British made stationery.
Manufacturing in the UK allows companies to control supply, guarantee quality, offer flexibility and to be ethical and environmentally sound.
You and your company or organisation or club or school or university can support British companies and British jobs and be environmentally friendly (by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported) by buying British at home, at work and for school.
A good starting point is to buy only British made stationery (pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, scissors, paper, files, etc.). Don’t order stationery unless you know where it is made. Refuse to buy cheap foreign made stationery. Buy British stationery for your workplace and home and it will last longer and so save you or your company money long term. Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery. Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case.Most stationery these days is foreign made but you can insists on buying British made stationery. Just say 10 years ago most stationery was made in the UK, but sadly this is no longer the case. We all know those cheap Chinese made staplers don’t last 5 minutes, whereas the old made in England stapler that has been floating around your office since who knows when is still going strong! My old made in England Rexel stapler is superb quality; modern Chinese made Rexel staplers are very poor quality and do not last very long at all before they are broken.
See my article on British made pens, pencils, crayons, chalk, rulers, pencil cases, and ink too please.
Have a look under my stationery category for more British made stationery. Insist your office supplier gives you British made stationery. Buy British made stationery for your home.
Teachers and school children and students please take note of the pencils and pens and other stationery that are not made in the UK anymore and please consider buying British made stationery.
Vanessa Bee Designs sell British made fridge magnets, greetings cards, coasters, tea towels, aprons, bookmarks mostly with sheep themes or other animal themes. They also sell foreign made gift products. They say on their trade site “with the exception of our bags, all our products are manufactured in the UK”. Bespoke items are available to trade customers. Trade and retail –
Beyond the Fridge have a good range of British made products such as large magnetic boards (to stick magnets on), magnetic dry wipe boards, fridge magnets, placemats and coasters, mugs, kitchen splash backs, and light boxes. Their glass chopping boards, shaped magnetic notice boards, doormats and prints unfortunately appear to be foreign made as no country of origin is given for these products whereas it is clearly stated for all their other products. They have a physical shop in Frome or products are available from their website – http://www.beyondthefridge.co.uk
The Fridge Magnet Shop say on their website “we are proud to make all of our products here in the UK.” Their range includes magnetic pins, printable magnetic paper, fridge poetry kits, magnetic dots, magnetic circles, magnetic rectangles, other magnetic shapes, magnetic tape, magnetic sheets, and magnetic whiteboards. I assume their chalk and whiteboard pens are foreign made. Their magnetic products are available from Amazon and from their website – http://thefridgemagnetshop.co.uk
BowlPhish glass wipe boards are made in the UK. They say on their website “Our British-made, bespoke glass wipe boards come in clear, coloured and magnetic options, with either visible or hidden fixings. Incorporate them into a wall or choose mobile freestanding units” and “Manufactured by us at The Glass Wipe Board Company in Kent”. Basically these are glass whiteboards. They use the Made in Britain marque. You will need to write to them for prices and availability – https://theglasswipeboardcompany.com
Harris & Jones say on their website “All our Home & Desk Accessories are handmade to order in our rural workshop in Bedfordshire, Britain.” They make and sell a range of stationery items such as clipboards (A5 or A4 sized), box files, lever arch files, photograph albums, desk tidies, letter trays (in-trays), magazine files, pen pots, tissue boxes and so on, in a range of patterns – http://harrisandjones.co.uk
Customworks manufacture in the UK and in Australia, as well as buying in foreign made products. They make gift and souvenir products. They purchased a company called Castle Melamine in 2010, and say on their website “we now manufacture more than 50 product lines here in our factory in Bo’ness. Employing a local workforce over 70-strong, we are proud to continue to manufacture high quality products here in the UK”. Trade only, they create bespoke products or sell off-the-shelf ranges for for museums, galleries, zoo’s, visitor sites and suchlike and they say “Over 95% of products are made right here in the UK in our manufacturing facility.” UK made products are labelled as such on their website and include for example bookmarks, magnetic bookmarks, button badges, card holders, melamine coasters, cushion trays, exercise books, hardback journals, jigsaw puzzles, key rings, fridge magnets, pocket mirrors, mounted prints, mouse mats, netbooks, notecards, pillboxes, postcards, rulers, stick-it notes, and melamine tablemats – http://www.customworks.co.uk
Party People sell UK made mouse mats, rectangular or circular shaped, in a variety of fun designs. If you click on a particular mouse mat the words ‘made in the UK’ are clearly shown in red towards the top of the screen. They also have an eBay shop where they sell these mouse mats. The company’s other products all appear to be foreign made – http://www.partypeople.company/mouse-mats.html
National Trust shops tend to sell a good range of British made items, if you shop carefully (they sell many foreign made items too). I got the fridge magnet pictured below in the National Trust shop on Dunstable Downs.
Orchard Melamine Products is a British manufacturer of melamine products, dry wipe magnetic boards and recycled glass products, established in 1964. They say on their website “Our Melamine is hand produced from start to finish in our UK factory to order”. They manufacture coasters, cheeseboards, dry wipe boards, fridge magnets, trays, etc. Whether all their products are made in the UK is not clear, so please ask before buying as some products may well be foreign made. Trade only, they contract manufacture for the Promotional, Catering and Retail industries – http://orchard-melamine.com
Briman Group run a website that promotes British made promotional products.
