Gopak Ltd (formerly known as P S Le Fleming Shepherd Ltd) was established in 1947, and make folding tables, folding furniture, chairs and staging in Hythe, England. Their main markets are local authorities and schools, churches, village halls and youth organisations, caterers, cafes, restaurants, venues, offices and public areas. They also sell other furniture sourced from inside and outside the UK, but much of what they sell is made in Britain. They say they are “proud to be a British manufacturer” 🙂 You’ll have to ask whether an individual item is made in Britain as country of origin is not given against individual items on their website – http://www.gopak.co.uk
Another source for folding furniture as wells as folding chairs, church chairs, church furniture, stacking chairs and classroom furniture is Alpha Furniture. Some of what they sell is made in the UK – look for items on their website that say UK made. They also sell Gopak (see above).
The CD Group of Companies, based in Derby, offer contract and domestic flooring, soft furnishing, and the design and manufacture of flooring and furnishing, with I understand curtains and soft furnishings made in-house in Derby.
TweedVixen Boutique http://www.tweedvixen.co.uk has an ever growing section called “Made in Britain” for those who wish to buy British.
I’ve pinned a few made in the UK things sold at TweedVixen Boutique in my Pinterest pages.
Sugru mouldable glue say on their website “Invented & Compounded in the UK” and they appear to still have a factory in London. Since 2018 they have been German owned as in May 2018 their company FormFormForm was acquired by German adhesive company Tesa, a subsidiary of Beiersdorf. Available from their website and in stores like B&Q and elsewhere online such as eBay – https://sugru.com
I noticed that on the pack of 4 Andrex toilet rolls I bought the other day (in October 2013) it says “Made in the UK and European Union”. It doesn’t say which! In the past Andrex was always just made in the UK I think*. So, I suggest you buy a brand that is definitely made in the UK. Most still are, but you should check. The Waitrose own brand Essential range of toilet tissue for example is produced in the UK, as are the Tesco Spring Force and Tesco Luxury Soft ranges of toilet tissue in Tesco. Update 28/12/15 – the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissues are now marked “made in EU” – check what you are buying is British made each and every shop, because the supermarkets make changes.
Buy British made toilet tissue. Check the packaging carefully and make sure the tissue you are thinking of buying is made in the UK.
* Andrex (part of Kimberly-Clark) inform me that “all ANDREX toilet tissue are manufactured in the UK, except the Andrex Eco which is manufactured in Switzerland”. Good news then it seems for people who like Andrex toilet roll. The labelling is nevertheless very unclear. The same unclear labelling is used for Andrex wet toilet tissues. That said in October 2019, all the Andrex products I have seen have been clearly labeled as made in the UK, so perhaps they have changed their labelling policy.
Some Kimberly-Clark products, such as the commercial toilet tissues below, are clearly labeled. The commercial toilet tissue below is also made in the UK. Kimberly-Clark also own the Kleenex brand. Kimberly-Clark is USA owned.
Also, are your KITCHEN TOWELS made in the UK? The Waitrose Ultra Kitchen Towels I purchased today are but a lot of the kitchen towels on supermarket shelves is not. Please check before buying. Some other Waitrose tissue products are made in the UK, such as the Waitrose Essential Toilet Tissue mentioned above and those items pictured below, but do check carefully before buying – http://www.waitrose.com
John Dale Limited is a privately owned manufacturer of a range of high quality branded and private label baby wipes, wet wipes and facial tissues products in the UK – Anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) wipes, baby wipes, wet wipes, facial cleansing wipes, skincare wipes, self tanning wipes and facial tissues. Their modern UK production facility is in North Wales. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK, but the website does strongly suggest this is the case. Marketed under names such as John Dale, JD Protects, Cherish, Skin Deep, Baby Dream, Mucky Faces, Duet, Soft, Fleur, Viscount and Countess. Available in good supermarkets and chemists, on their website and elsewhere online (for example on eBay) – http://www.johndale.co.uk
Deb, founded in 1941, produce occupational skin care and hand hygiene products, including their Swarfega brand (hand cleanser and other products) and anti-bacterial hand disinfectants. The company have skin care manufacturing plants in Denby, Derbyshire, UK and in Germany, Canada (2 factories), the USA (2 factories), Australia and Russia. Also they have injection moulding dispenser manufacturing plants in Little Eaton, Derbyshire, UK and one in Canada. So, some Deb products are still manufactured in the UK, whilst more are foreign made. Deb products made in the UK are clearly labelled as such. Look for the UK made products – http://www.debgroup.com/uk
Kimo Enterprises Ltd of Ascot, Berkshire make their Big D Travel Wipes in the UK. Strangely they don’t seem to have a website.
Wet Ones wet wipes still make some of their Wet Ones in the UK. Owned by Wilkinson Sword, who are now owned by US company Edgewell Personal Care. No country of origin information on their website, so check the packaging – https://www.wetones.co.uk
Cuticura anti-bacterial (and anti-viral) hand wipes are made in the UK, as are some of their other products such as bar soap and the Cuticura Hand Hygiene range. Cuticura is owned by Keyline Brands Limited, which is itself owned by the Indian Godrej Group.
