In this episode, she talks about how different it is running her own brand and some of the common mistakes that it is easy to make when you love designing products! Discover: The challenges of devel…
 
I get contacted all the time by people looking for ‘more affordable’ UK manufacturers. They’re not making any money in their business and they believe it’s all the manufacturer’s fault because their prices are too high. But when I dig a little deeper, often I find that there are other parts of the business that need to be addressed first in order f…
 
Debbie McKeegan has over 30 years experience in textile printing - specifically digital printing. She is the founder of TexIntel, a platform that provides fantastic knowledge and advice to the digital print industry and also the host of the Texintel podcast. In this episode Debbie answers all your burning questions about digital printing. So if you…
 
There are really four different scenarios in which it's probably better to manufacture overseas than in the UK.In this episode, I run through what those four different cases are. Discover: How the amount of time that it takes to make something can play a big part in deciding whether it should be made here 01:41 Which skills we have very little of i…
 
James Stewart is an experienced lean practitioner who has worked with Burberry and Fashion Enter to help streamline their manufacturing process. ‘Lean’ is a method for producing products in smaller batches, closer to the customer, rather than making zillions of products overseas that no one wants to buy. Anyone that manufactures sustainably and loc…
 
If your products aren’t selling - don’t get disheartened! There can be many reasons why products don’t sell, but there are also lots of things you can do to make sure they have the best chance of success. So before you think about slashing your prices, take a listen to this episode. Discover: The things you can do before you start to develop a prod…
 
In an industry that is dominated by big brands, how can you stand out from the crowd and launch something new? In this episode, I chat to Hannah Lovegrove, co-founder of Lovegrove essentials, about what it takes to launch an organics skincare brand that is made in the UK. Hannah started her award-winning business in 2015 with her daughter Hayley. S…
 
What are some of the pros and cons of selling your products on an online marketplace?And how do you know which ones you should be on? Along with the well-established online marketplaces such as Etsy and Not on the High Street, there are lots of new ones springing up. Many of these specialise in certain niches, including a few newcomers who sell onl…
 
Rich and Linda make stunning, digitally printed swimwear under the label Usual Objections. They manufacture all of their products from a micro-factory in their family home in Hackney, which they also share with 2 children and a blind pug! In this episode, they tell me about what made them decide to manufacture everything themselves, having tried do…
 
When it comes to working out your selling prices, one of the biggest mistakes people make is getting their margin and mark-up all mixed up! It’s easily done as the two words are pretty similar. But it can be a costly mistake to make if you get it wrong. In this episode, I explain what the difference is between a margin and a mark-up, and what perce…
 
On today’s episode, we’re being joined by make-up artist Phyllis Cohen, who is also the founder of a business called Face Lace. Phyllis started her career as a make-up artist in the ‘80s during the New Romantic era when her illustrative make-up appeared in magazines such as i-D. She’s also worked her make-up magic on everyone from David Bowie and L…
 
There are a lot of different costs involved in launching a brand. But in this episode, I break it down into four main segments: prototyping; stock; marketing and admin. I also advise on what the typical amount is that new businesses spend in getting their brand off the ground, and smart ways that you can reduce those costs. Discover: The new ‘Made …
 
Rowena Howie’s Revival Retro store in central London is a destination shop for fans of her flattering dresses and stylish accessories. In this episode we chat about how Rowena has pivoted her business to online whilst the shop has been closed; how the government could help independent retailers; and how she puts the customer at the heart of everyth…
 
Choosing a manufacturer is one of the most important decisions you can make in the development of your products, so it’s important to find the right one. When you are assessing whether a manufacturer is a good fit for you there are certain questions that you should ask them. Some of these questions you may want to ask over the phone initially, in o…
 
Today I’m chatting to UK garment manufacturer Jenny Holloway who I first featured on this show on episode 21 back in January 2019. Jenny runs Fashion Enter, a social enterprise that makes 1,000s of garments every week in their North London factory. Fashion Enter also runs a training academy teaching people the essential skills needed to work in fas…
 
When you go to visit any manufacturer for the first time it’s your opportunity to find out exactly how they operate. The more factories you visit the more you come to learn what makes a good fit for you and your business. But there are several key aspects to a well-run factory that you can look out for that should help to inform your decision as to…
 
Data and digital are drastically changing how we all shop and the way that products are made. In this conversation recorded at Make it British Live! Online, a panel of digital experts from within the fashion industry discuss the importance of data for businesses both large and small, and how it can initiate much more personalised conversations with…
 
A range plan is an essential tool for any product business. Without it you are setting yourself up for failure. Yet many of the small businesses that I speak to that are developing products say they don’t have a range plan. Or they don’t even know what it is! So in this episode, I explain what a range plan is and why it’s a valuable tool for our bu…
 
