Monthly Archives: September 2012

Flags, Bunting, Windbreaks, Sunshades, Awnings and Blinds Made in Great Britain

HOLLAND PLASTICS

“Home of the strip curtain/fly/bug blind from 1964”

“STILL MADE IN ENGLAND USING BRITISH MATERIALS”

Holland Plastics make, amongst other things like bunting, screens for assisting with keeping insects out of the home.

http://www.hollandplastics.co.uk/

Holland Plastics bunting. MADE IN ENGLAND USING BRITISH MATERIALS. Premium ‘Red, White and Blue British Made Bunting – Quality Deluxe Pennant in 10 Metres strips.

Holland Plastics door blind. Slat Blind Type - Traditional. Made in England.

Holland Plastics door blind. Slat Blind Type – Traditional. Made in England.

I also came across this company, Orinoco Bunting, on the internet who sell UK made bunting – http://www.orinocobunting.co.uk

Orinoco Bunting. Made in UK.

Orinoco Bunting. Made in UK.

And Tickety Boo Bunting who hire and sell cotton bunting, all of which is made in Great Britain – http://www.ticketyboobunting.co.uk

Tickety Boo Bunting. Made in Great Britain.

Tickety Boo Bunting. Made in Great Britain.

And Reefer, who make their bunting in England, from old sails. Reefer make recycled and new material sailcloth and canvas bags, duffle bags, washbags, iPad and IPhone cases, bunting, pet products, keyrings, passport covers, luggage tags, deckchairs, windbreaks and other great stuff in England. Reefer repurpose retired and discarded material and say on their website that where possible they “make use of UK based suppliers and manufacturers”. Products are made in Devon England. Products available seem to very over time – http://www.reefersails.com

Reefer bunting. Made in Great Britain

Reefer bunting. Made in Great Britain.

Bunting Queen make all their bunting in England, and hire as well – http://www.buntingqueen.co.uk

The Bunting Club sell paper bunting that is printed in the UK – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheBuntingClub?page=1

Bella and Roo bunting, keyring, zipper pulls, decorations, etc seem to be made in England. On their twitter tagline it says “Hand crafted designs for special occasions and a beautiful home. Created in gorgeous Somerset” – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BellaandRoo

The Rainbow Paperie make their table confetti and paper garlands in the United Kingdom – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheRainbowPaperie?ref=shopinfo_shophome_leftnav

Dart Designs produce sailcloth windbreaks that are made in Devon, England. They say on their website that “the windbreaks are made in the UK…” – http://www.dartdesigns.co.uk

Dart Designs Porthcurno Sailcloth Windbreak & Bag. Made in the UK.

Dart Designs Porthcurno Sailcloth Windbreak & Bag. Made in the UK.

Southsea Deckchairs make deckchairs, parasols, sauna chairs, folding tables, windbreaks, folding stools, replacement deckchair fabric and so on. They also sell deckchair fabric by the metre, hire deckchairs and make branded deckchairs. They have been making deckchairs for the last 20 years in Portsmouth, England. Their range of resin furniture is imported. When I asked them about their UK manufacture in November 2012 they replied as follows: “Assembly work, finishing, sewing, fittings, QC, is all done in the UK. Some of the work is outsourced”. I’m pleased they are honest about their sourcing. Southsea deckchairs are used on the majority of beaches and promenades up and down the UK. They also export. As some work is outsourced and country of origin is not given on their website against individual products, please check where you deckchair or whatever you are interested in from them is made before buying – http://www.deckchairs.co.uk

Flagmakers is Britain’s oldest flag maker and a trading name of George Tutill, Able Flags and Turtle and Pearce, making flags, flagpoles, banners and bunting. Also, flag hire. Part of the Specialised Canvas Group. ‘Flagmakers’ still manufacture in the UK and have an ethical sourcing policy. I asked the company about the origin of their products and got this response: “We sew our flags here in Chesham and print at our parent company in Chesterfield. We also have an overflow printing partner in Germany. We purchase most of our material within the UK however some specialist silks are not stocked here and we have to go abroad for them. Our wood products for table flags, bases etc are sourced from a local carpenter here in Chesham.” You can see some examples of their flags here. Also part of the Specialised Canvas Group are:  JMS Flagpoles who make flagpoles in the UK, make cafe windbreaks in the UK (available at www.cafe-windbreaks.co.uk) and supply flags; Banner Box who make banners in the UK; Proflight Bags who make custom bags, emergency bags, industrial bags and covers in the UK; Specialised Canvas Services who manufacture canvas sheets and covers in the UK; Porters flags who make flags in the UK; www.flag-pole.co.uk who make flagpoles and graphic display systems in the UK. Check where the Specialised Canvas group product you want will be made – as they state above some production is outsourced for example to Germany. http://www.flags-flagpoles-banners.co.uk – a site featuring Specialised Canvas group products generally.