ola sell British made greetings cards, notebooks and a diary. Their twitter tagline is “Traditionally crafted stationery collections featuring original prints. Made in the UK.” It should be pointed out though that disappointingly their page-a-day diary, unlike their other products whilst it is bound and cased in London uses book blocks (pages) that are manufactured in Italy and not in the UK (but at least they bother to tell us that so credit where it is due) – http://www.olastudio.co.uk
Unique & Unity are an online shop selling gifts, stationery and homeware sourced from all over the world. However, they source from the UK too and have a specific ‘Made in Britain’ section on their website. British made products available from Unique & Unity include placemats, pottery, mugs, cushions, tea towels, aprons, technology covers, chocolate bars, greetings cards, tote bags, coin purses, light fittings, luggage tags, pencil pouches, prints, jams, and pickles. They do not manufacture themselves, rather it is a shop selling other brands – http://www.uniqueandunity.co.uk
Lollipop Designs seem to produce quite a few of their stationery products in the UK. There website does not work properly Apple Safari so you will do better to open it in Firefox. British made products include their mini ‘keyboard’ weekly planner, yearly wall planner posters, weekly desk planner pads, magnetic to do lists and notepads, origami note sets, rubber stamps, mailing labels to re-seal envelopes, and parcel tape – http://www.lollipopdesigns.co.uk/
Paper Things supply mostly foreign made paper related products, but Paper Things also manufactures and produces own branded products in the UK, from notepads to Shopping List and Meal Planners, Budget Planners, Travel Checklists, Project Planners, Online Shopping Organisers, and Things to Do / Things to Buy Planners. They sell a few UK made items made by others. It’s hard to filter for UK made items on their website but try searching “made in the UK” using quotation marks – http://www.paperthings.co.uk
Milomade (Evie Milo) make a range of Jewellery, Stationery, Accessories & Decorations handcrafted in Scotland from recycled materials. Jewellery, badges, bags, hair accessories, envelopes, gift tags, greetings cards, notepads, etc – milomade.co.uk
Weston Boxes colourful plastic storage boxes for artists and crafters are made in the UK. It says on their website “All boxes in the WestonBoxes range are manufactured in the UK from Polypropylene – a recyclable material.” Products are available direct from their website. Weston Boxes belong to SB Weston Ltd, a plastic injection moulding business based in west London, who amongst many other things make poppy components for the Royal British Legion – http://www.westonboxes.com – http://www.sbweston.com
Under Cover make leather goods in the UK. Purses, notebooks, travel goods (travel organisers, luggage tags, passport holders, travel card holders, travel games, make-up bags, sketchbooks, notebooks, pouches, book marks, leather envelopes, document holders, tidy trays, messenger bags, tote bags, i-phone covers, keyring, earphone cases, etc.), photo albums, notebooks, address books, leather envelopes, guest books, portfolios, pencil cases, diaries, bags, tote bags, clutch bags, coin purses, etc. Most items are made in the UK – http://www.undercoveruk.com
Piccolo Press for example produce ceremonial and corporate stationery (as well as wedding and personal stationery), using engraving & die-stamping, thermography and letterpress processes.
Typoretum are a Traditional letterpress typographer and printmaker in Coggeshall, Colchester. Established 2008, in they use antique & vintage printing presses. It does not say on their website where they source their raw materials – http://www.typoretum.co.uk
Letterpress Design print wedding invitations, greetings cards or bespoke stationery for everyday use or for a special occasion using traditional print methods on old machines together with some more contemporary printing machines in Rayne, Essex. They say on their website that all of their designs “are produced in the United Kingdom using locally sourced products”. It does not say on their website where these locally sourced their raw materials are made – http://www.letterpressdesign.co.uk
Swanline are a trade supplier of specialist printed packaging and Point-of-Sale displays, along with corrugated sheet board and paper and board. “Swanline manufacture from three adjacent, purpose-built sites totalling 84,000 sq. ft. – including a 40,000 sq. ft. factory housing our core large format infrastructure, design and offices, and a 15,500 sq. ft. facility housing our screen print and digital operations.” Their twitter carries the Made in Britain marque – http://www.swanlineprint.co.uk
Noble Macmillan say on their Facebook about page that their books and albums are handmade in their UK workshops, whilst everything else they sell is foreign made. Unfortunately no country of origin information is given against individual products on their website. As they seemingly have their own workshop in Wiltshire, and use bookbinders in London, it would be worth asking if one of their albums or books that takes your liking is made in the UK or visiting their shop in London to see if country of origin is labelled on the products themselves – http://www.noblemacmillan.com
Handmade Wales bookbinding and gifts with “Everything handmade in Wales” according their twitter tagline. Photo albums, card boxes, coasters, notebooks, address books, notelets, greetings cards, wrapping paper, visitors books, cushions – http://www.handmadewales.uk
Barnard and Westwood, in London, are Royal Warrant holding fine printers and bookbinders.
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). – http://www.silvine.com
There’s an article here and repeated here about the perfect shorthand notebook that used to be made by HMSO in the UK but is no longer available. Here’s a picture of the aforementioned HMSO shorthand notebook.
