Wilko (Wilkinson) sell a good number of quality British made items including various motor oils, car wash liquids, car cleaning sponges, 3-in1 type oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, bicycle cleaners and oils (lubes), bicycle tyre sealant, various paints, dustpan and brushes, plastic containers, washing-up bowls, sink drainers, rubbish bins, mops, DIY fillers, paint roller sets, hand cream, hand cleaning gel, toner, garden bird peanuts, etc. Many of their own brand products are made in the UK. Check the packaging in-store – https://www.wilko.com
KoverTek manufacture in the UK UPVC self assessmby door canopies, paints, coatings, adhesives, roof tiles, roof coatings, wood varnish, sealers, etc. Some of their products are available from their website; others are presumably available elsewhere – https://www.kovertek.com
Bartoline Barbecue Lighting Fluid is made in England. I don’t know whether all of their other paint solvent products and so on are made in the UK as no country of origin information is given on their website against individual products. Bartoline have two factory units in Beverley, East Yorkshire. The company make pre-packed solvents, woodcare products, fillers, wallcovering adhesives and other products associated with the home improvement industry – http://www.bartoline.co.uk
Tor Coatings Limited of Chester-le-Street, County Durham specialise in “building protection and external building protection technologies – all of which are developed and manufactured at our Head Office site” according to their website making waterproofing and protective surfacing systems, and flame-retardant coatings. They also say “Our British-made product range also encompasses market-leading balcony refurbishment options, anti-graffiti coatings, masonry and cladding systems to name a few.” They are part of USA company RPM International Inc. They also make Rust-Oleum chalky finish furniture paint. On their separate Rust-Oleum website they say “As a UK subsidiary of Rust-Oleum, Tor Coatings manufactures and markets the Rust-Oleum range of spray paints presented in this website from its purpose-built facility in County Durham, England”. Blackfriar, primers, paints and woodcare since 1894, are now part of Tor Coatings and say on their website “In 2004 Blackfriar became part of the Tor Coatings Group, cementing its position at the premium end of the paint and varnishes industry. Today the company manufactures and markets the Blackfriar range presented in this website from its facility in County Durham, England.”
Farrow and Ball – http://www.farrow-ball.com – paints and wallpaper are made in their factory in Dorset, England. I am not sure about their brushes and rollers, but probably not as they do not mention these being made in the UK on their website.
Frenchic Furniture Paint and outdoor chalk and mineral paint appears to be made in the UK. No country of origin information is given on their website but if you look carefully at some of the pictures you can see the words “Proudly manufactured in the UK”. Think “shabby chic”. Check before buying. Their other products like clothing are foreign made – https://frenchicpaint.co.uk
Annabell Duke chalk and mineral paint is “proudly made in the UK” it says at the top of their website. Think “shabby chic”. I don’t know if any of their other products like paintbrushes and wax are British made. Their website is trade only but there is a sections on where to buy – http://www.annabelldukechalkpaint.com
Mylands say on their website that they are “the last remaining paint manufacturer in London”. House paints and wood finishes. Established in 1884, they are Royal Warrant holders to Her Majesty the Queen. I am not sure if all their products are UK made, so please check before buying – http://www.mylands.co.uk
Glowtec Starglow invisible UV reactive paints, glow-in-the-darks paints, neon paints, reflective paints, glow stickers, glow-in-the-dark emergency egress and route marking stickers, pixie paint, glow jar paint kits, hi-vis fluorescent and phosphorescent paints, ceiling stars, glow powder, body paint, glow tape, glow vinyl, pixie dust, , glow canvas, glow letters and numbers, and reflective marker ‘pens’ for horse blankets are all made in the UK. It appears their stain-on-contact UV thief detection gels and powders, and hand hygiene training lotions are also made in the UK. I assume their UV light range is foreign made. Products are available on their website, trade and retail, with no minimum order quantities – http://glowpaints.co.uk
