Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters and your kitchen equipment would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years. Chances are if you buy a kettle or whatever today it will be made in China and break within a short time. Listed here are some British made kettles, toasters, kitchen items, vacuum cleaners (Hoovers), etc + kitchen tools and kitchenware and workwear that’s British made.
British made kettles
Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008. Phillips used to make many other products in the UK such as razors, televisions, television components, military equipment, light bulbs, and CDs too but has now closed all its UK factories. They also own Mullards and Pye. Philips is a Dutch multinational technology company. Philips were once a big manufacturing presence in the UK. At the start of 2018 Phlips did actually have one factory still operating in the UK in Glemsford in Suffolk making Avent baby bottles but sadly in January 2018 Philips have announced even that is to close by 2020 and production moved to Philips home country, the Netherlands, because of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the UK’s proposal to leave the European Union.
Swan (Bulpitt & Sons Ltd) was taken over by BSR (Birmingham Sound Reproducers) in the 1970s. BSR also took over Goblin (B.V.C – British Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Co. Ltd) makers of the Teasmade and Goblin vacuum cleaners (Swan / Goblin Teasmades are now made in China) and Judge International Housewares Ltd who made pots and pans), and was later taken over by French company Moulinex (who themselves went bankrupt in in 2001 with the Moulinex brand name being acquired by Tefal of France) in 1988 and subsequently closed down in 1989 – see website history and wikipedia – later the Swann brand was revived under licence but products are now foreign made.
In 1998, The Goblin name was bought by Glen Dimplex (in 1998, see below) who continued to manufacture Goblin vacuum cleaners until the mid-2000s.
The British Vacuum Cleaner (BVC) name was purchased by Quirepace in 2007 from a company called Barloworld, at the same time Lamson Pneumatic Tube Systems from Barloworld. Quirepace was a company formed in 1983 to continue the Pneumatic Tube System business of Rediffusion Business Electronics. Quirepace today supply Pneumatic Tube Systems (PTS – air tube systems) and industrial vacuum cleaners, exhausters, vacuum pumps, special purpose vacuum units and fixed pipe systems under the BC brand. Quirepace now have a factory in Fareham, Hampshire – http://www.quirepace.co.uk
Pneu-Therm of Newark, Nottinghamshire manufactures electric heaters and associated products, and multi-tube air connectors. They also import products. Process heating and industrial heating elements – http://www.pneutherm.co.uk
Morphy Richards – Now owned by Glenn Dimplex – Morphy Richards kettles and other products used to be made in the UK but these days they are foreign made. See Morphy Richards history on their website and wikipedia.
Haden Bros. was a well known cycle and motorcycle parts manufacturer (and at one point motorcycle maker), until 2002 when the company closed down. One of the brothers, Denis Howard Haden, founded his own separate company D.H. Haden Ltd. to manufacture electric kettles. D. H. Haden of Mount Road, Burntwood, Walsall was founded in 1958 and last made kettles in the UK in 2001. The modern company, Haden Appliances, does not manufacture in the UK.
Burco commercial catering equipment 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
Burco are part of Glen Dimplex who say they are “proud to be one of the few manufacturers still building many of our products in the UK”. They have a factory in Precot, Merseyside. They also own Belling whose cookers are made in Britain and Stoves (some of their products are made in Britain, including their cookers). They also own Roberts (a few of their radios are still made in Britain), New World (whose cookers are 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). It is good to read that Glen Dimplex manage to keep at least some of their production in the UK – http://www.glendimplex.com
Nuaire domestic and commercial ventilation solutions and extractor fans are British made. On their website it says “Made in Great Britain” and “…we manufacture and sell our products in the UK” – https://xpress.nuaire.co.uk/homeowner/
Russell Hobbs was formed in 1952 by two former Morphy & Richards employees. Russell Hobbs kettles used to be made in the UK. Their UK factories have now closed and Russell Hobbs products are now foreign made. Russell Hobbs have variously been owned by Creda, Tube Investments, Polly Peck, Pifco and Salton. Currently they are owned by Spectrum Brands and their products are all foreign made.
Tower Brand was purchased by Russell Hobbs in the 1960s. Tower Brand is now owed by a company called RKW (who also now own Pifco). Sadly Tower Brand products are now foreign made.
Strix are a manufacturer of kettle controls, thermostats and water boiling elements for domestic appliances based in the Isle of Man. They make switches for other kettle manufacturers. They have a factory in China. As they do not mention currently having any factories in the UK or on the Isle of Man on their website, I assume all manufacturing now takes place in China (I note that they do mention the Malew factory in the Isle of Man being consolidated with the Ramsey site in June 2006 – but there is no mention of a UK factory since that date).
Boots the Chemist used to sell UK made small electrical items, but sadly no longer do so.
Traveller International Products of London made or sold the travel kettle pictured below. I can find no trace of the company on the internet, so I assume they have closed down.
Australian company Breville (now owned in Europe by the US Jarden Corporation) used to manufacture some of their products, such as their famous sandwich toaster, in the UK but no longer do so as far as I am aware. Likewise, Kenwood, used to make their famous Kenwood Chef mixers in the UK, but these are now made in China. Kenwood was purchased by Thorn EMI in 1968, in 1989 there was a management buyout, in 2002 it was floated on the stockmarket, and it has been owned by Italian company De’Longhi since 2001. On their website though Kenwood say they “design and engineer all our products in the UK…” so perhaps some or all of their products are manufactured in the UK or is this an ambiguous marketing phrase? I don’t know so please check before buying.
For the kettle and stoves to use in the great outdoors, the Ghillie Kettle, the Pocket Stove, the Honey Stove, the Bell Tent Stove, the mKettle and storm kettles by the Eydon Kettle Company Limited are British made.
Also, please see large electrical for British made White Goods such as Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Freezers, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Gas and Electric Fires, Hostess Trolleys, and Cookers.
