British Made Large Electrical Items (White Goods) – Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioning, Freezers, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Gas and Electric Fires, Hostess Trolleys, Cookers, Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, etc.
New World cookers (part of Glen Dimplex) manufacture their built-in ovens, built-in hobs, range cookers, splashbacks, and some of their freestanding cookers in the UK. Their range hoods, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers are now foreign made. You can see which items are British made in their brochure – http://www.newworld.co.uk
Stoves (again part of Glen Dimplex) freestanding cookers, built-in ovens & hobs and range cookers are made in Britain (their dishwashers and other products are foreign made though) – http://www.stoves.co.uk
Burco commercial catering equipment (again part of Glen Dimplex) still make a few of their products in the UK and it is worth asking them to supply your company with British made products. Their online commercial brochure and countertop brochure state which items are made in the UK. Burco products made in the UK include range cookers, their manual fill water boilers, pie cabinets, countertop convection oven, and their commercial Baby Belling countertop cooker – http://www.burco-lec.co.uk
Glen Dimplex also own Roberts Radios (a few of their more traditionally styled radios are still made in Britain), Xpelair fans and ventilation products (“with over 90 per cent of Xpelair product assembly in the UK” – note assembly not full manufacture), Creda (I don’t know if Creda heaters and showers are still British made) and Dimplex electric space and water heating (who appear to have factories in the UK and in Europe). Since 2005 they have also owned LEC Refrigeration. In 2005 domestic refrigerator production was moved from the Bognor Regis factory to the Glenn Dimplex site in Whiston, Merseyside. Production of specialist fridges continued at the large Bognor Regis site until 2007 when the factory was closed, with the factory being demolished in 2011. As far as I know LEC fridges are now foreign made. LEC were once, in the mid-1990s the second largest fridge maker in the UK after Hotpoint. It is good to read that Glen Dimplex manage to keep at least some of their production in the UK though – http://www.glendimplex.com
Are there any companies still making microwave ovens in the UK?
Japanese company Sony make broadcast and professional video cameras in South Wales. They also manufacture for others and the Raspberry Pi computer is also made in their factory for example. As far as I know they do not make any domestic home electrical items like TVs in the UK anymore.
Sony might still have a disc (optical storage media) manufacturing operation (making CDs and DVDs; Sony DADC UK Ltd) in Southwater in West Sussex too. If the factory is still in Southwater it was formerly part of Rank’s Deluxe CD and DVD operation with the site being sold to Sony in 2006. The other Rank Organisation Deluxe CD and DVD factory in Blackburn became the Entertainment Distribution Company (EDC) factory after it was sold by Rank and the factory was closed and production moved abroad in 2010. Neighbouring Blackburn Microtech Solutions, formerly LG Philips and Mullards, makers of cathodes for televisions, other television components, audio amplification valves, 3D X-ray scanning technology for airport scanners and energy efficient light bulbs, closed down in 2009.
Arada manufactures Aarrow, Hamlet, Stratford and Villager multi-fuel and wood burning stoves. Designed and built in Devon, UK. On their website it says “All Arada stoves are designed, built and tested in the UK to ensure full compliance with CE certification and UK building regulations. Installation should be carried out by a suitably qualified member of a competent person scheme or signed off by local building control. Stated outputs for room heaters are quoted using wood log fuel.” One place you buy their enclosed stoves is stovesareus – http://www.aradastoves.com
Inka charcoal ovens are made in the UK. These are commercial charcoal ovens. The company moved production from Spain to the UK in 2012 in order to improve the efficiency of the supply chain and manufacturing process and reduce lead times – http://www.inka.co.uk
Bushman Wood Fired Ovens (for outdoors) are made in the UK – http://www.bushmanwoodfiredovens.co.uk/our-ovens.html
BB Wood Fired Ovens are made to be compact, insulated, and weather proof. Designed originally for the domestic garden the design has suited many street traders for their artisan pizzas and food, each being made by local craftsmen for 365 Outdoor Designs Limited in rural Somerset – http://www.bbovens.co.uk
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AGA Rangemaster (makers of AGA and Rayburn cookers) range cookers and sinks are made in England, as are some of their cast iron enclosed wood burning and multi-fuel stoves. AGA steel stoves and most other AGA products are foreign made – http://www.agarangemaster.com
Broseley Fires wood burning, multifuel, electric and gas fuel stoves do not bother to give country of origin on their website. They are however listed on stovesareus and directstoves as being being British made so it would be worth Broseley whether or not their products are British made.
