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British Made Tape Measures and Rulers
Fisco – http://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.
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.
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)?
Woodworking tools, engineering tools, DIY tools, trade tools and equipment, glues, and other Tools
King Dick Tools (Abingdon Engineering, Abingdon King Dick) – The company have confirmed to me that the majority of the King Dick range of products is made at their factory in Birmingham. These include all wrenches; ring, combination, sloggers, podgers etc, and socketry. Some items though, such as their pliers and screwdrivers, are made for them in Europe. Links to King Dicks suppliers can be found on their website – http://www.kingdicktools.co.uk
elemen’tary design has a product that it is hard to find made in England these days – a screwdriver with interchangeable bits – it comes in two sizes; standard length and dumpy and is made from a sold beech handle and brass ferrule in England. They also do sash window restoration and the making of new single or double glazed sash windows. Available from their website and from a company called Nook (who have a small made in England section on their website selling things such as made in England scissors, bottle openers, candles, travel card holders, salad servers, and orange peelers) – http://elementarydesign.co.uk
Linic Plastic Ltd design and make DIY tools, fixings and a huge variety of other injection moulded products. Own brand or branded; off-the-shelf or bespoke. This moulding company have been making their products for over 30 years in Leicestershire, England and because they manufacture in the UK they state that their delivery times and quality are great and their prices very competitive. They make building tools (such as plastering hawks), craft and hobby items (such as work holders and door wedges), cramps, decorating tools (such as scrapers), gardening tools (such as hand trowels and forks), saws and hack saws, knives (of the Stanley knife sort), mitres, tiling tools, wall plugs (rawlplugs), jewellery tools, model building tools, and woodworking tools (including hand drills, oilstone boxes, bradawls, callipers, etc). Linic tools are easily available on eBay, (including in the Proops Brothers ltd eBay store; they are owned by Linic), and at Amazon (again including in the Proops Brothers Ltd store). Proops Brothers Ltd is is the retail arm of Linic Plastics Leicestershire, supplying a vast range of tools for craft & hobby, DIY, model making, jewellery, metal and wood working. Linic Plastics Ltd, is based on the same site and manufactures many of the tools that they sell. Some of the items they sell are foreign made. British made items are labelled as such. There’s a short article about Linic on the British Family website – http://www.linic.co.uk – http://www.proopsbrothers.com
Monument Tools plumbing roofing and drainage tools sell some tools that are made in Britain. Founded in 1932, many of their own brand tools are British made and they will also make own brand tools for others. British made tools are labelled as such on their website. Monument also sell many foreign made tools – http://www.monumenttools.com
Founded in 1921 Thomas Meldrum Limited of Sheffield are now known world wide for the “Melco” range of tools and equipment, particularly their car and motorcycle tools, but they also make construction tools. According to an email from the company (on 6/7/14), 99% of their products are still made in Sheffield, England – http://www.thomasmeldrumltd.co.uk
Sheffield Spirit Levels, previously known as Plastic Level Products, are British made. It says on their website “All our levels come with the stamp of quality you’ve come to expect from products that are designed and hand-manufactured in Sheffield” and “All the materials and components involved in the creation of our products are sourced from Sheffield and its environs” and “all our products are hand made in Sheffield”. Products are available from their website – https://www.sheffieldspiritlevels.co.uk
Footprint Tools of Sheffield continue to manufacture some of their products in England (and to source some other British made products). Made in Britain products are clearly labelled on their website – builders tools (brick bolsters, cold chisels, builders line and pins, etc.), decorators tools (“Stanley” knife blades, carpet fitters bolsters), and woodworking tools (gauges, carpenters sliding bevels, carpenters squares).
The company originally closed in May 2009 following financial difficulties after the move from their old site in Hollis Croft to a new factory site in Owlerton, Sheffield known as Admiral Works, as reported in the Star. However, Footprint recommenced limited production with limited employees at its new Sedgley Road site in Owlerton, Sheffield under the name Footprint Sheffield, the former holding company of Footprint Tools in October 2009, as reported in DIY Week. The restructuring is also explained on another Footprint website at http://www.fpt.co.uk/index_home.htm. Today production continues, with many of their products still being made in the UK. Stockists are not listed on their website but they encourage people to write to ask for stockists details and you can find Footprint Tools on the net, for example on eBay and Amazon. Check that the product you want says it is British made.
Thomas Flinn and Co – http://www.flinn-garlick-saws.co.uk – Thomas Flinn and Co make a whole range of quality saws in Sheffield, England. Thomas Flinn and Co brands include PAX, Lynx (The Garlick Saw Company) and more recently, the Dorchester and Parkstone brands which originate from Roberts & Lee Saws. They say that they are “proud to be standing as the UK’s only remaining traditional saw manufacturer”. They also sell a variety of other tools most, if not all, of which are Sheffield made tools.