Aero Feather Windchaser flags for The National Trust at Clumber Park, 4 October 2011 (Banner Box)

Aero Feather Windchaser flags for The National Trust at Clumber Park, 4 October 2011 (Banner Box)

Flying Colours are makers of sewn and printed national flags, company flags, and bespoke flags and banners, bunting and beach flags. Flying Colours have a Royal Warrant for the supply of flags and related products to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. They supply to individuals, companies, organisations, local authorities and the like. One of their Union flags is flown from Windsor Castle. Their flags are manufactured in house, in the UK. Check before buying whether their bunting and suchlike is made in the UK – http://www.flyingcolours.org

The Flag Loft make all their flags in the UK. The Flag Loft supply sewn flags to the general public, industry, hotels, embassy’s and commercial customers around the world. Check before buying whether their bunting and suchlike is made in the UK – http://www.theflagloft.co.uk

Newton Newton Flags have been making flags and banners since 1975. Newton Newton are actual manufacturers and make their flags, standards and banners in Lincolnshire. They are happy to welcome visitors during normal office hours by appointment.

Their product range includes:

  • Royal, National, State and Provincial flags and banners
  • Civic flags
  • Regimental flags
  • Historical, heraldic, Diocesan, Masonic flags
  • Trade and Student Union flags
  • Sport, club flags
  • School and college flags
  • Corporate flags
  • Shipping flags, burgees and pennants
  • PVC coated nylon promotional banners
  • Fabric art banners for shopping centres, ports and airport lounges and product launches.

http://www.newtonnewtonflags.com

https://twitter.com/newtonflags

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Newton Newton Flags – Union Flag and St.George flag

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Newton Newton Flags

Earl Of Scarborough Lodge

Earl Of Scarborough Lodge by Newton Newton

Royal Signals

Royal Signals by Newton Newton

Red Dragon Flagmakers are manufacturers of traditional sewn and quality printed flags, coffin drapes, banners and bunting and other textile goods, own brand and made for others. They also sell DanoMast flagpoles which are made Denmark and not in the UK. Red Dragon Flagmakers are a social enterprise based in Swansea and Somerset and they rehabilitate through skills training and employment as well as making and selling flags, banners and bunting. All their products, except their flagpoles, appear to be British made. They say on their website “All our products are 100% made in the UK…” They also say “We are a British manufacturer only making our products in the UK.  British products are among the best in the World and worth every penny as investment pieces for the present …. and all our futures.” They also do pop-up products like Glory Pants women’s pants, Bapu slippers and Noonoo playthings for little children, but no country of origin information information is given about these products – https://www.facebook.com/reddragonflagmakers/ – https://www.reddragonflagmakers.co.uk

MrFlag of Swansea describe themselves on their webpage as “WALES’ OLDEST & BEST KNOWN FLAG BRAND. THE UK’S FIRST ONLINE FLAG RETAILER.” On their twitter tagline they say “Beautiful flags lovingly made in Great Britain by Great Britons”. They sell a wide range of printed or traditionally sewn flags, current worldwide flags, historic flags, ensigns and Jacks, signal flags, coffin drapes, bunting, beach flags, hand waving flags, windsocks, car flags, desktop flags, etc and flagpoles. Standard sizes or bespoke. Their website tells us very little about the company. Their Facebook tells us “MrFlag® is a privately owned trademark and brand, currently operated under licence by 1415 Limited” and “Mrflag’, ‘MrFlags’, and ‘MrFlag… for people with wind’ and ‘#forpeoplewithwind’ are registered trademarks of Charles Ashburne” – but that means very little to me. Most flags appear to be made in Britain, but please check before buying as possibly some of the cheaper flags are foreign made. MrFlag is a retailer – they don’t make anything so cannot be classed as a flag maker. They have their products made in Manchester and also import from SE Asia – http://www.mrflag.com

If you are buying flags and bunting, please source from a British manufacturer.  This is especially significant if you are buying Union flags, St. George flags, Scottish flags, Welsh flags, and other national flags or anything with the Union Flag or national design on it. Buy British made flags and bunting and fly the flag with pride.