Daler-Rowney, a manufacturer of art materials, produce some of their products in the UK. The Rowney Company was established in 1783. The Daler Board Company was incorporated in 1946. In 1983, the Daler Board Company purchased the George Rowney Company, forming Daler-Rowney. Daler-Rowney purchased Robert Simmons, a US artists’ brushes brand. In 2006 Daler Rowney acquired Cachet products hardback books. In January 2013 Daler-Rowney purchased Lukas and Nerchau, two German brands. Daler-Rowney has its headquarters in Bracknell, England and now operates from three manufacturing bases – “all its Colours (paints) are manufactured in Bracknell, Berkshire; artists’ paper and mountboard is transformed in Wareham, Dorset; and artists’ brushes are made in La Romana in the Dominican Republic” according to their website. Other products they sell are foreign made. It’s hard to tell from their website exactly which of the products they sell are UK made but some are labelled as such on their website. Their rubbers for example are made in England. Products are available in shops and on the internet – http://www.daler-rowney.com
St Cuthberts Mill based in Somerset, England specialises in the paper manufacturing of high quality artists papers. Their mills in Wells in Somerset is still operating and at least some of their papers appear to be produced in the UK. Whether some are produced abroad I don’t know, so look at any labelling or ask before buying – http://www.stcuthbertsmill.com
Winsor & Newton, by Appointment to HRH the Prince of Wales, artists’ products, have a brushmaking plant in Lowestoft in the UK. Whether all their artists’ brushes are UK made or whether any of their other products are UK made I don’t know, but I have been told that many of their products are made in France and China. No country of origin information is given on their website, so you’ll need to ask – http://www.winsornewton.com/uk/
C Roberson and Co has been manufacturing and supplying artists’ materials since 1810. Trade only but stockists are listed on their website. Whilst they are suppliers of many foreign made products, their own brand oil colours, varnishes, acrylic paints, powder paints, inks and ‘Automatic‘ calligraphy pens appear to all be made in the UK – http://www.automaticpens.co.uk – http://www.croberson.com
In case you didn’t realise, Italian notebook brand Moleskin are not made in the UK or even in Italy for that matter, but in China, Vietnam or Turkey. Moleskine notebooks are well designed and good quality and offer a wide range of products at a good price.
Muji’s notebooks (such as their little blue plain paper passport notebook pictured below) are very nice, good quality, and mostly made in Japan but they are not made in the UK. Muji also sell a made in Japan fountain pen and a made in Japan gel pen, amongst many other stationery products, which are very good quality. It’s a shame the UK does not make good value quality products like these anymore.
French company Hamelin Brands (formerly John Dickinson Stationery; formerly Dickinson Robinson Group Ltd DRG) heritage includes well known originally British brands such as Lion Brand, Basildon Bond, John Dickinson, J Arthur Dixon, Royal Sovereign , Black n’ Red, Cambridge brand, Oxford brand, Challenge, and Summit, but there is no mention of any UK production still happening on their website and so sadly it seems all these brands are now foreign made. Production is now in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Poland.
Metroplan Limited is a UK based manufacturer and supplier of Display, Presentation and Furniture products. Their factory is based at their Head Office in Kendal, Cumbria. Products that they manufacture in-house includes noticeboards, whiteboards, printed whiteboards, folding and modular display systems, partitioning screens, literature display, lecterns, meeting room tables, Audio Visual furniture and educational storage furniture. They say they manufacture over 60% of the products they sell themselves and UK made products are clearly labeled as such on their website – http://www.metroplan.co.uk
The Green Gables sell UK made greetings cards, gift wrap, writing sets, notecards, notebooks, postcards, wedding stationery, Christmas stationery, and suchlike.
Emma Burningham notecards, notebooks, and so on are made in the UK.
Bound by Hand make leather Journals, Sketchbooks, and Wedding Guest Books in Britain.
Courage and Progress are a company hoping to make their notebooks in England. I was really hoping this company would make a go of it but their Facebook has not been updated since July 2015, their twitter has not been updated since October 2015 and their website no longer works, so it seems they have failed – http://www.couragexprogress.com
Mark + Fold, founded in 2015, sell notebooks and greetings cards, some of which have some parts of the manufacturing done in the UK. Their greetings cards are printed in Scotland on paper made in Scotland, England or Japan. Their notebooks use book cloth made in the Netherlands, end papers made in Germany or Scotland, paper made in Scotland, Sweden, the USA or Japan, binding done in England or Holland, and thread made in Northern Ireland – depending on the product. They are often reasonably clear and detailed about where a product is made on their website, although not always and for their presumably foreign made paper clips for example they do not bother to give this detail, but I like the fact that this company do at least sometimes provide some information on provenance – http://markandfold.com
Deanprint is a printer and bookbinder in Stockport founded 1890. Deanprint offers products including slipcases and wiro-bound, softcover, and thread-sewn hardback books. They are one of the companies used for example by Mark + Fold mentioned above – http://www.deanprint.co.uk
Windmill Printing, founded in 1975, in Bridge of Don, just north of Aberdeen, Scotland is another commercial company used by Mark + Fold mentioned above. Their services include foiling, embossing, debossing, duplexing, litho and thermography – http://windmillprint.com
Cathedral Products point out that their “Home Office File Box”, is “still manufactured in its West Midlands factory”. These metal suspension file boxes seem to be the only UK made product they sell though – http://www.cathedralproducts.com/products.asp?id=22
Brian Clegg sell arts and craft products (art paints for example), the bulk of which are made in the UK. You’ll need to ask if the art products you want are UK made before buying. Brian Clegg also manufacturers in England a range of trikes, scooters and other metal toys for the educational market. Wholesale only – http://www.brianclegg.co.uk
Stamford Notebooks are handbound in Stamford, Britain. As well as off the shelf notebooks, they also offer branded and personalised notebooks and possibly bookbinding and printing services. Stamford Notebooks are made by Spiegl Press – http://www.stamfordnotebooks.co.uk
Seawhite of Brighton have a “philosophy of “made in Britain” where possible” and some of their stationery is made in Britain. They have a factory in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. UK made products are labelled as such on their website. Where products do not say made in Britain, I assume they are foreign made, as country of origin is not generally given. Their UK made products include casebound sketchbooks, some sketchbooks, most of their A2, A3 and A4 pads, their Polyholdalls, and drawing nibs (by D. Leonardt & Co I think). They say on their front page “Made in the UK, your guarantee of quality and durability. The vast majority of our paper products are made in the UK with British materials”. Somewhat disappointingly though, in fact many of their products are foreign made. Primarily a wholesaler for the educational industry, you can also buy their products at good stationers and online. Stockists are listed on their website. They also have factory shop near Brighton – http://www.seawhite.co.uk
Artbox Design of Sussex make gift stationery in recycled leather together with recycled paper and board which they have made British mills. Their range includes notebooks, photograph albums, flexiframe photo frames, diaries, address books, document wallets, portfolios, mats and coasters. I found their products for sale on notonthehighstreet – http://www.artboxdesign.co.uk
Lancaster and Gibbings produce a modern range of cast pewterware handmade in their Devon workshop. On their website it says “Every piece we sell is designed and produced in our own workshop in the South West of England.” Products include photo frames, jewellery boxes, key rings, money boxes, greetings cards with detachable pewter keepsakes, keepsakes, trinket boxes and card and photo holders – https://www.lancasterandgibbings.com
The Card Gallery is an on-line retailer specialising in Wedding Stationery, Wedding Accessories, Baby and Occasions products. Unfortunately not all of their products are made in Britain but a high percentage of them are. There are foreign made guest books and photo albums currently in their range but they state that they are working on phasing these out and replacing them with a British made alternatives – http://www.thecardgallery.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 (but they have not responded). Their website says ‘under construction’ – http://www.maun-industries.co.uk
Fabmania – http://www.fabmania.com – make India Tags (Treasury Tags) in the UK, as well as shoe laces, and a huge range of cords, braid, bootlaces, elastics, tapes and webbing.