Bayliss & Harding do a great line in hand wash, bath and body products. Most, but not all, of their products are made in the UK – check the label on the packaging before buying. They also do an over 70% alcohol hand gel – http://baylisandharding.com/
Mrs Gleams anti-bacterial hand gel is clearly labelled as made in the UK, as shown in the photograph below. No country of origin information is given on their website, so I don’t know whether any of their other products are made in the UK – https://www.mrsgleams.net
Boots antibacterial cleansing handy wipes are made in UK, as are their small pocket tissues. Boots the Chemist have a long British history but I note many of their own brand products no longer label the country of origin. For example Boots multivitamins and Boots kitchen soap do not state the country of origin. If their products do not say made in the UK on them we can assume they are made abroad. Some Boots own label products, such as some Boots moisturisers, Boots suntan cream which is made in the UK and their Botanics range some of which is made in the UK, are still labelled with the country of origin and they sell other UK made products such as Rimmel London too some of whose products are UK made. When shopping in Boots check the packaging and only buy British made products. Boots themselves are now an American owned company, Walgreens.
You should also buy anti-bacterial hand gel (and soap) that is made in the UK. For example, and I am sure there are more, Cuticura anti-bacterial hand gel, Enliven hand sanitiser, Bio-D hand sanitiser and Tesco anti-bacterial hand gel.
Global Beauty Products (Beautiful Brows / Beautiful Brows and Lashes) of Liverpool are a cosmetics company who appear to have a manufacturing capability in the UK and some of their products are UK made such as their Germ Killa hand sanitiser but there is not too much information on their website so I can’t tell if all their products are British made – https://beautifulbrowsandlashes.com
Wilko (Wilkinson) sell a good number of quality British made items including various motor oils, car wash liquids, car cleaning sponges, 3-in1 type oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, bicycle cleaners and oils (lubes), bicycle tyre sealant, various paints, dustpan and brushes, plastic containers, washing-up bowls, sink drainers, rubbish bins, mops, DIY fillers, paint roller sets, hand cream, hand cleaning gel, toner, garden bird peanuts, etc. Many of their own brand products are made in the UK. Check the packaging in-store – https://www.wilko.com
Evans Vanodine International was established in 1919 and the company has a factory at Walton Summit, just outside Preston. They manufacture cleaning & hygiene chemicals and have a wide product range. Whether all their products are made in the UK I don’t know, but I have seen their Hands hand sanitiser and it said on the label that it was made in the UK. Check before buying. Products are available through distributors and on sites like ebay and Amazon – http://www.evansvanodine.co.uk
Plenty kitchen towels are made in the UK. Bounty kitchen towels were re-branded as Plenty following the sale by Proctor and Gamble of their European tissue businesses to Swedish company SCA in 2007. SCA’s tissue business has since become Essity and is still a Swedish company. They have factories all over the world and export from and import to the UK. Essity also own the Tena, Tork, Bodyform, Velvet and Cushelle brands sold in the UK. Some Plenty kitchen towel and tissue is foreign made. Essity has manufacturing sites all over the world. In the UK they have manufacturing a site in Manchester which makes paper and converts it into products including Plenty household towel and Cushelle toilet roll as well as own-brand labels for major UK customers such as Asda and Tesco; Prudhoe is Essity’s largest site in the UK and makes paper and converts it into products including brands such as Velvet, Cushelle and Tork and own brand label products for UK customers such as Asda; Skelmersdale Tawd makes TAD (Through Air Dried) tissue paper that is converted at other sites into products such as Cushelle; Skelmersdale mill is a converting site that buys in paper from other Essity sites and converts it into Tork products as well as some other own label products, Tork being Essity’s leading business-to-business brand; Stubbins Ramsbottom mill makes paper primarily for Essity’s Skelmersdale site; and the Oakenholt paper mill which produces toilet tissue, facial tissue and paper towels for the UK market including brand labels such as Quilted Velvet and Triple Velvet and also private label products for Tesco, Morrisons, Asda, Wilkinson, Lidl and Costco and paper products for customers including Bunzl, Jangro, Asda and the NHS.