For garden furniture and deck chairs that are made in Britain please click here. For British made tents, marquees and gazebos, please click here.

Field Candy (FieldCandy) sunshades, for use on the beach or in the back garden to protect you from the sun (and the rain! to some extent), are made in the UK; as are their tents, their Snoos travel pillows, their roll mats (sleeping mats) and their little flags (which match the tents). Some other Field Candy products are foreign made. For more detail on Field Candy products, please see my tents article here – http://www.fieldcandy.com

Fieldcandy Rule Britannia Union Jack sun-shade. Made in England.

Fieldcandy Rule Britannia Union Jack sun-shade. Made in England.

Deans Blinds and Awnings manufacture in the UK – Patio awnings, sun awnings, garden awnings and canopies, sun awnings for both the commercial and domestic markets. They also sell some foreign made products such as their giant umbrellas – http://www.deansblinds.co.uk

Deans awnings at Browns-Oxford 24.7.13

Deans awnings at Browns-Oxford 24.7.13

Walters in the Turl, February 2015 - Walters, the famous exclusive University outfitters in Oxford, have given their frontage a fresh look, whilst retaining the traditional patina of the building, by refurbishing their existing Victorian commercial awnings with new, bold red and white block stripe canvas type covers. The traditional Victorian awning has been manufactured in the London factory of Deans Blinds & Awnings UK Ltd and fitted by them.

Walters in the Turl, February 2015 – Walters, the famous exclusive University outfitters in Oxford, have given their frontage a fresh look, whilst retaining the traditional patina of the building, by refurbishing their existing Victorian commercial awnings with new, bold red and white block stripe canvas type covers. The traditional Victorian awning has been manufactured in the London factory of Deans Blinds & Awnings UK Ltd and fitted by them.

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Insignia, Regalia and Military Uniform made in the UK

Toye (Toye, Kenning & Spencer) craftsmen have created identity products for civil and military markets since 1685. Toye & Co still manufacture some of their items in its UK factories. However, you should check with them if something is actually UK made. A lot of things they sell are manufactured outside of the UK, for example their black ties and white gloves are made abroad – http://www.toye.com

For men’s white gloves try A. Farley Country Attire or Boylan and Co.  Both sell white gloves made in England. Toye & Co white gloves are not made in the UK (and neither are their black ties).  Also, Southcombe Gloves sell white and black UK made ceremonial gloves in their e-bay store.

Established in 1887 Suppliers of Masonic and Ceremonial Regalia A. R. Fabb Bros Ltd sell items made in the UK, but you will need to check with them that what you need is made in the UK as it is not stated on their website.

Spencer Thorn Jewellers (Airculture Ltd) make all their Napkin Hooks and Clips in Cornwall, England, including a range of Masonic napkin hooks and clips – http://www.napkinhook.co.uk

Hector Russell traditional Scottish regimental headwear is made in Scotland (as are some of their other products like kilts and kilt pins) – http://www.hector-russell.com

Hector Russel Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Hector Russell Masonic kilt-pin. Made in Scotland.

Lewis Masonic is a long established firm, founded in 1886, specialising in the publication of Masonic texts. Then called A Lewis, the focus of the company was exclusively on ritual books from Masonic Craft degrees through to the Masonic side orders. In 1973, A Lewis became part of Ian Allan Publishing and the name was changed from ‘A Lewis’ to ‘Lewis Masonic’. Nowadays, ritual books are still kept a priority at Lewis Masonic but the company’s focus has expanded to cover all areas of Masonic publishing.

Hand and Lock – fine hand embroidery since 1767 – M Hand and S Lock merged in 2001 to form Hand and Lock – Civilian and Military Regalia and fashion embroidery – Hand embroidered badges for clubs, institutions, societies, liveries, and masons; military laces and accoutrements; bespoke hand embroidery – They have a store and workshop in London – I am not sure how much they use British made materials or if all their items are made in the UK – http://www.handembroidery.com

Jacquard Weaving Company Limited will produce your club or corporate design woven in the finest detail.  100% manufactured in the UK woven badges, labels, epaulettes, pennants, ties (traditional or “Clip On”, bows and ruffles) plus they can customise polo shirts, rugby shirts, fleeces and the like and uniform clothing with woven badges permanently attached, or fully embroidered designs. They also have eBay shop stocking many “off the shelf” badges etc at http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Badges-Patches-and-Things – http://www.jacquard.co.uk

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm.  Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company Union Flag Badges, Velcro back 9.8cmx4.9cm. Made in the UK. Alos available sew on Union Flag badges / patches.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

Jacquard Weaving Company London England Badge Patch 8.5cm x 6.6cm. Made in the UK.