Simplex Kettles (Newey & Bloomer Ltd) manufacture traditional English style whistling kettles in copper and chrome over copper. Prices on their website are in US dollars. Generally no country of origin information is given on their website against products and no country of origin information is given elsewhere on their website and from that I assume most products are not made in the UK (you could ask). However, I did find an English made Jubilee Edition silver coloured stove top kettle, a Union Flag tea cosy and wooden kettle handles on their site listed as being made in the UK. Simplex appear to be owned by the The British Tea Company, who appear to be tea merchants (although it is not clear from all the waffle on their website what they do or where the tea they sell is sourced and packaged) – http://www.simplex-kettles.com. As of May 2017 Newey & Bloomer have launched a new website which is slightly more informative. It seems the company went bankrupt in 2010 and has since been re-estblished in 2017. Newey & Bloomer were formed in 1850 and the Simplex first produced in 1903. No mention is made of The British Tea Company. The modern Simplex kettles continue to be manufactured in Birmingham, England. These exclusive whistling, solid copper tea kettles are “proudly stamped with Made in England”. Prices on their website are now in UK pounds. Their products appear very similar to those of the Richmond Kettle Company and I don’t know if the 2 companies are connected – https://neweybloomer.co.uk
Richmond Kettle Company of Norfolk say on their website “Copper Kettles have been standing on the stoves of tea lovers across the world since 1893. Using Edwardian hand-crafting techniques, every copper tea kettle is hand-made by our team of craftsmen based in the heart of the England” and “Each kettle is hand made to perfection and proudly stamped Made In England by our very own craftsmen by hand spinning each individual piece of copper.” They make exclusive whistling copper stove top kettles suitable for gas and/or electric cookers. The company was founded in 1903. Their products appear very similar to those of Newey & Bloomer and I don’t know if the 2 companies are connected – possibly both companies kettles, the fabric of the kettle itself, are made by Leemark Spinnings of Birmingham – https://www.richmondkettlecompany.com
Netherton Foundry make most of their traditional cast & spun iron cookware in England; solid, well made casseroles, frying and saucepans, woks, loaf tins, slow cookers, tagines, kettles, BBQ’s, etc. British made items are labelled as such of their website. Some items, such as their Kitchen Companion Heater Base are foreign made (this particular item is made in China but the oak fittings are hand turned in the UK, from oak sourced in the Wyre Forest and it is assembled in the UK and the literature is produced in the UK). Netherton Foundry say they are “working towards making more of our products here in the UK, but sourcing of some electrical components, such as cord sets and thermostats is impossible” – http://www.netherton-foundry.co.uk
I also found Netherton Foundry kettles on made-to-last.co.uk, which also stocks all sorts of other quality British-made products. Sadly it seems impossible to find a British made electric kettle these days. Shame when you consider how we are supposed to be famous for dear old cup of tea and yet we have to make it using foreign made kettles. Dualitt were I am told the last manufacturer but they now make theirs abroad too and its only their toasters they still make at the Crawley factory.
Quickshine Ltd of Bushey near Watford have a tagline on their website of “Quickshine – Innovation and Excellence – Made in Britain and trusted the world over”. I don’t know whether all their products are made in Britain or just some of them, so please check before buying. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website. British made Quickshine products I have seen include Quickshine descaler bags, Quickshine deep fat fixer, Quickshine washing machine descaler, and Quickshine fruit and veg saver – http://shop.quickshine.co.uk
Thermos flasks insulated food and beverage containers used to be made in the UK. Sadly, nowadays they are all foreign made.
Rowlett Rutland toasters (for commercial and household use) are all manufactured in the UK. Rowlett toasters are renowned for being the best there is worldwide. They also make conveyor toasters, hot dog machines, hotplate units, head contact grills, and so on in the UK. UK made items are clearly labelled as such on their website; other products are presumably foreign made. They say on their website that “every product manufactured by us is handmade by craftsmen in the UK”, but I suspect some items they sell are not made by them. Available via their website or by telephone etc. – http://www.rowlettrutland.co.uk
Dualit had been manufacturing catering equipment in the UK for over 70 years, but these days the vast majority of Dualit products are foreign made, although their classic toasters and their special editions toasters are still made in the UK. Other toasters and most other products (such as kettles) from Dualit are all made abroad, except their coffee capsules which are also made in the UK. There’s a rather good review of the Duralit Classic Toaster at British Family – http://www.dualit.com
Japanese company Panasonic have their European HQ in Bracknell, England. They used to have at least one factory in the UK, making the likes of TVs and microwaves, but I think this is no longer the case. When I emailed them in January 2016 they flatly refused to tell me where their products were made and would only say they manufactured some products in Europe.
Japanese company Sharp had a factory in Wales until sometime in 2014 or 2015. Their factory in Wales in Wrexham makes (rather used to make) Microwaves and Solar Modules according to their website where it says (as of 29/1/16) ” Sharp Manufacturing UK/Wales in Wrexham: Microwaves, Solar Modules”. It also says “From March 2014, the plant will focus on microwave oven production.” The Sharp microwave oven in my office has no country of origin label and is presumably foreign made. They do not state country of origin on their website. Sadly Sharp told me today (29/1/16) that their microwaves are now made in China. It says of their UK factory on the Sharp website “Sharp Manufacturing UK (SUKM). Located in Wrexham/Wales, the factory opened in 1984 and started with the production of video recorders and microwave ovens. From 2004 to the end of 2013, SUKM produced 10 million solar modules. From March 2014, the plant will focus on microwave oven production. Visit Sharp Manufacturing (SUKM) website” The SUKM website was not working on 29th January 2016. Production of solar panels in Wrexham stopped in 2014 but microwaves were planned to still be built there. In the end the whole Sharp factory in Wrexham was closed down. Sharp confirmed to me on 1/2/16 that the Wrexham factory is now closed, so despite what it says on their website, Sharp have now ceased all UK production. Sharp also used to manufacture other items in the UK, like word processors, but no longer do so.