UK Blade (previously Speed Saws) / “TALON” have been manufacturing Hacksaw Blades and Frames for 30+ years. Some of their products are labelled on their website as made in the UK, including a junior hacksaw frame and some junior hacksaw blades. On their website it says “Our blades are made in the UK” but it is ONLY their Junior hacksaw frames and blades that are made in the UK. Nothing else. The rest is imported. The blog section on their site is rather out of date – http://www.ukblade.co.uk/home
Norbar Torque Tools are still made at their factory in Banbury it seems. They say on their website “Norbar products are manufactured in our factory in Banbury, England”. They do have facilities in China, Australia and the USA they do not say their tools are made in those locations – http://www.norbar.com/en-gb/
Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd make cutting tools in the Aerospace, Window Frame and Woodworking Industries as well as a range of hand woodworking tools. Their website suggests everything is made in Sheffield, but it would be wise to check before purchasing.
Robert Sorby make woodworking tools, woodturning tools and woodcarving tools. All Robert Sorby products are made in Sheffield, England.
Robert Sorby is part of the Spear and Jackson Group (Neill Tools Limited). Spear and Jackson and Neill Tools were always made in England, but most Spear and Jackson products are now produced in Asia. The Spear & Jackson brand is owned by Hong Kong-based United Pacific Industries. Spear and Jackson brands include Neill Tools, Spear and Jackson, Bowers (metrology; see below), Robert Sorby (woodworking tools; see above), Moore and Wright, Eclipse, WHS (trowels; used by archaeologists) and Tyzack (plastering tools).
Starrett (saw blades and precision tools) is a very international company that just happens to have factories in the UK. You can sometimes see on the photos that it either says UK made, or American made or nothing (China) or you can ask where a particular product is made. http://www.starrett.co.uk
Bowers Metrology – http://www.bowersmetrology.com – is also part of the Spear and Jackson Group. They supply metrology instruments. Bowers Metrology possibly have factories in the UK (hard to tell – their website is pure gobbledygook!) and some of their products may be made in the UK, but please check before purchase. The Group includes Moore & Wright (precision measuring equipment, made in the UK and China; check what you are buying is made in the UK), Baty International (makers of precision measuring equipment; still manufactured in Sussex, England; also own John Bull and British Indicators) and CV Instruments (portable and bench hardness testers; not made in the UK).
Ashley Iles make woodworking tools, woodturning tools and chisels in Lincolnshire, England. Their website suggests everything is made in the UK, but it would be wise to check before purchasing.
For over 100 years Frank Shaw (Bayonet) of Redditch in the UK has been supplying the finest quality hardware products to both the trade and DIY’ers. Marketed under the brand names Bayonet, Challenge, Solstuds and brand “X” – plate stands, plate hangers, picture hooks, picture hanging accessories, pins, cable clips, drawing pins, panel pins, tacks, carpet tacks, upholstery nails, nails, etc. All still made in England. http://www.frankshaw.co.uk
My Stanley Knife is made in England, but sadly the company have informed me that their knives are now made in the USA. You can though still get British made blades that fit Stanley knives, for example these ones on e-bay and Stanley themselves still make some knife blades in England.
American company Stanley Tools (The Stanley Works; now Stanley Black & Decker) still have a factory in Hellaby, Rotherham, near Sheffield I think (they used to have 3 factories in Sheffield). I am not sure which Stanley products are made in Sheffield (possibly tape measures, knife blades, rulers, chisels?), but you may be lucky and find some made in England Stanley products. One of my readers, Michael, spotted Stanley chisels with made in England on them in Screwfix in June 2014. An article in the Stanley blog from April 2012 refers to the Hellaby production facility. I saw a job advertised at the factory in May 2014. In a Toolstop article from 2013 they talk about Stanley bringing manufacturing of some products back from Asia to the UK. It would be great if Stanley are continuing to bring production back to the UK, but I do not know if they are. In the Forum on the Stanley UK site in 2012 they talk about the number of blades that their Hellaby plant turns out each week as being a mahoosive 3,500,000.
Stanley Black and Decker also own Britool (now re-branded as Britool Expert or just Expert), who used to manufacture their tools in England, but it is not clear from their website whether Britool manufacture any tools in the UK anymore. Founded in 1908 or possibly 1915, the British Tool and Engineering Company, better known by their trademark ‘Britool”, were a prolific maker of tools in the 20th century, making wrenches, sockets, spanners and so on. Britool were taken over by Facom in 1991 and in 2006 Britool and the Facom Group were taken over by Stanley, who merged with Black and Decker in 2010 to become Stanley Black and Decker.
