Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Truly British Family —

A Truly British Family —.

A typical British family who have set themselves an interesting challenge – To see if they can survive the usual family pressures while only buying goods from the United Kingdom.

Fab…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21023248

http://britishfamily.co.uk

https://twitter.com/BritishFamily

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The Bradshaws, a typical British family, trying to only buy British.

 

PROCAST FOUNDRY LTD

I know nothing about this company but they follow me on Twitter.  Their cast nameplates for trains and so on are beautiful.  Have a look at the fascinating video below.  The Procast Foundry is in West Yorkshire. It says on the front page of their website “100% Made in Great Britain” – http://www.procast.co.uk

SHED PLATES , LOCOMOTIVE NAMEPLATES ,  TRAIN HEADBOARDS , BUILDERS PLATES, REPLICAS , CASTINGS , FOUNDRY , RAILWAY BENCHES

Are your medicines and multivitamins made in the UK?

Are your multivitamins, supplements, other medicines and prescription medicines made in the UK?  You might want to check and if not seek medicines from an alternative producer.

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Carr and Westley womenswear

Carr & Westley Ltd have been manufacturing and supplying classic clothing for women and men since 1919, although they no longer seem to stock menswear. As well as offering a variety of classically designed clothes made by others, they design and make their own garments in their factory in Kent, England.  Most of the things on their website are not made in the UK but their Carr & Westley branded womenswear (skirts, trousers and dresses) is, as are some of their other items like knitwear and socks – http://www.carrandwestley.co.uk

British Made Tools – British Made DIY, Trade, Agricultural and Garden Tools and Equipment – British Made Engineering Tools and Equipment – Building Materials – Building Tools – Scientific Equipment – Garden related products made in Great Britain

British Made Tools – British Made DIY, Trade, Agricultural and Garden Tools and Equipment – British Made Engineering Tools and Equipment – Building Work – Scientific Equipment

British Made Tape Measures  and Rulers

Fiscohttp://www.fisco.co.uk – make tape measures in Essex in England.  They make tape measures (the kind used by builders and in DIY), spirit levels, laser measures, long tape measures and surveyor’s tape measures, set squares, wooden rulers (bench rules, surveyor’s rods), steel rulers, and chalk line reels.  I am not sure if everything they sell is made in England, so best to check before buying.  Their products are available in Jewson, on the net, etc. Fisco are not British owned, rather they are part of the Hultafors Group AB which is in turn a business area wholly owned by Swedish Investment AB Latour.  I have a Fisco Pro-Flex and it is a really good tape measure at a reasonable price.  I also have a Fisco Un-Vision tape measure. I note their tape measures, whilst still made in England, are now marked Hultafors Fisco rather than just Fisco.

Fisco Pro-Flex tape measure. Made in England.

Fisco Pro-Flex tape measure. Made in England.

Big T tape measure by Fisco. Made in England

Big T tape measure by Fisco. Made in England

A vintage Fisco Uni-Vision 3m 10ft tape measure. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Rabone Chesterman (a company resulting from the 1963 merger of Rabone of Birmingham and Chesterman of Sheffield), maker of spirit levels and rules, of Whitmore St, Birmingham, were sold to Stanley in 1989. Rabone had previously acquired Dean Tape measures, the main British maker of non-metallic tape measures for the haberdashery trade, in 1986. In 1989, Stanley Tools purchased the assets of Rabone Chesterman from Bardsey PLC.  Since then, the name and the name Dean have disappeared from their product lines.

Vintage Rabone Chesterman Handiflex 3.5meter/12′ Tape Measure. Metric and Imperial. Made in England.

VINTAGE STEEL RULE IMPERIAL/ METRIC 6" MADE IN ENGLAND (1)

VINTAGE STEEL RULE IMPERIAL/ METRIC 6″ MADE IN ENGLAND.

I also found made in England tape measures branded Lion Heart on e-bay.

Does anyone know of other companies making tape measures in the UK?  What about sewing / tailor’s measuring tapes (Dean as far as I know no longer exist)?

Vintage Tape Measure with brass ends by Dean. Made in England

Vintage Tape Measure with brass ends by Dean. Made in England.

Woodworking tools, engineering tools, DIY tools, trade tools and equipment, glues, and other Tools

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British made penknives, pocket knives, survival knives, bushcraft knives and safety knives

The United Kingdom and in particular Sheffield, England is world famous for its steel products and contrary to popular belief many fine quality steel products are still manufactured in Sheffield.  There is a wide choice of quality British made kitchen knives, cutlery, pocket knives, pen knives, folding knives, clasp knives, survival knives, bushcraft knives, safety knives and scissors available at reasonable prices, for example from:

A.Wright and Son Limited – http://www.penknives-and-scissors.co.uk – make scissors, cutlery, kitchen knives, pen and pocket knives, hunting knives, sheath knives, British Army knives, ettrick knives, boating knives, throwing knives, commando knives, bowie knives, bushcraft and survival knives. Started in 1947, Arthur Wrights is a traditional Sheffield Pen and Pocket knife manufacturer. Everything is done in-house in Sheffield.  The quality of their products is excellent and they are good value for money.  I have an Arthur Wright 70W 70mm Farmers Sheepfoot Pocket Knife and it really is a sturdy no-nonsense knife and a fabulously useful tool. My 70W Farmers Sheepfoot weighs 80 grams (2.8 oz), has an overall blade length of 70mm (2.75″), a straight cutting edge of 63mm (2.48″) and an overall length of 158mm (6.25″). The Farmers Sheepfoot Pocket Knife is iconic and very much a traditional country knife.

Arthur Wright 70W Farmers Sheepfoot. A sturdy no-nonsense utility knife with a wide blade, brass linings, nickel bolsters and Rose Wood scales on handle. 70mm blade.

Arthur Wright 70W Farmers Sheepfoot. A sturdy no-nonsense utility knife with a wide blade, brass linings, nickel bolsters and Rose Wood scales on handle. 70mm blade. Made in England.

Arthur Wright 70W 70mm Farmers Sheepfoot

Arthur Wright 70W 70mm Farmers Sheepfoot.  Made in England.

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Government Procurement – Should the British government buy British?

Thought for the day:

The British Government and its Civil Service should buy British made and their procurement policy should favour buying British made.  For example the Foreign Office and the Home Office should have British made cutlery and tableware and buy British made stationery and British made cars.  Where British made goods are not available then they should buy goods produced in the Commonwealth.