Japanese company Sony make broadcast and professional video cameras in South Wales. They also manufacture for others and the Raspberry Pi computer for example is also made in their factory. As far as I know they do not make any domestic home electrical items like TVs in the UK anymore – http://www.sony.co.uk
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 (or possible at the end of 2009). Before Rank (or possibly after) the Blackburn factory was part of Philips Electronics. The Blackburn plant was also known as PDO and PMDC. 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. EMI had a CD factory in Swindon, from 1986 until closure in 2002, originally in Greenbridge, then moving to Penny Lane. The Nimbus Records CD plant in Monmouth, opened in August 1984, making it the first CD factory to open in the UK. The Nimbus CD factory was later sold off and closed in 1987. Nimbus / Wyastone Estate Limited might still have a short run CD making factory in the UK.
Can anyone tell me please – are there any electric irons made in the UK nowadays?
British-made AGA cast iron cookware is made to this day in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire. Other cookware in the AGA Cookshop is foreign made I think. The AGA range of stoves are also made in Shropshire at the company’s foundry in Coalbrookdale. I suspect other AGA items such as their refrigerators are foreign made. Rayburn cookers are also made in the UK at the same site. http://www.agaliving.com http://www.agacookshop.co.uk http://www.rayburn-web.co.uk
Sainsbury sell a range of British made saucepans or pots and pans (note some are made in China; country of origin is labelled on their website and on the products so you can easily choose British made kitchen pots and pans). These Sainsbury saucepans are labelled “Produced in the UK” on the back and on the front the packaging has a little Union flag and says “Made in West Midlands”. The pans themselves are not labelled at all. Note only some Sainsbury’s pans are UK made – http://www.sainsburys.co.uk
Tesco also sell some UK made saucepans and oven / baking tins. Note many other saucepans and oven tins / baking tins they sell are made in China, so choose carefully. Tesco also sell a lot of British food, but as always check the labels – http://www.tesco.com/groceries/
Harbenware, whilst essentially an import business, have their Classic Cookware range of pots and pans made in the UK, and I spotted a Cooks Choice by Harbenware made in Great Britain frying pan pictured below in Milton Keynes outdoor market on 10th November 2015 – http://www.harbenware.co.uk/classic-cookware.html
Samuel Groves, established in 1817, is a British cookware manufacturer and importer based in Birmingham. They purchased G.W.Pearce & Co in 1995 (manufacturer of Agaluxe accessories for Aga Rayburn ovens) and Buncher & Haseler in 2002 (best known for its Longlife brand). The company themselves were purchased by U Group Ltd (an importer of bar, catering and janitorial products) in 2014. The Samuel Groves range includes made in the UK pots and pans, outdoor cooking pots, dixies and billy cans, frying pans, traditional pots and pans, and traditional and non-stick baking trays, roasting dishes, pie dishes, sandwich tins, plate locking rings, pudding basins, food rings, plate covers, food moulds, bun sheets, pudding moulds, steamer units, and their Mermaid range of bakeware, stovetop kettles, metal jugs, metal hand washing sinks, heat lamps (some of these are foreign made), and metal kitchen utensils (some of these are foreign made). Their non-stick pans, woks, skillets, pizza equipment, some of their heat lamps, Strata buffet ware, kitchen knives, chopping boards, some of their metal kitchen utensils, condiments, table ware, glassware, bread baskets, cake stands, trolleys, trays trolleys, and bins are foreign made. Most other U Group products are foreign made, although they do sell Churchill and Steelite crockery (some of which is made in the UK). U Group though do have a manufacturing site in Yardley, Birmingham according to the Samuel Groves website. Samuel Groves products are available from the U Group website or the Samuel Groves website. See the Samuel Groves online catalogues to find out which products are UK made. It’s good to see Samuel Groves make such an extensive range of pot and pans and billie cans, kitchen equipment, and utensils much in the UK – https://www.samuelgroves.com – http://www.ugroupltd.com
www.britishdrainers.co.uk sell British made Dish Drainers, sink baskets and sink mats, plate racks, bathroom tidies, shoe tidies, clothes airers, fruit and vegetable storage stands, milk bottle carriers, wine racks, spice racks and saucepan stands in various designs of mixes of stainless steel, chrome and black or white plastic coating. Country of origin is clearly labeled on their website. Most items are manufactured in the UK, but not all so do check before buying. For example their folding clothes airers are foreign made – http://www.britishdrainers.co.uk
Probus were a brand that used to make items such as can openers in the UK, but the company are now German owned and production is now in Germany, India and the Far East, the British factories having been closed down. Founded in 1911, Probus was famed for its butterfly can openers. n 2005, Probus Creative Housewares became a part of the german FACKELMANN company and there is no suggestion on their website that any production remains in England and I assume they now only have a warehouse in Cannock.
Teknomek are a manufacturer of stainless steel equipment and furniture, and have a manufacturing facility in Norwich, UK. They use the Made in Britain marque and say on there website “Our standard manufactured and custom-designed products are made in the UK”. They sell for example UK made metal whisks and metal tables and a wide range of hygienic stainless steel equipment – https://www.teknomek.co.uk
Delfinware is manufactured in Kent, England. Physical and online stockists are listed on their website. They do not supply directly to members of the public. They make wire ware for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and living room – dish drainers, storage racks, wine racks, cutlery racks, utensil racks, radiator hangers, bath trays, oven racks, table stands, milk bottle carriers, plastic trays, shoe racks, stacking shelves, milk order indictors, ironing boards, etc. Various finishes, such as white, black, chrome, grey, etc. Prices shown on their website are trade prices – http://www.delfinware.co.uk
Paradean rotary clothes airers for the garden and Coal Shovels, Hand Shovels, Rakes & Tongs are UK made. “All Paradean Rotary Airers Are Made In The UK at Our Factory In Shropshire” according to their website. “Coal Shovels, Hand Shovels, Rakes & Tongs By Paradean
Manufactured in The UK”. Paradean are UK manufacturers of rotary airers, hand shovels and coal shovels. Formerly known as Matt Pressings, Paradean are based in Ditton Priors, Shropshire. Their website seems to be trade only. their products look great but sadly no information is provided on their website about where to buy their products – https://www.paradean.co.uk
Tala manufacture quite a few of their baking and icing products in England. Products that are made in England are clearly marked as such on their website (other Tala products are foreign made). They have a made in England section on their website. Items made in England include dustpans (but not brushes), icing nozzles, cook book stands, cupcake cases, cake boards, jars, treat bags, a clothes line, icing syringes, pastry cutters, sandwich tins, roasters, dry measures, and Tala Utility Bar Soaps – http://www.talacooking.com
Fascinating Crackerjack nut crackers were made in England, I don’t know by whom but they are no longer available new.