Regray Textiles Ltd are a UK manufacturer of elastics, braids, cords, tapes, webbings, etc. and it says made in the UK on the home page of their website. You will need to contact them to check and find out how to buy their products.
Trader Supplies are a manufacturer and importer of outdoor trader equipment and they sell British made bungee cords with ball ends and British made market stall spring clips.
Concord filing products are manufactured in Great Britain. Concord ranges of archive filing products are produced at their Liverpool site, and their paper portfolio is manufactured at their London factory in Thamesmead. They make business card books, visitors books, address books, box files, dividers, expanding files, guide and record cards, indexes, lever arch files, ring binders, wallets, files, folders and so on – http://www.concordfiling.com
According to the Insider Media site, Concord Filing Products was founded in 2010 to acquire the assets of two companies from administration – Liverpool-based Shawcross and Dickinson Ltd and Concord Office Products Ltd in London. Concord Filing Products Ltd itself went into administration in December 2013 and was subsequently acquired by Pukka Pads, who have stated they intend to maintain UK production. Elsewhere on the internet it quotes “Chris Stott, the Managing Director of Pukka Pads says that he is delighted with the acquisition as the product portfolio of both companies complement each other and that it is just another example of how Pukka are committed to manufacturing in the UK” and that “The new company will be known as Pukka Filing Products Ltd.” The take over is also announced on the Pukka Pads website. Also announced on the Pukka Pads website was their purchase of Yorkshire Envelopes (see below) in October 2013.
Pukka Pads do not state country of origin on their products. Pukka Pads have a production plant in Shanghai, two UK based production plants (Inspired Forms / Rediset and Cardinal Brands) acquired in 2011 and involved in the manufacture of a variety of business forms (Duplicate/triplicate pads in carbon and NCR formats, Sage compatible forms, continuous forms etc.) and more recently the Concord production facilities acquired in 2013 (see above), as well as using other manufacturers to make their products. They are quoted above as saying they are committed to manufacturing in the UK. However, most production is currently done abroad and the lack of country of origin labelling makes consumer choice limited and I assume Pukka Pads themselves are possibly entirely foreign manufactured.
Tollit & Harvey Ltd of King’s Lynn – their website seems not to have been updated since 2002 and it seems that they are now French owned and part of ExaClair Limited (part of the French Exacompta-Clairefontaine group). Tollit & Harvey, established in 1897, were manufacturers and distributers of stationery products for trade. ExaClair Limited continue to sell the Tollit & Harvey Europa range of folders and notebooks, but no country of origin information is given for these products on their website. The Tollit & Harvey Europa notebooks were British made, but are now labelled made in France. ExaClair also own some other well know brands such as Chartwell pads and Guildhall folders and the group own other brands such as Quo Vadis diaries. No manufacturing information is given on the ExaClair website. They used to have a factory in King’s Lynn but whether they do now I don’t know and, given it is not mentioned, my guess is the production has been moved to France and / or China and the UK factory closed down – http://www.tollit-harvey.com
Faire Brothers & Co. Ltd. who now have a factory in Llandrindod Wells, Wales, are a British stationery manufacturer and 98% of what they sell they make themselves in their factory (according to an email I had from them in June 2013). Check if the products you want are made in the UK. They make a wide range of Treasury Tags (India Tags) in various colours. Faire Bros invented and patented the Plastic Ended Treasury Tag and are the oldest mass producers of Steel Ended Treasury Tags. The range also includes Tail Tags and Elastic Tags. Also, they make self adhesive tack, tagged cords, lanyards, lighting suspension cords, woven tape file straps, and blind chains. They also make Bag Handles, Box Files, Lever Arch Files, Ring Binders, and Suspension Files. They no longer make shoe laces. Their website is at – http://www.fairebros.co.uk – Wholesale and branded, but available on the internet and in Stationers. Faire Bros also trade under the name Premier Grip and most Premier Grip products (paper binders, India Tags, suspension files, etc.) are made in the UK. Premier Grip products are available in most good stationers and online. As of 31 October 2016 I notice their website and trading name have become Premier-Grip Trading Ltd – http://www.premier-grip.uk
James Lever still make some of their ropes, twines and string in England – Ask if what you want is made in the UK. Sold on Ropesource (possibly the same company or else they work closely together and are neighbours). Examples of the English made products Ropesource sell are: Coloured jute twines, craft twines, baker’s twine, jute garden twines, green poly garden twine, Everlasto natural cotton string, Everlasto coloured cotton string, garden twines, and coloured polypropylene twine.