Laura Ashley wallpaper is made in the UK. Their website carries a little Union Flag emblem saying “Made in the UK” next to their wallpaper. Laura Ashley paints are made in the UK. On their website they say “All of our paints are made with pride in the U.K.” Laura Ashley made-to-meaure blinds and made to measure curtains are made in the UK. Their ready made curtains and blinds are foreign made. Laura Ashley ladies clothing always used to be made in the UK but these days is all foreign made. Laura Ashley upholstery (sofas and chairs) is made in the UK, as might be some of their other furniture. A few other items in Laura Ashley may be British made. Available in their stores, concessions and from their website and in franchise stores abroad. Laura Ashley produces their paint, wallpaper and made to measure curtains in Newtown, Powys, Wales. Laura Ashley is now a PLC and is now controlled by the MUI Group of Malaysia. It was founded by Bernard Ashley, an engineer, and his wife Laura Ashley in 1953. Update 14/7/20 as of March 2020 Laura Ashley has collapsed into administration as the coronavirus outbreak continues to put pressure on retailers. The shops are closing and the UK factories are up for sale and will probably close. The brand name has been purchased by another company but sadly they did not buy the UK factories as well. Sad to see this quintessentially British brand with UK manufacturing closing – http://www.lauraashley.com
All Sanderson and Zoffany paints are manufactured in the UK. Sanderson and Morris & Co. fabrics and wallpapers are made in the UK. Sanderson, Zoffany, Morris and Co, Harlequin, Scion, and Anthology are all part of Style Library and sell British made furnishing fabrics and wallpaper. “Style Library is part of the celebrated Walker Greenbank Group, whose brands are all justifiably proud that their wallpapers and printed fabrics are Great British products! Not only are the Brands’ wallpapers and printed fabrics manufactured in the UK, they are produced within Walker Greenbank Group factories, each of which operates with clear commitments and initiatives towards the care of the environment and to sustainability.” Style Library fabrics are mostly manufactured in the North West of England at the Standfast & Barracks factory. Their wallpapers are mostly produced in the East Midlands by Anstey Wallpaper Company. Products in their homeware range are made for them by others under licence and non wallpaper, fabric and paint products by Style Library may well be foreign made. Check country of origin before buying. Links to retailers are given on their website – https://www.stylelibrary.com
Sidney Paul and Co wallpaper is presumably British made as they say on their website “All of our products are made in the UK”. They also sell prints. They say their products are aimed at the interior design industry but that they will undertake work for individuals. You would need to contact them for prices – http://www.sidneypaulandco.com
Erfurt MAV wallpaper lining paper have “a factory in the UK” according to their website. They also have a factory in Germany. They make products such as their Wallrock brand, their Red Label brand and traditional lining papers, as well as thermally efficient wallpapers and panels, sound insulation, digital print base papers, adhesives and wallcoverings specifically for use on exterior applications. The company are based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and in Germany. The current company was created in 2005, with the merger of UK company of McMullen and Valentine (MAV) with the German Company of Erfurt & Sohn , trading as Erfurt MAV in the UK. The company also seem to trade as Retford Wallcoverings Limited. The company also own the Anaglypta brand of paintable wallpaper and ceiling paper. No country of origin information is given on their websites, so look at the products or ask the company which products are made in the UK. Many of their products are German made, but some are British made. For example, they tell me that the lining paper branded Erfurt MAV red label sold in Toolstation is manufactured in the UK, whereas the Erfurt MAV lining paper sold in Screwfix is made in Germany. They kindly told me on 30th August 2018 that “All the lining paper we sell into the Toolstation branches is manufactured and converted in the UK, the paper we sell into Wickes is also manufactured in the UK” – http://www.erfurtmav.com – http://www.anaglypta.co.uk
Graham and Brown wallpaper and lining paper do not give any general country of origin information on their website, but if you click on an individual paper country of origin is given in ‘read more’ in the descriptions on their website. All the wallpapers and lining papers I looked at were made in England. Products are available from their website, elsewhere on the internet and in shops and in their own stores. Their brands include Superfresco and paste the wall not the wallpaper wallpapers and Wall Doctor lining paper. They also do other wallpaper related accessories but these are foreign made I assume as it does not say made in England for these on their website. The company was founded in 1946. They might have factories still, possibly in Padiham and Blackburn in Lancashire where they have factory outlet shops, although this is not clear from their website. They purchased Burlington Wallcoverings from the bankrupt Coloroll at one point, but that brand seems to have been dropped – https://www.grahambrown.com/uk/
Coloroll was a United Kingdom wallpaper brand and they diversified widely until bankrupting themselves in 1990. The wall covering division was taken over by CWV Ltd but they seem to have closed down too now. See Pottery for more information on Coloroll.