Scout Editions postcards, greetings cards, notebooks, and tea towels are mostly made in the UK. UK made items are labelled as such on their website. Their other products appear to be all foreign made – http://scouteditions.co.uk
Lady Clare placemats are all made in England (except their leather placemats I assume as no country of origin is given for these). Made in England items are labelled as such on their website. Placemats and matching coaters include traditional designs, screened placemats, textured placemats, and melamine placemats. No country of origin is given for the accessories they sell either and I assume all these too are foreign made – http://lady-clare.com
Jenny Duff placemats and coasters are made in England. They say on their website “All Jenny Duff mats and coasters are cork backed heat resistant Melamine and proudly Made in Britain…” and in the about section “A quality Melamine manufacturer was sourced in the UK…” and “Hand made in England using quality cork-backed Melamine this collection of table mats and coasters from designer Jenny Duff offer a modern, fresh and delightful addition to the table”. No further information about the sourcing or manufacturing of materials used is given – http://www.jennyduff.co.uk
Coleshill Plastics Limited have specialised in Thermoset moulding since the early 1940’s initially producing Bakelite components specifically for radar equipment and these days make decorative giftware and tableware sold under the Melamaster brand name and other moulded plastics. They are one the few remaining moulded Melamine manufacturers based in Europe, and Coleshill produces a comprehensive range of decorative foiled home wares including trays, tableware and functional giftware. They say on their website “Our products are manufactured in the UK, primarily using melamine impregnated resin films, hardboard and cork, both of which are obtained from approved sustainable sources” and on their website their answer to the FAQ ‘Are your products manufactured in the UK’ is “All our melamine products are produced at our site in Coventry.” Products include chopping boards, table mats, trays, kitchen boards, teabag tidies, coasters, spoon rests, tea pot stands, etc. and are available from their website – http://www.coleshilldesign.com
Keswick Trays (Meltshaw Ltd) of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex made good quality British made heat and stain resistant fibreglass trays like the one shown below. There is still a company today called Keswick Trays making fibreglass trays but this company is based in Leicestershire and I don’t know if they are connected with the company making trays in Clacton on Sea. The current company give no information about country of origin on their website so I assume they manufacture abroad.
Marks and Spencer (M&S) under their St Michael brand used to make top quality items in the UK, for example the trays pictured below. Sadly these days most clothes and household items in M&S are foreign made, although they still sell some British grown food and British processed and packaged food products.
Thetford Moulded Products Limited used to make top quality trays like that pictured below. They also used to make safety helmet from what I can gather and that seems to be what they do today. The company have variously been known as Thetford Moulded Products Limited, Concise Supplies Limited and Centurion Safety Products Ltd, the name under which they now trade. Centurion Safety Products Ltd do not provide any country of origin information on there website.
A company called Clover Leaf used to make or at least sell top quality melamine trays and placemats and coasters that were made in the UK, as in the pictures below. I can find no further information about this company and I assume they have closed.
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
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
Victoria Eggs homeware, gifts and cards are mostly made in Britain – aprons, oven mitts, tea towels, mugs which disappointingly are foreign made but are printed in the UK, cushions, screen prints, coasters, tote bags, greetings cards and gift wrap. Available from their website and elsewhere (for example in the London Transport Museum Shop) – http://www.victoriaeggs.com
Evans Lichfield make scatter cushions, seat pads, tote bags, draught excluders, tea towels, etc and their products appear to be made in Britain. They have a small factory in Staffordshire and were founded in 1988. Trade only. They say on their website “Evans Lichfield products are designed by our team of talented in-house artists in Staffordshire, England, before being crafted onsite” and their twitter tagline is “Cushion, fabric, wall-art and home furnishings manufacturer and distributor. Handmade in Britain”. Evans Lichfield Ltd are Manufacturer, Wholesaler and Distributor of Scatter Cushions, Seat Pads, Draught Excluders and Throws. They only supply to the trade, supplying directly to high street stores and small independent retailers. They manufacture some products in Lichfield and import others from China. UK made products are labeled as such on their website. Fabrics are sourced from the UK, Europe and the Far East, but it does not say where fabrics are from for individual products on their website. Some products are filled at their Lichfield factory, but it does not say which or where the filling is sourced from on their website. They do not say where their care labelling, zips and any other trimmings are made. They do not say where their swing tags and packaging is made. Looking around the website on 1st September 2015, most products are imported but it is possible to select from a good range of British made products still and the following ranges are made in the UK – cats draught excluder, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady cushions, a tapestry seat pad, Stag Party cushions and a draft excluders, Sea Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Scooter Dogs cushions and draft excluders, Paddington Bear cushions, Nautical cushions, a Martini Ladies draft excluder, Flags cushions and draft excluders, a Crowns cushion, Ann Edwards cushions, and a Yoga Dogs draft excluder. They no longer seem to make bean bags. They also do a bespoke service with a minimum order quantity of 50 – http://www.evanslichfield.co.uk
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The National Trust sell some British made oven gloves. You may also find a few more British made items in National Trust shops, including cushions, diaries, calendars, greetings cards, and foodstuffs – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bags-n-Aprons of Grimsby sell large drawstring type bags specifically for storage of Duvets/Quilts/Blankets/Bedding which are made in the UK, made in the UK ladies knickers and briefs, made in the UK ladies overalls, a made in the UK novelty beer apron, drawstring bags in a variety of sizes and plain colours most of which are made in the UK (they appear to make these bags themselves), and made in the uK Highcross men’s underwear. Their other items all appear to be imported. They have an eBay shop called apronman2011 – http://bags-n-aprons.co.uk
Lindon UK are manufacturers of textile items. They manufacture in England teddy bear outfits and accessories (the actual teddy bears they sell are foreign made), purses, drawstring bags, shoulder bags, adult bibs, aprons, children’s clothes, pram sheets, tote bags, ladies dresses and skirts, curtains, etc. Trade or retail. Prices are very reasonable. Teddy bear clothing products are available from their website and a range of their products are available from their eBay shop.