Outhwaites Ltd (Ropemakers) make their rope products in the UK in Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. I am not sure if all their products are made in the UK so please check before buying, but they have a manufacturing facility in Hawes (where they also have a visitor centre). They make ropes for the equestrian, farming and gardening markets, bannister ropes, barrier ropes, braids, rope pet toys, rope pet collars and rope pet leads. I note that the the Outhwaite Pet Divsion has recently been sold to The Animate Company based in Ripponden. There is scant information about Animate on the web but they appear to make dog beds in the UK as their website (such as it is) mentions a factory showroom.
Master Ropemakers Chatham still make a full range natural and synthetic ropes on site in their historic premises in Chatham, UK according to their website – http://www.master-ropemakers.co.uk. Also rope related gifts, handrail ropes, garden rope, boating ropes, gymnasium and tug-of-war ropes, animal halters, parrot perches, rope dog toys and dog leads.
Marlow Ropes Ltd. manufactures quality ropes for the Leisure Marine, Industrial and Defence markets. As far as I know all Marlow ropes are made in Britain, although I am not sure about their other products (check before buying). Marine and offshore ropes, extraction, climbing and abseiling ropes, climbing accessories, ropes and accessories for arboriculture, safety and access ropes, ropes for film and theatre, and ropes for industry. Available online, for example I found Marlow climbing ropes at a company called Rope Locker.
The Traditional Rope Company has some made in England ropes. You’ll have to ask which as they don’t specify on their website. Ordering is by phone in any case.
Twool make household and garden wool twine and rope using Dartmoor Whiteface sheep wool. All made in Britain.
The Yorkshire Envelope Company make envelopes. Yorkshire Envelopes were part of the the Mail Solutions Group (see below) but in October 2013 it was announced on the Pukka Pads website that they had acquired Yorkshire Envelopes. Yorkshire Envelopes is a leading manufacturer of a huge range of envelopes (bubble Envelopes, business envelopes, home envelopes, greeting card envelopes, money envelopes, etc.), however it specialises in envelopes for greeting cards of all shapes, colours and thicknesses. Yorkshire Envelopes still make their envelopes in the UK and have a factory in in Bingley, West Yorkshire. Available online on their website – http://www.yorkshireenvelopes.com
Mail Solutions own a number of envelope manufacturers in the UK and India, including BHF Envelopes, Crossways Envelopes, Empire Envelopes and the newly founded Great British Envelopes Limited (which appears to be the new trading name of Empire Envelopes). I am not sure whether any of these brand names are still used or if only the Mail Solutions branding is now used. Empire Envelopes Limited trading as (t/a) Great British Envelopes & Print do have their own website. Empire Envelopes also have their own web address (online shop) but it is branded as Mail Solutions. Mail Solutions manufacture envelopes in Britain and India. They do not give country of origin information on their websites, so you will need to ask – http://www.mailsolutions.com
If you shop around you should have no difficulty in getting British made envelopes.
Ink and Thread are a shop in Derby and online and they state that all their products are made in Britain – http://shop.inkandthread.co.uk – fab – they sell things like notebooks, mugs, city guides, wash bags, compact mirrors, greetings cards, notelets, tote bags, tea towels, and costume jewellery.
Lane currently have all their paper and prints made in the UK. Their paper is made in the Lake District by James Cropper paper mill and their prints are hand pulled in Nottingham. They also sell British made paper lampshades. Their picture frames however are made in Germany.
James Cropper have a paper mill in Burneside, near Kendal in the Lake District. I am not sure if all their production is in the UK, but this is what they say about themselves on their Vimeo site “James Cropper Paper are a custom speciality papermaker and converter, and one of the world’s foremost makers of coloured paper. Based in the English Lake District since 1845. We are experts in low volume manufacture of high quality, uncoated, deep coloured papers and renowned globally for papers that support industries from luxury packaging to digital imaging”. James Cropper also make red paper for remembrance day poppies – http://www.jamescropper.com
York Haven Ltd make carbon paper in the West Midlands of England and are probably the last remaining manufacturer of one-time carbon paper in the UK. They make one-time carbon paper which is widely used for computer stationery. They also make pencil carbon which is used when multiple uses of the carbon are required such as in duplicate and triplicate books and backing/masking papers used in the heat transfer printing process in the textile industry. Please see this article from the BBC.
Once the mainstay of offices carbon paper enabled people to make duplicates of documents and it was also used when making credit card payments, with the details being copied onto the paper that the vendor kept. We still talk about making a ‘carbon copy’ (cc) and despite it being less used than previously, it still has its uses and it is great to see a British firm still manufacturing carbon paper – http://www.yorkhaven.co.uk
The Original Book Works Limited make faux book products made by hand in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Faux books, false books, fake and dummy books, paperweights, book safes, door stops, book ends, etc.
Desk Accessories make magnifying glasses, business card holders, bookends, desk name plates, desk model replicas, gavels and stands, letter openers, paperweights, photo frames, rocker blotters, etc. 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.
Pritt Stick is German owned (Henkel) but Pritt Stick paper glue is manufactured in the UK (as well as the elsewhere in the world). Whilst some Pritt Stick is made in the UK, some is made in EU (i.e. not made in the UK). Best check the one you are thinking about buying is in fact made in the UK. If it does not say “made in UK” then it is safe to say it is made abroad. The smaller sticks seem to be UK made, although you’ll have to shop around as they are made in Germany too.
Sellotape the well known, formally British, brand of clear tape is also owned by German company Henkel. Sellotape has become a genericised name used for clear tape all over the world. It used to be manufactured in Britain but no country of origin information is given either on the products themselves or the sellotape website, so the Sellotape brand is probably no longer made in the UK, although there may be other brands still making clear tape in the UK.
