Monthly Archives: October 2013

Duchy Originals – Discover Duchy Originals – Waitrose

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Duchy Originals – Discover Duchy Originals – Waitrose Online.

21 years of Duchy Originals

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/wednesday-11th-september-2013-1

Duchy Originals – British organic food, drinks and gifts.

Now managed by Waitrose, the brand has expanded to 230 products, featuring everything from bacon and jam to beer and ciders, and has generated more than £11 million for charitable causes over the decades.

A quote from the website about the provenance of Duchy Originals – “All our products are made in the UK and we only use British meat and dairy products. We aim to source as many of our ingredients as we can from the UK and to only source fish from sustainable sources. Where supply of ingredients are unavailable in the UK, we aim to use sustainable sources and to minimise the environmental and social impact and energy use in growing and transporting.” – http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/about_waitrose/about_our_food/our_brands/duchy_originals/about_the_partnership.html?wtrint=1-Content-_-2-inspiration-_-3-Duchylanding-_-4-copy-_-6-AboutDuchy

http://www.waitrose.com/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?searchTerm=dutchy&defaultSearch=GR&search=#_

Waitrose Duchy Originals china blue posy mug.  Bone china.  Made in England.  Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Waitrose Duchy Originals china blue posy mug. Bone china. Made in England. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Waitrose Duchy Originals garden floral blue mug.  Bone china.  Made in England.  Dishwasher and microwave safe.

Waitrose Duchy Originals garden floral blue mug. Bone china. Made in England. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

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Magnetic Copper Bracelets Made in the UK

If you want a made in the UK magnetic copper bracelet, a quick search on the net for made in the UK or made in England magnetic bracelets will find you some. Copper is no longer mined in commercial quantities in the UK (it used to be mined in places like Cornwall) so the copper any of these companies use will be imported. The idea behind bracelets like these is that they are believed to help relieve the pain associated with arthritis and possibly the magnetic copper bracelets even help with IBS, menstrual cramps, headaches and carpel tunnel syndrome by increased blood flow speeding up the body’s natural healing processes. Some copper bracelets are fitted magnets adding the benefits of magnetic therapy to the age old copper remedy. Whether these really help, I don’t know.

These are some of the suppliers I found:

Cornish Copper Bracelets magnetic and non-magnetic copper bracelets and rings are crafted for them “by skilled Copper Smiths in workshops in Cornwall.” The company, based in Tewkesbury, are also known as Crystals and Holistics. They also have an eBay shop – https://www.cornishcopperbracelets.co.uk

Laurence Butler Ltd. – http://www.copper-bracelets.com – all made in Cornwall, England.

Astral Magnetic – http://www.astralmagnetic.co.uk – at least some made in England.

Lilac and Cream –  http://www.lilacandcream.co.uk – at least some made in England products – under the jewellery category I found some Laurence Butler magnetic bracelets and other Cornish jewellery.

As well as some on Amazon and eBay. There may well be other UK manufacturers of magnetic bracelets.

Laurence Butler M80 magnetic plain mens band bracelet. Made in England (Cornwall).

Laurence Butler M80 magnetic plain mens band bracelet. Made in England (Cornwall).

New look for British brand of premium chocolates

HOUSE OF DORCHESTER – LOOKING GOOD AND TASTING GREAT!

House of Dorchester (www.hodchoc.com), the premium British chocolatier, has a brand new look for its range of delicious premium chocolates. At the same time, the Dorset based chocolate maker, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is announcing the arrival of a number of tantalizing additional chocolate treats that will join the existing line-up of luxury chocolates. Continue reading

British Made Diaries for 2014

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Please choose a UK diary that is actually made (printed and bound) in the UK.

When you are getting your diary for 2014 please choose a British manufactured diary.

Before buying, check inside and see where the diary you are looking at is actually made.

For a selection of UK made 2014 diaries please see British Made Diaries and Calendars – Please choose a British made diary.

Letts P3EP 2014 diary.  Made in Great Britain.

Letts P3EP 2014 diary. Made in Great Britain.

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Made in Britain label under threat following new EU proposal

Made in Britain label under threat following new EU proposal.

I only heard about this frankly ludicrous proposal the other day.  Please read about it on the Make it British website.

I have pasted the article, dated 11 August 2013, below:

Most British brands currently using a ‘Made in Britain’ label in their products will no longer be able to do so if new European Commission ideas go ahead.

In a ludicrous new proposal by the European Commission (as reported in today’s Sunday Times), plans are underway to change the way that goods are labelled, so that it is the most expensive element of a product that defines its country of origin, not the country in which it was put together. With the majority of products made in the UK, from cars to clothes to electrical goods, containing a large proportion of imported components, this would mean that there will be very few products available to buy that were labelled as ‘Made in Britain’. What’s more, for businesses flouting these rules, the EU plans to impose huge fines, possibly amounting to 10% of annual turnover.