The Stitch Society make aprons for the woman crafter, gardener, café owner or florist, or to use in the kitchen. They say on their website that they are “Made in Yorkshire from gorgeous fabrics, often sourced from local mills and designed with special detailing such as vintage or unusual buttons or beautiful linings” – http://thestitchsociety.com
TheJetRest.com manufacture in their own Lancashire factory items such as travel blankets, baby blankets, the Jet Rest Travel Pillow, small travel cushions, luggage straps, shoe bags, travel laundry bags, and Wheaty Bags. Only some travel pillows and luggage straps are British made. They sell items made by other companies abroad. It says at the top of their website ‘British Made’ but not everything they sell is British made – those items that they manufacture themselves are clearly labelled as British made and where this is not stated items are foreign made. The JetRest is run by British manufacturing company Clear Prospects Ltd. Clear Prospects manufacture in the UK bespoke promotional products such as exhibition tablecloths, pillows and cushions, aprons, pencil cases, tea towels, lanyards, sports bibs, bunting and other textile based promotional items and offer an in-house logo branding service, as well as selling imported promotional merchandise. Minimum order quantities apply for a few of their products, but most can be purchased as singles too – https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk. They also have other niche websites selling to the public – http://accessoriesofold.co.uk (vintage jewellery), https://wheatybags.co.uk (wheat filled microwavable heat packs – mostly UK made), and https://happysnapgifts.co.uk (photo printed gifts – not sure if any of these printed photo gifts are made in the UK. They also sell British made aprons). They also have an eBay shop. Please note that none of the JetRest / BritishPromotionalMerchandise eye masks are made in the UK. Clear Prospects (British Made Promotional Merchandise) also sell a British made u-shaped travel pillow* made in fleece for promotional merchandise but that is also available unbranded to the general public – https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk/products/u-shaped-travel-pillow-filled-fibre-promotional-merchandise. British Made Promotional Merchandise also sell a British made polycotton, cotton or fleece drawstring bag* made in fleece for promotional merchandise but that is also available unbranded to the general public – https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk/products/drawstring-bags. The Jet Rest also sell very reasonably priced plain coloured travel laundry bags in 3 different sizes*. These would also make handy duffle bags and general purpose bags. https://thejetrest.com http://dpglobe.wix.com/jetrest – supplier in the USA https://britishmadepromotionalmerchandise.co.uk
VERITY Truly British say on their twitter tagline “Luxury limited edition attire and exclusive homeware collections. Truly British- Made in Great Britain.” They say on their website “The ethos of the company is simple; quality British made clothing made from quality British fabrics.” No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, so I would check before buying. Ladies neck-wraps, corsets, and waistcoats, plus cushions, AGA Chef’s Pads, oven gloves, and aprons – http://www.veritytrulybritish.co.uk
Risdon & Risdon exclusive canvas, leather, denim and vegan cork aprons are British made. On their website they say “All our products are handmade in our workshop in Shropshire, England” – https://risdonandrisdon.co.uk
For Chefs Whites, Oliver Harvey Chef Whites are designed and manufactured in Great Britain. British made chef’s aprons, chef’s trousers, chef’s jackets, chef’s skullcaps and front-of-house aprons. I suspect their shoes and t-shirts are foreign made. British made items are labelled with the Made in Britain marque on their website – http://oliverharvey.co.uk
Yarmouth Stores Ltd (Yarmo Group) make some of their work wear products in the UK themselves in their own factory, including for example some of their chef’s jackets, chef’s trousers, chef’s skull caps, lab coats, storeman’s dust jackets, warehouse coats, removal man coats, carpentry coats, ‘Open All Hours’ shopkeepers coats, casual jackets, beauty salon tunics, beauty salon trousers, overalls, bib and brace overalls, engineers jackets, work trousers, nurses tunics, fisherman’s smocks, cotton shirts, boiler suits, dust jackets, canvas jackets, etc. The Company was incorporated in 1898. As far as I can tell it is just some of their own label “YARMO” brand items that are British made. They have a shop on eBay and on Amazon. Made in England items are labelled as such on their website – https://www.yarmo.co.uk
WSC Workwear sell some British made work clothing. They have a factory in West Midlands from where they produce some of the items they sell including some of their food industry coats, food industry jackets, aprons, chefs skull caps, chefs trousers, chefs jackets, chefs neckerchiefs, tabards, warehouse coats, removal man coats, carpentry coats, ‘Open All Hours’ shopkeepers coats, storeman’s dust jackets, warehouse jackets, bib and brace dungarees, coveralls, overalls, work trousers, healthcare coats, lab coats, hospital jackets, scrubs, hospital trousers, and nurses tunics. UK made items are labelled as such on their website. WSC Workwear also have an Amazon store – http://www.wscworkwear.com
Impact Trading use the tagline “manufactured in Britain-clothing for organisations & businesses” on their website and the words “Made in Britain”. They have their own factory and some of their corporate clothing items they sell are British made and are labelled as such on their website; other items are foreign made. British made workwear includes some aprons, tax tabs, some made to order ties, and some made to order tunics. Most items appear to be foreign made – https://www.impacttrading.co.uk
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Utensa make a comprehensive ranges of UK manufactured bakeware – Wonderbake bakeware, Wonderbake Heavy Duty Roasting Range, Vitreous Enamel bakeware, Coil coated Non-Stick and Traditional Tinplate bakeware; all made in Britain. Their British made kitchen baking trays and the like stem from a company called Dunnetts which was founded in 1885 and went into administration in January 2009. Utensa, a distribution company for whom Dunnetts had been a major supplier, purchased sufficient plant and machinery from the administrator to enable production to recommence in February 2009. Online and physical stockists are listed on their website. The company are also distributers of foreign made cake decorating accessories, kitchen tools & gadgets. There’s a review of their products on the British Family site – http://utensa.co.uk
Smiths used to manufacture in the UK items such as watches, clocks, stopwatches, car instruments and the timer plug pictured below. The company still exists today albeit on a much smaller scale concentrating on technology and no longer making consumer goods – https://www.smiths.com
Librasco weighing balance scales were made in England. Librasco was apparently “a well-known British manufacturer” of balance scales made of cast iron. I can find little information about the company on the internet, but old scales by this company are readily available on sites like eBay. Possible they are the same company as the Libra Company. The company no longer seem to exist today. Not all their scales were marked made in England.