According to Wikipedia Sellotape Industrial was bought by Scapa Group plc in 1997, and their products continue to be manufactured at its factory in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The Scapa website does show a location in Dunstable, however no country of origin information is given for their products on their website.
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
Sticky Products / Flowstrip / Fobkeyrings have a factory in North Lincolnshire supplying industrial adhesive tapes, adhesives, sealants, medical tapes and medical consumables. Some products on their websites are sold individually; some in bulk. They also sell products from other suppliers, including some foreign made products, but presumably their own brand products are UK made (do check before buying). Fobkeyrings sell UK made plastic promotional key fobs –
Leathersmith of London leather note books, diaries, journals, guest books, address books, and accessories are all made in England. It says on their website “Our books are crafted and bound at our own bindery in Essex, just outside London, using high quality soft leather, our trademark light weight Azure paper, gold stamping and edging” and on twitter they describe themselves as producing the “finest quality leather bound books, diaries, leather gifts & accessories, manufactured in England, since 1839” – http://leathersmith.co.uk
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 – http://www.gostationery.net
Abbey Manufacturing Stationers manufacture custom made / printed ring binders, folders and other plastic stationery and off-the-shelf products in the UK. Their website is primarily trade, and although they do sell individual items delivery is expensive for orders under £100. They have a wide range of loose-leaf storage products and supply local authorities, businesses, schools, colleges, and home office stationery. Available on their website – http://shop.abbeystationery.com
Office supply companies like Banner should state country of origin for all their products and be able to supply British made stationery to you (whether they do or can I am not sure; go elsewhere if a particular company cannot provide British made stationery). Banner was originally a division of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) before privatisation so it it is disappointing so many of their products are now foreign made. Banner also rather confuse the issue for buyers, for example sometimes their Banner Clensa bactericidal hand gel is made in UK, but sometimes it is made in China. Buyers will have to shop carefully to get anything British made from Banner these days.
Niceday was a brand of WHSmith started in 1992. WHSmith Business Supplies, later Niceday Limited, was made up of four companies bought previously by WHSmith – Pentagon, Cartwright Brice, H.J.Chapmans, Sandhurst and Satex”. In 1996 Niceday was sold to a French company, Guilbert, who had also previously purchased an English company called Ofrex in 1992. The American company Office Depot purchased Guilbert in 2003. In the UK Office Depot operates under the brands Office Depot and Viking Direct. The Niceday brand is still used. Office Depot do not bother to give country of origin against their products on their website. Ask for British made products from them but I doubt many will be offered.
WHSmith (WHS) have a long British heritage but everything I have seen recently in WHS has been expensive and made abroad (even some of their books!). WHSmith now no longer label their own brand products with their country of origin which means they are are NOT made in the UK anymore. You may still find a few British made items in WHSmith.
Likewise for cleaning the workplace, the food in your canteen, your uniforms, your furniture and soft furnishings, your tools and equipment and everything else, buy British.
For office cleaning products, for example, MPM Consumer Products are made in the UK.
Alos, APL Chemicals are specialist ultrasonic cleaning soloution suppliers operating in the north of England. They offer concentrated cleaning formulas to all industrial and domestic cleaning sectors, and their target markets are automotive ,industrial engineering,contract cleaning services,printing and general maintenance. It looks as if most of their products are UK made but please ask about country of origin before buying – http://www.aplchemicals.co.uk
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
For replica foods and other replica displays, try Replica Ltd but do check country of origin, as I am not sure that all their products are UK made, as this is not clear from their website. Replica foods are something you see in the windows of restaurants in Japan and are a great idea. I suppose they must be used for displays in the UK too and it is nice to hear that they are being manufactured in the UK – http://www.replicafood.co.uk
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
Kennett and Lindsell was established in 1877 and all of their products are still hand-crafted at their UK factory. They make models for fashion displays (stands for fashion, shop dummies) and are ideal for stores selling fashion to use in their shop displays – http://www.kennettlindsell.com
For some information on British made typewriters please click here (although sadly typewriters are no longer manufactured in Britain).
And what about your workplace hand-dryer or hand-towel dispenser, is that made in the UK? What about your workplace cutlery and other tableware, is that made in the UK? Is your water cooler or drinking fountain made in the UK? Are your work cars, vans and lorries British made? Is your workplace washing-up liquid made in the UK? Is your workplace kitchen paper made in the UK? Are your work toilet rolls made in the UK? Is your vending machine British made and are your vending machine products produced in the UK? Is your shelving made in the UK? Are your post trolleys at work made in the UK? I could go on, but you get the point – buy British for your workplace.
The British Government and its Civil Service and departments like the police and the NHS should set the example by buying British (as they used to) and their procurement policy should favour buying British made. Where British made goods are not available then they should buy goods produced in the Commonwealth as their second choice. Shouldn’t the British Civil Service and the British armed forces buy British made? They always used to favour British made products. Can you encourage the British military and the British government to return to their preferring British made procurement policy? When buying flags (and uniforms and equipment) for our defence forces there should be more emphasis on buying British first. Indeed it should be law that for flags, uniforms, and suchlike the MOD and local and national government have to buy British made and in all government procurement it should be a buy British first policy. Can you encourage the government to buy British? An increase in public sector purchasing from British manufacturers and preference for British manufacturers when placing major and small contracts and, at a lower level, all purchasing, would make a big difference to UK makers, retaining skills and industry to build a stronger country and community.
Hotels and airports / ports need to ensure they buy British made goods too.
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.
Bisley Office Furniture (F.C. Brown (Steel Equipment) Limited) is a UK manufacturer of steel storage for the office. Bisley is the largest manufacturer of steel office furniture in the U.K. – http://www.bisley.co.uk. Available from Bisley Direct. Also the manufacturers of Bisley’s ToolStor heavy duty workshop storage range of tool cabinets, industrial cupboards, workshop cupboards, mobile cabinets and workbenches.