Harold Moore, based in Sheffield, manufacture and supply of injection moulded plastic shovels, scoops, scrapers and other tools that are used in food, cleaning, equestrian, marine, building and other industries, as well as cutlery handles, and snow shifting tools. They say on their website “To retain control of our stringent standards and quality, we continue to manufacture all our products at our UK factory.” Based on this statement it would appear everything they sell is UK made, although as always I advise checking. Country of origin is not given on the products themselves. Multiple quantities only but their products are available on the net, for example at the Hack ‘n’ Tack shop online – http://www.haroldmoore.co.uk
Maun Industries is the largest UK volume manufacturer of pliers. In addition, the company produces specialist crimpers, nippers, cable cutters, stationers punches and sealing and identification tools, covering diverse applications such as ear tags for the identification of livestock and parallel action pliers for sealing electricity meters. My Maun Industries Stationers Punch 200mm (8in) clearly says made in England on it. Whether they are still manufacturing in England or not I don’t know, but I wrote to them to ask them on 4/1/15 and they have not responded. Their new website (as of March 2016) does mention a “39,000 sq ft factory, warehouse and offices in Hamilton Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield” which they moved to in 2004, but no specific country of origin information is given and I can’t be sure the factory is still operational – http://www.maun-industries.co.uk
Pritt Stick is German owned (Henkel) but Pritt Stick paper glue is manufactured in the UK (as well as the elsewhere in the world). The UK made Pritt Sticks say made in the UK on them and it seems to be the smaller sticks that are made in the UK.
Blue-Tack originated in the UK, although it is now part of a company called Bostik whose origins are in the USA and who themselves are now part of the French company Total. They still have production facilities in the UK (and all over the world) and make, amongst other adhesives and similar products, and Blue-Tack in the UK. Bostik make adhesives for industrial manufacturing, construction and the consumer market. Bostick prodcuts sold in UK are usually also made here. Check the packing for country of origin – http://www.bostik.co.uk
WD-40 is made in the UK (careful, the little bottles sold at the pound shop are imported). WD-40 UK is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WD-40 in the USA and is manufactured in various locations across the globe, including it seems the UK. WD-40 also owns 3 in One oil and 1001 Carpet Cleaner, but I am not sure where these are made currently. There is scant information about product manufacture and country of origin on the WD-40 websites. Please buy British manufactured oil – http://www.wd40.co.uk
Everbuild Building Products are the UK’s largest manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and building chemicals. Operating from a manufacturing facility in Leeds, over 70% of Everbuild’s entire range is manufactured in house in the UK. Everbuild was the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of Sealants, Adhesives and Construction Chemicals, but is now a subsidiary of Swiss company Sika. At the present time production facilities are being maintained in the UK – http://www.everbuild.co.uk
UK Adhesives Ltd are a British based manufacturer and supplier of high quality adhesives, Super Glues and Sealants. All of their produces are manufactured in the UK. When I tweeted them about their production they responded “Yes we are proud to say all of our produces are manufactured in the UK!”, although they do not specify this on their website. UK Adhesives manufacture Adhesives, Sealants, Super Glues and Putty for industries worldwide, including automotive, marine, truck, rail, agriculture, and general manufacture engineering, plus retail markets. Products are available via their wesbsite and elsewhere – http://www.uk-adhesives.co.uk
BeeGee Brushes offer an extensive range of glue brushes, wallpaper brushes and paint brushes.
For British other made paints, painting equipment, paint and wallpaper brushes and wallpapers, please click on the link in this sentence.
PC Cox Ltd are a manufacturer of manual, battery and air powered hand-held caulking guns. They have 2 factories in the UK (supplying the UK and global markets) and 1 factory in the USA (supplying the US market) – http://www.pccox.co.uk/en/
Some ANTEX soldering irons are made in Devon, England. They do not mention this on their website, but if you look closely on the photos, it says MADE IN ENGLAND. As always, check before buying that the particular model you want is made in England. I think only the ones with thin yellow handles are made in england. It only says those words on the yellow handle ones – http://www.antex.co.uk
For Ironwork, door and window furniture, architectural ironmongery, fireplaces and fireplace accessories, doors and windows please click on the link in this sentence.
Origin manufacture bi-fold doors in the UK.