Rock Bakehouse Shop sell baking inspired kitchen textiles and stationery. On their website they say “We are passionate about supporting UK businesses and all our eye-catching products are designed, sewn and printed on premium quality tea towels, aprons, oven gloves, prints and cards here in the UK.” Translated into plain English this means ‘all our products are foreign made and finished in the UK by adding printing / embroidery’. The only exception to this appears to be their notebooks, which are “made in the UK” – http://www.rockbakehouseshop.co.uk
Hampson Woods say in their website FAQs “We design and make everything ourselves at our workshop in Hackney” – wooden serving boards, chopping boards, peg boards. Products available via their website or they have a stall at Broadway Market in Hackney every Saturday – http://hampsonwoods.com
Cube Root Design of Pembrokeshire make wooden signs and chopping boards and furniture and suchlike and their products appear to be British made. On their facebook they say “We make Signs, Gifts and Furniture in Pembrokeshire Wales, from start to finish designed, built, carved and finished by us.” On eBay I found their wooden chopping boards are labelled “Made in the UK” – http://cuberoot.design/
The Old Board Co of Crymych, Pembrokeshie are a small buisness estabilished in November 2011, who make and supply rustic food boards, furniture, and homewares made out of mostly Welsh timber, to the public and the trade. As far as I can gather their products are made in Wales, but do check before buying. They also run a holiday cottage – http://oldboardco.co.uk
TUFTOP glass worktop protectors, are “still made in the U.K,” according to their (trade only) website. I assume their other products are foreign made as for everything else on their website no country of origin is mentioned. You can find their glass worktop ever chopping boards for example on eBay – https://www.tuftop.co.uk
A & A Plastics Ltd of Bridgend, Wales (Plastic Chopping Boards) high grade plastic commercial and home chopping boards are British made, including British made colour coded commercial kitchen chopping boards. Their website is plasticchoppingboards.co.uk and their brand name is Aplas with products available in a variety of specifications, off-the-shelf or bespoke. On their website they say ” Did you know, the majority of plastic chopping boards sold in the UK are imported from Taiwan or China? These, mass produced moulded boards, can be a bit flexible with the surface cutting up very easily and all too often need to be replaced after a short space of time. Aplas plastic chopping boards are made in Bridgend, South Wales from arguably the best quality HMW500 polyethylene and has been used in the food industry for many years. An industrial grade plastic with exceptional wear properties it is rigid, smooth and non-porous and the material of choice for meat and poultry processors.” They also have the words “Made in UK” at the top of their website. Their products are dishwasher safe. The company use the Made in Britain marque. – https://www.plasticchoppingboards.co.uk
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British Made Vacuum Cleaners (Hoovers) –
Hoover vacuum cleaners and Dyson vacuum cleaners make their products abroad these days (Dyson hand dryers are also foreign made); that leaves us with Numatic’s Henry vacuum cleaner range, which are made in England. Henry’s are simply the best vacuum cleaners in the world. Great suction power and as tough as old boots. I’ve had mine for years.
Numatic International Ltd make domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning and maintenance equipment and are best known for their popular and iconic “Henry” domestic vacuum cleaner, and related models, which are of a canister design and are given human names and ‘smiling face’ appearances. They say on their website “Numatic is the U.K’s largest commercial cleaning equipment manufacturer, continuing to invest and expand their U.K manufacturing facility. Professional cleaning products packed full of innovation and made right here in the U.K!” Their factory is in Chard, Somerset. The company was founded in 1969.
Electrolux used to make some of their vacuum cleaners in England, but no longer do so. 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. For a short while Dyson vacuum cleaners were made in England but production is now in Malaysia.
Big Brute Industrial Vacuum Cleaners are made in the UK. They say on their website “Big Brute Industrial Vacuum Cleaners are designed and made in the UK and are now sold throughout the world.” Big Brute (by Michael Williams Engineering Ltd) are tough industrial vacuum cleaners used to clean up in industry, agriculture and mining. In the USA the brand is sold by Total Clean Technologies and is known as Big Mike. The Big Mike website says “Big Mike Industrial Vacuum Cleaners are designed and hand made in the UK and are now sold throughout the world” – http://www.bigbrute.co.uk – http://www.bigmikevac.com
BVC Industrial vacuum cleaners are made in the UK. BVC (British Vacuum Company) vacuum cleaners are tough cleaners used in manufacturing industries, pharmaceutical, food and drink, automobile, mineral processing, military and warehousing. See above for some history on this company, Quirepace, who also make Pneumatic Tube Systems in the UK – http://www.quirepace.co.uk/products/industrial-vacuum-cleaners/
Barlo radiators are British made. It says at the top of their website “Manufactured in Great Britain” and they tell us “Part of the QRL Radiator Group, at Barlo, we’re proud to make the best-performing radiators in the market. These are produced at our factory in Newport, Wales, which is the most advanced facility of its kind in Europe.” In a recent Tool Station brochure dropped through my door for Barlo radiators it said “Made in Britain” and “Over 50 years of making great British radiators with great British steel”. QRL Radiator Group (also known as Quinn Radiators) also make their commercial range Merriott radiators at their factory in Newport, South Wales. On the Merriott website it says “All our panel radiators are produced at our factory in Newport, South Wales…” –
The Hartington Eng Co Ltd used to make freestanding oil filled radiators in England, like that pictured below. A company with the same name in London (117 Hartington Road) made drawing boards and products for the ironmongery trade, including “Luton” draining boards (I don’t know what these are). There is an engineering company with the same name listed on the web as based in Cumbria currently but I can’t find a website for them.
