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

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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. These are some of the suppliers I found:

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