WDS are the UK’s Largest Manufacturer and Distributor of Standard Parts and Machine Accessories for the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, engineering, food processing, printing and packaging machinery industries – stainless steel hinges, castors & wheels, gas struts, etc. No minimum order quality. They have a factory in Leeds, England and are members of the Made in Britain logo campaign but I am not sure what proportion of their products are British made so please ask where something is made before buying – http://www.wdsltd.co.uk
William Cook is a large UK-based engineering company. It started as a steel casting manufacturer and steel castings still form the basis of many of William Cook’s products. They have four factories in the UK in Sheffield, Leeds and Weardale and appear to produce most of their products in the UK. They say in their website “William Cook prefers to design and manufacture its products in-house. This retains control, and reduces reliance on sub-contractors. To assist this, William Cook has substantial design and R&D resources to support its factories, which themselves include large and modern machine shops and testing establishments”. They produce cast steel products used for example in the rail industry, defence, energy, construction and freight – http://www.william-cook.co.uk
Plastech Tooling & Moulding Ltd have a factory in the UK and use another in China. Toolmaking and injection moulding and plastic products. Their tooling is manufactured at Plastech China. Some of their products may be made in England. Airfix Quickbuild kits are made at the Plastech factory in Sussex now – http://www.plastch.com
Martins Rubber are a rubber manufacturer who specialise in the production and supply of elastomeric products including seals, gaskets and bespoke rubber mouldings for aerospace, defence, motorsport, energy, manufacturing and engineering industries. Their website carries the “Made in Britain” marque – http://www.martins-rubber.co.uk
MK Electric still make heir sockets in the UK, at at its Southend site in Essex . Their other products are foreign made. The company became a subsidiary of Honeywell in 2005 when its parent company Novar plc was acquired. Country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, so you will need to check where a particular product was made before purchase – http://www.mkelectric.com
Bromleighs, we are a British manufacturer of sockets and switches, and suppliers of lighting, hardware and furnishings which are presumably foreign made. They say on their website “We are committed to manufacturing and supplying only the very best products using British materials and components throughout our collections.” No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website so you will need to ask if something is British made before buying. Their British made items appear to be made in Bodmin, Cornwall – http://www.bromleighs.com/store/
Focus SB are a UK-based electrical accessories manufacturer supplying designer and high quality switch and socket plates for high-end residential, luxury hotels and commercial interiors. They say on their website that they are “Proud to be manufacturing in Britain”. Their website carries the Made in Britain marque – http://www.focus-sb.co.uk/en/
RH Nuttall Limited (previously known as W Parkins), founded in 1860, is a specialist manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of non-metallic washers, gaskets, strips, sheeting, seals, insulation and other non-metallic strips and sheets. All of their products are manufactured at their factory in Birmingham, England – http://www.rhnuttall.co.uk
Bison Products Ltd, part of a the Norlec Group, primarily serve the tool and equipment market with rail, access, cooling, manual handling and floor preparation products. They say on their website “…Bison Products benefits from one of the UK’s leading manufacturing facilities, based in Leyland, Lancashire” and “All our products are manufactured and supported in the UK”. Plus their website carries the words “Made in the UK” at the top right of each page. For example they make the Bluemax 950 Fan and the Bluemax 650 Fan in England, which are large volume mobile air movers; plus the SandGlider sanding machine, the X-Step powered lifting platform, the Trakrat Railway Dolly, and the RedRad Infrared heater – http://www.bisonproductsltd.com
Spur Shelving manufactures wall mounted and freestanding shelving for warehouses, commercial premises, and homes. All their shelving is made in Britain.
Bartuf Systems retail display units are made in Yorkshire, England.
Craven & Co. Ltd manufacture of storage and handling equipment for the catering and medical industry – for catering environments, equipment such as point of sale display units, catering and wire shelving and equipment, catering trolleys, commercial catering sinks and lockers; for healthcare their products include medical trolleys, medical shelving systems, ward services, linen racks, surgical storage and trolleys, sterile shelving, instrument trolleys and theatre equipment. They say on their website “We are proud of our British heritage and the majority of our products, including our stainless steel shelving, are manufactured in our Knaresborough factory in North Yorkshire”. They say over 90% of their products are British made, but you’ll need to enquire about particular products as country of origin information for individual products is not given on their website – http://www.craven-solutions.com
Doncaster Cables general wiring cables and flexible cords are all manufactured in the UK.
Permanoid Ltd. is a UK cable manufacturer, specialising in Tri-Rated cables, Instrumentation cable, Armoured Control cables and Audio, with a factory in Manchester, England. As always, check if the particular product you want is made in the UK.
Betts Tools offer a good range of tools (spirit levels, chisels, trowels, wrecking bars, drills, saws, screwdrivers, tape measures, etc.) and from their website it appears they are all made in England. Their stated policy is to buy British wherever possible and they appear to manufacture themselves. I wrote to them about country of origin, but they have not responded. It says “made in Sheffield” on the front page of their website, but if you are interested in their tools, please contact them to check which ones are UK made – http://rshgroup.org/
Smith Francis Tools manufacture specialist hand tools in the UK. Founded in 1934, under their Priory brand they make scaffolding tools, punches, cutters, wrenches, nail pullers, scribers, hand vices, sockets, etc – http://www.smithfrancistools.co.uk
Established in 1947, Lyte Ladders and Towers are a manufacturer and supplier of British made ladders and towers for trade & industrial use. The majority of their products are manufactured in the UK, in Swansea, Wales. The first successful ascent to the summit of Mount Everest in May 1953, was completed By Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay and a Lyte ladder was apparently used to negotiate crevasses they encountered – http://www.lyteladders.co.uk
The rather clever Monkey Tower (“scaffolding in 5 minutes”) trailer mounted scaffold tower / scissor lift alternative is made in the UK.