Radflek Radiator Reflector Panels are made in the UK. In an email dated 14 December 2018 they told me “Radflek energy saving radiator reflectors are manufactured in the UK in Bristol” – http://www.radflek.com
Sill-Line Perimeter Heating Limited manufacture their convection heating products for commercial and domestic buildings in the UK. They say on their website “Operating from premises in Daventry Northamptonshire, we manufacture all of our items including the heat exchanger, grille and casing.” They make perimeter wall mounted, pedestal and trench heating systems – http://sill-line.com
Leisure Heating Ltd are specialists in electric infra-red heating products for patio heating, marquee heating, church heating and warehouse heating. Their own branded products are made or assembled in Britain, whilst their other products are foreign made. They say on their website “All Leisure Heating branded goods are made or assembled in Great Britain” – http://www.leisureheating.co.uk
The Gas Fired Products Group of Companies manufacture space and process heating systems in both the UK and North America. For example their Space-Ray division SPACE-RAY manufactures high efficiency infra-red radiant heating solutions (also known as direct gas fired radiant heating), for a variety of uses and their SRP Plaque Series of heaters for spaces like hangers, loading docks, warehouses, sports arenas, workshops, and so on is made in the UK. According to their website “All SPACE-RAY heaters are made in the UK”whether for industrial / large space or agricultural applications. Gas Fired Products (UK) Ltd (Spaceray) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gas Fired Products, Inc. of the USA. Spaceray products are also manufactured in the USA – http://www.spaceray.co.uk
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Kaymet have been manufacturing aluminium trays, trolleys and hotplates in London since 1947. All items are made in their factory in London. They supply to the catering industry and to individuals. Stockists are listed on their website. These days they only produce one size of electric table hotplate, and they no longer make electric hotplate trolleys and hot cabinets. According to their website “We have been proudly hand making anodised aluminium ware in London since 1947”. Their factory is in Peckham, having moved there from Bermondsey in 2015. According to Grace’s Guide “2018 All products are hand made at Ossory Road, with in-house operations including chopping, guillotine cutting, cropping, graining, pressing, punching, turning, bending, drilling, linishing, polishing, and assembly. Kaymet extrusions are produced up in Cumbria, powder coating is done by a business a little further along the Old Kent Road, and anodising sent out to one company elsewhere in London and another in Crawley. All packing and dispatch also takes place at the Peckham factory” – kaymet.co.uk
Trays and tea trolleys are back! A shabby chic must for those cupcakes and tea parties or coffee mornings.
The Trolley Shop (Euroservice UK) manufacture all their trolleys in the UK and supply their trolleys to hotels, restaurants and individuals. I am not sure how much they cost. You have to ring the company for prices as they are not given on their website – http://www.uktrolleyshop.com http://www.euroservice-uk.com
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 US company Honeywell (see below) 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. MK Electric also appear to own the Duraplug brand now. Duraplug extension leads and suchlike used to be made in the UK, but there is no suggestion of UK manufacture now on the MK Electric website – http://www.mkelectric.com
The fuse in the MK plug pictured above is made by Alert, who I now presume are defunct.
VF fuses were also made in the UK, like those pictured below.
Marbo fuses were made in England. Brand of Marbourn Ltd, manufacturer of electrical accessories. The company was founded in 1930 at Roslyn Works, South Tottenham, London. Larger production facilities were opened in 1972 in Hartlepool, county Durham. For some time Marbourn was a subsidiary of Ever Ready Holding Ltd. Later Marbo became a brand of the Electrium Group. Production ended in 2000 and Marbo brand disappeared.
The three pin British socket multi-socket converter pictured plug below is branded BG and was made in England. There is a company still going called BG (British General Electrical Accessories) owned by Luceco who also own the brands Masterplug and Ross audio-visual. The history section on the Luceco mentions UK manufacturing back in the year 2000 but I note their website now just mentions Chinese factories so it seems they have closed down their UK factories. The company British General, also known as British Gauge, has been founded in 1952. Products include sockets, switches, fuse boxes and cable management accessories.
BG Electric is a member of the Luceco plc group, London. In the 1970s or ’80 the logo with six pointed star has been replaced by the blue logo.
WG / Volex (Volex Temco) made plugs in England but sadly closed down in the 1980s. Ward and Goldstone was founded in 1892 in Salford by James Henry Ward and Meyer Hart Goldstone, manufacturers of electrical cables, lighting sets, electrical accessories and electrical systems to motorcycles and cars. Brand names: Goltone and Volex. In the early 1950s Temco, the electrical accessories branch of the Telephone Manufacturing Company, London was sold to Ward and Goldstone. In the late 1970s / early 1980s the once flourishing company was in deep trouble. Wiring and electrical accessories division changed managements and its name to Volex Group. Now Volex offers standard and custom cable assemblies. Ward & Goldstone introduced the brand name Volex for dry batteries, motorcycle lighting sets and electrical accessories. In 1983 the wiring and electrical accessories company of Ward and Goldstone was renamed to Volex Group. Volex accessories is now a brand of the Electrium Group, a company under ownership of Siemens AG UK.