For name tags to in clothes, Cash’s (or J. J. Cash Ltd or more recently Cash’s Apparel Solutions (UK) Ltd) are still making some of their products in England I think. In an email of 8/813 Cash’s told me “we still make the name tapes , bookmarks and cards in Coventry”. Just their name tapes , bookmarks and cards are made in England and their other items are foreign made. I am not sure if this has changed since they went into Administration in January 2014 and then came back again in April 2014. I have not heard that manufacturing has moved from the UK but it would be advisable to check. I note they were moving to new premises during December 2014 – http://jjcash.co.uk

Royal Warrant holders the Firmin Group make and sell uniforms, ceremonial uniforms, metal badges and buttons, epaulets, horse furniture, medals, headdress, swords, uniforms, caps, gloves, clothing for films and theatre, civilian suits, and civilian hats. The oldest part of the Group, Firmin & Sons was established in 1655. The Firmin Group has factories in London and Birmingham, producing the majority of their products. Country of origin is not given on their website and many products they sell are foreign made. You will need to ask. The Firmin Group incorporates – Firmin and Sons, Kashket and Partners Ltd., E.C Snaith and Sons, and Patey Hats.

http://www.firminhouse.com

Patey Hats –  Royal Warrant holders – Riding hats, top hats, bowler hats, military hats and caps, peaked caps, ceremonial hats, trilby hats, fedora hats, hat boxes / bags and so on – Patey Hats also offer monogrammed initials embroidered either inside, or on the back of the velvet lining by Hand and Lock, and hat repairs. Prices are not given on their website, but you can see prices of some military items on their E.C Snaith and Sons website. They have a store in London (and no other stores) near Oxford Circus and sometimes visit shows. I am not sure if all their hats are made in England – you will need to ask – http://www.pateyhats.com

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 - Princes William and Harry.  Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton, London, 29.4.11 – Princes William and Harry. Uniforms by Kashket and Partners, buttons and accesories by Firmin & Sons, fabric by Hainsworth.

For hats and scarves, please click the hyperlink.

Silvine Stationery – Made in England

Nice quality stationery.  British made.  Good prices.

http://www.silvine.com/

Silvine make British made stationery – notebooks, pocket notebooks, exercise books, sketch pads, jotters, shorthand notebooks (reporter’s notebooks), scrap books, refill pads, record cards, postcards, raffle tickets, writing paper, envelopes, exercise books, memo books, cash books, duplicate books, triplicate books, receipt books, educational planners, petty cash vouchers, water resistant outdoor notebooks, etc. You can view their full range in their catalogue on their website. Nice quality stationery. There’s a review of a Silvine memo book here. British made. Good prices. Silvine paper products are made by Sinclairs in Yorkshire, who were established 1837, and can also make bespoke own-branded stationery for companies. All but a few of their products are made in the UK. For example Silvine don’t manufacture their Executive soft touch notebooks in the UK, but almost everything else is made here. In January 2017 their sales team said “Our soft feel executive notebooks are one of the very few lines in our range that are not produced at our manufacturing site here in the UK, these are currently sourced from the Far East.” Available in locals shops, good stationers, and online (for example on eBay, Amazon, and the Post Office).

Silvine Cash Book. British Made. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm. Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil. 72 pages (36 sheets).

Silvine British Made Cash Book. Front cover view. Photograph by author 1 July 2017

Silvine British Made Cash Book. Rear cover view. Photograph by author 1 July 2017

Silvine British Made Cash Book. Inner pages view. Photograph by author 1 July 2017

 

Silvine Classic Memo Book. British made. Quality lined paper. Quality red jacket. Pocket sized. Lightweight. Ref 042F. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm.

Silvine Classic Memo Book. British made. Quality lined paper (feint ruled). Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil. Quality red jacket. Pocket sized. Lightweight. Ref 042F. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm. 72 pages (36 sheets).