Dunsley Heat multi-fuel heating equipment including wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves say on their website “We produce open fires, boilers and stoves all designed and manufactured in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, England.” Stockists and installers are listed on stir website. Founded in 1952, they also say on their website “The Dunsley factory is located in Holmfirth, Yorkshire and it is here that we design and manufacture all our products including Multifuel Stoves, Open Fires and Boilers” and “All Dunsley products are manufactured in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.” One place you buy their enclosed stoves and other products is stovesareus – http://www.dunsleyheat.co.uk
Esse of Barnoldswick, Lancashire cast iron cookers and stoves, founded in 1854, and they say on their website “ESSE began back in 1854 with a simple mission: to create the cleanest-burning, highest quality stoves and range cookers. ESSEs have been relied upon in some of the world’s most demanding environments – from the kitchens of the Savoy, to Scottish bothys and royal residences, and they’re still built here in the UK.” Their range cookers are made in the UK, as are their wood and multi-fuel burning enclosed stoves, and I assume their gas stoves and gas and elastic fires.. Their twitter tagline includes the words ” Every ESSE Stove is handmade in
#Lancashire” – http://esse.com
Flavel gas fires and multi-fuel stoves are made in Britain. Their products are available for example from stovesareus. Flavel has been part of BFM Europe (formally CFM Europe) since 2002. BFM Europe of Stoke-on-Trent say on their website “All our gas fires and stoves are designed and manufactured at out Staffordshire-based development and manufacturing facility.” They sell their products under the brand names Kinder, Flavel, Verine, Global, Kohlangaz, The Collection by Michael Miller, Celsi, and Portway, and make gas fires, electric fires and stoves. Flavel Appliances gas and electric cookers, fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are owned by Beko, a Turkish owned brand that is part of Arçelik A.S. / Koç Holding and are not made in the UK. I have not been able to work out whether the 2 companies are still connected, but Beko mention the Eagel foundry on their website and Flavel / BFM Europe mention the Eagle Foundry – these foundry names sound very similar and I am guessing relate to the Eagle Foundry – http://www.flavelfires.co.uk – http://www.bfm-europe.com
Mendip Stoves / Eurostove manufacture some of their wood burning and multi-fuel stoves in the UK; others are manufactured abroad. A little Union Flag icon on their website indicates which of their stoves are British made. Their stoves are available for example from stovesareus – http://www.mendipstoves.co.uk
OER (Olde Englande Reproductions Ltd) of Stoke-on-Trent own brand multi-fuel stoves are British manufactured, as are their own brand fireplace surrounds. The shop also sells stoves and fires from a wide range of other manufacturers, only some of which are British made. Their multi-fuel stoves are available for example from stovesareus – http://www.oerfireplaces.com
Stovax / Gazco / Yeoman of Exeter, owned by Swedish NIBE Group, might have a factory in the UK but it is not clear from their website. They sell wood stoves, multi-fuel stoves, electric stoves, gas fires, and fire accessories. It is not clear from their website whether any items are manufactured in the UK. No country of origin information is given on their websites. Established in 1981 they say they ‘manufacture’ but they do not say where. They do mention a Gazco factory in their history section – “1998. Gazco expands. Having outgrown its factory in just 5 years, construction gets underway to extend the building to its present size, more than doubling manufacturing capacity.” It would be worth asking if they manufacture in the UK. Stovax wood burning and multi-fuel stoves are mentioned under the British made section of the stovesareus website, perhaps again giving weight to the idea that this company might manufacture in the UK, but do check before buying. They also sell wood burning stoves that can installed in a house that does not have a traditional chimney – http://www.stovax.com