“Bison are a supplier and manufacturer of Ladders and Accessories, Cycle, and Security Products based in the UK.” They say on their website “All of our products are designed & manufactured in the UK”. They also stock products from other manufacturers and these are mostly foreign made. They also stock Youngman ladders. They are a manufacturer of metal tubing products based in Staffordshire and their own products include our cycle racks, tubing, and ladder accessories. British made items include high security hasps, telescopic and fold down security posts – these were the only items I could see on their website that were labelled as British made – but it would be worth asking about any product because they say all their products are manufactured in the UK (all their own brand products?) – http://www.bisonproducts.co.uk
Leading Edge (a brand of Tool Safety Solutions Ltd.) provides working at height training and safety equipment, and tool systems. Leading Edge equipment is all designed and manufactured by Leading Edge at their UK factory in Gosport. They make harnesses, lanyards, rescue kit, anchorage and connectors, inertia reels, restraint kit, ladder safety kit, tool tethers, tool belts, tool bags, etc. which are available from their website and various stockists.
C & J Hampton Ltd (Record Tools), famous for their tools like their blue coloured made in England vices, (and Marples Tools who they acquired in 1963 and Ridgway Tools who they acquired in 1972) became part of American company American Tool / IRWIN Tool in 1998 (who themselves are now part of Newell Rubbermaid). Record / Marples woodworking tools were made in Sheffield, but are now made in the far east, but on their website some of the pictures of vices have made in England on them! They are not made in England anymore. The factory in Sheffield has long since closed.
The Bott Group manufacture and supply workshop equipment, in-vehicle equipment and workplace storage. They have production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom and Hungary. You’ll need to ask whether what you require will be manufactured and fitted in the UK as it is not clear from their website what happens where. Bott are a German owned company – http://www.bottltd.co.uk
Talco Tool Storage Ltd are a British owned company making tool boxes, tool chests, roller cabinets and tool cabinets, for workshops and individuals, in the Midlands. They say on their website that “All Talco Tool Storage products are made using British steel” – http://talcotoolstorage.com
Connell of Sheffield are manufacturers of bespoke and off-the-shelf tool pouches and suchlike made from leather and nylon. Their website has a ‘designed and made in Britain’ logo and a ‘made in Sheffield’ logo at the top of the pages and they say “We are proud to support British industry by purchasing our leather and suede from British tanneries who are acknowledged experts in their field.” Leather aprons, tool holders, belt pouches, tool belts, tool rolls, tool bags, etc and most if not all products appear to be made in Britain and listed as such on their website against individual products – http://www.connellofsheffield.com
Salop Design and Engineering are a metal pressings and assemblies manufacturer, for sectors including Automotive, Domestic Appliances (White goods), Construction (Yellow goods), Household fittings, Ministry of Defence (MOD), and Camping and Leisure. They say on their website “Salop Design and Engineering Ltd is a privately owned company, based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. All of its manufacturing activities are produced out of its modern, purpose built factory situated on the outskirts of Shrewsbury”. They also have their own distribution fleet – http://www.salopdesign.co.uk
Threeway Pressings Limited, founded in 1995, are a Midlands manufacturer of pressed components,plastic injection mouldings and Garden products. They make metal and spring pressings, electrical components, locks and handles, automotive parts, coins and gaming tokens, brackets, lighting and heating components, wheelbarrows, garden tools, and more. Many of their products are made in the UK – http://www.threewaypressings.co.uk
Frank Dudley Ltd, one of my twitter followers, are a manufacturing company, based in the midlands, who specialise in metal pressings and welded assembly. They were established in 1948 and have a 57,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Birmingham providing metal pressings and welded assemblies to sectors such as automotive, commercial vehicles and white goods. I don’t know if they also import too so you should check before ordering – http://www.frankdudley.com
Portakabin portable buildings (modular buildings) are still be made in the UK. On their website it says “Designed and manufactured at the 250,000m2 Portakabin production facility in York, Portakabin buildings fulfil the demands of an increasing range of applications, from office space, childcare facilities and classrooms to health centres, hospitals, call centres and toilets and showers. Sometimes referred to as portacabins or terrapins Portakabin is actually a trade name. The other well known temporary buildings company Terrapin of Milton Keynes went bankrupt in 2012. The most familiar modern type of portable buildings are designed so that one can be carried to or from site on a large lorry and slung on and off by a crane. Portakabin also make the well known brand of portable temporary or permanent toilets, Portaloo. Portakabin buildings need planning permission – http://www.portakabin.co.uk
Gardening and Agricultural Tools and Equipment
I found a some British made garden incinerators, for example the one pictured below, at http://www.garden-incinerator.co.uk and I also found others on eBay, Amazon and at other web shops.