Just looking through the Make it British directory of brands that carry the Made in Britain label in their products, I can see that 90% of these would have to lose their current labelling. Here is just a few examples of the impact that it would have:

  • Dege & Skinner suits, made in Savile Row, from cloth woven in the UK but from wool from Australia, would have to be labelled as made in Australia.
  • Crockett & Jones shoes, made in Northampton for over a hundred years, but from Italian leather, will have to be labelled as Made in Italy.
  • David Malik Chandeliers, made in London from Czech crystal, will have to be labelled made in the Czech Republic.
  • House of Dorchester chocolates, made on the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury estate in Cornwall, from cocoa beans from West Africa, will have to be labelled as Made in Africa.

You get the idea.

In the week that it was announced that British exports are have risen to £80 Billion because non-EU countries can’t get enough of goods with the ‘Made in Britain’ label in, this is a slap in the face for UK manufacturing. Whilst the European Commission say that they are doing this to make country of origin clearer for consumer, how much more confusing can it be for customers than buying a Savile Row suit with a Made in Australia label in it?

Hopefully this stupid EU idea will go nowhere – the German’s are also pretty unhappy about it – but if it does come to fruition it makes me wonder whether I should just pack this all up and go home!

What do you think? Do you think that thisEU idea has any chance of going through? Would you think twice about buying luxury chocolates if they were labelled Made in Africa? If you could afford a Savil Row suit would you buy one if the label said Made in Australia?

Marks and Spencer launches Best of British Collection

Marks and Spencer launched its Best of British Collection today, which I understand is either manufactured in Britain or at least is made from British milled fabrics. Menswear in this very limited range includes outerwear, jackets, suits, shoes, bags, jumpers, shirts, trousers, ties, belts and braces.  Womenswear includes skirts, outerwear, trousers, jackets, dresses, shoes and scarves. The prices are premium. Only available in a limited number of stores. The styles look great.

As always, check the labels for country of origin information.  Remember that the the vast majority of goods for sale in Marks and Spencer are foreign made, so you will need to be very careful to choose only made in Britain items.

Besides this new Best of British collection there are a few other made in the UK items for sale in Marks and Spencer, but these days they are few and far between. That said Marks and Spencer food halls still have lots of great British made goods to choose from.

Good for M&S that they are selling this Best of British collection and about time too. An interesting move from a company that is almost single-handedly responsible for the decline in British clothes manufacturing.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK.  Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

A label inside one of my old jackets saying St Michael Made in the UK. Until 1999 pretty much everything in M&S was UK made; now, excepting foods, pretty much everything in M&S is foreign made.

https://www.marksandspencer.com/Introducing-Best-of-British-Style-Edit-Home-Womens/b/3365792031?releaseID=142986484&customerID=A2KDRR55L87YKB

M & S Best of British Pure Wool Double Breasted Prince of Wales Checked Coat Product Code- T751207, made in Britain

M & S Best of British Pure Wool Double Breasted Prince of Wales Checked Coat Product Code- T751207, made in Britain

Axminster Carpets Rescued « Axminster Carpets

Axminster Carpets Rescued « Axminster Carpets.

Following the bankruptcy of Axminster Carpets and subsequent redundancies in February 2013, I understand the firm has now been saved from closure by a management buyout. According to this BBC article Axminster Carpets (2013) intend that “carpets would continue to be designed, developed and produced in east Devon”. The Axminster Carpets website confirms this and their intention to “work closely with other British manufacturers”. The 2 outlet shops in Axminster and Buckfast remain open. Good luck to the new company Axminster Carpets (2013).

http://www.axminster-carpets.co.uk

Axminster Carpets going into administration also led sale of the Devonia Tannery in Buckfastleigh to Eastern Counties Leather (please see this BBC article). I am not sure what Eastern Counties Leather intend to do with the Devonia Tannery. They have their own tannery in Cambridgeshire, where I get the impression they still manufacture coats, gloves and footwear but in recent years have specialised in sheepskin rugs and chamois leathers. They also import and it is not clear from their website which of items they sell are manufactured in the UK.

http://www.devoniaproducts.co.uk

http://www.ecltrade.co.uk/about_us

http://www.leatherandsheepskin.com/about-us/

Deck the Halls handmade Christmas decorations made in Britain

Deck the Halls British made Christmas decorations.

Deck the Halls licking cat DTH 1125 Ht: 7 cm.  Handmade in Britain

Deck the Halls licking cat DTH 1125 Ht: 7 cm. Handmade in Britain

Deck the Halls sausage dog DTH 1132 Ht: 7 cm.  Handmade in Britain

Deck the Halls sausage dog DTH 1132 Ht: 7 cm. Handmade in Britain

www.madecloser.co.uk – a marketplace for UK manufactured products

Have a look at Made Closer http://www.madecloser.co.uk if you get chance, one of my followers on twitter. They have a varied range of British made goods for sale – update 21/10/18 regrettably Made Closer appear to have closed down. Their website no longer works and their twitter and Facebook have not been updated since 2015 – what a shame.