Hunter wood, multi-fuel and gas stoves of Exeter say on their search engine summary “We have been proudly manufacturing all of our stoves in the UK for over 40 years”and their twitter tagline is “Hunter Stoves Group is British stove manufacturer who supplies a wide range of Wood burning, Multi fuel and Gas products”. Other than this they give very little information about country of manufacture on their website and I don’t know if all their products are British made, so you’ll need to check before buying, They have a factory in Camelford, Cornwall. The Hunter Stoves (Mells) Group was originally founded in 1970, went bankrupt in 1986, and have since been revived as a company. In 2003 they purchased the Parkray brand. Their brands include including Herald, HS Gas, Di Lusso, Avalon, Cleanburn, Eco-ideal and Parkray Their stoves are for example available from directstoves – https://hunterstoves.co.uk
Charnwood (A J Wells & Sons Ltd) on the Isle of Wight, founded in 1972, describe themselves on their website front page as “…UK manufacturers of the finest multi-fuel & wood burning stoves…” They say they “manufacture of as many parts as possible in-house” and they “unashamedly buy British wherever possible”. They have a little Union Flag British made icon on their website. Dealers are listed on their website. I don’t know whether all Charnwood stoves are British made, so you should check before buying. Charnwood also run a vitreous enamelling and re-enamelling service for range cookers, baths and signage, for corporate and private customers. They also import pumice chimneys and tiles – http://www.charnwood.com
Burley wood burning and multi-fuel stoves are manufactured in the UK. Country of origin is given against individual products in their wood burning stove range. Their gas and electric fires do not say where they are made and are probably foreign made. Very little information about manufacturing is given on their website. Their wood burning stoves are for example available at directstoves. They also own Straxgas, previously a manufacturer of flued gas fires and Navitron, a provider of solar water heating systems but there is no information about country of origin of these products given on their website and the Straxgas brand does not seem to be made anymore. They also own Magiglo, gas fires and electric fires but again no information is given about country of origin – http://burley.co.uk
Firestorm Stoves, established in 2009, say on their website “hand built in Britain” and “designed, engineered and manufactured in the heart of Lancashire.” Their website does not tell us a great deal more than that about their manufacturing. Dealers are listed on their website. The company also own the Heat Resistant Glass Co, established in 1997, distributors of heat resistant glass panels, vermiculite fire bricks and consumables for current and obsolete wood and multi-fuel stoves from a variety of manufacturers, but the Heat Resistant Glass Company website does not give any information about country of origin – http://www.firestormstoves.co.uk
Dean Forge, established in 1969, are a manufacturer, supplier and installer of wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves. They say on their website “Here at Dean Forge we manufacture our own hand made range of Traditional and Contemporary woodburning and multi-fuel stoves including the well proven and popular Clearburn Range, Dartmoor Range and our most recent addition, the Hembury Range” and “all of the Dean Stoves own range of Clearburn wood burning and multi-fuel stoves are manufactured here at our Dean Forge workshop in the village of Dean Prior near Buckfastleigh set in the rural heart of Devon, and we use cast iron doors cast in a British foundry”. They also supply products from other manufacturers, some of which are foreign made – http://www.deanforge.co.uk
Chilli Penguin, founded in 2002, range of multi fuel stoves, log stores, canal boat flue systems and accessories are British made. They say on their website “Well designed, contemporary, top quality, British made stoves; Our stoves are all designed and manufactured here in Wales; We are proud to be able to say “made in the UK” and of their stoves they say “Each of them has been hand made, in our workshop on the Llyn Peninsula…” and “British designed and manufactured – made in Wales” and “Our stoves are all designed and manufactured in Wales. All our component sourcing is done with in the UK. We are committed to supporting British manufacturing” – http://www.chillipenguin.co.uk
On the internet I found a company called gr8fires selling a multi-fuel stove called the GBS Mariner. I could not find any more information about this brand but on this company’s website they say “GBS (Great British Stoves) design, make and test all their stoves in Britain.
These are made by the same people that own the Cosi cooker shop in Canterbury, who also sell other range cookers such as those below.