Honeywell, a US company, as well as owning MK Electric and Duraplug (mentioned above), 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 provide customer support for Honeywell Home products, but I don’t know who manufactures for them.
Ottermill Chilton Limited were a major manufacturer of medium voltage electrical distribution and control equipment in Hungerford, making for example bathroom shaver sockets in England. Unfortunately they closed down in 1985, having opened in 1959, and their Hungerford factory is now a housing estate. The firm had also previously manufactured aircraft up until 1945. In the mid 1970s the firm was taken over by the Westinghouse Corporation. In 1979 the company had 5 UK factories and had subsidiaries manufacturing in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Malaya and Ceylon. During the mid 1980s Westinghouse transferred all the manufacturing to Ireland, and sadly the factory closed in November 1985, the site being sold for housing (Cherry Grove). There is more information on the Ottermill Group, which closed down in 1977, here.
Crabtree International was a well known manufacturer of plugs and shaver sockets who used to manufacture in England. I don’t know what happened to this company but presumably they have closed down. I don’t know if they were connected with Chilton above. Crabtree Electrical Industries was founded in 1919 by John Ashworth Crabtree in Walsall, Staffordshire. He started in a disused leather works. One of the first successful products was the ‘Quick Make and Break’ tumbler switch. To accommodate the growing business, Crabtree used a derelict music hall and a former church, but in 1926 he build large, new premises that became known as Lincolns Work. Around 1930 the company had its own Bakelite moulding plant. In 1947 the Crabtree South Africa branch was established. Crabtree Electrical Industries was acquired in 1972 by battery manufacturer Ever Ready Co., which was itself acquired by Hanson Trust in 1981. Hanson Electrical was bought in 1997 by Electrium, a newly created business led by ex-Crabtree apprentice Chris Thomas. Lincolns Work was closed; production moved to Wythenshawe, Manchester. In 2006 the Electrium Group became a part of Siemens UK.
Ashley was another company that used to make light switches in the UK. Ashley Accessories Ltd was founded in 1923 in Liverpool, initially registered as Ashley Wireless and Telephone Co. In 1935 the company changed its name to Ashley Accessories Ltd. Production moved to Ulverton, Cumbia. In 1980 Ashley was merged with Rock Accessories. For a period products were branded Rock Ashley. From 1998 Ashley is a part of the German Hager Group (Hager UK in Telford). Ashley still produces a full range of socketss, switches, lampholders and junction boxes.
Doyle & Tratt Products Ltd made the 2 way dimmer brass double light switch pictured below in the UK. It is clearly marked ‘Made in UK’. “VARILIGHT is the brand name of Doyle & Tratt Products Ltd the leading British manufacturer of dimmer switches and decorative switches and sockets supplying the UK retail market, the trade and OEMs”, plus other European markets, the Middle East and Africa. Founded in 1972, Doyle & Tratt of Horsham have the words “British Made” and a little Union Flag symbol at the top of all their webpages and would therefore appear to still be manufacturing in the UK, although no further information than this is given about country of origin on their website. Doyle and Tratt Products Ltd specialise in dimmer switches (including LED dimmers for dimmable LEDs), decorative switches, decorative sockets and decorative wiring accessories, including dimmable transformers and LED drivers, in a variety of styles and finishes including brushed steel and brass finishes – https://www.varilight.co.uk/index.php
Nettle is another company that used to sell made in England plugs. Nettle items are no longer made. Nettle merged with Delta (later MEM) in the early 1980s. Delta and MEM continued to make plugs in England. MEM (Midland Electrical Manufacturing) – In 2003 the Electrical Division of Delta was acquired by the Eaton Corporation of USA, including the MEM, BILL and Holec brands. Eaton are still going and in the UK based in Slough but their website gives no country of origin information so the UK factories will probably have been closed down by now.
Wandsworth Electrical manufacture their own retro-style light switches in the UK. They say on their website “Each of our vintage & retro light switches is handmade and finished in England by our highly skilled technicians”. Founded in 1904 they make modern and vintage style brass light switches, silver metal light switches, plastic light switches, screw less light switches, smart light switches, and so on. Trade only but you can find their light switches on sites like eBay and elsewhere – https://www.wandsworthelectrical.com
Broughtons Lighting and Ironmongery sell a good range of period dolly light switches, dome light switches and architrave light switches, dimmer light switches and traditional rocker light switches, many of which are British made – https://www.broughtons.com/store/department/38/electrical-switches/
Ever Ready used to manufacture in the UK, but unfortunately no longer do so. For example the bicycle light, batteries and the plugs pictured below were all made in the UK by Ever Ready.
As far as I know there are no companies making household batteries in the UK anymore. Does anyone know of any electrical plugs still being made in the UK?
Companies like GEC and Pifco used to make their torches in the UK too, but not anymore and these days any torches by these companies are all foreign made.
The General Electric Company, or GEC, was a major UK-based industrial conglomerate involved in consumer and defence electronics, communications, and engineering. The company was sold off and broken up in the mid-2000s. Since being founded in 1889 GEC had manufactured items like electric bells and light fittings, torches, electric plant, dynamos, motors, telephones, and defence equipment in the UK.
Established in Manchester in 1900, Provincial Incandescent Fittings Co or PIFCO as they are now better known, sold a wide range of lighting, stoves & household goods. The company still exists today but don’t appear to manufacture anything in the UK. At one point PIFCO also owned mines and cotton mills and also owned Russel Hobbs (see above). In 2001, US company Salton bought the the Pifco Group, which included the brands of Russell Hobbs, Carmen and Tower (see above) at that time. Salton also purchased Westclox in 2001. They since renamed themselves Russell Hobbs, Inc and are now part of Spectrum Brands and have closed all their UK manufacturing facilities. The PIFCO brand is currently licensed by electrical distributor RKW Ltd.
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