Erica Wakerly, founded in 2006, say of Erica on their website “Her practice focuses on the creation of wallpapers and interior textiles, made using a range of traditional production processes in the United Kingdom.” Their wallpaper usually has a metallic finish, in geometric patterns, flower patterns, stripes etc and all wallpaper seems to be made in the UK. Country of origin is mentioned against individual products – https://www.ericawakerlywallpaper.com/
“Stickerscape’s wall stickers are made in the UK” according to their website. Children’s wall stickers for a nursery, bedroom or playroom. Available from their website and they also manufacture exclusive lines for retailers. They also say on their website “We’re really proud of being a British business, and manufacturing all our own products here in the UK” – https://www.stickerscape.co.uk
Lakeland Paints, founded in 1989, solvent free organic paints and varnishes were I understand made in the UK but the company website is not working (as of 21 December 2017) and it appears the company was dissolved in November 2016.
Ian Mankin fabrics say on their website “We are extremely proud that our fabrics are made from 100% natural fibres and that we weave all our UK woven fabrics in our own traditional Lancashire cotton mill, run by the same family for six generations.” They have a shop in London or you can buy from their website. They make furnishing fabrics and wallpaper in their own mill in Britain, as well as throws, cushions, napkins, and table clothes. They also sell British made candles and British made deck chairs. Other products like door stops, draft excluders, Christmas sacks, Christmas stockings, beach bags, notebooks, tea towels, and oven gloves appear to be made with Ian Rankin fabric but as no country of origin is given are presumably made abroad. They also sell a few items of occasional furniture which again are presumably foreign made – https://www.ianmankin.co.uk
20th Century Cloth say on their website “All my products are designed in London and manufactured in the UK”. They sell interior fabrics (printed in the UK; it does not say where the fabrics are from or where they are milled), lampshades, fashion fabrics (printed in the UK; it does not say where the fabrics are from or where they are milled), make up bags, wash bags, and pocket mirrors – https://20thcenturycloth.com
Wickes, owned by the Travis Perkins Group, may still have a few of their products made in the UK, such as the paint brush cleaner pictured below.
Rustins formulate and manufacture wood finishes and speciality paints from their factory in London. Their products are made in the UK, but I’m not sure if they all are so please check before purchase. Rustins say on their website “Established in 1924, Rustins is a leading British manufacturer of wood finishes, speciality paints and performance household cleaners. We produce our range at our factory in North London, using new materials and technologies whilst maintaining our heritage of excellence and quality. Our brands include Rustins, Briwax, Antiquax, Wudcare, Stones and Brummer. Each brand has its own formulations and products. In addition to the UK market, we export to over 30 countries.” “Briwax International makes leading luxury wood finishes in England” according to their Briwax website. I am not sure if all Briwax products are UK made, so please check when buying. Briwax is made by Rustins. Humbrol enamel paints and finishing products are now made by Cricklewood-based Rustins. Ristins were established in 1924 – http://briwax.co.uk – http://www.rustins.eu – https://www.rustins.ltd
BeeGee Brushes offer an extensive range of paint brushes, wallpaper brushes and glue brushes and they are all made in the UK.