Just a quick look earlier on and I found:-

UK made televisions from Cello – http://www.celloelectronics.com

Cello Electronics 55" C5566DVB LCD TV. Made in the UK.

Cello Electronics 55″ C5566DVB LCD TV. Made in the UK.

UK made PVC table cloths from UK Tableclothes –  http://www.uktablecloths.com

UK Tablecloths manufactured striped tablecloth made in Britain using 100% cotton, with a PVC coating for a wipe-clean finish.

UK Tablecloths manufactured striped tablecloth made in Britain using 100% cotton, with a PVC coating for a wipe-clean finish.

UK made children’s furniture, sofabeds, chairbeds, sofa, chairs, bean bags, bean chairs, z beds, toyboxes, and headboards from Just 4 Kidz – http://www.just4kidz.co.uk

UK manufactured sofabeds by the Churchfield Sofa Bed Company – http://www.sofabed.co.uk – fab looking furniture here, a reasonable prices too.

Churchfield Naples sofa bed. Made in the UK.

Churchfield Naples sofa bed. Made in the UK.

The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also own Just 4 Kidz and UK Tableclothes I believe. The Churchfield Sofa Bed Company also  supply a complete range of furniture, including chairs, sofas and sofabeds, which is suitable for contract applications such as schools, colleges, universities, hotels, hospitals, retirement homes, and so on.

UK made sieves by Hill and Sons.

UK made toasters by Rowlett Rutland.

UK made ladies and mens fashions, adult snake belts, fingerless gloves and beanies from Britwear – http://britwear.co.uk/magento/made-in-britain.html (note that not everything from Britwear is made in Britain!). Britwear also have an Amazon shop and an eBay shop

UK made handbag tidies, tissue covers and purse security bells from Sandi Bags – http://www.sandibags.com

Susie Faulks oilcloth ladies bags made in England.

Made in Britain menswear by Cock and Bull Menswear.

Made in the UK washbags and showercaps from ZPM.

ZPM Tom Stripe medium sized washbag, that comes with two interior pockets and a zip top, uncoated woven cotton exterior with a polypropylene trim and black, wipeable interior. Dimensions(cm): 25w x 17h x 8.5d . Made in Britain.

ZPM Tom Stripe medium sized washbag, that comes with two interior pockets and a zip top, uncoated woven cotton exterior with a polypropylene trim and black, wipeable interior. Dimensions(cm): 25w x 17h x 8.5d . Made in Britain.

British made pyjamas from PJ Pan

Crowns & Coronets British made childrenswear and babywear.

Made in England jewellery from L.K. Rosa.

Lojango Design’s made in Devon, England ladies flat pack hats – sun hats, rain hats, wedding hats, etc. and bespoke hats.

Made in England New Forest Aromatics – candles, hand care products, lip balms, bath products.

UK made children’s furniture from Weamo Furniture.

PHOENOX TEXTILES LTD are manufacturers and importers of textiles. They have a manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire, but also manufacture in India and the Far East. Their carpets, rugs, bathroom floor mats and entrance mats still seem to be made in the UK. Trade and their public brands are Rug Guru (made in India and the UK – you’ll have to ask if what you are interested in is made in the UK); Hug Rug (made in England rugs / mats – made in England door mats, runners and half-moon mats, entrance and garden mats, pet mats and bathroom mats); Big Hug (bean bags for indoors and bean bags for outdoor use, outdoor rugs, door stops, cushion pads, pet bean bags and fleece pet blankets).  As Phoenox Textiles manufacture manufacture many of their products abroad you should ask whether the bean bag or whatever you want is actually made in the UK before buying.

Original Plain Hug Rug. Made in England.

Original Plain Hug Rug. Made in England.

English made Mens cufflinks and ladies jewellery from Silver Chic and Magic Accessories. English made Pewter jewellery from Cornwall made by The Cornish Jewellery Co.

Wooden toys, kitchen boards, card cases and so on made in England by Croglin Designs.

UK made vintage style signs for the garden and home made from old fence panels and floor boards by Button and Jewels Vintage Sign Company.

Dean Williams Studio Ltd design illuminating sculptures for the home and garden, plus do bespoke work, all manufactured in the UK –http://www.deanwilliamsstudio.com/.

Unidome (portable rigid semi permanent dome structures) made in England – http://www.unidome.co.uk

Made in Britain candles on the Pretty Chic website  – http://www.pretty-chic.co.uk – some other British made products on this website too.

Made Closer is a useful website. Turn on their only made in the UK button to get only UK made items and you can even narrow down by region. The concept behind the website is presumably sustainability by reducing your carbon footprint through reducing the miles goods are transported by buying locally made products. Fab. Prices include delivery to the UK mainland. I have found many great UK made products for sale on this great site. An interesting site selling UK made products 🙂

You can find information about the Made Closer ethos at http://www.madecloser.co.uk/about-us