ALM Manufacturing, established in 1972, is a business specialising in the production of consumable parts for almost every available make and model of Grass Trimmer, Lawnmower and Chainsaw. They say on their website “We have world-class plastic injection manufacturing facilities and production skills and we make every effort to manufacture products here in the UK wherever possible. Approximately 76%* of the products we supply are wholly manufactured and packaged by us within the UK.” Parts that are manufactured in the UK are clearly labeled as such on their website and on the products themselves. Products are available from garden centres and the like – http://www.almmanufacturing.com
Midland Holloware Limited are manufacturers and suppliers of galvanized steel hollowware products. Their product range includes galvanized steel dustbins, garden incinerators, and many general hardware products such as galvanised steel buckets, coal hods, coal bunkers etc. Established in 1990, they have a factory in Lye, West Midlands. Country of origin is not given against individual products on their website, so you’ll need to ask if something you are interested in is British made before buying – http://www.midlandholloware.co.uk
Bulldog Tools – http://www.bulldogtools.co.uk – Bulldog Tools have been making spades, shovels, forks, rakes, cutting tools and the like for gardening, farming and construction in Wigen since 1780. Most, possibly even all (please check as always), their products are (sort of) made in the UK. The wood handles are made using wood from the USA or Germany. There is a list of stockists on the Bulldog Tools website. On their website Bulldog still say “we are the only manufacturer still making garden tools in the UK, and we are proud of the fact that all our forged garden tools are made in the UK. At our forge in Wigan we also make farming and construction tools and we offer a wide range of tools for each market, including forks, spades, rakes and hoes” but in fact sadly in 2014 all the forges and related equipment was moved to the far east and around half the workforce was made redundant. The metal heads are now shipped to Wigan from India where the handles are added. Unite described their members as ‘shocked’ at Rollin Bulldog’s decision to move production to India.
Haws Watering Cans – Haws Watering Cans is a trading name belonging to Haws Elliott Ltd which is a subsidiary company of Eclipse Sprayers Ltd (since 1982). Haws Watering Cans have been manufactured in England since 1886. According to their website “most cans are ‘Made in England'” and because all their products are not made in England you should check the place of manufacture before buying. They also sell a range of made in England gardening leatherware. Stockists are listed on their website. Eclipse Sprayers produces a specialist range of products for the building preservation and pest control industry, again “manufactured here in our Birmingham factory” according to their website. Eclipse Sprayers also make Fine as Rain watering can roses and accessories which are again “manufactured in Birmingham, UK and can be fitted to any brand of watering can” – http://www.haws.co.uk – http://eclipsesprayers.co.uk
“Bullbarrow Products are the market leader in the manufacture and supply of wheelbarrows for the gardening, hardware and building industries. The innovative range of more than 50 varieties of wheelbarrows are all manufactured in our UK based premises”. Their website seems to be trade only but you can find their products online elsewhere – http://www.bullbarrow.co.uk
R. Sankey made both water butts and compost bins, as well as watering cans, water butt connection kits and plastic plant pots (including manufacture of own brand products for others) and said on their website (which is now gone) that they try to make all their products in the UK. You’ll need to check whether the product you want is actually made in the UK. They were part of the Finnish Fishers company until 2013 when they were taken over by Strata Products Limited. Strata were taken over by plastics company the RPC Group in 2015. Now marketed under the Strata name in addition to the Sankey garden products Strata also sell plastic baby bath time products and home and office plastic products such as tubs and baskets, plastic storage boxes and buckets. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website and some products may be foreign made, so please check before buying. They have a factory in Nottinghamshire – http://www.strataproducts.co.uk/en/
Stewart Garden, originally established in 1945, have a factory in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Stewart Garden produces grow your own products, watering, pots, propagators and garden accessories and sundries and their products are available in garden centres and the like. They import foreign made products too, but their plant pots and the like all appear to be made in England and the products which are UK made are clearly labelled as such. Sadly no country of origin information is given against individual products on their website – http://www.stewart-garden.co.uk
Rainbow Trugs make Flexible colourful containers – made in Britain – Rainbow Trugs themselves and the Rainbow Trugs lid are made in Britain. Some of the other items on their website are made abroad though. Look for the Union Flag next to the item’s picture I assume to see what is British made. British made items include Rainbow Trugs, pot stands, Rainbow Trug Riddle, Rainbow Trug lid, Easi Skip Feeders, 3 gallon buckets, Rhino feed buckets, Rainbow feeders and tidy trays – http://www.rainbowtrugs.com
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Westland Horticulture have a factory in Northern Ireland where they produce growing media such as composts (this is also the company’s Head Office location), a factory in Driffield where they produce bird feed products under brand names including Peckish, Nature’s Feast and Beckons and a factory in Alconbury where they make other products such as Marshalls vegetable seeds and Unwins flower seeds. Beckons birds seeds (“prepared with pride in Britain”), Nature’s Feast bird seed (“Our comprehensive range of award-winning bird foods are all blended and packaged in the UK’s most advanced bird seed manufacturing facilities, where quality control is of the utmost importance”) and Unwins garden seeds are produced or at least packed in the UK (very little seed is now grown in commercially Britain apparently). No product country of origin information is given on the Westland website so it is hard to tell what is made in the UK, so I suggest you look carefully at the packaging before buying. Westland Horticulture took over William Sinclair, the horticulture supplier to B&Q, Tesco, etc in 2015 and their brands such as J. Arthur Bowers, New Horizon, Growing Success and Deadfast and have since closed their remaining factories – http://www.gardenhealth.com
The Walsall Wheelbarrow Company are the only manufacturer of wheelbarrows left in Great Britain. Wheelbarrows are used in the construction industry, agriculture, for horse and animal care, gardening, DIY, etc. British Owned and British made. They manufacture the complete wheelbarrow on-site in their factory in the West Midlands. They also make sack trucks and barrow-in-a-box boxed wheelbarrows. They also sell a few other products like buckets and clothes driers but I do not think these are made in Britain. Wholesale. Available in stores and online. I found some on e-bay – http://www.thewalsallwheelbarrow.co.uk
Hill and Sons – http://www.riddles-sieves.co.uk – Hill and Sons are apparently the last remaining beech riddle and sieve manufacturers in Britain. They also have a range of garden accessories including a modern trug, dibber, pot tamper and pair of garden lines. All their products are made in Britain. As well as horticultural sieves, etc they also make a kitchen sieve.