Rose Tissues produce toilet tissue and kitchen towel products in the North West of England. Branded, unbranded & private label. Supplier to wholesale businesses. Possibly all their products are UK made, but do check – http://www.rosetissues.co.uk
Wepa makes toilet paper and kitchen roll which used by retailers for their own-brand products. Customers include Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and Tesco. Wepa in the UK is based in Bolton, and has a production site in Bridgend, in South Wales. This German company also has factories abroad – https://www.wepa.de/en/homepage.html
Nicky is a brand of the Italian Sofidel Group. Nicky produce a wide selection of toilet tissues, kitchen towels, facial and pocket tissues, with some products still being made in the UK – http://www.nickytissue.co.uk
Leicester Tissue Company (LTC) do not mention country of origin on their website. They are possibly makers or sellers of at least some UK made toilet tissue, kitchen towels and tissues. They formerly owned Leicester Paper Company (LPC) Group Plc, which was sold in 2010 to the Italian Sofidel Group – http://www.leicestertissuecompany.co.uk
Freedom Paper Converters Ltd are manufacturers and distributor of soft tissue and disposable paper products (kitchen towels and toilet tissue), both own branded and private label. (All?) products are produced in the UK – http://freedompaper.co.uk
Some Tesco tissue products are made in the UK, such as the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissue mentioned above (Update 28/12/15 – the Tesco Spring Force toilet tissues are now marked “made in EU” – check what you are buying is British made each and every shop, because the supermarkets make changes) and those in the pictures below, but do check carefully before buying. Tesco products are clearly marked with country of origin and often country of origin information is given for products on their website too – http://www.tesco.com
Sainsbury’s own brand toilet tissue and wet wipes or at least some of them are made in the UK. I like the fact that Sainsbury’s clearly state country of origin on their website. You can still find many British made items in Sainsbury’s, particularly foodstuffs. Check the label before buying – https://www.sainsburys.co.uk
Ora kitchen towels are made in the UK. On their website it used to say in response to the FAQ “Where are Ora kitchen towels made?”, “Ora is proudly made in Britain, right from the early design stage all the way through to manufacture!”. In September 2018 I noticed that the FAQs for Ora no longer mention country of origin, however their website does still carry the “Made in Britain” marque. The kitchen towels themselves on the packaging only say “British Design” and not made in Britain. Additionally in their About section it says “Proudly designed in Britain and manufactured in the EU”. Sadly then Ora it seemed had moved production abroad. I wrote to Ora on 8th September 2018 asking whether they had moved production abroad and I am pleased to say production is now back in UK. They told me on on 15 September 2018 “To answer your query, I would like to confirm Ora Household Towels are indeed designed & manufactured in the UK. As you noticed, we did alter our website information as we temporarily moved production to Italy for some months to have our machinery further developed. We are now back manufacturing in the UK. Our website information will be updated shortly to reflect this”. So Ora kitchen towels are now made in the UK – great to hear that – http://www.ora-home.com
Accrol Papers Ltd, established in 1993, make branded and private label tissue paper products – toilet tissue, kitchen towels, facial tissues. They have a factory in Lancashire. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK, so do check. Their Mighty Giant multi purpose wipers pictured above are made in the UK – http://www.accrol.co.uk
Neutradol air freshener is made in England. It says so on the box. It is made by M S George Limited. The company are well know for their gel odour destroying solid air fresheners. I don’t know if all their products are made in England and no country of origin information is given on their website so do check the packaging before buying – http://www.neutradol.com
Tesco spray air freshener cans, or some of them in any case, are made in the UK.
The story of the Knockando Mill is a fascinating one and well worth a read. They make lovely things in Scotland.
At the start of this phase of WOVEMBER (Working with Wool) we mentioned Knockando Woolmill as a fantastic example of what can be achieved when one works both with wool and about wool. Working with Wool can of course be a purely practical decision based on its special material properties, but as we learnt from Kate Davies in her recent Q&A with WOVEMBER, WOOL is also intrinsically bound up with the social, political and cultural histories of the UK. If you work with wool anywhere in Britain it is possible to deliberately highlight the connection between what you’re doing and that long, rich heritage. Knockando Woolmill is a fine example of a place that is both producing woollen cloth, and maintaining its connections with the past.
Then… Duncan Stewart at work in the weaving shed (courtesy of Graham Stewart)
Then… Hugh Jones weaving on the Dobcross loom
Now… story and…
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Today (23.11.12) sees the Bowmont Jumper from Finisterre go on sale at £150. Made from the wool of British Bowmont sheep (which is rather like Merino sheep wool) and (unusually for Finisterre who make most of their products in Portugal) it is made in the UK too in Scotland. Fab looking jumper.
The Bowmont sheep are the last of this quite new breed left in the UK and are farmed in Devon.
This picture is of Bowmont sheep in Savile Row, London in October 2010. This event was organised by the Savile Row Bespoke Association, Woolmark International, West Country woollen mill Fox Brothers and Dormeuil, in support of Wool Week 2010. The sheep starring on the day came from two farms in the West Country. One flock was from Harry Parker’s award-winning Exmoor Horn sheep farm in Wiltshire, and the other flock was from Lesley Prior’s Bowmont sheep farm in Devon.
Did you know that the UK sheep flock is the largest in the EU with 15 million breeding sheep and 52,000 producers?
Go Stationery, together with their other brands, make diaries, notebooks, ring binders, address books, note cards, writing sets, postcards, gift wrap, placemats, coasters, calendars, products for museums, greetings cards, etc. and do printing generally on paper and plastics.
100% British designed and made products.
UK’s ‘last typewriter’ produced
Japanese company Brother makes the last typewriter in the UK at their factory in North Wales in November 2012. Unsurprisingly typewriters will continue to be made by Brother in the Far East but they say demand for typewriters is so small that the factory in Wrexham, North Wales is no longer viable.
Many other companies used to make typewriters in the UK too, but sadly these have all gone too. Another Japanese company, Sharp, for example used to make typewriters in the UK.