Teepol Products (aka Harvey Waddington / SupplyTrade Ltd) in Orpington, Kent make a wide range of cleaning, janitorial and industrial cleaning products and have a manufacturing site near London and their own distribution fleet. Automotive cleaning, disinfectants, floorcare, general cleaning and catering, hand hygiene and sanitisers, glass washing, laundry, dishwashing, personal care, washroom products, etc. They say on their website “Teepol is the leading brand of top-quality cleaning liquids, manfactured and distributed in the UK.” The Teepol catalogue states “Established in 1938, our top quality products are manufactured in our large production plant in Kent, UK…” No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, but it would seem they produce some or even all of their products in the UK, however do check where something of theirs is made before buying. In addition to commercial cleaning, janitorial and industrial products, Teepol also make the Dooley’s Pet Range, Tagfresh air fresheners, and the London Soap Company range of hand washes, body washes, anti-bacterial and bactericidal hand soaps, and hand lotions. As I say, it is not clear from their website if their products are actually British made, so please check before buying – http://teepol.co.uk
Prime Industries Limited is a manufacturer and supplier of laundry and cleaning chemical products. They say on their website “We are located in Widnes, Cheshire and the majority of our products are manufactured on -site in our 19000 square foot factory.” Own label or their OC (Optimum Cleaning) brand. They manufacture a wide range of janitorial supplies and products for care homes and commercial laundries. Trade only. You’ll need to check if the product you want if made in the UK, as they do not give country of origin for individual products on their website – http://www.primeindustriesuk.com
The Bio-D Company of Hull seem to manufacture most of their cleaning products in the UK. The products from them I have seen are all clearly marked “Made in the UK” on the front. Laundry products – laundry liquid, washing powder, bleach, fabric conditioner (concentrated fragrance free and fragranced); household cleaning products – furniture polish, hand sanitisers, multi-surface cleaners, etc; dishwashing products – washing-up liquid, dishwasher products; bathroom cleaning products – bathroom cleaners, toilet cleaners; bin liners. Their scourers are foreign made. Their website managed and products are supplied through by Spark Etail Ltd. Products are available via their website, in various stores listed on their website, and in various stores online including the likes are eBay – http://www.biodegradable.biz
Waitrose Essential Waitrose bath and shower cleaner cleans amazingly well and is made in the UK. You can easily find British made cleaning products and detergents that are made in the UK in all the supermarkets (just check the packaging for country of origin).
Brill Cleaner all purpose concentrate cleaning solution is made in Great Britain. The company describe the product as “England’s best cleaner” and it cleans just about everything. A commercial cleaning product that is biodegradable, contains no acid, ammonia or bleach and is flame retardant; but that is also available to consumers via their website. 500mm or 5Ltr or larger sizes, you add water so it should last, the product in essence is a concentrated degreaser that will eat through any grime and dirt. British Family have reviewed this product favourably – http://www.brillcleaner.com
Dri-Pak / DREMM / East Lancashire Chemical Company have factories in Manchester and Ilkeston, Derbyshire and most if not all their products seem to be made in the UK – food salt, dishwasher water softening salt, soda crystals, liquid soap flakes, bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar, citric acid, borax substitute, and suchlike and they make their own bottles, contract packaging, own label products, and branded products under the DP name. The site also have some great cleaning tips and information for kids on how to make rockets and the like – http://www.dri-pak.co.uk
Ecoegg products are manufactured in the UK. They say on their website that they “manufacture all of our products in the UK” and “wherever possible, source all of our raw materials from the UK”. Laundry products (such as their laundry egg), cleaning products, products to keep fruit and vegetables fresh, a clothes folder, a heated clothes airer, microfibre clothes, etc. Available via their website and in various online and real stores – https://www.ecoegg.com
Faith in Nature, founded in 1973, sell a range of natural products for bath, body, baby and home, which are mostly made in England, in Manchester. I am not sure if the buy in or make themselves, but they do say some of their products are imported. It’s hard to tell which from their website, as no country of origin information is given against individual products on their site – https://www.faithinnature.co.uk
Ecozone might make some of their products in the UK. Ethical Superstore lists some of Ecozone’s household and work cleaning products as UK made, although the Ecotone website itself does not give any information about country of origin – http://www.ecozone.com
MPM Consumer Products personal hygiene and household cleaning products are all made in the UK. Founded in 1995, MPM is a specialised contract liquid fill manufacturer of household and personal care products based in Manchester, England. Own branded and private label handwash, bodywash, foam & crème bath, creams and lotions as well as household lines like antiseptic disinfectant and sterilising fluid plus more, available in independent stores. They say on their website “We are huge supporters of British manufacturing and believe ‘Made in England’ means miles less carbon” and their site has a little Union Flag log with the words “Made in the UK Miles less carbon”. For example their Dr J’s range includes antibacterial cleansers and Dr J’s Just 4 Pets Bactericidal Cleaning Disinfectant are British made – http://www.mpmconsumerproducts.com
It should not be difficult to source British made cleaning products, anti-bacterial hand cleaner, tissues or whatever for both home and work. For home just check the packaging and choose British made cleaning products, household goods and foodstuffs.
Rowland Sandwith Limited’s Mastermark animal marking products are manufactured in Wimborne, England, as are Hancock’s Marking Media (garment marking chalk, cloth markers, garment marking wax, beeswax, industrial markers and so on).
For Chefs Whites, Oliver Harvey Chef Whites are designed and manufactured in Great Britain. Aprons, white t-shirts, trousers, jackets, skullcaps (I suspect their shoes are foreign made) –
Hewitt and Booth are the largest manufacturers of pipecleaners in Europe. Pipecleaners are used for a variety of things, such as tobacco pipes, medical equipment, as well as art and craft pipe cleaners. They also manufacture other craft textile materials such as sequins, pom poms, punchinella and turned paper shapes. All Hewitt and Booth products are made in Huddersfield, England, allowing them total flexibility with quantities and specifications. Hewitt and Booth arts and crafts products are marketed on their Art and Craft Factory website.