Burgon and Ball – http://www.burgonandball.com – Burgon and Ball are the largest sheep shear manufacturer in the world. They also sell other agricultural and garden tools and accessories. However, most of what they sell is made in SE Asia, so check if what you are buying is actually made in England.
Hozelock – http://www.hozelock.com – Hozelock make products in the UK and in the Far East. They say they manufacture the majority (75%) of their products in the UK, but because some of their products are made abroad you need to check what you are buying is actually made in the UK. Hoselock produce products to help people water their gardens – garden watering, garden pressure sprayers, pond equipment and high pressure cleaners – garden hoses and bits for them essentially. The Hozelock Group supplies products under two brands : Hozelock – their retail gardening brand, and Tricoflex their industrial hose brand.
Evergreen make a 1/2″ diameter 30 metre garden hose in the UK and possibly their other hoses are made in the UK. Available in shops.
For Matchets (machetes) made in the UK at very reasonable prices try Ralph Martindale – http://www.ralphmartindale.co.uk – They have their own steel mill. Search online to find retailers or e-mail the company. Their’s is the genuine “Crocodile” blade and is designed to demands of rural farmers throughout the tropical regions of the world. The handles though are made using German beech wood. Ralph Martindale also make a wide range of other agricultural tools including sharpening files and saws, knives and files (including sugar cane knives, tea pruning knives, tree/cocoa pruners, copra knives and rubber tapping knives), digging and construction tools (spades, forks, shovels, pick axes, wrecking bars, cold chisels, sledge hammers, hammers, hatchets and so on), sickles, sheaths, gardening tools (rakes, shears, hand trowels, hand forks, secateurs and so on), protective clothing and sprayers. The Ralph Martindale Group of Companies also own The Chillington Tool Company who make hoes and forks sold under a variety of brand names and are available online at http://www.chillingtontoolsonline.co.uk where they also sell a variety of other gardening equipment.
Wilkinson Sword were a British company (currently American owned by Energizer Holdings), but they no longer make swords and their razors are now made abroad. Wilkinson Sword has manufactured its products in three UK locations over the years: in London, (Chelsea and Acton), Cramlington in Northumberland and Bridgend in Wales, where it made gardening tools. In 2000, the company closed its razor plant in the UK and moved production in Germany. In August 2005, Wilkinson Sword, who had been established for over two hundred years, ceased trading as sword makers. Pooley Sword, formed in November 2005, purchased from Wilkinsons their drawings, spares and much of their tooling and as far as I can tell still manufactures swords in the UK. Gardening equipment is still made under the Wilkinson Sword name by E.P. Barrus under a licensing arrangement, but is now manufactured abroad.
Gap Garden Products garden structures and equipment- “All Gap Garden Products are made in their factory in Kettering using the best quality materials.” Not all individual products on their website show country of origin, so I advice checking where something is made before buying. Products include metal garden arches, garden tunnels, gazebos, garden towers, planters, garden furniture, boot scrapers, boot racks, garden incinerators, weathervanes, bird feeder hooks, etc. They are also the makers of products marketed under the brand name Poppyforge – http://www.gapgardenproducts.com
Hayter – http://www.hayter.co.uk – Hayter make lawnmowers and say on their website that they still manufacture many products in the UK. They make electric and petrol mowers (including sit-on mowers) and rotavators. As far as I can see their website does not specify which mowers are made in the UK, so you will have to ask.
Allett Mowers (part of the Turfmech Group) – http://www.allett.co.uk make petrol and electric lawn stand-behind mowers. There is a list of dealers on their website. They also acquired rights to former Atco and Suffolk Punch cylinder mowers that now carry the Allett brand name. As far as I can gather all their mowers are made in the UK, but please check before buying. Their petrol mowers are powered by Japanese engines.
Confusingly Qualcast now seem to own the Suffolk Punch brand name. Qualcast mowers are now made in China.