John Elliott MBE founded Ebac nearly 50 years ago. The company has also sold 1.5 million dehumidifiers over the years and is the only manufacturer of washing machines in the UK. John is very passionate about UK manufacturing and his thoughts on the UK Government, the supermarkets and Which? make for entertaining listening. Discover: How John left s…
 
If you want to launch a clothing label should you get your first samples made by a seamstress or should you go straight to working with a factory? In this episode, I cover the pros and cons of both so that you can make the decision for yourself as to which you think is best for your business. Discover: How a seamstress can translate your ideas into…
 
How Rachel Bowditch discovered a gap in the market and turned it into a thriving business with loyal fans. Alice Bow became an overnight sensation when it was reported that the Duchess of Cambridge was a big fan. Rachel discusses how she rapidly grew her business overnight by bringing her manufacturing in house. She also has some great tips about h…
 
Does the phrase critical path fill you with dread? Or make you jump for joy? When it comes to manufacturing a product a critical path is...critical! In this episode, I cover exactly what a critical path is and when and why you need one. You’ll also find out how to create one, and most importantly, keep it updated. Discover: What is a critical path?…
 
How can you find deadstock materials for your brand? In this episode, Dessy from Fashion Insiders & Co and I discuss some of the challenges of starting a fashion brand, including one of the biggest challenges of all, which is how to find raw materials in small quantities. Dessy has recently launched a platform call My Factori which hosts online pop…
 
If you're struggling to find a UK manufacturer there's usually one of five reasons why you can't find one. In this episode, I explain what those five situations are. And give you suggestions for how to have more success in finding your ideal manufacturing partner. Discover: Why more people are looking for UK manufacturers now 00:45 Questions I ask …
 
Lee Akpareva is a fashion designer, tailor and technology consultant. He's also creative director of Never Fade, a fashion store and creative space on Old Compton Street in London. We chat about collaborations within the fashion industry, helping new designers get a head start, and how blockchain and technology are impacting the fashion industry an…
 
Should you use Made in UK or Made in Britain? And what's the difference? A few people have asked why we chose to call the awareness campaign Made in UK Day and not Made in Britain Day. United Kingdon, Great Britain, The British Isles...it can be very confusing trying to get your head around all the different ways you can describe the countries of E…
 
What does it mean to be a UK leather bag business in 2021? Today I’m chatting with Gillian Tusting from English heritage leathergoods brand Tusting. Gillian shares the story of how the family business, founded in 1875, evolved from a small tannery to a thriving part of the UK's leathergoods industry. She describes the craftsmanship that goes into t…
 
If you manufacture a product in the UK, selling your product for too low a price could be detrimental to your brand. And putting your prices up could actually increase your sales! If you prices are too low, especially if you make in the UK, your customers may think there is something wrong. This applies not just for brands, but for UK manufacturers…
 
Welcome to series 3 of the Make it British podcast! On the 10th anniversary of the founding of Make it British I take a look back at some of my milestones over the last decade. How have perceptions of UK manufacturing changed in that time? To celebrate 10 years of Make it British we have launched Made in UK Day on 9 March 2021. Find out more at mad…
 
What will 2021 hold for businesses that make in the UK? In the last episode of 2020, and the last of series two, I look at some of the trends that I think will impact businesses that make in the UK in the coming 12 months. Listen to this episode to hear my predictions - and let me know if you think I've missed anything out! Here are my 11 trends fo…
 
Today's episode is part one in a two part series where I'll be looking back on our year in 2020 and then looking forward to 2021. There is no doubt that 2020 has brought its share of challenges for everyone, but I am not going to dwell too much on the negative today. Instead, I take a look at what positives have come out of this most unusual year. …
 
UK-made goods have huge value both at home and abroad. If you have a UK-made brand are you doing enough to shout about it? In this episode, I share my 7 foolproof tips you can action right now to shine a light on the products that you make. Discover: What you can do to make your brand stand out from the brands that make overseas How you can have gr…
 
Catherine Erdly is the founder of The Resilient Retail Club. She has a background in retail as a merchandiser for some of the best-known High Street retailers but now works exclusively with independent retailers and small businesses. In this episode, we discuss what went wrong at Debenhams and Arcadia, how the buying model of the big retailers is n…
 
This is a recording of an Instagram live that I did on the last Friday in November. A day often referred to in the retail calendar as Black Friday. I discussed why the heavy discounting from many stores at this time of year are not really deals at all, and why many UK-made brands don't do heavy discounting. Discover: - The tricks big retailers use …
 
How do UK manufacturers and brands compete with huge overseas factories and the likes of Black Friday discounting? In this episode, I revisit an interview I did back in 2018 which is still very relevant today. It's a ‘no holds barred’ interview with James Eden, owner of Private White V.C. who tells me how he’s turned a clothing factory that solely …
 
This week we've been spending time updating the About page on the Make it British website. It's still not finished yet so please don't look at the old one! It caused me to revisit the first-ever episode of this podcast when I talked about my background and why I set up Make it British. So I'm sharing that episode with you again today as it is two y…
 
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