Crosslee plc is an appliances company formed from the tumble dryer division of Philips. Its best known products are White Knight brand tumble dryers (which are all made in the UK). Other White Knight branded products such as washing machines, refrigerators, spin dyers, and dishwashers appear to be foreign made. Only White Knight tumble dryer state made in the UK on them. Crosslee also manufacture all their flame effect gas or electric fire from Royal Cozyfires in the UK. Crosslee are also the manufacturer of Hostess trolleys. On the White Knight Appliances website (White Knight Appliances are an independent company specialising in selling White Knight appliances) it says “Please note all White Knight Tumble Dryers and Hostess trolleys are Manufactured here in the UK. Spin Dryers are Manufactured outside the UK”. However, it does not mention on the Hostess website where any of their products are actually made so you will need to check and whilst I am pretty certain that lots of their products are foreign made it might be that their Hostess Trolleys and possibly even hotplates (hot trays, buffet servers) are still made in the UK. Update 31/3/20 sadly tumble dryer manufacturer Crosslee PLC have announced they are to cease production at their Hipperholme factory. Hardly the time to be moving production to China so I expect the company will close down shortly. Such as shame – we have a Whiteknights tumble dryer and it is the best tumble dryer ever.
Kaymet have been manufacturing aluminium trays, trolleys and hotplates in London since 1947. They export to 17 countries from their Bermondsey factory. All items are made in their factory in London. They supply to the catering industry and to individuals – kaymet.co.uk
Precision Refrigeration make commercial refrigeration products for the food service industry. Precision’s British-built refrigeration meets the needs of the most demanding customers around the world, in a variety of foodservice establishments including restaurants, hotels, bars, fast food chains and production kitchens – http://www.precision-refrigeration.co.uk
Hotpoint was a British manufacturer of domestic domestic appliances (white goods). It is now owned by Italian company Indesit who have since closed down most Hotpoint UK factories. Indesit are now owned by the USA Whirlpool Corporation, since 2014. Hotpoint products are now generally imported, but I understand that some tumble dyers are still made in the UK. I asked Hotpoint / Indesit about this and they were less than forthcoming about where their products are made, but did confirm that some production still takes place in the UK and in Europe. They also stated that they are unable (read unwilling) to tell their customers where a particular product is made. Some Indesit tumble dryers are still made in Bristol apparently. There is a separate Hotpoint company in the USA making similar products but independent from Hotpoint in Europe and these products are not made in the UK – http://www.hotpoint.co.uk
Hoover dominated the electric vacuum cleaner market, to the point where the “Hoover” brand name became synonymous with vacuum cleaners and vacuuming in the United Kingdom. American company Hoover used to make some of their vacuum cleaners and washing machines in England, Wales and Scotland, but no longer do so. Production of Hoovers at the famous art deco Hoover building (now a Tesco) on the North Circular in London ceased in the 1980s. Hoover vacuum cleaner production was moved for a while to Cambuslang, Glasgow but has since ceased there. Hoover closed its washing machine factory in Merthyr Tydfil in 2009. The Hoover Company in the United States was part of the Whirlpool Corporation but sold in 2006 to Techtronic Industries for $107 million. Hoover UK/Europe split from Hoover U.S. in 1993 and was acquired by Candy, a company based in Brugherio, Italy.