Craftshapes import many of their products (wooden craft shapes) but now have a UK production facility. All their laser cut shapes are cut by them here in the UK and some of their MDF shapes are also produced in the UK – http://www.craftshapes.co.uk
For cleaning cloths why not use SELVYT cloths which are made in England. For well over 100 years SELVYT has been the world’s leading brand in polishing cloths for the jewellery, watchmaking and silversmiths trade. Also cloths for glasses cleaning, plasma screen cleaning, cleaning guns, cleaning cars, cleaning brass or wooden instruments, household cleaning, etc. Manufactured in the U.K. SELVYT is a division of Edmund Bell Ltd a British textile company established in the 19th century, who supply curtain lining and blackouts.
For cleaning cloths and cleaning products there is also Town Talk Polishing Co. Ltd. – 98% of their products are produced at their factory in Bolton, Lancashire. They source the sonic unit machine and the microfibre cloth from overseas although these are finished and packed in the UK which is something. All the Town Talk polishes, silver and gold polishing cloths, jewellery cleaners and household cleaning products are 100% made in England. Check the packing when thinking about buying for the words made in England.
TouchscreenKleen by Screen-Kleen Ltd is made in the UK and is a solution and cloth for cleaning touch screens. I am not sure if the whole product, including the microfibre cloth, is made in the UK – http://www.screen-kleen.com
Robert Scott and Sons Ltd was established in 1925, and still knit and weave cloths in England, being the UK leader in manual janitorial cleaning products, making and selling for example 1 million dishcloths per week and 410,000 mops a month. Core products are dishcloths, mops, and dusters, but they do many related products as well. They also own Contico Spray Chem (the Contico business in Redruth is closed now and the business is wholesale cleaning, janitorial, spraying and hygiene solutions, but not manufacture) and UTC or Universal Towel Company (a supplier of, but not a manufacturer, as far as I can gather, of roller towels, kitchen linen, etc). Unhelpfully no information about country of origin is given against individual products, although Robert Scott does still seem to manufacture at least some products in the UK. No information is provided about how to purchase (although you can find some online), but you could email or telephone the company, remembering to ask where a product is made. As far as I can gather the company manufactures mops, dusters and cleaning cloths and sells (foreign made) related products such as buckets, dustpans and scourers – http://www.robert-scott.co.uk
Fireblitz Extinguisher Ltd aerosol and dry powder fire extinguishers, and fire blankets are made in the UK. Their other products such as fire buckets and other extinguishers do not state country of origin on their website and are presumably foreign made – http://www.fireblitz.co.uk
Britannia Fire Ltd fire extinguishers are British made. Their website carries a small Union Flag symbol and the words “Made in the UK”. All their fire extinguishers appear to be made in the UK and clearly give country of origin information on their website. No country of origin information is given on their website for the fire extinguisher accessories so these may well be foreign made – http://www.britannia-fire.co.uk
Cooke Optics cinematography lenses are British made. According to their website “Each Cooke lens is hand crafted at the factory in Leicester, U.K…” Previously associated with Taylor Hobson in Leicester, England who were originally a manufacturer of cameras and cine lenses, but a company now that manufactures precision metrology instruments. Also once part of Taylor Hobson who were themselves at one time part of the Rank Organisation and are now part of USA company Ametek‘s Ultra Precision Technologies Group. There is no suggestion on the Taylor Hobson website of them maintaining any production in the UK. Cooke Optics are now an entirely separate company as fares i can gather – https://www.cookeoptics.com
ILFORD Photo / HARMAN technology, owned by Pemberstone Ventures Ltd, sell films and related chemicals, and also produce Kentmere brand, appear to have a factory in Cheshire and possibly make some of their black and white films and so on in the UK still. No country of origin information is given on their website – https://www.ilfordphoto.com
Paterson photographic equipment – darkroom equipment, Benbo Tripods and continuous lighting units – are made in the UK. On their website they say “All of the darkroom plastics are manufactured in Paterson’s own factory in the UK” (their range includes film developing tanks, measuring graduates, enlarger accessories, film and print washing equipment and 35mm and roll film enlargers – Paterson film developing tanks are probably the most popular film developing tank worldwide), and “Paterson has re-entered the Studio Lighting market with a comprehensive range of Continuous Lighting units manufactured in our own UK factory” and “These Tripods are UK Manufactured on our factory site in the West Midlands (Tipton) meaning we can get our products to you quickly!” Paterson belong to Threeway Manufacturing (TWP Group/Threeway Pressings). TWP say on their website “We at THE TWP GROUP believe strongly in keeping manufacturing in the UK wherever possible and continue to invest in our workforce and facilities to ensure a bright future.” TWP Manufacturing make presswork and injection moulding. As well as Paterson, TWP own brands include Spyrabase spiral ground anchors which are made in Tipton in the West Midlands according to their video and used in a variety of garden , DIY and commercial applications; and Bullbarrow wheelbarrows whose wheelbarrows and garden scoots are made in the UK (their non-wheelbarrow products, such as garden tools are probably foreign made). They say on their website “The innovative range of more than 50 varieties of wheelbarrows are all manufactured in our UK based premises, enabling us to provide unrivalled bespoke products to match our customers needs” and “All our scoots are made and manufactured in our factory based in the West Midlands, Meaning that we ensure high quality and reliable products.”
Shouldn’t your workplace have a Buy British procurement policy, favouring quality, supporting British jobs and protecting our environment? Shouldn’t you buy British for your home?