Bosch (the former owner of Qualcast and Atco) apparently makes at least some of its lawnmowers in the UK, in Stowmarket, Suffolk. You will have to check which mowers are made in the UK; possibly their Rotak range of electric mowers and their higher end petrol models. Bosch is a German company.
Flymo mowers (or at least some of them) are also made in the UK, in Newton Aycliffe. Please check that the mower you are buying is in fact made in the UK. Flymo is part of the Husqvarna Group of Sweden. According to their website “The British invention of the hovercraft, was the inspiration for Swedish lawn mower manufacturer Karl Dahlman to invent a flying lawnmower. A lawn mower floating on a cushion of air…Flymo, for short – a brilliant idea in 1964, and a brilliant idea today! It wasn’t long before the idea ‘took off’ and the company grew from strength to strength during the 1970’s, building lawnmowers in its UK factory, where they are still manufactured today.” ” In 1977, Flymo products begin to take on their distinctive orange colour, after the initial blue and white.” Also they say “All Flymo electric hover mowers are built in the UK in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham”. Flymo was founded in 1965. Country of origin is given in their 2017 Product Range brochure and from this I can see that the following Flymo products are British made – all Electric Hover Lawnmowers, all Electric Hover Collect Lawnmowers, the Ultra Glide, all Electric Wheeled Lawnmowers with Rear Rollers, and the Robotic Lawnmower – with all other Flymo products (including all Battery Wheeled Lawnmowers, Electric Wheeled Lawnmowers, grass trimmers, hedge trimmers, garden vacuums, and electric lawnrakes) being foreign made (see brochure photos below) – http://www.flymo.com/uk/
B&Q sell British mades garden strimmer (trimmer) blade cord – http://www.diy.com/departments/bq-trimmer-line-to-fit-electric-trimmers-t13mm/212414_BQ.prd
The new Atco Lawnmowers (GGP UK Limited) are powered by American engines and are now made abroad I believe.
Countax make ride-on mowers in the UK, although they are owned by a US parent company.
Dennis and SISIS make lawnmowers and other ground maintenance equipment in Britain. As always, please check what you are buying is actually British made but from what I can see on their websites it looks as if some or even all their products are UK made or at least partly UK made.
Does anyone know of any British made hand (non-motorised) mowers – push reel lawn mowers – please?
http://www.fredshed.co.uk/mowers.htm – has reviews of some mowers.
British made scientific and engineering equipment
Accoson (AC Cossor & Son (Surgical) Ltd) specialise in making Sphygmomanometers for measuring blood pressure. They company was founded in 1859 and it is pleasing to see they manufacture most of not all their products in the UK still. Most products have the words made in England clearly placed on their dials, although their new non-mercury greenlight 300 does not for some reason. However, it does say on their website that “the greenlight 300 is manufactured in the UK” – http://www.accoson.com
Brannan are manufacturers of Thermometers, Pressure Gauges and associated products, for science, industry, meteorology, medical, geographical, office, garden and home use. They have a manufacturing facility in Cumbria, England and some (possibly most?) of their products are made in England – http://www.brannan.co.uk
TM Electronics (TME) is a UK-run designer and manufacturer of thermometers and sensors based in Worthing, West Sussex, England. The majority of their products are entirely made in their factory in Worthing, West Sussex, but you will need to ask if the particular product you want is UK made as this information is not given on their website – http://www.tmelectronics.co.uk
“Bladon Jets has developed a Micro Turbine Genset (MTG) that provides power for rural and urban populations around the world, especially those where there is no or intermittent grid power available. The Bladon 12kW Microturbine Genset (MTG-12) is ideal for telecom applications requiring frequent or continuous power to mobile network towers.” I understand from Robert, one of my twitter followers, that these are made in the UK – http://www.bladonjets.com
Britwind make small windmills for small scale electricity production in Britain. They say on their website “…it’s all designed and made right here in this country – vertically integrated, fully British from start to finish” and “We’re proud to be able to make cutting edge small windmills right here in Britain…” Britwind is part of Ecotricity, who have been building big wind parks for nearly 20 years and are an electricity supplier – http://www.britwind.co.uk
Naylor Group, which dates back to 1890, is a manufacturer of building and construction products with five factories in South and West Yorkshire, Fife and the West Midlands. UK made products from the company include ducting, plastic tubes and pipes, specialist plastic products, plastic land drainage products, flexible repair couplings, grass protection products, concrete products, industrial ceramics, land drainage products, garden pots, retaining walls, brisket boards and support rails, equestrian / dog jumping poles, crop conditioners, dog agility tunnels, and suchlike – http://www.naylor.co.uk
Please see my articles on pocket knives, survival knives, bushcraft knives and safety knives and my article on British made kitchen knives, cutlery, scissors and silverware. These articles also cover surgical instruments and healthcare products to some extent.
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Does anyone know of any more UK made tools and garden tools I can add here please?
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