Lucas ProTools ProFinish paint brush is made in the UK. Lucas is a well established fit out and finishing specialist to the construction industry, providing range of decorative and protective coatings services – http://www.lucasprotools.com
All Fox Brushes are made in the UK. Their factory is in Birmingham, England. Brushes are available in a variety of sizes and types, with nylon or natural bristle filaments. Suitable for water based paints and a range of other paints. Stockists are listed on their website or these paint brushes can be purchased via a link on their website – http://www.foxpaintbrush.co.uk
Harris Brushes, founded in 1928, and Royal Warrant holders, manufacture paint brushes, paint rollers and paint tools in the UK and China. Harris owns two factories, one is located in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, outside Birmingham (UK), and the other is located in Zhaoqing City in Guangdong Province (China). Harris also owns 50% of a joint venture with a local partner in India, serving the Indian market. The company has a minority shareholding in a painting tool manufacturer in Sri Lanka. Harris have been manufacturing some products in China since 2003. Since 2016 the company have been owned by Orkla House Care of Norway, who also own the Hamilton brand (Hamilton – Pages, Hamiltons of London, Acorn Decorating Products – was founded in 1746. No information about country of origin is given on their website and I therefore assume Hamilton paint brushes and so on are now foreign made). The Harris “Classic” and “Taskmasters” paint brush ranges are UK made. Interestingly, the flagship “Never buy another” paint brush range is clearly marked with the Union Flag but NO UK made label however it does say this range is UK made on their website. Some British made products are labelled as such on the Harris website. No country of origin is given on the Harris website for their paint rollers, pads and paint trays but apparently the majority of their rollers are made in the UK. Harris also also make selected ranges for the professional decorator in the UK. All Harris painting tools appear to all be foreign made. At one time possibly the same Harris company also made other brushes such as the British made shoe brushes pictured below. Whilst many Harris products are now foreign made, with careful selection you can buy British made Harris paint brushes and rollers – https://www.harrisbrushes.com
Tableau household cleaning products and furniture polishes are made in England. This applies to most if not all their products, which include Furniture Polish, Glass Cleaner, Chandelier Cleaner, Mould and Mildew Remover, Scratch Cover, Silicone Lubricant, Floor Polish, Stain Remover, Leather Cleaner, Leather Cream, Oven Cleaner, Descaler, Black Grate Polish, Slate Oil, Graffiti Remover, UPVC Cleaner, Silver Polish, Silver Cleaning Cloth, Silver Replating, Red Tile Polish, Terracotta Tile Polish, Butchers Block Oil, Stainless Steel Cleaner, Upholstery Cleaner, stove glass cleaner, red tile polish, silver dip, and chalk paint. Their twitter tagline is “Here at Tableau, we have specialist, British made cleaning solutions for your home
#cleaning #madeinuk” – https://www.tableauproducts.com
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.
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), car windscreen ice scrapers, 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. Their range includes British made decorating tools such as wallpaper cutters, paint guards, straight edges, wallpaper smoothers, paint stirring paddles, window scrapers, wall paper cutting scissors and so on – http://www.linic.co.uk – http://www.proopsbrothers.com
There are still quite a few British fabric mills around, so you should insists on British milled fabrics for furniture and furnishings – my article on British made clothes lists a lot of the mills.
British Gypsum, makers of plaster and plasterboard in the UK using British gypsum, are the UK’s leading manufacturer in dry lining systems. British Gypsum currently has 5 main manufacturing locations throughout England, each close to significant gypsum reserves – in Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire – Plaster plant; Fauld Mine, Staffordshire – Gypsum Mine (Gypsum is a soft sulphate mineral that naturally occurs in sedimentary deposits. ); Kirkby Thore, Cumbria – Plaster and plasterboard plant; Robertsbridge, East Sussex – Plasterboard plant; and Sherburn In Elmet, North Yorkshire – Glasroc board, plasterboard, coving and accessories plant.They also have training locations, for example in Flitwick in Bedfordshire, and their head office is in East Leake, Leicestershire. Their website tells us “Much of Britain has been built from British gypsum. It’s the vital raw material at the heart of our plaster and plasterboard, much of which is mined, milled and made in Britain” and “Next time you see a British Gypsum lorry, you might catch a glimpse of the Union Jack and that telling phrase ‘mined, milled and made in Britain’. It’s recognition of more than 100 years’ experience of making plaster and plasterboard in the UK using British gypsum”. Despite the name, owned by French company Saint-Gobain – https://www.british-gypsum.com/
Are there more British made paints, paint brushes, painting accessories and wallpapers out there?