Monthly Archives: April 2013

Toys and Games made in Great Britain

British Made Toys and Games (as usual in no particular order):

Squidge & Pip intend to sell British made sensory teething toys. Launching in March 2016, they are one of my twitter followers. Trade only. their website is now up and running and on there they say “Squidge & Pip are proudly and reassuringly MADE IN BRITAIN from the safest medical grade silicone, which is rigorously tested to high British standards – http://www.squidgeandpip.com

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Tanner and Oak – Made in the UK

Tanner & Oak About Us.

Tanner and Oak also sell a rather nice folio case, as well as wallets, handbags, a satchel and other leather accessories, all designed and manufactured in the UK.  At least some of the leather they use is British leather.

http://www.tannerandoak.com

https://twitter.com/TANNERandOAK

Tanner and Oak Avonstoke Card Holder.  Made in the UK.

Tanner and Oak Avonstoke Card Holder. Made in the UK.

Holdall and Co – Portfolio Cases – Made in England

Holdall & Co — Home.

British made 12″ or 14″ portfolio cases (document cases) in chestnut or tan colours.  “It’s an accessory that forces you to edit your life down to the bare bones” according to the Guardian on 2nd April 2013.  I have a folio case from years ago (not of anything like the same quality as these though!) and it really is a very useful bag.  Although I have not seen them yet, these classic style leather under-arm folio bags from Holdall and Co. look functional and robust and I wish this fairly new company well.  Made using Italian leather.

http://www.holdallandco.com

https://twitter.com/holdallandco

Holdall and Co Document Case.  Made in England

Holdall and Co Document Case. Made in England

BBC News – Bangladesh textile workers’ deaths ‘avoidable’

Are Western consumers who buy T-shirts for a few pounds or dollars to blame?  Can consumers influence greedy retailers to make changes for the better?  Is it better to buy local?

I would rather buy British than see horrors like this and Britain needs the jobs for its people in any case.

via BBC News – Bangladesh textile workers’ deaths ‘avoidable’.

BBC News – Warning over collapse of Caithness freezer maker Icetech

BBC News – Warning over collapse of Caithness freezer maker Icetech.

Let’s hope someone buys this company (Icetech Freezers Limited or Norfrost) who are apparently the last fridge and freezer maker in the UK (and they their keep production in Scotland).  If I knew there was still a fridge and freezer maker in the UK I would buy UK made.

Also, Rowecord Engineering, Newport firm in administration.

http://www.norfrost.co.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22317023

😦

UPDATE on chest freezer maker Norfrost / Icetech – According to the below article from the net, they have been bought by water cooler and dehumidifier manufacturer Ebac. Ebac manufacture all of their products in Britain and apparently intend moving freezer production to their facility on County Durham.  They apparently also hope to make washing machines eventually too. Let’s hope this is right and I look forward to hearing more about this project during 2013.

http://bdaily.co.uk/creative/23-07-2013/ebac-in-deal-to-preserve-appliance-brand-norfrost/

Simple Skincare

Simple is a leading brand for sensitive skin in the UK.  Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes are the biggest selling facial skincare product in the UK with one pack being sold every 3 seconds according to the Simple website!  They make and sell bath and shower products, soaps, facewash, cleansers, shampoo, men’s grooming products, cleansing wipes, a range for teenagers, a baby range, sun protecting products and so on. Simple’s parent company is Unilever UK Ltd. Many Simple products are made in the UK, but not all so please check country of origin before buying.

http://www.simple.co.uk

http://www.unilever.com

Simple Moisturising Facewash.  Made in the UK

Simple Moisturising Facewash. Made in the UK

Pet Bowls at Emma Bridgewater

Pet Bowls at Emma Bridgewater.

Emma Bridgewater – http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk – Hand-decorated pottery made from warm, cream-coloured earthenware (which is a quintessential Staffordshire product) in their own factory in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Emma Bridgewater Personalised Polka Dot Small Pet Bowl. Made in England.

Bulldog Skincare for Men – Mostly Made in the UK

Bulldog Skincare for Men | Welcome.

The Bulldog range of men’s grooming products are mostly made in the UK.  Shaving gel, shaving cream, face wash, deodorant, Beard Shampoo and Conditioner, Beard Oil, etc. Whilst most Bulldog products are made in the UK, some are foreign made. For example their foaming shave gel cans are made Belgium, although all the other Bulldog products I have seen are UK made. They do not give country of origin on their website, so you’ll have to ask or look at the products themselves. They say on their website “We work with two main factories here in the UK in Frome, Somerset and in Preston, Lancashire. They make all of our skincare line. We also manufacture a small number of our products through specialist factories outside of the UK where they have unique skills” – https://www.bulldogskincare.com

Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner. Made in the UK. Front view

Bulldog Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner. Made in the UK. Rear label view.

Bulldog Original Beard Balm. Made in the UK. Front view.

Bulldog Original Beard Balm. Made in the UK. Label view.

Bulldog Original Moisturiser 100ml. Made in the UK. Front view.

Bulldog Original Moisturiser 100ml. Made in the UK. Rear label view.

The latest Dr Who – British film and television

Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John – series 33, episode six.  Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman on a Triumph motorbike.  FIRST BROADCAST: 30 Mar 2013.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0 - behind the scenes.

Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John – series 33, episode six. Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman on a Triumph motorbike. FIRST BROADCAST: 30 Mar 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0 – behind the scenes.