“Activair high volume fans are manufactured in the UK”, “Activair portable extraction fans are manufactured in the UK”, “Activair portable purging fans are manufactured in the UK”, “Activair electric ventilation fans are manufactured in the UK”, “Activair wall mounted extractor fans are manufactured in the UK”, “Activair mobile spot coolers are manufactured in the UK”, “Activair commercial spot coolers are manufactured in the UK”, “Activair mobile air conditioners are manufactured in the UK”. Other products, including all of their heaters, ceiling fans and pedestal fans, appear to be foreign made. Activair fans are for commercial premises. Activair belongs to W. Tombling Ltd which was founded in 1927- http://www.tombling.com
Broughton Electro-Air Products (Broughton EAP Ltd), manufacturers of portable air conditioning, dehumidifiers, fans and electrical heating equipment, describe themselves as a “British manufacturing company…” who “design, manufacture and distribute portable air conditioning, dehumidifiers, fans and electric heating equipment” and say their products are “UK manufactured units”. For example, their Mighty Cool portable air conditioning units are “Made in England”. These are commercial premises products. Whether all their products are made in the UK or not I do not know – http://www.broughtoneap.co.uk
Airedale air conditioning systems are British made, at their factory near Leeds. Airedale use the Made in Britain marque. Airedale manufacture data centre cooling, process cooling, commercial air conditioning, laboratory/healthcare cooling and clean rooms – https://airedale.com
Frabco offer a mix of British made and made in the USA products, for example an HDIUK Portable Air Conditioner Extension Kit (available on Amazon), a Figure-8 Mains Power Lead 13A Plug to C7 Connector, a 50m RCD Protected 13A plug to IP66 rated 2 gang Socket Outdoor Extension Cable, aluminium foil food storage containers, and suchlike. FRABCO and PrimeHDi are trading names for HDIUK LTD – https://frabco.com
Magdek heating, cooling and ventilation systems for farms are British made. The company are based in Northern Ireland and also have a distributer in Wales. They say they partner with Multifan (part of Vostermans Ventilation) in the USA, Topcool of China and Stienen BE of Germany and I guess it is these companies who make many of their components – http://magdek.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
Water cooler and dehumidifier manufacturer Ebac have bought freezer maker Norfrost (Icetech). Ebac manufacture all of their products in Britain and have moved freezer production to their facility on County Durham. They apparently also hope to make washing machines eventually too. Ebac washing machines are now available to buy. As Ebac point out on their website “Buying British goods creates jobs for people living in the UK & their families…”
Some interesting information about the benefits of drinking enough water can be found on one of their many websites, here.
How much water should you drink? The situation is complex. There is some guidance here on the NHS website.
“The amount a person needs to drink to avoid getting deyhdrated will vary depending on a range of factors, including their size, the temperature and how active they are. However, as a guide, the Department of Health recommends that we should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day. This works out to be about six 200ml or eight 150ml glasses.”
Harvey Water Softeners are made in Britain. British Family interviewed Harvey Bowden of Harvey Water Softeners about why making in Great Britain is important to him – https://www.harveywatersofteners.co.uk/water-softener
MK Electric still make their 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. Honeywell, a US company, as well as owning MK Electric and Duraplug, also own Gent of Leicester. Honeywell make some of their home thermostats for heating systems in the UK. I don’t know if they make anything else in the UK. Resideo are the manufacturers of Honeywell Home products – http://www.mkelectric.com
Acorn Stairlifts have factories in West Yorkshire and in Scotland and they say on their website “We build all our stairlifts in our United Kingdom factories and export them to locations all over the world” – http://www.acornstairlifts.co.uk
Stannah make, refurbish and maintain passenger lifts, platform lifts, service and goods lifts, dumb waiters, escalators, moving walkways and stairlifts. Stannah Stairlifts say on their website “Every stairlift we sell in the UK is made in the UK. In fact from our factory in Hampshire we export our stairlifts to over 40 countries around the world” – https://www.stannahstairlifts.co.uk – https://www.stannah.com
In December 2017 the University of Leicester announced plans to close and remove its historic Paternoster lift in the Attenborough Tower. I remember the paternosters that were in the Thom Building in Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University, which were apparently replaced by ordinary lifts in 1983. One of the first of these lifts was built by in 1884 by J & E Hall in a London office block. J & E Hall is still an English manufacturer of refrigeration equipment and air conditioning today but no longer make lifts. The name paternoster (“Our Father”, the first two words of the Lord’s Prayer in Latin), was originally applied to the device because the elevator is in the form of a loop and is thus similar to rosary beads. Paternoster lifts became popular in the 1950s and 60s but there aren’t many paternoster lifts left in the world today; one example that remains is in the University of Sheffield’s Arts Tower and another at University of Essex Albert Sloman library and there are apparently some in Europe. A UK ban on new paternosters was brought in during 1974. It’s sad that the University of Leicester are removing their Paternoster lifts – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-42339097