Silvine British Made Memo Book. Front cover view. Photograph by author 1 July 2017

Silvine British Made Memo Book. Rear cover view. Photograph by author 1 July 2017

Silvine British Made Memo Book. Inner pages view. Photograph by author 1 July 2017

Peter Cook in the 1950s, with John Cleese, using a Silvine Notebook. Still made in Britain today.

Peter Cook in the 1950s, with John Cleese, using a Silvine Notebook. Still made in Britain today. Screen shot from a BBC documentary about Les Dawson (the Many Faces of Les Dawson, 2011).

Silvine Value Spiral Bound approx 227 x 125 x 70mm including spine (approx. 8" x 5") lined Shorthand Notebook 160 pages (80 leaves). Made in the UK. Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil.

Silvine Value Spiral Bound approx 227 x 125 x 70mm including spine (approx. 8″ x 5″) lined Shorthand Notebook 160 pages (80 leaves). Made in the UK. Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil.

Silvine striped fashion notebook. British Made.

Silvine striped fashion notebook. British Made.

Silvine Union Jack Scrap Book. Made in the UK.

Silvine Union Jack Scrap Book. Made in the UK.

Peel P50: it’s back?

Peel cars were made on the Isle of Man.  The Peel P50 is the world’s smallest ever production car.    Now someone has brought the company and wants to re-start production.  Good luck to them.  Peels were fab cars.

http://www.peelengineering.co.uk

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/peel-p50-returns

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_P50

Henry vacuum cleaners made in Britain

British made vacuum cleaners.

Now that Hoover and Dyson make their products abroad, that leaves us with Numatic’s Henry, which are made in England. Luckily Henry’s are simply the best vacuum cleaners in the world. Great suction power and as tough as old boots.  I’ve had mine for years.

Numatic International Ltd make domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning and maintenance equipment and are best known for their popular and iconic “Henry” domestic vacuum cleaner, and related models, which are of a canister design and are given human names and ‘smiling face’ appearances. They say on their website “Numatic is the U.K’s largest commercial cleaning equipment manufacturer, continuing to invest and expand their U.K manufacturing facility. Professional cleaning products packed full of innovation and made right here in the U.K!” Their factory is in Chard, Somerset. The company was founded in 1969.

http://www.numatic.co.uk/

Numatic International's Henry

Hetty and Henry British made Hoovers (vacuum cleaners) on display in Tesco Stanwell, 24 May 2017. Note the words “Made in Great Britain” on the boxes. Photograph by author.

Bicycles, frames and bike accessories made in the UK – British made bikes, British made bike parts and British made bike equipment

If you owned a bike in the 1980s or before in the UK, it was probably British-made. If you own one today, most likely it’s made abroad.

My 1980s Falcon racing bike was made in England. It is superb quality and a rides like a dream despite its age. Falcon Cycles is still going. The company owns and sometimes uses a number of different former British bicycle brands including Elswick, Hopper, Holdsworth (the Holdsworth brand is also used by Far East manufacturer Planet X Bikes), Falcon (once the second largest bicycle manufacturer in the UK after Raleigh; the factory in Barton-on-Humber closed in the mid-1980s and production was moved to nearby Brigg; in 2006 Falcon ceased UK production entirely, but by this time only a few high end bikes were being assembled in the UK by Falcon and most Falcon bikes were already being made abroad, since about 2002), British Eagle, Coventry Eagle (also previously a motorcycle manufacturer), Townsend, Wearwell and Claud Butler. The same company (Tandem) now owns Dawes cycles (the Dawes factory in Tyseley, Birmingham closed down in around 1990 and production was moved to the Far East) too. Like Raleigh Cycles, Falcon and Dawes (Tandem) do not make bikes in the UK nowadays, all their bicycles now being foreign made.

Be First on a Falcon, a 1950s adevrtisement for Falcon Cycles

Be First on a Falcon, a 1950s adevrtisement for Falcon Cycles

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British Made Pottery – Mugs, Plates, Pottery, China and Glass Ware Made in the UK

It should be a relatively simple matter to buy Mugs, Pottery, China and Glass Ware made in the UK. British pottery is the best in the world and some of the industry still survives today. That said you’ll have to shop around, use the internet, and look carefully at back stamps for the words ‘Made in England’ or similar as a lot of pottery for sale on the high street these days is foreign made.

The base of a mug with the words "Made in England" on it.

The base of a mug with the words “Made in England” on it. Photograph by author. Look for the words “Made in England” on the base of pottery and glassware when buying.

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